Monday, 13 July 2009

"Shows Promise - Must Try Harder in 2010" - Annual Audit and Report Card of the implementation of the Independent Asylum Commission's recommendations

It is a year since the Independent Asylum Commission, the most comprehensive review of policy, practice and public attitudes relating to people seeking sanctuary in the UK ever undertaken, published its recommendations to secure justice for people fleeing persecution and to rebuild public support for sanctuary.

Today, CITIZENS for Sanctuary has published the first Annual Audit and Report Card of the implementation of the Independent Asylum Commission’s recommendations by the UK Border Agency. As well as showing exactly which recommendations have been implemented, the report also includes an audit of the human outcomes – providing an update on the stories of people who gave evidence to the Commission. The Audit highlights unresolved issues of particular concern and sets out key priorities and targets for 2010. You may have heard the report discussed on BBC Radio last night.

You can download the Annual Audit and Report Card here. The full appendices will be available on our website soon.

The Annual Audit also marks the start of an important year of negotiation, with the UK Border Agency recently signing a Protocol with CITIZENS for Sanctuary to negotiate on all of the Independent Asylum Commission’s relevant recommendations, and meetings arranged with Ministers in Wales and Northern Ireland to discuss implementation of the recommendations there.

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