Tuesday 11 October 2016

Join the pressure to admit Calais child refugees to the UK - time is running out

The safe haven for unaccompanied children in Calais - soon to go
Pressure on Home Secretary Amanda Rudd MP to enable child refugees in the Calais Jungle to come to the UK ahead of the planned demolition of the camp are beginning to work.  Yesterday she said agreement was close with the French authorities but the action appears to be limited to children under 12.  Campaigners want it to be extended to under 18 year olds as stipulated in the Dubs amendment LINK.

There will be a demonstration on Friday evening  from 6pm at the statue to Kindertransport outside Liverpool Street station and another on Saturday 2pm at Parliamment Square.

This is an earlier message from the organisers:

Stand Up To Racism, Help4Refugee Children, Care4Calais, Human Rights4Refugees, Calais Action & Fuze Beyond Borders.



It is important we keep the pressure on our government to enact the Dubs Amendment. Their inaction is happening at a time when French authorities are intent on demolishing the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais. The last demolition of the southern section of the camp in February resulted in a number of child refugees going missing.

It is unacceptable that children in the camp are being put at risk of exploitation as a result of the government’s lack of action around the Dubs Amendment.

French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve today accused the UK of ignoring its 'moral duty' on child refugees. While these comments are welcome we believe the French authorities are putting children at risk by demolishing the “Jungle” refugee camp without a clear plan for 950 children. Sign the Care4Calais petition to stop the demolition here https://www.change.org/p/unite-with-refugees-sign-the-petition.

Sixty years ago, the Refugee Convention defined rights for refugees, and most countries signed up to it. The first principle was that refugees should be treated decently. Today their rights are everywhere disregarded, eroded, and trampled on; governments think they can gain popularity by treating refugees in an inhuman way. We say that this is unacceptable. No one is illegal; no one is inhuman.


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