Rwanda: Gambian Asylum Seekers Rejoice As UK Judges Rule Against Deportation to Rwanda

Court of Appeal judges in the UK have finally issued a ruling bluntly declaring that plans to send asylum seekers who arrive in the country via the English Channel to Rwanda is “unlawful”.

The ruling by the highly respected court in a country cherished for its independent judiciary is described as a “major setback” to the government’s so-called pledge to “stop the boats”.

Subsequently, the decision has temporarily shut the door for the controversial and fiercely debated immigration plans.

Further disputing the government’s claims, the court also touched on one of the most contentious issues by declaring that “Rwanda could not be considered as a safe third country” because the asylum seekers could be “sent back to their home countries.”

Both the UK government and authorities in Rwanda insisted that Kigali is “safe.”

Mr. B.N., a Gambian asylum seeker who previously received a warning via his solicitor that he may be transferred to Rwanda in a letter stating “…You are liable to detention, and by failing to report as required, you render yourself liable to prosecution under Section 24 (1) (e) of the Immigration Act 1971…” told The Point that he was “comforted for the meantime”.

Separately, an asylum application read by this correspondent referred to the “era of the dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh” but was refused as the applicant spent “few years” in another country before arriving in the UK by boat.

However, in an appeal letter, the applicant responded that even though the APRC regime is no-longer the government of the day, former NIA officials that “persecuted and ill-treated” him are still “operating across the country.”