Resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan
We are writing to ask Southampton City Council to urgently make provisions for the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country.
The United Kingdom has a responsibility to ensure the safety of the thousands of people in Afghanistan who have helped the British Armed Forces over the last 20 years who are now at great risk following the withdrawal of British and American troops.
We should also take steps to ensure that women and girls in Afghanistan are offered protection in the UK. Over the past 20 years, women and girls have been able to access education and speak out against oppression in Afghanistan. They are now particularly at risk with reports of girls being removed from schools across the country, and female journalists being targeted by the Taliban.
Southampton has a proud history of providing sanctuary to those fleeing persecution. Southampton Liberal Democrats believe that our city should continue in this tradition and do our part to protect our allies in Afghanistan. We are asking you to make urgent contact with the Government to offer the support of Southampton City Council in providing asylum for as many refugees as is practical in our city.
We look forward to receiving your reply, and for Southampton City Council to do all it can to limit the extent of this humanitarian crisis.
|Thomas Gravatt||Richard Blackman|
Southampton Liberal Democrats campaigner
Chair of Southampton Liberal Democrats