‘Arrogant’ Council of Europe raps UK on refugees, trans rights and NI veterans in report

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‘Arrogant’ Council of Europe raps UK on refugees, trans rights and NI veterans in report

The Strasbourg human rights body whose court blocked the Rwanda deportation flights yesterday accused Britain of displaying ‘an antagonistic attitude’

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The Strasbourg human rights body whose court blocked the Rwanda deportation flights yesterday accused Britain of displaying ‘an antagonistic attitude’ towards basic freedoms.

The Council of Europe, which oversees the European Court of Human Rights, lashed out at the UK in a report lecturing the country on how to run its borders.

It also criticised the treatment of trans people, opposed plans to protect Northern Ireland veterans from prosecution, and urged Britain not to hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US.

Tory backbencher Ian Liddell-Grainger said its findings were ‘arrogant’ and displayed a ‘complete lack of understanding about Britain’. He added: ‘We need to pull out of this ridiculous organisation which has no legitimacy… these officials wouldn’t be allowed to run a fish and chip shop in Skegness.’

The Council of Europe, which oversees the European Court of Human Rights, lashed out at the UK in a report lecturing the country on how to run its borders

The Council of Europe, which oversees the European Court of Human Rights, lashed out at the UK in a report lecturing the country on how to run its borders

The Council of Europe, which oversees the European Court of Human Rights, lashed out at the UK in a report lecturing the country on how to run its borders

The council, which has received £310million from Britain over the past decade, aims to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law across the continent.

The 47-page tirade by its human rights commissioner Dunja Mijatovic claimed the Government’s immigration policies ‘put the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants at risk’.

She demanded ‘the expansion of safe and legal routes’ for asylum seekers to come to Britain, and also accused ministers of ‘stirring up fear’ by encouraging ‘a public rhetoric that stigmatises and dehumanises those attempting to cross the Channel to the UK’.

Other ‘recommendations’ include allowing individuals to ‘self-identify’ as the gender of their choice – Britain currently allows people to change their gender only with the approval of a medical panel.

The report was published after Bosnian Ms Mijatovic, who has previously called the UK’s migration policies ‘repressive’, visited Britain for five days earlier this year.

  • The headline of this article has been amended since initial publication to refer to the Council of Europe, and not to a ‘European court’. 

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