Representatives of organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers have written an open letter calling for the Prime Minister to ‘restore trust in the asylum system so all get a fair hearing and access to the protection they need’
The letter reads:
Now the UK has voted for Brexit we need a national discussion on immigration that is humane and honest, not based on fear or misinformation. The government has said it will publish a new UK asylum strategy. We believe it should stand for three key principles.
First, let more refugees find safety in the UK without having to risk their lives in the hands of people smugglers.
Second, restore trust in the asylum system so all get a fair hearing and access the protection they need.
Third, support refugees to rebuild their lives, without fear of return to a place where their lives are at risk.
Previous British leaders helped to establish the international laws protecting people fleeing from violence or persecution. Unravelling those protections for the world’s most vulnerable would be a travesty.
Maurice Wren, CEO, British refugee Council;
Laurie Lee, CEO, CARE International UK;
Tess Berry-Hart, director, Calais Action;
Kate Allen, director, Amnesty International UK;
Loretta Minghella, chief Executive, Christian Aid;
John Wilkes, chief executive, Scottish Refugee Council;
Girish Menon, chief executive, Action Aid, UK;
Chris Bain, director, CAFOD;
Jane Waterman, executive director, International Rescue Committee UK;
Leigh Daynes, executive director, Doctors of the World UK;
Stephen Hale, chief executive, Refugee Action;
Susan Munroe, CEO, freedom from Torture,
Sarah Teather, director, Jesuit Refugee Service UK.