Press Statement

VOICES Network Statement responding to the passing of the Safety of Rwanda Bill


Published on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Press Statement

VOICES Network Statement responding to the passing of the Safety of Rwanda Bill


Published on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Responding to the passing of the Safety of Rwanda Bill, Experts by Experience from the VOICES Network, said:
 

The passing of the Rwanda Bill challenges our adherence to human rights principles, especially in the context of migration. We’ve seen the legal actions that stopped the flight to Rwanda to take off previously. I think what is needed in the UK, is a humane scheme that protects peoples’ human right to seek asylum. – VOICES Ambassador from Scotland 

“The passing of the Safety of Rwanda Bill will bring serious discrepancies to the UK asylum system. This Bill would eventually bring a lot to distress to people in dire need of safety and protection. 

Sending people to Rwanda is not the right solution to deter either irregular migration or smugglers. 

The government has a lot of options – such as expanding safe routes – rather than sending people to a third country that we all know is not safe.” – VOICES Ambassador from Scotland.
 

“Every country has the right to control its border. However, punishing people for claiming asylum is unfair and inhumane. Rwanda has a bad human rights record and the Rwandan police shot and killed refugees just for protesting their conditions. It would have been fair to send people back to France or any other EU country, like during the times of the Dublin convention. But sending an asylum seeker to Rwanda is tantamount to execution in my opinion. 

 

My flat mate was told by his solicitor that he might be sent to Rwanda since then he has been very anxious and scared, not eating or sleeping properly, his health is deteriorating.” – VOICES Ambassador from Wales  

 

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Background
 

The VOICES network is a collective of refugees and people seeking asylum. Together, they speak out about issues that affect them. 

As people with lived experience, VOICES Ambassadors share unique insights into what it’s like to seek asylum in the UK and contribute to their communities.
 

For further information 

Contact: voices@redcross.org.uk or DaisyVaughanLinero@redcross.org.uk  

 

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