Faith leaders and MPs sail past parliament to highlight refugees' plight

By agency reporter
December 18, 2013

A group of MPs and religious leaders have sailed past the Houses of Parliament, stopping alongside the Commons Terrace, to mark United Nations’ International Migrants Day today (18 December 2013).

The aim of the 'sail past', led by ex-minister Sarah Teather MP, Chair of the All-Party Pariamentary Group on Refugees, is to raise awareness of the risks that people around the world take when making journeys.

The MPs and religious leaders took to a migrant boat (see http://www.to6411.net/) which was used to traffic 36 migrants from North Africa, including three children and a pregnant woman, when it and its passengers were rescued off the coast of Lampedusa in March 2012.

Also on the boat was Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee; Simon Hughes MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats; Rob Flello MP, Chair Catholic Legislators Network; Bishop Jonathan Clark, Church of England Bishop of Croydon; Sister Margaret Baxter, Jesuit Refugee Service, and Bishop John Arnold, Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster.

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