British Home Secretary Suella Braverman says the UN refugee convention is more than 70 years old and needs to change. She has positioned herself on the right wing of the Conservative Party, and is considered a future contender for party leader. When you speak today before the American Enterprise Institute, an American think tank, you are expected to say that the conference was “an amazing achievement for its time,” but “we now live in a completely different time.” This is evidenced by excerpts of her speech published in advance reports POLITICO.
Braverman is expected to say that the asylum system would not be supported if “simply being gay or a woman and fearing persecution in their country of origin is sufficient to qualify for protection.”
Criticism of the organization: “Shameful”
The minister’s comments have already drawn criticism from organizations that support refugees.
– LGBTQI people are tortured in many countries because of who they are and who they love, and their pain is no less than the other survivors we treat in our treatment rooms. They deserve exactly the same protection, too. Sonia Seats, director of the NGO Freedom from Torture, says it is shameful for a liberal democracy like Britain to try to weaken protections for this group.
He also criticizes the opposition Labor Party. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper accused Braverman of “looking for someone else to blame” for Britain’s own problems with its asylum system.
During his visit to the country, Braverman will also meet with US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland to discuss immigration and security.
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