Political Action

Organizations and Charities Issue Joint Statement Denouncing Government’s “Reprehensible Decisionon Dubs

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On 7th March MPs voted 287–267 to close the Dubs Amendment, and to shut the door on 2650 unaccompanied child refugees living without protection in Europe. This is a shameful decision.

The Children and Social Work Bill was proposed to have an amendment by MP Heidi Allen, which required the government to access each local council’s space allocation for unaccompanied minors. This is a step which would allow to make accurate calculations of how many children could be cared for under each local council. This is a step which should have happened far earlier if the government were seriously considering to uphold Dubs beyond the bare minimum.

Worst of all, the argument for upholding the cap of 350 children, is based on incorrect information. Many councils have said they contacted the Home Office about available spaces and a willingness to take in child refugees, but were ignored.

Human Rights advisors have warned that closing the Dubs scheme would lead many minors into the hands of traffickers. If we aren’t willing to protect children, what is left?

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has perpetuated misinformed ideas by arguing that Dubs and other transfer schemes act as ‘pull factors’, that they promote the role of traffickers. These arguments are incorrect, and are used as excuses to neglect these young refugees.

Now, we must be louder than ever in standing up for these children. We cannot let a decision which unconscionably denies safety to hundreds of vulnerable people go unchallenged. We refuse to allow a fearful political climate to allow the UK government to decide that young unaccompanied children who have fled war and conflict seeking refuge in supposedly “safe” Europe, are not worthy of our help or care.


Signatories:

Voices for Child Refugees

The Hummingbird Project

Help4Refugee Children

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Help Refugees
Care4Calais
Unofficial Women and Children’s Centre in Calais/Meena
Refugee Youth Service
Stand Up to Racism
Refugee Support
Jungle Canopy
Re-Act Scotland
Dunkirk Legal Support Team
The Worldwide Tribe
Hedge-U-Cation C.I.C
Solidarity with Refugees
Nottingham Solidarity
Derbyshire Solidarity
East Midlands Solidarity
IMAGINE Calais
Donate4Refugees
United to Assist Refugees
Boots, Backpacks & Baby Carriers — Aid for refugees in Chios
Syria Solidarity Campaign
Hastings Supports Refugees
Ian Shaw, campaigner and trustee at Side By Side With Refugees — SBS
Side by Side: Humanitarian Aid to Refugees
Chorleywood4Refugees
Join the Dots Humanitarian Hub, Oxford
Liz Hulse, Founder Refugee Support
Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP)
Herts for Refugees
Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol
Calais Action
Fuze Beyond Borders
The Starling Project — Brighton
Luck of Birth
Amnesty International Chelmsford
Brentwood & Chelmsford Green Party
SWF Greens

 

 

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We have called several protests to demand human rights for refugees, below you can see images from our last demo in London, October 2016.  Called by Help4Refugee Children, Calais Action, Stand Up to Racism & Help Refugees.

In the images people and banners line up for the start of the march from Parliament to Downing St to demand Theresa May urgently brings the 1022 children in the Calais camp to the UK, enacting the Dubs amendment.

The banners you see below, are being held by current and past members of the organization, the banners themselves were made by the children and young people in Calais on a project led by H4RC.

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