CITIZENS for Sanctuary is a CITIZEN Organising Foundation campaign to secure justice for people fleeing persecution and rebuild public support for sanctuary.

In 2006, South London CITIZENS asked twelve impartial Commissioners to conduct an independent, nationwide review of the UK’s asylum system. The Independent Asylum Commission spent two years gathering testimony from asylum seekers and the public, taking evidence from experts, and engaging in dialogue with the authorities. The Commission produced over 180 recommendations to safeguard people who seek sanctuary here, while restoring public confidence in the UK’s role as a place of sanctuary for those fleeing persecution.

CITIZENS for Sanctuary is the campaign to make those recommendations a reality.

CITIZENS for Sanctuary launches its new publication-

Ten Ways For CITIZENS To Save Sanctuary




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NOW PUBLISHED : saving sanctuary

How we restore public support for sanctuary and improve the way we decide who needs sanctuary.



NOW PUBLISHED : safe return

How to improve what happens when we refuse people sanctuary.


NOW PUBLISHED : deserving dignity

How to improve the way we treat people seeking sanctuary.



No Turning BackCitizens for Sanctuary will be running a breakout session at the No Turning Back Conference on Saturday 13th June 2009. For more information about the conference please click here



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