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Refugees are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They’ve been forced to leave their homes and their families to escape from war, torture and persecution. Refugees are looking for something we all take for granted – safety.

2011 is the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention, the international treaty which guarantees refugees’ rights. British lawyers played a crucial role in drafting the Convention and the UK was one of the first countries to sign. The Refugee Convention has saved countless lives and no country has ever withdrawn from it.

To mark this anniversary, we’re asking 10,000 people to join with us in speaking up for a great British tradition – refugee protection – by signing the pledge below.

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Refugees have fled war, torture and persecution. Refugees must always be treated with dignity and respect, and properly supported to rebuild their lives.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention, I call on the UK government to ensure that our asylum system is fair, humane and effective, enabling refugees to find a safe haven and a new home here.

I urge the government to show international leadership on refugee issues and to encourage all countries to meet their obligations toward refugees.

I am proud that the UK protects refugees.