The UN has criticized the UK’s Illegal Migration Bill, which has been passed by parliament and awaits the final step of being signed into law by King Charles III. The bill is designed to address the issue of migrants arriving in the country. It is deemed to be in contradiction with the UK’s obligations under international law, according to the UN.
Under the new bill, migrants who arrive in the UK by boat will be denied the right to apply for asylum. However, the UN has expressed concern. Stating that the legislation is at odds with international human rights and refugee laws. It will have far-reaching consequences for individuals in need of international protection.
In a joint statement, the UN’s refugee chief, Filippo Grandi, and human rights chief, Volker Turk, emphasised that the bill effectively blocks access to asylum for individuals who have arrived irregularly in the UK. Even if they have briefly passed through another country where they were not facing persecution.
International Community Watches Closely for Government Actions
The UN officials further highlighted that the bill introduces broad detention powers with limited judicial oversight. Moreover, it restricts individuals from presenting claims for refugee protection. Regardless of their circumstances. This legislation significantly weakens the legal framework that has safeguarded the rights of many refugees. Thereby exposing them to serious risks in violation of international law, warned Mr Grandi.
They also pointed out that the 1951 Refugee Convention explicitly recognises that refugees may be compelled to enter a country of asylum irregularly. Through the illegal migration bill, the UK government is deviating from its commitment to human rights. The UN officials urged the government to reverse the law. To ensure the rights of all migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers are respected. Moreover, protected, and fulfilled without discrimination, stated Mr Turk.
The criticism from the UN underscores concerns about the potential consequences and human rights implications of the Bill. As the bill awaits final approval, the international community will be closely watching developments and the actions taken by the UK. To address these concerns raised by the UN.