Stop the Rwanda plan

In April 2022, the UK government announced appalling plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. 
Such proposals are a cruel, moral failure to those in urgent need of protections. 

As a community with a long experience of seeking refuge, the government must know that such abhorrent plans cannot be in our name.

It was a huge relief that the first Rwanda flight was cancelled last month. And in further welcome news, the government has confirmed that the policy is on hold until a new Prime Minister is chosen. 

But this respite is only temporary. Appallingly, both Conservative leadership candidates have pledged to support and expand the Rwanda plan. It is therefore critical that we keep up the pressure against this callous policy. 

Read on to find out more about why we must stand against these shameful plans, and how you can join the fight today.

Why should we oppose the Rwanda plan?

  • Click here to download the our briefing 'Seven reasons why the Rwanda plan is wrong' as a PDF

  • Or scroll down this page to view it in our gallery, and use the arrow buttons to click through

Take action today

  • Use our template letter to lobby your MP, and urge them to speak up against these cruel plans.

  • A judicial review into the plan's legality will start at the High Court on Monday 5th September. Show your opposition by joining the protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice from 9am - 5pm (a rally will be held at 2pm).

Campaign updates

  • More than 100 community members, including 22 rabbis, signed our open letter telling Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss: Scrap the Rwanda plan if you are elected as Prime Minister. (August 8th 2022).

  • Nearly 200 community members signed our petition to Priti Patel MP, urging the government to cancel the first scheduled deportation flight, and to abandon plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. (June 14th 2022).

  • Hear our Executive Director, Dr Edie Friedman, make the moral case against the Rwanda plan on BBC Radio 4's 'Sunday Programme' (the piece starts at 36:22). (June 12th 2022).

  • More than 250 members of the Jewish community, including 29 Liberal, Masorti, Reform and United Synagogue rabbis, signed our open letter to the Home Secretary, compelling the government to abandon plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. (20th April 2022).

  • Read our letter to the Guardian, co-signed by rabbis from across the community, which calls for the government to reconsider, and protect, not punish, those fleeing persecution. (15th April 2022).

  • Read our initial statement condemning the plans, following their announcement in April 2022. (14th April 2022).

Catch up with press coverage of our campaign against the plans on our 'In the News' page.

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