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I am very pleased to let you know that we have a victory in this campaign and our campaigning has resulted in the government doing a u-turn on their inhumane and illegal push-back of small boats of refugees into the English Channel sea.
It is through collective action and joint working against this horrendous racist policy that we succeeded. Thanks to everyone for signing this petition, the legal challenges and for taking part in campaigning activities.
The policy on push-back of small boats was withdrawn days before a judicial review court hearing was scheduled to take place in the High Court.
The Royal Navy has been given responsibility for Channel operations and the Ministry of Defence has confirmed in a letter that it has no jurisdiction to push back boats of refugees. This is what we pointed out when we started this petition last Autumn, that it was in breach of International laws.
Whilst this is a clear victory for all of us who campaigned and kept up pressure on the government to reverse this wicked policy we cannot afford to he complacent in relation to the attack on refugee and migrant communities as the racist and draconian Nationality and Borders bill which we have also been campaigning against and which has twice been rejected in the House of Lords reaches its final stage. Also the government has recently announced a deal to offshore processing of asylum seekers to Rwanda, another inhumane policy, contradicting the Refugee Convention.
So as we celebrate this victory on small boats , the campaign against racist immigration policies continues.
Thank you for your part in the success of this campaign which has been achieved through people power and collective actions and campaigning.
Solidarity and Thanks.
National Chair and Co-founder BARAC UK
We have started this petition in opposition to the UK government's policy to turn away small boats of refugees and migrants arriving by sea and the training of Border Force staff to carry out their 'turnaround' policy.
Abuse of Human Rights
We believe that this is an abuse of human rights and it is essential that we challenge it collectively.
When people are risking their lives and those of their children to travel across seas in life threatening conditions, where the chances of success are known to be remote, we must consider the push factors which are causing them to make such a decision. Nobody embarks on such a perilous journey unless they believe what they are fleeing is worse than what they are to face. 75% of those crossing the Channel on small boats are children.
Breach of International Laws
Turning people away from British seas to face an almost certain death and the nullifying of International Maritime law to save those in need at sea Under the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea.
This policy also contravenes International law under the Geneva Convention on the right to seek asylum. Each State must also refrain from actions that would endanger asylum seekers.
This is a concern for the whole International community, as it would leave every single one of us unprotected and vulnerable.
Please support our campaign by signing our petition today.
We are a global community and whatever crises affects one country can impact on all of us and Sat negative precedents. We should not turn our back on any humanitarian crisis and we ask you to join us in opposing this inhumane policy and calling on the government to abide by International and human rights laws. Safeguarding human lives at sea must take priority over any other considerations of nationality and migration policies.
We call on the UK government to cease their plans to turn away boats and we call on the UN to intervene urgently on the breaches to International human rights .
Please sign this petition to support these actions and to voice your disapproval for the sentencing of human beings to death, through negligence and a lack of human compassion.
Black Activist Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK