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Immigration and Asylum (22 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...is what he is saying. The UNCHR has a very important role. It carries out international functions; it has also very damningly criticised the UK Government’s immigration policies, including the Rwanda plans and others. However, the hon. Gentleman is asking the UNHCR to do a job that is not its job, which just points to the ludicrousness and unenforceability of the Bill that he seeks to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Deportation: Rwanda (21 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people who have been served with notices of intent for removal to Rwanda are (a) women and (b) unaccompanied children.

Illegal Migration Act: Northern Ireland (14 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...) said, all this was entirely predictable. The Government were warned about the implications for the Good Friday agreement throughout proceedings on the Illegal Migration Act and the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024. Can the Minister say why his Government failed to heed the warnings and expert advice? Why did they ignore the status of Northern Ireland, and what now for...

Illegal Migration Act: Northern Ireland (14 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...) said, all this was entirely predictable. The Government were warned about the implications for the Good Friday agreement throughout proceedings on the Illegal Migration Act and the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024. Can the Minister say why his Government failed to heed the warnings and expert advice? Why did they ignore the status of Northern Ireland, and what now for...

Justice: Rwanda: Asylum and Immigration (14 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: If he will issue guidance to lawyers on the potential implications for the criminal justice process of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024.

Justice: Rwanda: Asylum and Immigration (14 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: I thank the Secretary of State for that response. May I praise the quick response from solicitors and the community in Glasgow to Rwanda removals, very much in the spirit of the Glasgow Girls and the Glasgow Grannies and Kenmure Street three years ago? Is there a deliberate policy to remove people from Scotland to England to prevent them from accessing legal aid, as they would be able and...

Justice: Rwanda: Asylum and Immigration (14 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: If he will issue guidance to lawyers on the potential implications for the criminal justice process of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024.

Justice: Rwanda: Asylum and Immigration (14 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: I thank the Secretary of State for that response. May I praise the quick response from solicitors and the community in Glasgow to Rwanda removals, very much in the spirit of the Glasgow Girls and the Glasgow Grannies and Kenmure Street three years ago? Is there a deliberate policy to remove people from Scotland to England to prevent them from accessing legal aid, as they would be able and...

Palestinians: Visa Scheme — [Martin Vickers in the Chair] (13 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...most. The House of Commons Library briefing for this debate spoke about the rarity of that. Palestinians accounted for 0.14% of the people on boats, or 53 out of 36,704. They may well be sent to Rwanda after fleeing a war zone, getting across continents, getting in a small boat and getting to safety here. Can the Minister say whether anybody who came in such a way will be removed to...

Immigration Update ( 1 May 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...doubling down on its policy of indefinite detention. And Labour Members are going along with all of this. Shame on them. Far from what the Minister said, small boat arrivals are up this year. Rwanda is no deterrent because none of their other policies has proved a deterrent. The thousands of people they want to send there have disappeared, never to be seen again, and who can really blame...

Points of Order (25 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Now that you have indicated Royal Assent to the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024, have you been given any indication by the Government as to whether they will make a statement to the House on when they intend to send people to Rwanda, which people they intend to send to Rwanda, and what will happen to the tens of thousands of people...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Rwanda (25 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...of State for the Home Department, with reference to the press statement by the Prime Minister of 22 April 2024, with which airline commercial charter planes for specific slots to remove people to Rwanda have been booked.

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (25 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...Office appeared to be unrelenting and systemic”, and that, despite having a role as head of policy in the Government’s illegal migration taskforce, she was made unwelcome at meetings about the Rwanda plan because of her views on the racist ultra-hostility of the policies. Is Ms Ahmar right that speaking up against racism in the Cabinet Office is a career death sentence?

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (22 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...that out in the way that he has. It has been further reported in The Independent that an Afghan intelligence analyst who worked alongside members of the RAF has been threatened with removal to Rwanda. He says, “I call on the prime minister and the government to stand by the promise they made during the fall of Kabul. If the legal ways, such as Arap and ACRS…were actually working,...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (22 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...Deputy Speaker; I am addressing the amendment that is in front of us. Lords amendment 3J seeks a very small concession to Parliament: that this place should have some kind of scrutiny over whether Rwanda remains a safe country. Conservative Members were all about taking back control, but when it comes to scrutiny of the treaties and obligations we are signing up to, it is quite clear that...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (22 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: I rise again to put on the record the SNP’s opposition to this awful Bill. We do not support the state-sponsored people-trafficking Bill on Rwanda, and we will oppose it in any way we can. I was quite disappointed to hear the Labour Lords caving on the Afghan amendment. If they think that this is some kind of concession, I have some magic beans to sell them—honestly, it is pathetic. Holly...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (22 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...office in the House of Commons. I look forward to seeing you there.” How absolutely heartless and despicable that Government Members will be quaffing drinks while thinking about sending people to Rwanda. How utterly without any kind of moral background. Should the Lords send back further amendments tonight and carry out the unusual procedure of double insistence, I will support them very...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (22 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...their own Lords is reflective of the fact that many of them did not even show up to vote last week. The policy was not in the Conservative party manifesto. The Government have no mandate for the Rwanda plan whatsoever. Indeed, what manifesto would they put in front of people that would say, “We’re going to set out to breach our international commitments and engage in state-sponsored...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (17 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...Act 2015? Well, the reason is found on the face of the Bill, which states, in the name of the Home Secretary: “I am unable to make a statement that, in my view, the provisions of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill are compatible with the Convention rights, but the Government nevertheless wishes the House to proceed with the Bill.” The Government are setting out to...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (15 Apr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: ...for them, when it is already difficult enough to escape from their traffickers, and it is already difficult enough to speak out about this and have their case believed by anybody. Article 13 of the Rwanda treaty, which will allow the UK to never conclusively determine whether a potential victim of modern slavery is even a victim, would put the UK in breach of its obligations, under article...


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