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A year after formally triggering the start of Brexit, significant concerns remain about rights and protections derived from EU law after the UK leaves the EU. Attacks in London and Manchester left 36 dead and over 250 injured and revived problematic calls to bypass encryption and remove extremist internet content without appropriate safeguards. A public inquiry began into a 2017 fire in an apartment block in London, much of it social housing, that left 71 dead and hundreds homeless. The UK resettled some Syrian refugees and reactivated a scheme to help unaccompanied children without family ties, but continued to detain asylum-seeking children.

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Call on the UK to Protect Schools

Call on the UK to Protect Schools

*GOOD NEWS: On April 20 the UK formally pledged to protect schools in wartime by joining the Safe Schools Declaration. 


ALL children should have the right to a safe education. However, around the world, schools are attacked or being occupied by military forces and armed groups in conflict zones. This endangers the lives of students and teachers and hundreds of thousands of children are denied their right to education.

By endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson can support a global effort to better protect schools during times of war. The UK armed forces already have some of the world’s strongest policies protecting schools from attack and military use and can lead by example. It's time Britain joined 73 other countries and endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration.

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