Nationalities and Borders Bill; the sending of those seeking asylum to Rwanda

The Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council, along with many UK citizens and organisations working with refugees are dismayed about the decision of our government to send those seeking asylum to Rwanda.

As the Jesuit Refugee Service states on their website “Government plans to forcibly send asylum seekers to Rwanda show a craven disregard for humanity and dignity”.

We urge you to write to your MP to express your concerns. Even if your MP is sympathetic to the needs and rights of those seeking asylum, they need letters from their constituents to help them speak out on your behalf. Please remember to include your full address in your letter, even if you are sending it via email.

Read the full statement from the Jesuit Refugee Service.

You can also read another powerful statement from the SVP here.

Prayer vigils at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre, Medomsley

Our prayer vigils at the gates to Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre, DH8 6QY continue at 3.00pm on the first Sunday of each month. The next one will be held on Sunday 1 May at 3.00pm.

Please email Liz Archibald at for more information. If you cannot attend in person, perhaps you can join us in prayer from home.

NJPN Annual conference

The National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales will be holding its annual conference from Friday 22 July to Sunday 24 July at the Hayes Conference centre Swanwick. It has the theme: ‘Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up’.

Over the weekend we will be looking at signs of Hope in our world and how as activists and people of Faith can we help those in need to find Hope.

Part of the weekend will look at the signs of Hope following last year’s NJPN Environmental Conference and COP 26. For more information click here.

If you would like an informal chat about attending conference please email