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Quakers: Sanctuary Everywhere Manifesto – challenging the ‘hostile environment’

Drawing of a woman, man, child and baby.Challenging immigration policies 5.12.2017

Britain’s Quakers are pledging to challenge immigration policies. The position takes a stand against the scandal of indefinite immigration detention, pledges support for ‘new, peaceful, safer routes of migration’, and opposes the possibility of unjust deportations and forced removals.

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QARN next meetings

qarn logo smMeetings usually run from 11am – 4pm: Next meetings for 2019 are on Saturday  19 January  At Friends House, Euston Road in London; 6 April – Friends Meeting House, 50 Railway Street, Hertford SG14 1BA; our AGM will be on 6 July – Balby (Doncaster) Quaker Meeting House, Oxford Place, Doncaster DN1 3RH ; and 12 October in Bristol.

UN Roadmap for migrants

UN: General Assembly officially adopts roadmap for migrants to improve safety, ease suffering 19.12.2018

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The Global Compact for Migration was adopted in the UNGA Vote: Favor 152 Against 5 Abstention 12

The United Nations General Assembly officially endorsed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on Wednesday, a non-binding agreement adopted in Marrakech on 10 December by 164 Member States, and described by UN chief António Guterres as a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”.

The UN Secretary-General explained in a statement released after the vote that the document “reaffirms the foundational principles of our global community, including national sovereignty and universal human rights, while pointing the way toward humane and sensible action to benefit countries of origin, transit and destination as well as migrants themselves”.

Mr. Guterres stressed that the Compact “calls for greater solidarity with migrants in situations of appalling vulnerability and abuse,” that it “underscores the need to anticipate future trends”, and that it “highlights the imperative of devising more legal pathways for migration.”

Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, who led the conference deliberations over the Compact in the Moroccan city of Marrakech last week, said that he formal endorsement “represents a resounding commitment to an international migration framework based on fact, not myth, and to an understanding that national migration policies are best implemented through cooperation not in isolation.”

The document, the first-ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions, was adopted by the General Assembly with 152 votes in favour, 12 abstentions, and five votes against, namely by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the United States of America. An additional 24 Member States were not present to take part in the vote.

Though non-legally binding, the Compact is the outcome of a long negotiation process and provides a strong platform for cooperation on migration, drawing on best practice and international law.

Thanking all those who “helped to bring this landmark step to fruition,” including civil society, migrants, diaspora communities, the private sector, trade unions, academic experts and municipal leaders, the UN chief said he hoped the “countries that have chosen to remain outside the process will come to see the Compact’s value and join this venture”.

In statements explaining their decisions, countries that voted for the document stated often stressed the fact that this document is only a first step and that its realization will be where the work really starts. The sentiment was echoed by the UN chief who said that “leadership will be crucial in bringing the Compact to life, and in avoiding the myths and disparaging discourse that have become all too frequent”.

The UN Secretary-General noted that the United Nations, through the newly established UN Migration Network, stands ready to support Member States and all partners “to make migration work for all.

Solidarity with Stansted Defendants 5th Nov demo

Last year, 15 people grounded a deportation charter flight for ten hours to prevent it taking off. The individuals responsible for this non-violent direct action have been charged with terrrorism-related offences that could result in life imprisonment.
Join us outside Chelmsford Court to stand in solidarity with the Stansted 15 defendants. Their trial began a month ago and is still ongoing. We will be offering our support to them, and our opposition to Home Office deportations.

We intend the demonstration as a dignified vigil. To support this we ask for no chanting or amplified music to best support the defendants and the cause. Banners and placards are very welcome. 
 
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Right to Remain toolkit to navigate the system

Prepared in August 2018: Our Toolkit is based on people’s experience of the asylum and immigration system, ideas and actions they have found helpful to navigate the system and survive. https://righttoremain.org.uk/preparing-in-case-of-detention-update/

Thank you to Freed Voices for the feedback which has led to updating this page on detention.

Detention Forum: Unlocking Detention

22.10.2018: In the last year, over 26,000 people were detained in the UK under immigration powers.

There is no time limit on how long people can be detained under immigration powers in the UK. That means that people are held in prison-like conditions with no idea when they will be released. There is plenty of evidence documenting the harm that this causes to those detained, and to their families and communities. Continue reading “Detention Forum: Unlocking Detention”

Campaigning for the Right to Work for People Seeking Asylum

Asylum Matters: 16.10.2018: Join us in Campaigning for the Right to Work for People Seeking Asylum
Asylum Matters has come together today with more than 80 charities, think tanks, faith groups, businesses and trade unions to launch the ‘Lift the Ban’ campaign calling on the Government to grant the right to work to people seeking asylum.

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