Refugees, escaping the horrors of war, dictators, torture and death threats have found a safe haven in this country over the past centuries. They and their famillies are the innocent victims of governments in breach of human rights conventions and international law. We have a moral and legal duty to protect them by recognising and upholding their refugee status. On Thursday, Sri Lankan Tamils are being deported and face possible death. They must be allowed to stay here.Their deportation must not be allowed to take place.
An ethical foreign policy means that our government must not collaborate with dictators and miltary regimes which deny people their human rights.
Brighton and Hove, Refugee Week, 18-25 June
Refugee week is a UK-wide programme of cultural and educational events which highlights the contribution that refugees make to life in the UK.
The programme of events taking place in Brighton and Hove, for Refugee Week, 18-25 June, include:
Saturday 18 June
People's Day, 10am-6pm, New Road, Pavilion Garden, Jubilee Street, Jubilee Square, Dome Foyer and the Corn Exchange. Open Day at Brighton Voices in Exile, 12pm-4pm, St Mary Magdalen Community Centre, Upper North Street, Brighton
Sunday 19 June
Credit to the Nation! Presented by BandBazi Youth Circus Theatre, 6pm, Pavilion Theatre, New Road, Brighton: Tickets £6 adults/£3 concessions, tickets available from Brighton Dome website or call 01273 709709
Monday 20 June
Debate and food at Community Base, 113 Queen's Road, Brighton, 6pm
Thursday 23 June
Refugee week Family Event, 4-6pm, Support4Housing service, 114 London Road, Brighton
Saturday 25 June
BMECP Fun Day, 10.30am-3pm, Brighton Rugby Club, Waterhall Road off Mill Road, BN1 8YA