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FILE: Staff from the Royal Lifeboat Institution rescued migrants trying to cross the English Channel on Dungeness Beach, England, on June 15, 2022. /CFP

UK Supreme Court to rule on Rwanda deportation plan

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The UK Supreme Court will decide on Wednesday whether the government can go ahead with its controversial plan to deport migrants to Rwanda.

The plan, struck by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in April 2022, has been the subject of debate even beyond the country’s borders, as rights activists argue that it contravenes international human rights law.

The UK forwarded the case to the Supreme Court after an April ruling by London’s Court of Appeal, which found that the scheme was unlawful because it felt the East African country was not safe.

In the proposed plan, current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants to send thousands of migrants to Rwanda as part of a 140 million pound (174 million U.S. dollar) deal agreed in 2022.

The plan is seen to be critical in the UK government’s plan to deter record numbers of asylum seekers arriving in small boats across the Channel from France.

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