UK: London does not rule out leaving the UN Refugee Convention

The British government does not rule out leaving the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. On Tuesday, September 26 in New York, the British Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, gave a speech denouncing the amalgam between "persecution" and "discrimination", believing that being homosexual or female was not enough to justify refugee status. A speech approved by the government.

A group of migrants trying to cross the English Channel (illustration image). © GONZALO FUENTES/REUTERS

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With our correspondent in London, Émeline Vin

In their morning radio and TV tour, British ministers maintain vagueness about London's possible withdrawal from the United Nations Refugee Convention. In an editorial, the director of the Refugee Council, Enver Solomon, denounced a lack of humanity: "States share responsibility for a fair process for refugees, so that those who need protection are protected.



Alf Dubs, who sits in the House of Lords for the Labour Party, denounced on Sky News a cover-up: "The minister is going abroad rather than opening the debate in the country, to try to tear international conventions to pieces. This is not a suitable attitude!



It is trying to turn a blind eye to the total incompetence of the Ministry of the Interior on the management of asylum seekers, Alf Dubs said. There are 170,000 people waiting for a decision on their status. During this wait, they are not allowed to work, they live in hotels, without independence. This is a failure of the government!


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A criticism of incompetence shared by the United Nations, which considers the principles of the 1951 Convention still relevant. Privately, the left of the Conservative Party is worried about the minister's "populist" approach, a year before the next legislative elections.

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