Quakers believe that all people are precious, everywhere. Today they speak out yet again against the UK government’s plans on migration which continue to embed policies of discrimination into the practices of the British state.
Announcing his latest plans for the asylum system, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said new legislation would make it clear that those entering the UK by unsafe and irregular routes would not be able to remain.
But the Prime Minister’s plans, announced on Tuesday 13 December, criminalise those seeking sanctuary and contravene the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, of which the UK was a founding signatory.
The UK should do more to promote peace and climate justice abroad, allowing people to live safely at home, rather than being forced to take often life-threatening routes to safety, said Oliver Robertson, head of witness and worship at Quakers in Britain.
Welcome to the third edition of the Churches’ Refugee Network’s (CRN) Advisory Group’s bulletin. This bulletin aims to provide those within the CRN’s network with the latest information, developments and activities linked to immigration, asylum and refugee issues in a British and Irish context
This news comment is attributable to Vicky Tennant, UNHCR Representative to the United Kingdom
UNHCR notes with concern the proposals presented in a report issued today by the Centre for Policy Studies on UK asylum reform.
The report contains critical factual and legal errors regarding the international legal status of refugees and asylum-seekers.
Everybody has the right to seek asylum from persecution in another country, and there is no such thing as an “illegal asylum-seeker”. The indefinite detention of those seeking asylum, based solely on their mode of arrival, would punish people in need of help and protection and constitute a clear breach of the United Kingdom’s obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention.