Controversial charity ‘recruiting hundreds of volunteers’ to try block Rwanda flights

A controversial charity says it recruiting hundreds of volunteers in a bid to stop Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda flights.

It comes just under a day after a minister pledged flights would take off “within weeks” after the legislation made if through Parliament this week.

This could mean the first illegal migrants could soon be sent to the African nation.

However, according to the Daily Mail, charity Care4Calais says it has recruited hundreds of volunteers who will identify migrants due to be on the flights and help them lodge appeals.

The organization reoprt reportedly reprimanded by the Charity Commission last year for historic mismanagement and misconduct.

A source told the BBC: “Human rights still apply – we are ready to go.”

While Steve Smith, its chief executive, told the i newspaper: “If Parliament passes the Rwanda Bill next week we will leave no stone unturned to identify those at risk and signpost them to get legal support.”

Last night Dama Priti Patel told the Mail the charity had opted to “prioritise political activism ahead of stopping the dangerous trade in people-smuggling and ending the tragedy of lives lost at sea.”

Health Secretary Victoria Atkins yesterday told Sky News the first Rwanda flights could take off within weeks. She said: ‘We want them to take off as quickly as possible. Certainly within weeks, we very much plan to have it within weeks.’

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