Today (Wednesday 15 November) the Supreme Court ruled the UK Government’s Rwanda plan is unlawful.

Govan Community Project is very happy that the correct ruling was made by the Supreme Court on the Rwanda Plan, however we share continued concerns with our colleagues across the sector of the UK Government’s ongoing inhumane treatment of those seeking safety.

We stand with over 100 of our sector colleagues, issuing the following joint statement.

We are relieved today that the Supreme Court has made the right decision and declared that Rwanda is not a safe country for this government to send people needing safety. The Rwanda plan was always cruel and immoral. We urge the Government to immediately abandon such plans with Rwanda or with any other country, and instead protect the rights of people who have come to our country in search of sanctuary.

While we welcome the decision today, we remain concerned by this Government’s overall treatment of people who move to this country. We are alarmed by this Government’s continuous efforts to detain and forcibly send people to countries where they may not know anyone, especially if it puts them at risk of harm and human rights violations. We know that as a community we are compassionate and welcoming, and we need immigration policies that are rooted in that same care, compassion, and respect for human rights. We call on everyone to stand up for the rights of people seeking sanctuary, regardless of where they come from or how they travel here.

Signed (as of noon Wednesday 15 November 2023)


  1. Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)
  3. Kalayaan 
  4. Liberty 
  5. Doctors of the World UK
  6. Welsh Refugee Council
  7. Medical Justice
  8. Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)
  9. Rainbow Migration
  10. Bail for Immigration Detainees
  11. Just Fair
  12. René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights
  13. After Exploitation
  14. Freedom from Torture
  15. Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)
  16. North Wales Regional Equality Network
  17. Young Roots
  18. Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)
  19. Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID)
  20. Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT UK)
  21. Humans for Rights Network
  22. Hibiscus Initiatives
  23. Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ)
  24. Scottish Refugee Council
  25. Helen Bamber Foundation
  26. Asylum Aid
  27. The William Gomes Podcast
  28. Routes Collective
  29. New Citizens’ Gateway
  30. CARAS
  31. West London Welcome
  32. Student Action for Refugees (STAR)
  33. Afghan Association Paiwand
  34. RefuAid 
  35. IMIX
  36. Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group
  37. Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN)
  38. Our Second Home
  39. Samphire
  40. Care4Calais
  41. St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax
  42. Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit
  43. Good Chance Theatre
  44. The Runnymede Trust
  45. Hope at Home
  46. Voices in Exile
  47. Refugee Support Group (Berkshire)
  48. Ice and Fire Theatre
  49. Waging Peace
  50. Reading City of Sanctuary
  51. forRefugees
  52. Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group
  53. Hastings Supports Refugees
  54. Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign
  55. Hastings Community of Sanctuary
  56. Herts for Refugees
  57. City of Sanctuary UK
  58. Bristol Refugee Rights
  59. Da’aro Youth Project
  60. Reunite Families UK
  61. Migrants’ Rights Network
  62. Public Law Project
  63. Praxis
  64. Refugee Action
  65. Together with Migrant Children
  66. JRS UK (Jesuit Refugee Service)
  67. Here for Good
  68. Refugee Council
  69. the3million
  70. Open Rights Group
  71. National AIDS Trust
  72. Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG)
  73. Asylum Matters
  75. People in Motion
  76. Refugee and Migrant Centre (West Midlands)
  77. RAMFEL
  78. Refugee Women Connect
  79. Voices Network 
  80. Micro Rainbow
  81. LGBT Health and Wellbeing (Scotland)
  82. The VOICES Network 
  83. Mermaids
  84. HOPE not hate
  85. African Rainbow Family
  86. Manchester Migrant Solidarity
  87. Safe Passage
  88. Birmingham City of Sanctuary
  89. Birmingham Schools of Sanctuary
  90. Haringey Welcome
  91. House of Rainbow CIC
  92. Asylum Welcome 
  93. Anti-Slavery International
  94. LGBT Foundation
  95. Migrants Organise
  96. Hope and Aid Direct
  97. Inclusive Mosque Initiative 
  98. Alawia SBI
  99. JustRight Scotland
  100. Kanlungan Filipino Consortium
  101. Time To Be Out
  102. TransActual
  103. Durham Visitors Group
  104. Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees & Asylum Seekers
  105. RefYouMe
  106. Reclaim The Sea
  107. Big Leaf Foundation
  108. Freedom United
  109. Muslim Council of Britain
  110. Global Link
  111. Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield
  112. Asylum Support Appeals Project
  113. Gendered Intelligence
  114. Migrant Voice
  115. Stand For All
  116. Migration Justice Project, Law Centre NI
  117. NACCOM
  118. Refugee Legal Support
  119. South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice
  120. Choose Love 
  121. Refugee and Migrants Forum of Essex and London
  122. Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network
  123. Nottingham Arimathea Trust
  124. Govan Community Project
  125. Simon Community Scotland
  126. Welcome Churches
  127. The Pickwell Foundation
  128. Refugees at Home
  129. Stonewall
  130. Sahir House
  131. Southeast and East Asian Centre (SEEAC)
  132. Room to Heal
  133. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative




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