London- The Supreme Court has today chosen to make the rule of law and access to justice subservient to the racially motivated diktats and policies of populist politicians. Over a hundred British citizens remain stranded abroad in detention camps, conflict zones, and third countries deprived of their citizenship and the right to a fair hearing.
Those deprived of their citizenship while abroad are not only prohibited from seeing the evidence against them, but as a result of the Supreme Court decision, are now essentially denied the right to consult their lawyers in any meaningful manner.
The implications of the decision will severely limit the ability of individuals to challenge citizenship deprivation decisions by restricting them to only judicial review applications on very limited grounds.
Commenting on the ruling, Muhammad Rabbani, Managing Director of CAGE said:
“It is shocking that the Supreme Court has rubber stamped a policy of medieval exile, that effectively introduces the death penalty on people deemed undesirable by an increasingly hostile Home Office. It is a great cause of worry that racially motivated political diktats are not prohibited by the courts – thus limiting the accountability of the government .”
“The Home Office deliberately circumvents the right to a fair trial for those exiled and stripped off of their citizenship by only doing so when they are not in the country. National security is used as a ruse to suspend long established legal norms.”
“The Supreme Court has not only upheld the Home Office’s politically motivated decision to deny a girl who was groomed as a child the right to return home but has provided cover for the deeply racist citizenship deprivation policy, and failed to address how the secret SIAC courts fundamentally upend any semblance of a fair trial.”
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