Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Action for divided families 9th July

"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"... the world expects us to stand up for the principle that every person has the right to think and write and form relationships freely – because individual freedom is the wellspring of human progress." - Barack Obama.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

From BritCits:


The 9th July morning meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group has moved to Committee Room 14, House of Commons.

Updated details are here :

9th July: REMINDER - events in London (and Malta - click on link for more)

9th July 2014 will mark the second anniversary of the introduction of the draconian and iniquitous rules which divide families. You can read some of their stories here :

If you'd like to publicise your own event, write us - steve@britcits.com / britcits@gmail.com . Or join the meetup group : http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/


Register for the events you wish to attend here :

Event 1: 10am – 11:30am APPG on Migration - MRN event
This meeting will consider the latest evidence about the impacts of the family migration rules across the UK, and will look closely at the position of lower income families outside London. It will follow up the work of the cross-party APPG on Migration inquiry which reported in 2013, to ask how far these rules are compatible with a fair and balanced approach to immigration, and with a family-friendly policy agenda.

Committee Room 14
House of Commons
Houses of Parliament

Directions: http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/directions/

Event 2: 12:30 – 1:30pm Demonstration protesting the family migration rules - Divided Families event
Please bring banners, posters, photos of your family, as well as loud voices!

Outside the Home Office
2 Marsham Street

After the demonstration there will be a chance to meet and discuss the issues campaigners and other affected families in an informal setting - most likely we will retire to a nearby cafe or pub, such as the Red Lion, 48 Parliament Street, Westminster.

This may also be an opportunity to leaflet the Westminster area, as we did a few weeks ago :http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/cutting-crew-outside-home-office.html

Event 3: 6:30 – 8pm Adult Dependant Relative report launch – JCWI and BritCits event
Adult Dependent Relative rules came into force two years ago which effectively ban elderly relatives joining their adult children in the UK. This report analyses the rules genesis, application and impact on families and children, providing a statistical analysis on the numbers applying and succeeding whilst also looking at Home Office decision making. This is the first report, procluded by JCWI in collaboration with BritCits, which looks at the ADR rules in detail.
Committee Room 9
Palace of Westminster, London.
(nearest tube is Westminster)

The event is hosted and chaired by Sarah Teather MP.

Come and hear researchers, experts and parliamentarians present their anaylses of the Report. Followed by a question and answer session. Opportunities to mingle and network from 6pm

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