#StopTheFlights: Grounding the UK's Rwanda scheme

Survivor-led corporate campaigning

Right after the Nationality and Borders Act was signed into law in the UK, signalling a significant blow to both those seeking asylum as well as to all working to support them, the UK government announced its Rwanda scheme: a plan to send some asylum seekers arriving in the UK to Rwanda on a one-way ticket to seek asylum – which may or may not be granted – there instead. When the scheme was announced, the team at Freedom from Torture knew the time had come to change their tactics.

In this session, you will get a behind-the-scenes rundown of the strategies and tactics Freedom From Torture used to #StopTheFlights that would have deported refugees from the UK to Rwanda, from how the decision was made to switch to corporate campaigning as a charity while ensuring the entire campaign was survivor-led to the online and offline activations they used to force the government’s airline of choice to pull out of the scheme.


Aaliyah Burns
Digital Campaigns, Freedom from Torture
Agustina Oliveri
Senior Digital Campaigns Officer, Freedom from Torture