Deputy Prime Minister's speech to mark 60 year of the Refugee Council

The Deputy Prime Minister gave a keynote speech on 10 May 2011 to mark the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the formation of the Refugee Council in the UK.

The DPM accepted that there is still more progress to be made, but praised the UK's role in human rights issues.

He hoped that the UK should aim for the 'most compassionate, efficient, dignified asylum system in the world.' He pointed out that half of asylum cases are now decided within a month, and promised to ensure the system is fair as it becomes faster.

He said that just as important as helping refugees was taking a stand against regimes that pose a threat to peace and restricts the liberty of their people — he highlighted Burma, North Korea, Libya and Syria.