Rwanda-UK deal: Gov lawyers say deportation ‘not punishment’

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Lawyers representing the UK government argued on Wednesday that sending asylum seekers to Rwanda under the government’s controversial deportation policy is “not a punishment” during a High Court hearing this week. On day three of a judicial review into the policy’s lawfulness, Lord David Pannick QC said the UK government had clear legal powers to send asylum seekers to a “safe” third country under a law passed by Labour in 2004. The Home Office legal team told the court that Rwanda provided water-tight assurances to guarantee migrants are treated fairly and have access to legal representation,…

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