The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in London has said the introduction of a new citizenship and border bill would criminalize the presence of Afghans fleeing the Taliban.
UNHCR envoy to the UK Russella Bagliucci-Lor told MPs that the government could find itself in a situation where Afghans seeking asylum in the UK could be imprisoned for traveling illegally.
The British Guardian newspaper – in a statement on its website today – Wednesday quoted Baklus Lாரrre as saying earlier in the internal affairs committee: “I have to be honest – paradoxically – the same people who were most affected when we saw the planes in Kabul, we are now discussing how to get them out.” And if they can come here, they – if the plan becomes law – they could be sent to another country, subject to four years in prison and some attempts to be sent back, “he said.” But we are ready to ignore them when they come to the UK. “
The newspaper pointed out that the stated objectives of the bill to be discussed by the committee were to make the asylum system more legitimate, to address illegal entry into the UK and to deport those without rights. In the country, this means that anyone who enters the UK illegally can be imprisoned for up to four years without access to public funds, like a small boat across the channel.
It is noteworthy that UNHCR believes that this bill will create a two-tier discriminatory asylum system that violates the 1951 Refugee Convention.
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