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Archbishop of Canterbury stands by Rwanda criticism

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has defended his criticism of presidency plans to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Writing in The Telegraph, Archbishop Justin Welby reiterated feedback he made in his Easter sermon wherein he mentioned the plan was the “reverse of the character of God”. 

The Archbishop’s place was attacked by senior authorities ministers, and reportedly prompted the Prime Minister to accuse him of being softer on Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Different critics mentioned the Archbishop ought to keep out of politics.

In his article for The Telegraph, Welby advised the Church had each proper to talk out.

“The Church of England just isn’t a passive observer of migration coverage,” he mentioned. 

The Archbishop argued that the present world asylum system is “damaged” and that “revolutionary options” are wanted to cease the “devastating” deaths occurring within the English Channel. 

“Authorities and Church will not be the identical, however we should certainly all wish to put humanity and equity on the coronary heart of our asylum system,” he mentioned.

“That’s the reason the Church has known as for protected and authorized routes for asylum seekers, making visas obtainable for humanitarian causes, and serving to households to be reunited.

He known as individuals trafficking an “evil” that have to be stopped however mentioned that there have been “critical moral questions” about utilizing deterrence to cease asylum seekers making an attempt to achieve England’s shores.

“For years, the hostile surroundings has not lowered the numbers of individuals in search of asylum right here. This method doesn’t result in higher or fairer outcomes for anybody.

“We will and should do higher,” he mentioned. 

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