Spent this rainy afternoon with the awesome Lesbians & Gays Support the Migrants, visiting the Ministry of Defence and laying wreaths, with a minutes silence at the Cenotaph. Every year, Britain marks Remembrance Day to commemorate members of the British armed forces who have suffered and died in wars and conflicts abroad. Remembrance Sunday is an important time for reflection on the consequences of these wars and conflicts, and an opportunity to remember and grieve those who have lost their lives. However, many of those suffering from the devastating consequences of ongoing conflicts and crises are missing from our public remembrance.
This year alone, close to four thousand people have died in their attempt to cross the Mediterranean. People escaping horrific violence and conflict face abandonment at sea, abuse and intimidation from European border control and the continued violation of their human rights. This increasingly harsh border regime has led to the deaths of many more refugees in the UK and across Europe.
At this time of remembrance and reflection, we cannot forget those who have died trying to reach safety. We must not let any more people die at our borders. We need safe passage now.