Firth And Thompson Call For Refugee Pledge

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March 16, 2012 | 12:16pm EST

Oscar-winning Hollywood stars Colin Firth and Emma Thompson are backing a campaign to make the U.K. a safe haven for refugees.
The British stars have signed up to a petition calling for Prime Minister David Cameron’s government to implement legislation ensuring families fleeing persecution are protected.

Thompson, a patron of the Refugee Council, which is spearheading the campaign, acknowledges the issue is a cause close to her heart after she took in a 16-year-old Rwandan refugee in 2003.

She says, “My son escaped violence in his country, and I am thankful every single day that he did. He was able to build a new life here – we have the UN Refugee Convention to thank for that. But it isn’t easy and refugees still aren’t treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”