UK MPs Urged to Uphold International Obligations on Illegal Migration Bill

CoE/Commissioner for Human Rights

“It is essential that parliamentarians prevent legislation that is incompatible with the United Kingdom’s international obligations being passed”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, in her letter to the House of Commons and the House of Lords about the “Illegal Immigration Bill”. The Commissioner warns that “the Bill’s provisions create clear and direct tension with well-established and fundamental human rights standards”.

By preventing people who arrive irregularly in the UK from having their asylum claims assessed, the Bill would strip away one of the essential building blocks of the protection system. “Passing the Bill would add to the already significant regression in the protection of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the UK in the last few years”, the Commissioner stresses.

Various elements of the Bill that are of concern to the Commissioner are highlighted, including the lack of guarantees that objections to removal would be assessed fully in accordance with the standards set out in the ECHR, the exclusion of most potential victims of trafficking in human beings from modern slavery protections, the widespread powers of detention, and strict limits on judicial challenges to detention. She also warns that the Bill would reverse progress made in reducing the harmful practice of detaining children.

Commissioner’s letter

/Public Release. This material from the originating organization/author(s) might be of the point-in-time nature, and edited for clarity, style and length. Mirage.News does not take institutional positions or sides, and all views, positions, and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the author(s).View in full here.