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Celebrities urge Commonwealth to stand against refugee deportation to Rwanda

Celebrities, many with heritage from African countries in the Commonwealth including Sophie Okonedo, Martins Imhangbe, Lucian Msamati and Anita Asante, are urging Commonwealth leaders who are attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda today (25 June 2022), to take a stand against the UK government’s new policy to deport refugees to the same…

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We stand in condemnation of the disturbing Rwanda scheme: our coalition letter to the Editor

As leaders from all over the world prepare for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and on World Refugee Day, over 170 organisations signed a letter to the Editor published in today’s Independent. These included groups led by refugees, human rights organisations, international development agencies, major faiths, women’s groups and regional and local service…

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From refugee to OBE: Sabir Zazai honoured for refugee work

Dr Sabir Zazai, Chair of Together With Refugees, CEO of Scottish Refugee Council and himself a refugee has today (Thursday 2nd June 2022) been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his work advocating for refugee rights. This is a wonderful testament not only to the work of Sabir, but also…

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Our joint influence and impact with peers and MPs

Over the last six months Tom Nguyen, has been coordinating the coalition’s parliamentary team, and drawing on the expertise and contacts of our members to lobby MPs and peers on the Nationality and Borders Act. We’re doing a deeper assessment of our parliamentary work as part of a wider reflection of the coalition’s activities over…

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Community picnics at the end of “Healing” Refugee Week

Campaign activist and media manager for Kent Refugee Action Network, Bridget Chapman, has proposed “community picnics up and down the country so that those with lived experience, those from the refugee and migrant support sector, and all those in the community who support and want to show solidarity, can come together to simply share a…

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After the government forces through the Nationality & Borders Bill we fight on…

Today, in the face of overwhelming opposition, and forced to resort to strong-arm tactics in the House of Lords, the Government has managed to steamroller the catastrophic Nationality and Borders Bill through Parliament. The bill will harm people seeking sanctuary This bill will punish refugees who have been left with no other options to find…

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Celebrities & refugees take to the Thames to urge MPS to ‘vote to protect not punish refugees’

PRESS RELEASE: 20/04/2022 Actor Juliet Stevenson and the Ukrainian refugee family she is hosting at her home were joined today (Wednesday 20th April 2022) by Robert Rinder, Lily Cole and a host of other celebrities, refugees and campaigners from campaign coalition Together With Refugees on a boat on the Thames to urge MPs to ‘vote…

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MPs: Vote for protection not punishment for refugees

The Nationality and Borders bill will return to the House of Commons on Wednesday 20 April – MPs will have a chance to approve key changes to soften the legislation. If it passes without these changes, this bill will represent one of the biggest roll back of refugee rights that this country has ever seen….

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How to make a bad bill a bit better…

The Nationality and Borders Bill will see people fleeing war and persecution – some of the world’s most vulnerable people – criminalised, detained and deported. We are calling on MPs to accept two vital reforms to this bill proposed by the House of Lords: +MPs are being asked to approve a change to remove Clause…

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A message from Sabir Zazai, following House of Commons vote

Yesterday MP’s voted on the Nationality and Borders Bill in the House of Commons. Sabir Zazai, CEO of Scottish Refugee Council and spokesperson for Together With Refugees, gave the following response: “The government faced strong criticism and a series of rebellions led by a set of former conservative ministers on its proposed hardline approach to…

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