Rwanda migrants — latest: Torture victim to be deported as passengers ‘cut to 10’

A victim of torture is still scheduled to be deported to Rwanda tomorrow despite the number of passengers being slimmed down by successful appeals, a barrister told the Court of Appeal today.

Raza Hussain QC, representing two people at risk of removal and three organisations challenging the policy, read out a Home Office letter to court which said that his client’s deportation should still go ahead because “Rwanda has a functioning healthcare system.”

The number of people on Tuesday’s flight has now been cut down to ten, according to campaign group Care4Calais.

The Home Office’s plan is facing two legal challenges today. The PCS union, which represents Border Force staff, is appealing a decision made on Friday for the flight to go ahead tomorrow. The charity Asylum Aid is also mounting another attempt to stop the flight.

Judges at the Court of Appeal heard today that the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, was concerned about “deficiencies” in Rwanda’s immigration process and warned the government not to pursue the plan.

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