Later today, Brighton & Hove City Council is expected to decide to sign the City of Sanctuary Charter as part of the process of applying for re-accreditation as a City of Sanctuary. Following yesterday’s announcement by the Home Secretary, in this the 70th anniversary year of the Refugee Convention, it is more important than ever to reaffirm our vision, “that the UK will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.”
Sabir Zazai, City of Sanctuary’s Honorary President said yesterday: “As a former refugee myself, I know that people are coming here with skills, passion and hope to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. Shutting the door on them isn’t only contrary to our values but it also deprives UK of unique gifts and talents people bring with them.
“And this is so important now for the UK’s global image. This is the nation of sanctuary and one that has always extended a hand of friendship to those who need our help and it’s time for conscience and compassion to wake up.
“Because it’s in difficult times that humanity is tested – when you can help people who are struggling, and share what you have with them. This is Great Britain and we’re “Great” because we embrace other cultures, we help those in need and we have a long history of integration.”