“Hey, @PritiPatel, we believe that the real crisis is the lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture,” Ben and Jerry’s UK posted on its official Twitter account Tuesday. “People would not make dangerous trips if they had another choice. The United Kingdom has not settled refugees since March, but wars and violence continue,” she added.
“People cannot be illegal … Let us remember that we are all human and have equal rights to life, regardless of the country in which we were born.”
The company reminded Patel that under the Refugee Convention, a multilateral UN treaty, the illegal entry of refugees does not affect their right to asylum.
While asylum seekers usually have to apply for asylum in the EU country they first enter, their applications can be transferred to another Member State if they have relatives or dependents there, the spokesperson of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Laura Padoan told CNN Business. The United Kingdom is still being treated as an EU country until the end of 2020.
Patel did not respond to the tweets, but others in her ruling Conservative party appear to have liked the challenge.
A spokesman for the in-house office directed CNN Business to Immigration Minister Chris Phil’s Twitter account, where he defended Britain’s approach.
“They are fleeing France, which is safe, civilized and has a good asylum system. Last year, the United Kingdom awarded 20,000 asylum grants. We are the only G7 country to meet the 0.7% aid target and have the largest refugee settlement. scheme in Europe in the last 5 years. Stick to ice cream, “Phillips said.
The United Kingdom has received significantly fewer asylum seekers than its European neighbors. Britain received nearly 44,300 asylum applications for the first time in 2019, according to EU data. Spain, France, Germany and Greece received between 75,000 and 142,000 applications last year.
Amnesty International said Sunday that a decision by the UK government to deploy Royal Navy ships to prevent people from exercising their right to seek asylum would be “illegal, reckless and dangerous”.
“It’s perfectly legitimate for people to seek asylum in this country – although relatively few people do – and unfortunately, for some, these dangerous journeys are the only means available,” said Steve Valdes-Simmonds, Amnesty International’s director for refugees and migrants in the UK. for rights, a statement said.
“The only people who benefit from the growing determination of the UK government to shake off responsibility are smugglers and hammers,” he added.
The UK has relocated 18,252 Syrian refugees through official channels since 2014, according to Amnesty International, which described it as “a pitifully small fraction of the nearly 4 million Syrians in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan”. Around 84% of all refugees worldwide live in developing regions, according to UNHCR.
“We are a wholly owned subsidiary [of Unilever]”But we are still acting on Ben and Jerry’s mission, vision and values,” a spokesman told CNN Business in June.