Belfast judge: Parts of UK’s migrant deportation law shouldn’t apply to occupied Ireland

Source: SFGate

“The United Kingdom’s law to deport asylum-seekers shouldn’t apply in [occupied] Ireland, because parts of it violate human rights protections, a Belfast judge ruled Monday. The Illegal Migration Act was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and undermines rights provided in the Good Friday peace agreement of 1998, High Court Justice Michael Humphreys said. U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that the government would appeal the judgment. The law is central to Sunak’s contentious plan to deport some migrants to Rwanda, but it wasn’t immediately clear what impact the ruling would have on that initiative. While the prime minister’s office said the ruling wouldn’t derail or delay Rwanda deportations that the U.K. government says will begin in July, a lawyer whose client prevailed in bringing the case said the law wouldn’t apply in [occupied] Ireland.” (05/13/24)