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Prime Minister Sunak proposes Britain's withdrawal from the ECHR to combat illegal migration

04/04/2024 - 06:44

According to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Britain may decide to leave the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if it helps in halting the immigration crisis.

Andrew Parsons
Andrew Parsons
"I believe that securing our borders and controlling illegal migration is more important than remaining a member of any foreign court because it is fundamental to our sovereignty," Mr. Sunak told The Sun newspaper.

Thus, Rishi Sunak made a statement regarding the potential termination of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which has been in effect since 1953.

Back in 2022, officials were compelled to cancel the first plane bringing illegal immigrants to Rwanda at the last minute due to the ECHR order, which was the result of a request from many British human rights organizations.

The British House of Commons passed a law authorizing London to deport illegal immigrants to Rwanda in January 2024. According to the initiative, illegal immigrants will stay in this African nation awaiting the outcome of their asylum claims in the United Kingdom. The project now has to be considered by the House of Lords.