Varoufakis: Grounded Rwanda asylum flight a win for humanism

A late ruling by the European Court of Human Rights stepped in to overrule the move, putting a halt to the UK government’s dangerous plan

The UK government’s plans to send incoming migrants to Rwanda for processing were dealt a blow at the first attempt on Wednesday, as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) stepped in to overrule the dangerous move.

Seven asylum seekers were set to travel to Rwanda on the inaugural flight before the ruling came in from the ECHR.

DiEM25 co-founder Yanis Varoufakis was among the many who have welcomed the decision, deeming it a ‘win for humanism’.

“Proud of the European Court of Human Rights today. Few are the wins, these days, for humanism,” he tweeted.

“We must savour this one – it may be a while before another one comes along.”

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and home secretary Priti Patel planned to send thousands of asylum seekers to the east African country in May.

The government maintained that the policy of sending UK-bound migrants to Rwanda was to prevent the dangerous crossings via small boats to the British Isles.

Activists, however, have been fiercely campaigning to put an end to the dangerous plan that will put those who are looking to escape war and other dangerous situations at further risk than they already are.

Now, the policy will now be taken to court in July where a final verdict will determine whether the UK government can move legally implement it.

Should the ruling prevail, it would send a clear message to the Boris Johnson and the rest of the UK government who sought to outsource the responsibility of welcoming those whose lives are in grave danger.

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