High profile celebs team up to protest government’s refugee policy

By on Monday, June 6, 2022

The Government’s Nationality and Borders Act could devastate the lives of men, women and children.

A campaign by the Refugee Council wants to put a spotlight on an act which will criminalise men, women and children who have no choice but to make their own way to the UK to seek protection.

A huge range of high profile voices condemn this anti-refugee legislation and called for an alternative approach.

Dame Emma Thompson is joined by Meryl Streep, Sylvester Stallone, David Harewood, Daniel Radcliffe, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Luke Evans, Benjamin Zephaniah and David Morrissey – in a short film which calls out the UK Government’s approach to refugees.

A spokesperson for the campaign said “Far from deterring people from making dangerous journeys it will punish those who need our help.”

A tweet by Stephen Fry warns “More than 19k people fleeing war, conflict and bloodshed could face years in prison at a cost of £835m/year.”

In a statement on their website the Refugee Council say ‘The fight is far from over. The warmth and generosity shown in communities up and down the country towards people whose lives have been torn apart by the conflicts in Afghanistan, Ukraine and other parts of the world, shows that most people simply want an asylum system that is humane and fair. We will continue to speak out to ensure that people seeking protection from war and persecution are welcomed and that everyone’s claim for asylum is treated equally and fairly.”

more about the campaign here


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