I am deeply concerned that the rights the United Kingdom have championed and fought for over the past few decades are now being eroded.
This general election, I am asking you to publicly protect the rights of torture survivors and asylum seekers by signing Freedom from Torture’s declaration to make the UK a safe place for people fleeing torture and to stand against those who condone it.
You can sign it here: http://bit.ly/2OTcWqQ
Specifically, I ask you to pledge to the following:
1. Be proud to offer safety to people forced to flee their homes because of torture.
2. Ensure a fair system that gets decisions on asylum claims right first time. The people making decisions about peoples' lives must not reject them unfairly and send them back to torture.
3. Give people who have been tortured the chance to rebuild their lives and become part of our society. To do this, it must help them access therapy, healthcare, education, legal support and a safe and secure home.
4. Not lock-up people who have already suffered terrible abuse. Survivors of torture should never be detained for immigration purposes.
5. Stand up to governments and our leaders when they commit or enable torture or turn a blind eye to it. Torture destroys peoples' lives. We believe that trade agreements should never take priority over people’s rights. Nothing can ever justify torture.
In light of recent allegations of torture abroad and the attempts by our politicians to cover it up, I want my MP to lead the way in standing up for human rights.
I want to live in a country that believes in compassion and fairness. A country that is certain that torture is always wrong and stands up against it worldwide. A country that is always on the side of people who have survived or are facing torture.
Please join me in the fight defending our values and standing up for the rights of those who have suffered at the hands of torturers across the world.