How a monthly action works – it is very simple:
Copy the letter below
Amend the first line if required
Sign and date the letter
Post it to: Monthly Actions (insert the current month) Letters, c/o Farshid Talaghani, Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
What happens to my letter? Your letter gets sent to Amnesty International UK’s headquarters and at the end of each month’s deadlines, staff at Headquarters envelope up all the letters and send them all off together for maximum impact!
Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP,
House of Commons,
Dear Sajid Javid,
We are members of Amnesty International UK’s Canterbury Group and are writing to you about the current UK laws governing the rights of refugees – which are restrictive and unfair. They deny child refugees the rights to bring their parents to the UK, the laws also mean that some parents have to leave behind their children even if they have only just turned 18 and elderly parents are left behind in war torn countries to fend for themselves.
With your interest in civil liberties we appeal to you to allow child refugees in the UK to sponsor their close family. We urge you to expand who qualifies as family, so that young people who have turned 18 and elderly parents can join their family in the UK. We appeal to you to reintroduce legal aid for refugee family reunion cases, so that people who have lost everything will have the support that they need to afford and navigate the complicated process of being united with their families.