This is what British Home Secretary Suella Braverman will say in her speech today at the American Enterprise Institute. Amnesty Italia to Adnkronos: “Attack that is not surprising, GB has adopted cruel policies for some time”
”Being homosexual or being a woman is not a sufficient reason” to request political asylum and enjoy the international protection reserved for refugees. This is what British Home Secretary Suella Braverman will say in her speech today at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, according to Sky News previews. The minister, who has been in office for about a year, will ask herself whether the principles of the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees still apply in the current historical moment. Braverman had previously also contested the European Convention on Human Rights and in particular its influence on British government deportation program to Rwanda.
“I would like to be clear: There are large areas of the world where it is extremely difficult to be gay or to be a woman. Where people are persecuted, it is right that we offer refuge”, the minister will say according to previews. ”But we won’t be able to support an asylum system if the mere fact of being gay, or of being a womanand being afraid of being discriminated against in one’s country of origin is enough to obtain protection”, he will add.
Amnesty Italia: “Attack that is not surprising, cruel policies have long been in place in GB”
”It is not surprising” that Minister Braverman attacked the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees, because ”for some time British governments have been trying to distance themselves from the obligations established by the international system of asylum protection” and the Convention ”it is the fundamental pillar of those protections”. She declared this to Adnkronos on spokesperson for Amnesty International Italy Riccardo Nouryrecalling that London has also adopted ”cruel policies such as the outsourcing of the examination of asylum applications to Rwanda”.
Noury therefore maintains that ”the distinction between ‘persecution’ and ‘fear of discrimination’ made by Minister Braverman is quite artificial: if discrimination is sanctioned by laws and practices, persecution or at least a persecutory intent is already taking place and seeking protection becomes urgent”. Ultimately, concludes the Amnesty spokesperson, ”the more the reasons for seeking protection increase, the more many governments try to deny it”.