Argentina vehemently opposes the British migrant plan, igniting a firestorm in the Falklands.
The UK’s plans to send migrants arriving via the English Channel to the Falklands have been branded as “contempt for human rights” by Argentina.
Last week, Conservative MPs urged the government to send migrants arriving in the UK illegally by small boats to offshore centers in the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory in the southwest Atlantic Ocean that has been at odds with Argentina since 1982.
“The only way we will put these people off is by sending the message that if you come here you will be sent 8,000 miles away,” Lee Anderson, the MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, told The Guardian.
“I would support the use of the Falkland Islands.”
His remarks came as the government grew increasingly concerned about the rising number of people risking their lives by crossing the Channel in the winter.
“These statements demonstrate the contempt for human rights on the part of the most reactionary British political arc when their interests are at stake,” Argentine politician Gustavo Melella, the current Governor of Tierra del Fuego, the province to which the Falklands belong, said of the UK proposal.
“We have already seen how British colonial action and its archaic imperial pretensions use populations as a bargaining chip,” Mr Melella wrote, drawing on history.
“A clear example is the expulsion of Chagossian-born Mauritanians from their homes in order to rent a military base to the US.”
In 1965, Britain purchased the Chagos Islands from Mauritius for 3 million pounds, forming the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).
Between 1967 and 1973, about 2,000 indigenous Chagossians were relocated to Mauritius and the Seychelles to make way for a US military base on one of the 65 Chagos islands.
“The UK must be held accountable for the disasters its policies cause in other countries and, as a result, meet its obligations to end colonialism in all forms,” Mr Melella continued.
He accused London of pretending to have a “modern relationship” with “its so-called illegal colonies,” claiming that its policies were based on a “century-old archaic colonial system.”
“Decisions about what happens are solely made by the metropolis,” he asserted.
“I express my utter disapproval of the statements made by British parliamentarians, who not only intend to violate the human rights of people fleeing humanitarian crises, but also intend to violate the human rights of people who are fleeing humanitarian crises.
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