Stand Up For Dignity: Anti-Destitution rally

29/06/2013 12:30

STAND UP FOR DIGNITY
Stop Destitution!
Give us the Right to Work!
Housing is a Human Right!
 
Stand Up for the right to Asylum
JUSTICE, FREEDOM & DIGNITY for ALL!
 
Rally & Music
12.30 St Enoch's Square
Glasgow
 
Supported by the Glasgow Destitution Network
 
Asylum seekers come to Glasgow for safety but 90 per cent of them will have their asylum claims initially refused by the UK Border Agency.

The UKBA’s asylum process is seriously flawed. Asylum seekers can be reluctant to reveal personal details to officials about how they’ve been attacked, raped or tortured. Many are scared to give information about their sexuality in case it is discovered by other people. Worried that translators belong to rival groups or will leak information, many hold back crucial information. Often they’ve not had time to collect evidence to show they’re telling the truth.

So most asylum seekers are not believed by immigration officials who operate in a cynical, canteen-culture of disbelief and racism against people they’re supposed to be helping.

Many asylum seekers in Glasgow make two or three asylum applications before getting a positive decision. While they wait for new evidence or for lawyers to prepare judicial reviews, asylum seekers often face destitution.

Instead of safety, many asylum seekers in Glasgow face sleeping rough and becoming dependent on the help of friends and charities to survive.

Refused asylum seekers are not allowed any ‘recourse to public funds’. All financial support is stopped and they lose their accommodation after 21 days. Once homeless, ‘No recourse to public funds’ means destitute asylum seekers are blocked from government funded night shelters or hostels.

Refused asylum seekers are left to live without any money, unable to access anything but emergency medical treatment, sleeping rough or couch-surfing until they can get a fresh asylum claim lodged. They become vulnerable to exploitation and face working illegally and crime to survive.

Destitution is a deliberate policy used by the UK Border Agency to force asylum seekers to give up their asylum claims and return ‘voluntarily’ to their countries of origin. It is a brutal, immoral policy that goes against basic human rights.


Join us on Saturday 29th June
Stand up for your rights!
Stand up for Dignity!
 
12.30 St Enoch's Square
GLASGOW

This protest is on the same day as similar protests in cities across the UK calling for and end to the deliberate government policy of forcing asylum seekers into destitution.
 
More details: http://www.bristolrefugeerights.org/dignity-for-asylum-seekers-march-29t...
 

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