As Parliament prepares to debate next steps in Syria, Quakers in Britain have made this statement: http://www.quaker.org.uk/news-and-events/news/quakers-responding-to-terrorism
The attacks in Paris on 13 November were deeply shocking and our hearts continue to go out to those killed, injured, bereaved and traumatised.
It is human nature that the closer suffering comes to us, the more acutely we feel the pain and grief. But that experience should sensitise us to the suffering caused repeatedly by acts of war and violent crime in more distant places, including Beirut, Sinai, Bamako and Aleppo. It should strengthen our determination to build a safer world together.
Terrorism is a deliberate attempt to provoke fear, hatred, division and a state of war. War – especially war with the West – is what ISIS/Daesh wants. It confirms the image they project of the West as a colonialist ‘crusader’ power, which acts with impunity to impose its will overseas and especially against Muslims. Read more
FWCC: As Quakers from across Europe, meeting in Belgium in the aftermath of the recent murders in Paris and Beirut, we mourn with those who have lost someone close to them. We also acknowledge the anxiety and fear people are feeling across France, Lebanon and elsewhere. http://www.fwccemes.org/news/european-quakers-call-for-an-end-to-the-cycle-of-violence
No one is secure unless all of us are secure, and that includes the people of Syria and other war-torn countries as well as the people of France and the rest of Europe.
We call upon our respective governments and the European Union to break the endless cycle of violence that has been fuelling war and terror in recent years. We need to move away from expensive, indiscriminate and ineffective military power and stop fuelling war and the spread of arms. Read more
New report: When the Best is Not Enough (November 2015) Fresh-faced, bright-eyed, optimistic law students walk into the Immigration & Asylum FirstTier Tribunal building at Taylor House. They have been trained by Bail Observation Project volunteers on how BOP works, the reputations of different tribunals, and of good and …notorious … judges. They have heard how some judges operate a fair court and turn out balanced decisions, while others pretty much allow the Home Office Presenting Officer to write their judgments for them. What awaits them, therefore, is a lottery.
Great gathering of Quaker activists at Friends House today. There are so many people doing so much and with amazing heart for refugees and people seeking asylum, and outrage about the system that leaves them in these dire situations
The Immigration Bill 2015 was published on 17 September 2015. For now, this post provides links to further reading and resources on the Bill and also some commentary on the appeals sections, which are of the most direct interest to immigration lawyers like myself. I may update and perhaps republish the post if there are significant developments or I get a chance to take a closer look at other parts of the Bill Read more
Guardian: by Gillian Hughes
At the age of 13, Janan witnessed his father being beaten to death by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan and his mother dragged off into the night. Recognising the danger to Janan, his relatives sold his parents’ land and paid traffickers to take him to safety. Traumatised and vulnerable, he set off on a horrific nine-month journey. He recalls gruelling marches over mountains in the snow and witnessing the shooting of fellow travellers who fell behind through hunger and fatigue. Every new day that dawned, Janan thought would be his last. Sadly, his story is not uncommon. Read more
Photographer Giles Duley is on the Greek island of Lesbos where every day thousands of refugees are landing, to be told there is nowhere they can stay. He introduces a new series of images documenting the plight of the world’s displaced people
survivors, upon landing, shake your hand and say “thank you”, I turn ashamed, for they have nothing to thank us for. If this were ever to be my family seeking safety, I hope the world would treat them better. We can argue about the root causes and possible solutions; we can discuss the difference between refugees, asylum seekers and migrants; we can blame traffickers and smugglers. But the simple truth is that men, women and children are suffering terribly and dying on the coasts of Europe, and for the sake of humanity alone we must help them, not turn our backs.
This analysis demonstrates for the first time the vast distances people have travelled to get to Europe.
An interactive video story released by Channel 4 News called Two Billion Miles allows viewers to follow in the footsteps of migrants and refugees as they face the hardships of months on the road.
The user-led story demonstrates the reality of the migrant experience, as they flee from terror and war, starting from one of six locations: Sinjar in Iraq, three cities in Syria, Somalia and Eritrea. Read more
A one-stop resource for councillors and council officers to answer any questions you might have about taking in refugees. This includes regional contacts, where to direct residents offering housing and our media statements, amongst other resources.
We will continue to update these resources as more information comes through – keep checking this page to stay up to date. Read more