#StopRwanda

The government has announced that it intends to send refugees arriving in the UK to Rwanda by force. We urgently need your help to stop this from happening. Find out how you can help and for the background on why we are doing this.

What you can do to help

Donate to our Legal Access Team

Donate to our Legal Access Team. Our team is incredibly stretched so we are raising funds for a paid caseworker to increase capacity for this fight and to continue the extra support that will be needed under the cruel Nationality and Borders Act.

Donate to our Crowdfunder

Donate to our Crowdfunder for legal fees to challenge the Rwanda plan in court. We are raising funds for our own legal costs, and to protect us from paying the Home Office’s legal fees if the case gets to court and we don’t win.

Support on Social Media

We need to make as much noise as possible in the lead up to the court hearing on 5th September to make sure the Government is clear about public opinion. Here’s what you can do:

  • Download the icon and save it as your profile picture on social media
  • Print off or make a #StopRwanda card and take picture of yourself and/or your friends holding it. Post the pic on your social channels and tag us @care4calais and send your pic to us [email protected]
  • Buy your t shirt, take a photo, post it on socials, wear it out and about, talk about it and wear it to the demo!
  • Make sure you use the #StopRwanda hashtag.

Demonstrate

When: Monday 5th September, 9am to 5pm

Where: Outside the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL

On 5th September we will be back in the High Court for the most important hearing yet. The legal challenge, and the protests that took place in June were so important in stopping the horror of refugees being sent to Rwanda on the government’s first scheduled flight. We MUST keep up the pressure and show of opposition.

There will be a demonstration outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London between 9 am – 5 pm with a rally at 2 pm. Please attend if you can.

Click here for more information

Write To Your MP

You can write to your MP by using our template letter. Simply copy and paste the text that we provide, and then enter your postcode into the box below to contact your local MP.

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Share

Share these refugee information leaflets as widely as possible.  Please share with:

  • Any refugees you know
  • Anyone who works with refuges
  • Any organisations who work with refugees

Please help us to protect people from this reprehensible plan.  Please note:

  • People who arrived before 1 January 2022 should be safe
  • People who arrived via small boat or lorry are being targeted
  • We stopped the government doing pushbacks, we can stop them doing this

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Why we are doing this

Refugees who have suffered the horrors of war, torture and persecution will now be faced with the immense trauma of deportation and an unknown future. This will cause immeasurable fear, anguish and distress.

We risk violating refugees’ human rights.  UNHCR have presented compelling evidence that they will not be safe in Rwanda and they will not get fair hearings for their asylum claims.

Sending asylum seekers to Rwanda would breach the UK’s legal obligations under the Refugee Convention. You are not allowed to punish refugees for arriving illegally in a country to claim asylum.  Being forced to travel illegally is part of being a refugee.  Dictators do not issue visas and passports get lost in wars and conflicts. Criminalising refugees is victim blaming.

It will cost British taxpayers a fortune. Surprisingly, the government has not costed the exercise – although the reluctance to release figures may be telling in itself. Australia’s notorious offshore scheme reportedly cost more than £5bn.

If we gave all refugees visas to cross the Channel, in the same way we do with Ukrainians, no one would need to risk their lives in small boats, and people smugglers would be put out of business overnight.

The Rwanda plan is brutal.  Given the more humane, and effective, options available is this really what we as a compassionate country want to do?

Some refugees are free to cross “safe” countries to seek sanctuary in the UK, while others who do the same thing are punished by being sent to Rwanda.

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