Results 1–20 of 30 for rwanda speaker:Joanna Cherry

Illegal Migration Act: Northern Ireland (14 May 2024)

Joanna Cherry: Of course, this judgment has UK-wide relevance because of the declarations of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act. In our reports on the Illegal Migration Act and the Rwanda policy, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has repeatedly warned that many aspects of the Government’s asylum policy breach the Human Rights Act. That was not just our view, but the weight of the expert evidence...

Illegal Migration Act: Northern Ireland (14 May 2024)

Joanna Cherry: Of course, this judgment has UK-wide relevance because of the declarations of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act. In our reports on the Illegal Migration Act and the Rwanda policy, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has repeatedly warned that many aspects of the Government’s asylum policy breach the Human Rights Act. That was not just our view, but the weight of the expert evidence...

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

Joanna Cherry: ...England and Wales’s briefing on these amendments. Has he seen the polling it has reported, which shows that the majority of voters think the Government should either accept some amendments to the Rwanda policy or scrap it altogether? Only a quarter of the public think the Government should try to get the Bill through in its current form, and all the Lords amendments are supported by the...

Afghan Refugees: Deportation from Pakistan (17 Apr 2024)

Joanna Cherry: As my hon. Friend the Member for West Dunbartonshire (Martin Docherty-Hughes) has already mentioned, in our report on the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill, the Joint Committee on Human Rights warned that other nations might be influenced by the way in which the United Kingdom treats its international law obligations. That was earlier this year, and we noted at that stage that...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: The document was withdrawn for a while and updated in January, so I only saw it and read it in detail just before my trip to Rwanda. I was really quite appalled that Government Ministers could continue to state that Rwanda is a safe country from a human rights perspective in the face of the evidence that they themselves collated. I really want to hear a colourable answer to that point. Before...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: My answer to the hon. Lady is that, as I said at the outset of my speech, in assessing whether Rwanda is a safe country for asylum seekers, particularly LGBT asylum seekers, we need to consider what we heard from people when we were there, as well as the objective evidence. She will recall that I questioned several people on this subject. No one was able to give me an example of any gay or...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: I was crystal clear at the start of my speech that I am speaking in a personal capacity, just as anything that I have written about my trip to Rwanda was written in a personal capacity. The reports that I referred to were historical reports of the Committee. I have gone out of my way to make it clear that I am speaking in a personal capacity. I explained in some detail that the Committee will...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: I rise to support the Lords amendments. Lords amendments 9 and 10 because they are basic humanitarian amendments designed to exempt from the process of being sent to Rwanda the victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as our agents—our allies—who have supported His Majesty’s armed forces overseas and persons who have been employed or indirectly contracted to provide...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: Let me just develop this point, and then I will take some interventions. I agree with the House of Lords on that. It fits with what I observed on the ground in Rwanda, which I will come on to in a moment. Importantly, the hon. Member for Bosworth (Dr Evans), who is no longer in his place, earlier referred to what he described as the views of the UNHCR. When I met UNHCR officials on the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: The Rwandans host more than 100,000 refugees on their border who have come over from neighbouring countries such as Burundi and the Congo because of conflict in those countries. They are people from neighbouring countries who have the ambition to go back to their own country as soon as they can, and they live in refugee camps on the border. They are a completely different category from asylum...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: ...and my very firm belief is that the United Kingdom needs to shoulder its responsibilities as one of the richer countries in the world, rather than shuffling these people off on to a country such as Rwanda which, as we saw, has made great strides, but it cannot be compared with the United Kingdom in wealth. A little more about why I do not believe that Rwanda can yet be described as a safe...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: ...be a compassionate but reasonable way for the United Kingdom to approach its moral and legal obligations. Let me focus on why I support the amendments that relate to the lack of a safe situation in Rwanda. Many of those I met in Rwanda were very keen to emphasise that their written constitution contains good human rights protections, which it does, but few of them were able to point to any...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: .... We noted that other nations may be influenced by how the UK treats its international treaty obligations. In particular, we noticed that the Prime Minister of Pakistan has referred to the UK’s Rwanda policy in defence of his country’s decision to expel from Pakistan hundreds of Afghans who had fled from the Taliban regime. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is most regrettable that he...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: ...Does he agree that paragraphs 75 to 105 make it clear that there were three reasons for the Supreme Court’s decision? It was based on evidence: first, about the general human rights situation in Rwanda; secondly, about the adequacy of Rwanda’s current asylum system; and thirdly, about Rwanda’s failure to meet its obligations in a similar agreement regarding asylum seekers with Israel...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: My question was this: in January this year, the British Government, through the Home Office, published a 137-page document about the human rights situation in Rwanda, detailing serious concerns from such august bodies as the US State Department about the protection of human rights on the ground in Rwanda, so what has changed since the Home Office published that note in January? The Minister...

Asylum and Migration (14 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: Does the Minister appreciate that those of us who question the Rwanda scheme are doing so not because we do not think that the boats should be stopped, but because we think that the Rwanda scheme is not the way to do that and does not provide value for money? Those are the issues that he needs to address in the short time that he has left—whether the Rwanda scheme is value for money.

Asylum and Migration (14 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: I want to focus my comments on the cost of the Government’s Rwanda policy, particularly as I visited Kigali two weeks ago as Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights. The Committee will report on our visit in due course, so any comments that I make today are made in my personal capacity. It was good that the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, the right hon. Member for Kingston upon...

Asylum and Migration (14 Mar 2024)

Joanna Cherry: Indeed, it is. When I guested at the Home Affairs Committee, I raised with a Minister that we tell LGBT Brits going to Rwanda that they need to be careful as we cannot guarantee their safety, but we are now quite happy to send LGBT asylum seekers there. I could say a lot more about Rwanda, but it is important to understand why it is a deterrent. People often come here to seek asylum because...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 3 - Disapplication of the Human Rights Act 1998 (17 Jan 2024)

Joanna Cherry: ...even worse. His amendments 11 and 12 appear to extend the disapplication of the Human Rights Act to anything done under the Illegal Migration Act that relates to the removal of a person to Rwanda. That could potentially mean that the detention of people awaiting removal to Rwanda and their treatment prior to their removal would not be protected under the Human Rights Act. Is that what this...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill (12 Dec 2023)

Joanna Cherry: ...to hon. Members a reading of the independent legal advice that has been given to the Joint Committee on Human Rights. I will take a few highlights from it. Requiring the courts to conclude that Rwanda is safe, even though the evidence has been assessed by the UK’s highest courts to establish that it is not, is a remarkable thing for a piece of legislation to do. If the Government were so...


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