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Portsmouth City of Sanctuary (PCoS) is an award-winning grass-roots humanitarian organisation helping local asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Portsmouth, Gosport and the surrounding areas.

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Court of Appeal Ruling – Rwanda

On the 29th June we welcomed a massive advance for human rights, hope and compassion. Many will have seen the Court of Appeal ruling that HMG’s plan to send refugees to Rwanda is unlawful.

The appeal verdict has affirmed what Portsmouth humanitarians already knew: the deal with Rwanda is deeply immoral and contrary to our nation’s hard-fought-for laws. Even if the case is taken to the Supreme Court, we will continue welcoming and supporting survivors of torture and persecution in their healing journey.

Many PCoS and partner clients struggle to disclose harrowing experiences within a Home Office process that moves either incredibly slowly, or at breakneck speed – and with few safeguards to ensure threats of removal can be safely challenged.

Rwanda presents a petrifying spectre for refugees. This latest ruling means a little less fear for all of them, at least for now.


If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Portsmouth City of Sanctuary, what we do, our current volunteering roles and how you can support Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the city, then why not contact us at [email protected].



Portsmouth City of Sanctuary won the Hampshire High Sheriff Award for our work in the city with refugees and asylum seekers. The award was collected by our Trustees Denise Callender, David Handley and Patience Mutunami. We would like to thank all staff, volunteers and supporting organisations who go above and beyond to make Portsmouth a safe and welcoming place for everyone.