Campaign for Amnesty International
This week the Human Rights Group ran a new campaign about keeping refugee families together. Britain needs to do more for refugees and today there are so many people who have been forced to leave their home country and they are in desperate need of safety. As one of the wealthiest nations in the world the UK should be helping. Currently the UK is home to less than 1% of the world’s refugees whereas low- and middle-income countries, such as Lebanon and Jordan, are hosting 86% of refugees. This is simply unfair.
In particular the work of our Human Rights Group is going to focus on helping child refugees. Children are the only refugees in our asylum system that do not have the right to ask that close family members, such as their parents, join them in the UK. Amnesty International thinks children should also have the right to a voice and to family reunion.
So our students are asking the UK government to change the current immigration rules. It is a good time to make this stand for the government because the Home Office and Department for Education will soon be running a consultation on this issue. The students invited other pupils help decorate a family paper chain that will be used in a peaceful protest at the Home Office and sign their petition on the issue.
The message of the Human Rights Committee is clear – We can make some noise and have an impact! Don’t leave refugee children with the choice of either going back to an unsafe country to join their family or either never seeing their family again.
We need to send a strong message to the government to stop permanently separating refugee children from their families.
REMEMBER DON’T BE A BYSTANDER, BE AN UPSTANDER!