Fight the government's plan to send refugees to Rwanda

by Freedom from Torture

Fight the government's plan to send refugees to Rwanda

by Freedom from Torture
Freedom from Torture
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Freedom from Torture is a UK registered charity who supports torture survivors to recover and rebuild their lives in the UK, and campaigns alongside them for change.
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Background

We urgently need to raise funds to take legal action against the government over their plans to ship refugees to Rwanda. 

Treating people who are seeking safety from torture and war as if they’re a problem to be got rid of is not only deeply immoral, but likely unlawful. 

Despite outcry from experts and people all over the UK, we believe that this government will send torture survivors to Rwanda as part of this scheme, and that this will raise serious human rights concerns, even if they introduce safeguards.


We know legal action works

We know legal action works, because we took the government to court over their plans to push back refugee boats in the channel - and earlier this week, we found out we won.

The government backed down. We shouldn’t have to resort to legal action for this government to treat refugees with basic human dignity – but here we are again. 

Please chip in to cover the legal costs of this challenge.


The details

Freedom from Torture has instructed Leigh Day. A preliminary letter has been sent to the Home Office requesting full details of the policy. Funds raised will support Freedom from Torture's legal costs and own organisational costs for delivering this action.

Funds raised in excess of these costs will be allocated according to Crowd Justice’s Unused Funds policy and will support Freedom from Torture’s charitable activities. As part of its work in support of survivors of torture, Freedom from Torture engages regularly with the government in relation to law and policy affecting torture survivors as asylum-seekers fleeing breaches of fundamental rights. Most recently, this has included extensive engagement with the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice during the consultation on the New Plan for Immigration, including meeting with officials, participating in focus groups, and providing written submissions. 

Freedom from Torture has worked with or on behalf of torture survivors who have fled persecution and arrived in the UK to claim asylum. Freedom from Torture regularly consults with people with lived experiences of torture in order to understand the likely impact of policies such as these, and to work with them to advocate for improvements. Freedom from Torture was one of the claimants in the recent judicial review proceedings challenging the Secretary of State’s “Pushback Policy”, which was withdrawn as a consequence.

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