April 1, 2023

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Prince Charles of Rwanda: Clarence House does not deny commenting on the report that the Prince of Wales finds the UK's plan to send migrants to Rwanda "appalling"

Prince Charles of Rwanda: Clarence House does not deny commenting on the report that the Prince of Wales finds the UK’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda “appalling”

“He said he was more disappointed with this policy,” the newspaper quoted an anonymous source as saying. “He said he thought the entire government’s approach was appalling,” he added.

CNN has not independently verified The Times’ report.

Clarence House told CNN in a statement that the Prince of Wales remains politically neutral.

“We will not comment on supposedly anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales, except to stress that he remains politically neutral. Political matters are government decisions,” Clarence House said.

The Times reports that the Prince of Wales fears the controversial policy could loom over the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit to be held later this month in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is expected to represent Queen Elizabeth II.

In response to The Times’ report, a UK government spokesperson told CNN in a statement: “Our world-leading partnership with Rwanda will see those undertaking dangerous, unnecessary and illegal journeys to the UK being taken there to look into their claims and rebuild their lives. There is no single solution to the crisis. Global migration, but doing nothing is not an option, and this partnership will help break the criminal gang business model and prevent loss of life.”

“Rwanda is essentially a safe and secure country with a proven track record of supporting asylum seekers and we are confident that the agreement is fully compliant with all national and international laws,” the statement added.

The UK government announced in April that it had agreed to a deal to send asylum seekers to the East African country, in a move it insisted was aimed at disrupting people-smuggling networks and deterring migrants from crossing the dangerous English Channel into England from Europe. .

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On Friday, the UK’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda early next week was lit up in green, after the High Court in London rejected an injunction brought by activists to block the first flight scheduled to depart on Tuesday.

The Home Office scheme is under judicial review in the royal courts, with a ruling on its legality expected in late July.

Human rights groups said they would appeal the decision. Care4Calais, one of the human rights groups that filed the initial appeal to block the deportations, said it had been given permission to appeal the ruling on Monday.