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Bishops in the Diocese of Southwark commend petition to stop injustice to Windrush generation

1 year ago

Today the four Bishops of the Diocese of Southwark pledged their support for an amnesty for any minor that arrived In Britain between 1948 to 1971, many of who have been told by the Home Office that they are in the UK illegally.

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun said: “this grave injustice to the Windrush generation is causing significant suffering . . . people of good will can and should speak out. We ask for a change in Government policy.” He was joined by The Bishop of Croydon, Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Kingston, Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, and the Bishop of Woolwich, Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, in commending a petition asking that the government stop all deportations, change the burden of proof and establish an amnesty for anyone who was a minor.

The Bishop of Southwark has written to the Prime Minister, highlighting the ‘stories of those members of our community who entered the United Kingdom as children 50 and 60 years ago from British Colonies or recently independent island members of the Commonwealth who are now called upon to demonstrate their right to remain upon threat of removal’, as well as the long established Caribbean links that many of our parishes, churches and clergy share. Bishop Christopher goes on to request a ‘test of presumption’: that those people who find themselves in this situation have ‘a right of indefinite remain in the United Kingdom unless the Home Office has evidence to the contrary’.

The petition can be signed at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/216539

Read a letter of support entitled ‘The Betrayal of Commonwealth Immigrants in Britain’ by Rt Revd Dr Wilfred Wood, former Bishop of Croydon.

Read ‘Justice for Commonwealth migrants’, a Church Times article by Revd Guy Hewitt, High Commissioner for Barbados to the United Kingdom and Priest with Permission-to-Officiate in the Diocese of Southwark.