Monday, January 30, 2017
This weekend the US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which bans entry from citizens of 7 majority Muslim countries and immediately stopped all refugees from entering the USA.
The order states:
- Total suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days
- Indefinite ban on Syrian refugees
- A cap of 50,000 refugees to be accepted in 2017, against a limit of 110,000 set by former President Barack Obama
- Priority will be given to religious minorities facing persecution, the President has talked about the needs of Syrian Christians
We are horrified by this refugee ban which has already seen survivors of persecution who had been granted permission to enter, detained on arrival in the US. Many thousands more refugees are now stuck in dangerous situations, unable to board that hoped for journey to safety in the the US. This is a devastating, inhumane act against the most vulnerable people in the world.
The ban goes against the Geneva Convention which has been ratified by 197 states including the US and the UK and says “a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom”
We are proud that the UK is committed to protecting refugees and it’s time to ensure that commitment continues and grows.
What can you do?
It’s time to make our voices heard, our message is simple:
REFUGEES WILL ALWAYS BE WELCOME HERE!
Go to the demonstrations happening across the UK today and at the weekend and raise your voice in support of refugees, you can find your local demo here – full list of demos
Posted by STAR team on 30/01/2017 at 03:00 PM