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In the run-up to the 2010 General Election, churches, faith groups and other organisations asked politicians to sign the Sanctuary Pledge.
Christians were asked to play their part by persuading their local Parliamentary candidates to sign it.
The campaign has had some success as one of the five pledges - to end the detention of children during immigration - has been fulfilled.
Sanctuary Pledge blog
Sanctuary Pledge Briefing (PDF, 656k)
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The Sanctuary Pledge asks politicians to:
- Campaign responsibly, positively and sensitively in the 2010 election
- Use ‘sanctuary' instead of ‘asylum' when communicating with the public
- Support policies that will end the detention of children and families for immigration reasons
- Promote tolerance and neighbourliness between local communities
- Safeguard the long-term future of sanctuary
- Meet with the Sanctuary Pledge organisers six months after they are elected to review progress
Organisations supporting the Sanctuary Pledge are:
- Baptist Union of Great Britain
- Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
- Church Action on Poverty
- The Church of England
- Citizens for Sanctuary
- The Citizen Organising Foundation
- Evangelical Alliance
- Jewish Council for Racial Equality
- London Citizens
- The Methodist Church
- Muslim Council of Britain
- The United Reformed Church
- Vincentian Millennium Partnership