Direct attack on UN Refugee Convention and ECHR

These are direct attacks by Home Secretary – Suella Braverman on the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights are not in our name:

26 September 2023: Guardian: UN rebukes Suella Braverman over her attack on refugee convention

UNHCR defends 1951 convention after UK home secretary’s speech on ‘uncontrolled and illegal migration’

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Guardian: Braverman to ask world leaders to make refugee rules ‘fit for the modern age’

Home secretary’s address in Washington will urge reform of UN convention and has already prompted concern from charities

Suella Braverman will appeal on Tuesday to world leaders and political thinkers to consider rewriting key refugee rules so they are “fit for the modern age”.

In a move to alter an agreement that undermined UK plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, the home secretary will argue that the United Nations 1951 refugee convention must be reformed to tackle a worldwide migration crisis.

Her words have prompted deep concern from refugee charities who claim she is urging the international community to “pull up the drawbridge” on people who have suffered torture and abuse.

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24 September 2023: Guardian: Suella Braverman makes fresh attack on European court of human rights

Home secretary warns treaties on migrants are ‘not fit for purpose’ in age of jet travel and smartphones

Suella Braverman has signalled her desire to leave the European court of human rights (ECHR), as she warned that the treaties governing the treatment of migrants were not “fit for purpose in an age of jet travel and smartphones”.

The home secretary was speaking last night ahead of a visit to her counterparts in the US, where she will make a speech setting out what she sees as the challenges created by global migration – including small boats across the Channel.

“Illegal migration and the unprecedented mass movement of people across the globe is placing unsustainable pressures on America, the UK, and Europe,” she said. “We must come together and ask whether the international conventions and legal frameworks designed 50-plus years ago are fit for purpose in an age of jet travel and smartphones.

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