This practice could be ended now without loss of face. The longer the Government delays, the more it will become identified with past asylum polices and the harder politically it will become. The end of this practice (which has been criticised by both Amnesty International and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), would both be seen as a sign of our commitment to human rights and help to rebuild a respect for the rule of law. How long will we have to wait?
Parliamentary Liaison Secretary
The Religious Society of Friends in Britain (Quakers)