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Amber Rudd MP

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MP for Rye & Hastings


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Petitioning Amber Rudd MP, UK Parliament

Prohibit the purchase of Acid to those without a licence

Acid attacks have become rife in London and all over the United Kingdom. This year the number of attacks doubled. Too many families and individuals are suffering and falling victim to this grievous and criminal act. On June 21st Resham Khan, pictured above, was driving in a car with her cousin. Out of nowhere they were attacked with acid. They’ll both have scars that will never leave them. Their lives have been changed forever. An attack like this could happen to anyone.  It is about time that the law changes for the purchase of corrosive substances - right now you can buy it easily from any hardware store if you are 18 and over.  Corrosive acids like sulphuric acid are very lethal and life damaging substances. You should only be allowed to purchase corrosive substances with a licence to buy. The person purchasing should go through checks so their details are held on a database or hold a licence. Imagine how many attacks would be stopped if there were controls that made it harder to buy, and meant we knew more about people buying it? Acid attacks have become too common, the Home Office needs to do something to bring it under control. It is a disgusting criminal act. We need licensing laws now to deter this from happening. Please sign this petition to convince the Home Office to take action.

Sarmad Ismail
536,076 supporters
Petitioning David Lidington, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP

Stop Evil Rape Gangs getting such short sentences and help me get Justice for Survivors.

My name is Elizabeth, and I am one of the 1400 Rotherham 'Survivors' now estimated to be 2800 and I am trying to stop the early release of Murabek Ali, and to make the Police and Councils accountable for totally ignoring thousands of vulnerable girls, who like me, have suffered horrific abuse, trafficking, beatings, race hate, and gang rapes, at the hands of violent grooming gangs now operating ALL over Britain. Less than 1% have ever been prosecuted, therefore most survivors live in constant fear as their rapists/abusers have never even been arrested! Those that are prosecuted serve ridiculously short sentences. Something has to be done! Mubarek Ali was sentenced to 22 years in 2012 along with his brother Ahdel (who was jailed 18 years) for a raft of sexual offences including pimping out young girls many as young as 12 to workers at a curry house for £150 sex sessions.  During the brothers' trial the court heard that the two men systematically groomed young girls for after hour sex sessions at the restaurant. Mubarek Ali was convicted of four charges of controlling child prostitution, two of trafficking in the UK for sexual exploitation and a charge of causing child prostitution. Judge Patrick Thomas QC said the brothers' motives were "squalid, demeaning and selfish". He said the brothers were both "cold hearted and cynical" and "present significant danger to the public" and told them that they had shown "no remorse or regret". Ali will be released in November, because of the misleading way sentences are served and because of changes to the sentencing laws in 2003 allowing automatic release after serving just HALF their sentence and without a parole board! However this should NOT apply to dangerous sex offenders. The system also totally failed to inform victims of his release after serving just 5 years.  His victims in Telford who gave evidence in this horrific child sexual exploitation case five years ago are living in fear of his release.  CSE victims are so often overlooked and let down. The custodial sentences given for this horrific crime are disgracefully short and need to be reviewed. Ali has served just 5 years for horrific rape and abuse of young girls, his victims will have a 'life sentence' of horrific memories and anxiety.  We would also like a criminal investigation to be launched by the government into Police forces and Councils throughout Britain who have stood back and allowed these men to traffic, beat, gang rape and destroy the lives of so many girls for decades. An example needs to be set to stop these grooming gangs, this is also RACIALLY MOTIVATED HATE CRIME against mainly white girls, they target their victims due to the fact they consider white girls worthless and slags, therefore it should also be treated as race hate crime, and any prison sentences should reflect this fact. These monsters deliberately target vulnerable girls as young as 12 giving them gifts, food, and plying them with alcohol, and forcing them to take drugs, for the purpose of trafficking them for abuse, they control beat, humiliate, degrade and regularly gang raping them, keeping them silenced by use of threats, violence and intimidation. Longer sentences are served by many who commit fraud. LET THAT SINK IN A MOMENT!!! Britains government and law system believe that FRAUD is a worse crime than RAPE! The law desperately needs to change, as the innocent victims of these vile abusers are the ones put on trial for being raped and abused! Read https://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/may/19/lawyers-oxford-abuse-ring the absolutely disgusting way that Ali's victims were treated in court during the trial by aggressive unsympathetic defence lawyers  Since the Telford, Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford cases the grooming gang problem has got much worse, with lower police numbers, political correctness and fear of upsetting communities still known to be a major factor as to why it has become such a widespread problem. Alexis Jay's report http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1407/independent_inquiry_cse_in_rotherham highlights the failings to CSE victims in Rotherham from 1997-2013 This Panarama documentary from 2015 https://youtu.be/Wgi4b1X2dd0 highlights the absolutely disgraceful way the police and authorities dealt with the appalling child abuse in Rotherham. These grooming gangs are said to be operating in more and more towns throughout Britain with impunity, the government should set up a national task force and stop this horrific abuse of our girls.  2016 Theresa May promised she would denounce citizenship and deport any evil grooming gang members with dual citizenship, but that is not happening.  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sex-abuse-gangs-face-being-7444956 https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/crime/2017/07/19/sexual-exploitation-victims-living-in-fear-say-telford-mp-/#PUtazzRTi3TmhKKf.99

Elizabeth Survivors
207,870 supporters
Petitioning Amber Rudd MP, Theresa May MP

DEPORT OR DETAIN ALL PERSONS ON THE WATCH LIST!

I am not a politician nor a human rights activist. I'm just a scared mum. Ranting on Facebook won't get our voices heard. Im not a racist, I know the majority of Muslims are just as horrified as everyone else.  Our country is being held at gun point by the minority of Muslims with an extreme view, living in our country expecting us to live by their extreme laws and innocent people are being savagely killed as a result. The fear all those innocent victims must of felt in their dying moments haunts me.  My 13 year old daughter is scared to go on holiday. When I take my children out for the day I can't relax because I'm constantly on the look out for security, emergency exits and crazy people with rucksacks or weapons! I find myself constantly planning an emergency get away, just in case.  We are a nation living in fear! The terror suspect watch list has around 3,000 suspects, most have a British passport. We need to take these people off of our streets the second they give MI5 reasonable cause for concern. The watch list is clearly not working. Research shows to fulfil 24 hour surveillance on just one person of interest would take around 20 people, that, on the basis of 3,000 terror suspects being watched, will take 60,000 members of staff.  I propose we: 1. TPins (tags) have only been issued 7 times this year, Although an estimated 350 suspected fighters travelled back to the U.K. from ISIS, why haven't they all been issued a tag? I think ALL minor (if there is such a thing) Threats such as a suspects internet history, hate speech or travel history should be reasonable cause for the suspect to be issued a TPin. 2. Any person inciting, actively and publicly speaking of hate towards the British people, their morals, laws or the way they live or acting in a threatening manor i.e. Posting hateful propagander /threats to hurt, damage or kill should be deported or detained. So far what we are doing is clearly not working. Enough is enough, it's time for change.  Some key questions that have been raised are, where do we detain them? How do we fund this? If you agree with this petition or have similar questions then sign the petition and let's get this into parliament so it can at least be debated. Lets get our voices heard! TAG, DEPORT OR DETAIN.

Chelsea woodrow
129,568 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The Home Office, Amber Rudd MP

Help Brian White remain in the UK to take his place at Oxford University

My friend Brian White moved to the UK aged 15 with his adoptive family after his British father, Peter White, decided to move back home. He has overcome so much adversity but now faces the risk of being returned to Zimbabwe instead of being allowed to take up his place at Oxford University.Having been abandoned as a baby, Brian lived in a Zimbabwean orphanage until the age of 6. The White family fostered, and later adopted Brian. Brian joined the family in Wolverhampton when he was 15 and given permission to enter the UK. At this point, he should have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain by the Home Office, but was instead given Limited Leave to Remain. Brian's current difficulties stem from the handling of this decision. This only came to light as an issue when Brian's application to become a British Citizen by naturalisation was rejected, leaving any potential university applications in doubt. Immigration expert Louis MacWilliam has said to the press “On reviewing his papers it seems he should have been granted indefinite leave to enter at first instance and it is not clear why this did not happen.”Despite this, Brian carried on, studying for both his GCSEs and A-Levels at Highfields School. Although his A-Level results were outstanding (A*A*A*A), Brian was unable to take his place at Oxford because if you don’t have indefinite leave to remain you aren’t eligible to receive student finance. However, Oxford University, in recognition of Brian's achievements in the face of constant adversity, have kindly kept his place open for him. I have had the personal pleasure of knowing Brian since the start of 2013, having met him at school and quickly developing a close friendship with him. He is possibly the hardest working person I have ever met, but it is his enthusiasm to help those around him that I am inspired by each and every day. If Brian is not granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, the United Kingdom would not only be losing a potentially valuable future worker, it would also be losing a fantastic person who is just as much a part of British culture and society as you and I. Please help Brian's situation by signing and sharing this petition, in the hope that the Home Office see just how many people consider Brian a fitting and valued member of the United Kingdom. #GetBrianToOxford

Luke Wilcox
111,983 supporters
Petitioning home office, Amber Rudd MP

URGENT: Stop Deportation of Reza Maghsoudi (age 26)

Reza is a shy young man, who at the age of Thirteen (13) escaped the War in Afghanistan, trekked across Iran, Turkey and through Europe to England; where he arrived alone and with nothing but a handful of photographs.  He’s built a life here but has been forced into a detention centre and could be deported to Afghanistan at any time. I have come to know Reza through the wide circle of friends he has built in Salisbury who were distressed at his treatment and his threatened deportation.   Reza was born in 1990 in Afghanistan, close to the border with Iran.  His family were of the Hazara ethnic group - a group that has been systematically oppressed and massacred by the Taliban. From this place of persecution and murder Reza escaped alone for the hope of freedom and life in England. Despite having no family to return to in Afghanistan, and despite having been in the UK since he was a child, and despite being a Hazara Shia Muslim at risk of murder by the Taliban, he has been refused asylum, been placed in detention and could be deported without your help! Now 26 years old, he has friends in England. He went to college, in Croydon, studying Mathematics and English, and was apprenticing voluntarily as a Tailor in Salisbury (Wiltshire) at no cost burden to the state, before he was arrested at a scheduled case meeting for deportation. I met with him this week in Tinsley House (Immigration Removal Centre), and had a really good conversation and took him some personal items; including some books by American author George R. R. Martin, which he had been reading. Due to the hard work of his friends, new solicitors, MPs who have taken up his cause, and signees of this petition, Reza’s deportation flight on Saturday 4th November, was cancelled in lieu of a Judicial Review.  He is still at risk and we really need your help, so please keep up the pressure and spread the petition among your family and friends. Please sign this petition to change the decision to deport Reza and have him granted asylum. Reza’s Case ID: 014978534

D Thomas
64,205 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Home Office (UK), Amber Rudd MP

Give Syrian refugee Ibrahim Keivo a visa to perform at our music festival

My friend Ibrahim Keivo is a highly regarded Syrian musician who was due to perform at our Oxford Chamber Music Festival. But the Home Office refused his 5-day visa and we are now devastated that he cannot join us. That is why I’m calling on the Home Office to allow him into the UK for only 5 days. The festival starts in Oxford on the 27th September 2017 and Ibrahim was due to play in the opening concert at the Sheldonian Theatre. We have only a few days to get this decision reversed!Ibrahim is a Syrian refugee who was granted asylum in Germany two years ago where he works and lives with his family. He has impeccable references and has been invited by the world famous musician Jordi Savall to tour Europe this year.As the Artistic Director of the Festival, I can say that everyone involved was honoured and excited to announce Ibrahim's participation. We have been very much looking forward to welcoming him in the UK.The Home Office has given the feeble excuse that he hasn't a special skill in its refusal to grant the visa. He is scheduled to sing and play his stringed instrument, the Oud, in concert, but importantly is also going to be part of an educational programme for children and young people in Oxford.We have fulfilled all requirements demanded by the Home Office in detail and with plenty of time to spare- a painstaking and expensive procedure. Everybody connected with the festival is shocked by the Home Office’s decision to decline his visa. Being forced to leave his home and losing everything was hard enough. To be refused the opportunity to share his art with us all is simply cruel.It is particularly troubling as my festival has a long tradition of inviting international artists from many different parts of the world. I have never had to cancel an invitation on the grounds that a musician is not welcome in the UK.Music is a universal language that builds bridges and brings people of every culture, religion, creed, heritage or background closer together and we still hope that Ibrahim Keivo will be granted a visa in time and will feel as welcomed in this country as he should be. I can't understand what possible threat he might pose by coming to play in Oxford for a few days.  Writer Philip Pullman has called the decision a "disgrace.” Councillor Susanna Pressel is trying to help us.Please sign this petition, and hopefully we can welcome Ibrahim!

Priya Mitchell
45,140 supporters
Petitioning Amber Rudd MP

Don’t Send Mohammed Mirzo to Bulgaria – The Mirzo Family Belong Together in Cardiff

The Home Office is poised to tear apart a popular Syrian refugee family by deporting their young son from the family home in Cardiff to Bulgaria - a country criticised by Amnesty International for its vigilante migrant-hunting gangs and failure to protect refugees. I first met Ali Mirzo in 2015 when he volunteered to interpret for child refugees from Syria.  He was still seeking sanctuary himself at that time, but after that he was swiftly granted refugee status and gradually reunited his family, which had been spread across Europe and the Middle East because of the war in Syria, in Cardiff. One of Ali's sons, Mohammed, was separated from the rest of the family aged 16.  He ended up in Bulgaria, where he was left traumatised by abusive treatment from the authorities and the experience of getting lost alone in a forest without food or water.  Mohammed made it to Germany, where he was beaten up by a neo-Nazi gang.  The attackers broke his shoulder, which has still not fully healed, and since then he has suffered from depression.  He eventually made it to Cardiff in April 2017, seeing his beloved mother for the first time in two years, and meeting his newborn baby brother for the first time ever.  The Mirzo family's joy was short-lived. In October 2017 Mohammed was detained at Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre in Oxfordshire.  The Home Office had decided to remove him to Bulgaria rather than assess his refugee claim here on the basis that he travelled through Bulgarua 4 years ago. Thanks to people signing this petition, the media interest and the intervention of Mohammed’s MP, he has been released but he is still under threat of removal.  Ali Mirzo, Mohammed Mirzo's father, says: "We just want the Home Office to see sense and process his claim here, where he is safe and supported by his family, and we are calling on the good people of Cardiff to contact the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, asking her to intervene and let Mohammed stay here." Please Don't Deport Mohammed Mirzo to Bulgaria! The Mirzo Family Belong Together in Cardiff!

Jonathan Cox
42,254 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Amber Rudd MP

British Nationality for Sam Cataki (and fellow Fijian soldiers)

A FIJIAN father of two who served in the British Army for 12 years lost his job yesterday after being refused a citizenship visa by the Home Office - putting his family life in Pembrokeshire at risk. Sam Cataki, who was based at Brawdy in 2007 and set up home in Neyland in 2012, has been told he can no longer work in the UK legally despite having lived and worked here since being recruited by the army age 20. The community in Neyland, including his rugby team mates, is rallying in support of Sam and his wife Seini, who works at a nearby nursing home, and their two children Mesake, 5, and Jared, 1, calling on the Home Office to grant his visa Sam has worked for Milford Haven Port Authority as a search team operative at Pembroke Dock port since November 2014 and said they have been as supportive as they could be throughout the recent troubles but had to “terminate his contract” when he was declared not legal to work Please right this injustice so that Sam can continue to work and provide for his family and allow them to continue to live in the community they now call home    

Jonathan Sutton
37,319 supporters
Petitioning Amber Rudd MP

Don't deport gay asylum seeker Benjamin to Tanzania where he will be persecuted

Benjamin Elibariki Nyellah (in the white t-shirt) is a gay asylum seeker and our friend. Last week he was taken to be deported back to Tanzania where the country’s President Magufuli has launched witch hunt for gay people and sympathizers. The Home Office does not believe that he is gay and though we’ve secured a review for his case, he is still being kept in detention at the Verne’s removal centre.I, like many members of the LGBT community in London, know Benjamin as an openly gay man and know that he is in a same-sex relationship with his partner Julius. He also sings in the LGBT choir to raise awareness about homophobia and is connected with the Croydon Area Gay society, Out and Proud Diamond group and Rainbows Across Borders. When in Tanzania, he was attacked and beaten due to his sexuality and suffered a broken arm and receives counselling for the traumatic experience - now he fears for his life. The UK maintains that torture survivors generally should not be incarcerated but Benjamin has been in detention since 17th July 2017 although his removal is pending a review. Before detention he was receiving counselling for his mental health and risk of self harm and the home office is aware of this but the medical practitioner in detention categorised it as low risk. People who have been persecuted because of their sexuality face home office officials who refuse to believe them, use explicit questioning and make stereotype assumptions. Benjamin was detained when he went to sign on and the officer questioned how he can be both gay and a Christian this, despite having reconciled his beliefs and sexuality over time when he attended the Metropolitan community and Croydon Unitarian churches.Please sign this petition to urge the Home office to release our friend and halt any further deportation

herbert b
33,014 supporters
Victory
Petitioning HM Courts & Tribunals Service, Amber Rudd MP

Help Abdul Hassan remain in the UK and work at KPMG!

My friend Abdul moved to the UK from Bangladesh when he was 5 years old with his father who was physically very ill and his mother who had poor mental health.  They came to visit relatives and shortly afterwards, Abdul’s parents returned to Bangladesh, leaving him with his auntie. They hoped to come back when their health improved but Abdul’s father died and his mother’s mental health deteriorated as she had schizophrenia, so what had been initially a temporary arrangement for Abdul in the UK became permanent - he is now 19.Social services were supportive and Abdul grew up, going to Stoke Newington School where he achieved ABB at A level and obtained a place on the KPMG Professional Apprenticeship Programme. I met Abdul at the school in year 7 and we’ve been friends ever since At 16 he did not automatically receive his NI number and he had no ID or travel documents meaning he could not work legally or travel abroad. He recently applied for ‘leave to remain’ but was rejected. This means he would have to leave the UK, the only home he had known for most of his life.  This rejection happened in February of year 13 which added considerable stress to Abdul’s life as you can imagine, and KPMG was seemingly no longer open to him as he had no paperwork. Luckily KPMG have kept his place open for him in the hope that his appeal will be successful.  The court date is June 8th. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Abdul for the last 7 years, as a close friend and strong fellow student. He is one of the hardest working people and his care for others is second to none. His dedication to his friends and work is only outdone by his glowing presence and I look up to his warmth and enthusiasm. The United Kingdom would be losing a great person and valuable worker in Abdul Hassan. He has the chance to work for one of the biggest companies on the planet, KPMG. Not many are able to reach such heights and I think it would be a disgrace if Abdul weren’t able to reach this goal. He is as much part of British society and culture as I am, and I don’t have a word to say against him and I’m sure no one else would. Please help his situation by signing this petition, in hope that the tribunal see how many people see Abdul as part of their lives and part of the United Kingdom.Thank you

Hector O'Shea
28,586 supporters