Campaign Victory! Government officially withdraws pushback of small boats policy . Thank you
I am very pleased to let you know that we have a victory in this campaign and our campaigning has resulted in the government doing a u-turn on their inhumane and illegal push-back of small boats of refugees into the English Channel sea.
It is through collective action and joint working against this horrendous racist policy that we succeeded. Thanks to everyone for signing this petition, the legal challenges and for taking part in campaigning activities.
The policy on push-back of small boats was withdrawn days before a judicial review court hearing was scheduled to take place in the High Court.
The Royal Navy has been given responsibility for Channel operations and the Ministry of Defence has confirmed in a letter that it has no jurisdiction to push back boats of refugees. This is what we pointed out when we started this petition last Autumn, that it was in breach of International laws.
Whilst this is a clear victory for all of us who campaigned and kept up pressure on the government to reverse this wicked policy we cannot afford to he complacent in relation to the attack on refugee and migrant communities as the racist and draconian Nationality and Borders bill which we have also been campaigning against and which has twice been rejected in the House of Lords reaches its final stage. Also the government has recently announced a deal to offshore processing of asylum seekers to Rwanda, another inhumane policy, contradicting the Refugee Convention.
So as we celebrate this victory on small boats , the campaign against racist immigration policies continues.
Thank you for your part in the success of this campaign which has been achieved through people power and collective actions and campaigning.
Solidarity and Thanks.
National Chair and Co-founder BARAC UK
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