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Press Release: Celebrities urge PM to think again on refugees

Olivia Colman CBE, Stephen Fry, Shaparak Khorsandi, Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS, Thandiwe Newton OBE and Robert Rinder are among more than 40 celebrities from stage, screen, comedy, music and journalism to have signed an open letter (1) to the Prime Minister, calling for a kinder, fairer and more effective system for refugees in the UK….

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Show of hearts in Sussex as Week of Action gets off to great start!

The Week of Action kicked off to a great start. Two groups in Sussex got in early to organise wonderful events demonstrating their support for a more compassionate approach to refugees. Both events helped to send a clear message to MPs as they debate the Nationality and Borders Bill which threatens to make life even…

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Week of Action public campaign events listing

Abergavenny – Oppose the government’s nationality and borders bill 23rd October, 11.30 – 2.30PM, St John’s Square near the Post Office Meeting with banners, information and orange hearts (the symbol of the Together With Refugees coalition). We will be giving out postcards to send to MPs and other decision makers, showing them our opposition to…

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City of Sanctuary / Together With Refugees Schools Activity Pack

The Schools of Sanctuary team, at City of Sanctuary UK, have worked with us to create a Schools Activity Pack. This pack will help schools learn more about the Together with Refugees campaign (see campaign pack here). It will help teachers to get their classes involved to show support of refugees and people seeking sanctuary….

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Week of Action and Rally 18-24 October

We’re gearing up for a Week of Action (18-24 October) as MPs return to Parliament after the party conferences, and the Bill moves to its next stage. Together With Refugees members can support this in three important ways: 1) Rally in London on 20 October Together With Refugees’ members, Solidarity With Refugees, Sisters Not Strangers,…

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Statement: Response to Afghanistan crisis and government resettlement programme

Response to the Afghanistan crisis and UK government resettlement programme from Asylum Matters, Freedom from Torture, Refugee Action, the Refugee Council and Scottish Refugee Council Overview Many Afghans now face profound dangers to their lives, human rights, and ability to live in freedom and dignity. The UK’s response to the crisis must be compassionate, comprehensive…

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The Guardian: Refugees recreate historic picture to celebrate 70 years of protection

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Media Release: Seven refugees from seven decades and seven countries mark 70 years of the Refugee Convention

Refugees re-create iconic image of the signing of the UN Refugee Convention on its 70th anniversary Seventy years today since the UK signed the UN Refugee Convention (28 July), refugees from each of those seven decades have come together to re-create the iconic photograph (1) of the original signing of the Convention – but with…

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Refugees from 7 decades mark the 70th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention which takes place on 28 July 2021 Left to right standing: Linh Vu (arrived 1979) Bharat Gheewala (arrived 1964) Paul Lorber (arrived 1968) Baraa Halabieh (arrived 2016) Darius Nasimi (arrived 1999) Abu-Zayd Abdulrahman (arrived 2004) Karim Shirin (arrived 1994) Remzije Duli (arrived 1991) Mukund Nathwani (arrived 1972) Ibrahim Dogus (arrived 1991) Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi (arrived 1999) Tom Leimdorfer (arrived 1956) Aloysius Ssali (arrived 2005) Tesfai Berhane Sebhat (arrived 1981) Left to right sitting Gillian Slovo (arrived 1964) Dr Saad Maida (arrived 2010) George Szirtes (arrived 1956) Hong Dam (arrived 1980)

News story: Seven refugees from seven decades and seven countries mark 70 years of the Refugee Convention

Seventy years ago today the UK signed the UN Refugee Convention. To celebrate this proud moment in our history and to urge that it is upheld for the future, Together With Refugees invited refugees from each of those seven decades to re-create the iconic photograph of the original signing of the Convention. The photograph brings together…

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Mariam’s story: Having fled Eritrea, Mariam fears for others who would be denied sanctuary

“When I left Eritrea. I didn’t know if I was going to live or die. I just knew I had to get out. I didn’t have any option about where I went – I just found myself here.” Mariam, whose name has been changed, is a clinical support worker on a Covid-19 ward in Leeds….

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