Contribution to commerce, science, politics, arts acknowledged
20th June 2011: On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the government has been urged to uphold the UN convention and to make sure people in need of protection get it and so they can rebuild their lives in safety.
Acknowledging their contribution to the field of commerce, science, politics and the arts, the partners of the Refugee Week coalition have asserted necessary protection will ensure the refugees continue to augment the country with their assorted cultures, skills, and creativity for another 60 years, and beyond.
A letter in this regard has been written to The Guardian by Refugee Week Coordinator Almir Koldzic, Refugee Council Chief executive Donna Covey, Roland Schilling of UNHCR, Chief executive of Refugee Action Dave Garratt, Chief executive of Welsh Refugee Council Mike Lewis, John Wilkes of Scottish Refugee Council, Director of Amnesty International UK Kate Allen, and Chief executive of Student Action for Refugees Emma Williams.
The letter has also been authored by Chief executive of the British Red Cross Sir Nicholas Young, Chief executive of The Children’s Society Bob Reitemeier and Chief executive of Freedom from Torture Keith Best.
The letter carried by the Guardian says: `As we celebrate the lives saved over those six decades, we also pay tribute to the refugees who have made enormous contributions to British society.
`From the invention of the iconic Mini to the birth of some of Britain’s most successful businesses, refugees have made their mark in the worlds of commerce, science, politics and the arts.
`However, it is vital that we continue to urge the government to uphold the UN convention and ensure that people who need protection receive it and can rebuild their lives in safety. This will be a guarantee that refugees can continue enriching our country with their diverse cultures, skills, and creativity for another 60 years, and beyond’.