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Boris Johnson

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MP for Uxbridge, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and former Mayor of London (2008 - 2016).


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Petitioning Boris Johnson, UK Parliament

Introduce ‘Helen’s Law': where hiding a body, preventing a burial and obstructing a coroner become criminal offences - with ‘whole life’ tariffs

To lose a loved one is devastating. To lose a loved one to murder is horrific. To be denied their funeral causes unimaginable suffering. I have endured this nightmare for almost 28 years. Ian Simms is serving a life sentence (on overwhelming forensic evidence) for the murder of my daughter Helen McCourt, aged 22, on 9 February 1988, in Billinge, Lancs. For almost three decades Simms has refused to reveal the whereabouts of Helen’s body – denying us the chance to grant her the dignity of a funeral and resting place.The case made legal history as only the third ever UK murder trial without a body. Sadly, as killers go to ever-desperate lengths to hide evidence and evade justice such cases have become more common. Without stiffer penalties they will continue to rise. In January 2016 a Parole Board will decide on Simms’ application for freedom. As it currently stands, the English legal system does not require a convicted murderer (at the end of their determined tariff) to admit guilt or reveal the location of a victim’s remains before being released. If parole is granted, my hopes of finding my daughter may never be realised. No other family should live this ordeal.I, hereby, petition the Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Sajid Javid to acknowledge the pain and distress caused to the families of missing murder victims by: Denying parole to murderers for as long as they refuse to disclose the whereabouts of their victim’s remains Passing a full life tariff (denying parole or release) until the murderer discloses the location (and enables the recovery) of their victim’s remains Automatically applying the following rarely-used common law offences in murder trials without a body*; preventing the burial of a corpse and conspiracy to prevent the burial of a corpse, disposing of a corpse, obstructing a coroner (*as in the case of R v Hunter, 1974 (from Archbold, Criminal Pleading Evidence and Practice 2015) Denying a funeral is, surely, an infringement of basic human rights. Please support me. Picture by Chris Neill

Marie Mccourt
688,851 supporters
Petitioning Boris Johnson

Boris: Don’t Betray Future Generations! #NoToNoDeal

The UK’s exit date from the EU is fast approaching, and our new Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still taking steps that increase the chances of us leaving without a deal. If he allows this to happen, he is betraying future generations. Not just their opportunities, their futures, their freedoms - but their trust too. If Boris allows this to happen, he is betraying future generations. Not just their opportunities, their futures, their freedoms - but their trust too. Without some kind of a Brexit deal, NHS chiefs have warned they could quickly run out of vital medicines and may have to delay operations for people in need. Supermarkets have spoken out about their concerns for our fresh food supply. Politicians on both sides of the channel have said this would mean a hard border in Ireland. People have started stockpiling because there is so much uncertainty. With this petition, let's demand Boris Johnson safeguards our future by ruling out a no deal Brexit. I run My Life My Say, a youth-led group made up of both Remainers and Leavers who have been fighting to make sure that young people aren’t forgotten when it comes to Brexit. I usually wouldn’t speak up like this but I’m terrified about what No Deal could mean for young people like me. Reports suggest that we’ll lose as much as £108,000 in earnings by 2050 if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal. In the short-term they say it could cost 18 to 21-year-olds £675 a year and 22 to 29-year-olds £830 a year. By the Government’s own impact assessments, leaving without a deal would be disastrous for the future of this country and our everyday lives. It doesn’t have to be this way, and we must find a way to reunite our country.

Mete Coban
404,272 supporters
Petitioning Sergio Mattarella, Jean-Claude Juncker, António Guterres, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Putin, Donald Tusk, Angela Merkel (CDU), David-Maria Sassoli, Boris Johnson, Ska K...

Solidaritat amb Catalunya – pel dret a l’autodeterminació pacífica!

deutsch / català / castellano / português / italiano / français / românesc / english / 简体中文 / 繁體中文 / русский / 日本語 /  lingua Europaea / العربية / български / tiếng việt / فارسی / ქართული / ελληνικά / türk / magyar / hrvatski / polski / हिन्दी / 한국의 / తెలుగు / svenska / српски / dansk / nederlands / norsk / Catalunya és la major nació europea sense estat propi. Els catalans són conscients, amb orgull, d’una història de més de mil anys. La seva magnífica literatura i cultura és una part essencial d’Europa. La llengua catalana és la llengua materna de milions d'europeus. L’any 1934, el president de la Generalitat de Catalunya va declarar la independència de Catalunya d'Espanya. L’any 1936, el general Francisco Franco va començar (amb l’ajuda d’Alemanya) el seu cop d’estat i va esclatar la Guerra Civil espanyola, que va donar lloc a un nou període de supressió de la nació catalana i de la seva llengua. Al segle XXI, no s’ha de permetre que l’exèrcit espanyol sigui posat en marxa contre el poble català que desitja aconseguir, d’una manera pacífica, la seva independència estatal. Europeus de tots els països i nacions han de fer tot lo possible per assegurar que el conflicte entre el govern central espanyol i Catalunya sigui resolt, aquesta vegada, d’una manera pacífica. El dret a la autodeterminació lliura, pacífica i democràtica d’una nació està a damunt dels límits legals d'un estat que vol imposar el seu sistema legal a milions de persones que se senten tractades en ell i per ell com a ciutadans de segona classe. Catalunya pertany incondicionalment a Europa. La Unió Europea i tots els països europeus han d’expressar clarament que qualsevol ús de la força militar en el conflicte actual seria inacceptable i que, si de fet nasqués un nou estat català, seria tan benvingut a la Unió Europea com ho va ser, fins ara, la regió de Catalunya amb la seva metròpoli Barcelona i com continuarà sent també Espanya. ************************************************************************** Declaració oficial de l'Expert Independent del Consell de Drets Humans de les Nacions Unides per a la promoció d'un ordre mundial democràtic i just, Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas, sobre les violacions de Drets Humans del poble català per l´Estat espanyol: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22295&LangID=E Declaració oficial del Relator Especial de l'ONU sobre la promoció i la protecció de la llibertat d'expressió, Prof. Dr. David Kaye, sobre la persecució jurídica de polítics catalans per la justícia de l´Estat espanyol: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22928&LangID=E United NationsHuman Rights:Office of the High Commissioner:Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its 84th session: Opinion 6/2019 (Spain): https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Detention/Opinions/Session84/A_HRC_WGAD_2019_6.pdf (Advance Edited Version) Opinion 12/2019 (Spain): https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Detention/Opinions/Session84/A_HRC_WGAD_2019_12%20ADVANCE%20EDITED%20VERSION.pdf (Advance Edited Version) ************************************************************************** Articles publicats a la pàgina catalana d´aquesta petició (n´hi ha més articles a les pàgines en altres llengües, sobretot en la pàgina alemanya): 120. «Europa a la cruïlla» (8. 1. 2020). 119. «Quim Torra: ‟Aquest cas arribarà als tribunals europeus”» (25. 11. 2019). 118. «Amnistia Internacional demana l'alliberament immediat de Jordi Cuixart i Jordi Sànchez» (23. 11. 2019). 117. Alfred de Zayas: «És necessària una acció urgent de la Unió Europea a Catalunya!» (9. 11. 2019). 116. Alfred de Zayas: «Cal que la UE faci una acció urgent a Catalunya» (31. 10. 2019). 115. «Declaració de la Llotja de Mar» (26. 10. 2019). 114. «La sentència injusta d’una justícia injusta — ‘maxima poena sine lege’» (23. 10. 2019). 113. «Comunicat del Consell per la República» (20. 10. 2019). 112. «‘No és justícia, és venjança’» (15. 10. 2019). 111. «Ja n’hi ha prou! Per llibertat, democràcia i estat de dret a Catalunya!» (8. 10. 2019). 110. «Les violacions dels Drets Humans a Espanya i la hipocresia de la Unió Europea» (3. 10. 2019). 109. «Comunicat del Consell de Govern de Catalunya del dia 14 de setembre de 2019» (19. 9. 2019). 108. «‟Aquestes acusacions no tenen fonament” — Últimes paraules de Dolors Bassa, Ministra de Treball, Afers Socials i Família de la Generalitat de Catalunya, en el judici polític celebrat a Madrid el 12 de juny de 2019» (7. 8. 2019). 107. «‟Sóc aquí per les meves idees i perquè no vaig renunciar a la meva activitat política” — Últimes paraules de Jordi Turull, diputat del Congrés dels Diputats espanyol, en el judici polític celebrat a Madrid el 12 de juny de 2019» (6. 8. 2019). 106. «‟Catalunya és una nació” — Últimes paraules del ministre d'Economia i Ciència de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Santiago Vila i Vicente, que va dimitir el 26 d’ocubre de 2017, en el judici polític celebrat a Madrid el 12 de juny de 2019» (1. 8. 2019). 105. «‟La censura no ha d'entrar al Parlament” — Últimes paraules de la legítima presidenta del Parlament de Catalunya, Carme Forcadell, en el judici polític de Madrid del 12 de juny de 2019» (28. 7. 2019). 104. «‟La dignitat d'haver defensat unes idees legítimes i unes idees nobles” — Últimes paraules del legítim ministre de Territori i Sostenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Josep Rull, en el judici polític de Madrid del 12 de juny de 2019» (28. 7. 2019). 103. «‟Catalunya és una nació” — Últimes paraules de la legítima Consellera de Governació, Administracions Públiques i Habitatge de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Meritxell Borràs, en el judici polític de Madrid del 12 de juny de 2019» (25. 7. 2019). 102. «‟No per repetir-la mil vegades una mentida es converteix en veritat” — Últimes paraules del legítim Conseller d’Afers Exteriors, Relacions Institucionals i Transparència de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Raül Romeva, en el judici polític de Madrid del 12 de juny de 2019» (25. 7. 2019). 101. «‟És millor patir una injustícia que cometre-la” — Últimes paraules de Jordi Sànchez, diputat del Congrés d'Espanya, en el judici polític de Madrid del 12 de juny de 2019» (24. 7. 2019). 100. «‟Aquest judici és el resultat d'un fracàs de la política” — Últimes paraules del legítim Ministre de Justícia de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Carles Mundó, en el judici polític de Madrid del 12 de juny de 2019» (22. 7. 2019). 99. «‟La realitat dels fets els desmenteix” — Últimes paraules del legítim Conseller de l'Interior de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Joaquim Forn, en el judici polític de Madrid del 12 de juny de 2019» (21. 7. 2019). 98. «‟Ho tornarem a fer!» — Últimes paraules del president d'Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, en el judici polític de Madrid del 12 de juny de 2019”» (21. 7. 2019). 97. «Últimes paraules de l'eurodiputat Oriol Junqueras en el judici polític celebrat a Madrid del 12 de juny de 2019» (16. 7. 2019). 96. «2ª Decisió del Grup de Treball de l’ONU contra les Detencions Arbitràries de l’ONU sobre els presos» (5. 7. 2019). 95. «La Unió Europea gira l’esquena als seus valors fonamentals i denega els escons a diputats elegits del Parlament europeu!» (2. 7. 2019). 94. «Vergonya damunt del ‛país de Franco’!» (22. 6. 2019). 93. «Omplim Estrasburg!» (17. 6. 2019). 92. «Consell de Drets Humans — Grup de Treball sobre la Detenció Arbitrària: Opinió 6/2019 (II)» (9. 6. 2019). 91. «Consell de Drets Humans — Grup de Treball sobre la Detenció Arbitrària: Opinió 6/2019 (I)» (9. 6. 2019). 90. «Grup de Treball sobre Detenció Arbitrària de les Nacions Unides sobre els presos polítics a Espanya» (28. 5. 2019). 89. «"Proporcionalitat en el conflicte català" — El Parlament alemany s’ocuparà de Catalunya» (18. 5. 2019). 88. «Les eleccions a Espanya del 28 d’abril del 2019 — un dia fatal per la llibertat, la democràcia, l’estat de dret i la Unió Europea» (6. 5. 2019). 87. «Pot haver-hi morts – El conflicte entre Espanya i Catalunya pot agreujar-se aviat» (25. 4. 2019). 86. «Una fugida de la realitat: Inés Arrimadas» (28. 2. 2019). 85. «Spexit: comença la venjança d'Espanya contra la nació catalana» (12. 2. 2019) 84. «Ningú a la Unió Europea podrà dir que no ho sabia» (10. 2. 2019). 83. «Documentació del judici contra els presos polítics accessible en anglès» (30. 1. 2019). 82. «Bàrbars i mentiders espanyols en el segle XXI» (25. 1. 2019). 81. «Espanya és diferent: jutges subordinats a partits polítics i parcials, en els alts tribunals d’Espanya» (10. 1. 2019). 80. «A Espanya, on la justícia esdevé injustícia …» (2. 1. 2019). 79. «‘La banalización de los delitos de rebelión y sedición’» (30. 12. 2018). 78. «Vaga de fam també de Joaquim Forn i Josep Rull» (3. 12. 2018). 77. «Carta oberta de Jordi Sànchez i Jordi Turull del 1 de desembre del 2018» (2. 12. 2018). 76. «Tractament desigual vergonyós de la qüestió catalana pel Govern Federal d’Alemanya» (13. 10. 2018). 75. «El dret a l'autodeterminació de Catalunya i el Regne d'Espanya» (29. 9. 2018). 74. «El que no s'ajusta s'ajusta tanmateix: la promoció del jutge Pablo Llarena» (23. 9. 2018). 73. «Nou escàndol a Espanya: els continguts del canal de xat oficial dels jutges espanyols són coneguts» (19. 9. 2018). 72. «‘Espanya és una dictadura!’, ‘Llibertat per Catalunya!’, ‘Independència!’, ‘Visca la República!’» (18. 9. 2018). 71. «Ministre d'Afers Exteriors espanyol implicat en contradiccions en una entrevista de la BBC» (16. 9. 2018). 70. «El fals relat de l’inexistent — documentació sobre les mentides de la propaganda espanyola» (20. 8. 2018). 69. «Les inflades quimeres d’un periodista: sobre un article de Michael Ebmeyer a ‘Zeit Online’» (6. 8. 2018). 68. «El critòcrata espanyol Pablo Llarena retira altra vegada ordres europees de detenció» (23. 7. 2018). 67. «Crida Nacional per la República Catalana» (21. 7. 2018). 66. «Les falses acusacions de la injusta ‘justícia’ espanyola» (3. 7. 2018). 65. «La no-decisió sobre l’extradició de Puigdemont reactiva el front alemany» (2. 7. 2018). 64. «Quan s'ha perdut la reputació ... De moment es manté el règim dictatorial espanyol a Catalunya» (21. 5. 2018). 63. «Els dos Presidents de Catalunya i la construcció de la República Catalana» (17. 5. 2018). 62. «Alfred de Zayas, relator independent de l’ONU: 4 preguntes sobre Catalunya» (18. 4. 2018). 61. «‘El dret d'autodeterminació està plenament integrat en l'ordenament jurídic espanyol’» (17. 4. 2018). 60. «Comunicat dels extreballadors de Diplocat sobre la liquidació de l’entitat» (17. 4. 2018). 59. «‘L’estat espanyol s’està comportant com un règim repressiu, hereu d’un passat feixista?’ Sí!» (15. 4. 2018). 58. «Policia alemanya estudia amenaces de Federico Jiménez Losantos contra Alemanya i els alemanys» (10. 4. 2018). 57. «Un expert de l'ONU insta a Espanya a no perseguir càrrecs penals de rebel·lió» (7.4. 2018). 56. «La justícia alemanya no extradirà el president català pel delicte de rebel·lió» (6. 4. 2018). 55. «Carta del President de la Generalitat de Catalunya des de la presó de Neumünster (Alemanya)» (5. 4. 2018). 54. «Ministre Jordi Turull: ‘No hi ha separació de poders a Espanya’» (3. 4. 2018). 53. «Expert independent de l'ONU es pronuncia en contra l’extradició del 130è president català a Espanya» (2. 4. 2018). 52. «L'arrest de Puigdemont a Alemanya: Una descarada mostra de menyspreu pels drets dels individus» (31. 3. 2018). 51. «Entrevista sobre Catalunya a la pàgina web de la revista alemanya ‘stern’» (30. 3. 2018). 50. «El Parlament de Portugal critica en una resolució la suspensió de Drets Humans a Catalunya» (29. 3. 2018). 49. «La veu d'un espanyol decent sobre la vergonya nacional d'Estremera» (28. 3. 2018). 48. «El Comitè de Drets Humans de les Nacions Unides admet la demanda del 130è President de Catalunya» (27. 3. 2018). 47. «Nova petició contra l'extradició del molt honorable 130è President de Catalunya Carles Puigdemont» (26. 3. 2018). 46. «La policia alemanya deté l'actual 130º President de la Generalitat de Catalunya» (25. 3. 2018). 45. «L'autodestrucció d'Espanya continua» (23. 3. 2018). 44. «10 propostes pel camí cap a la llibertat» (14. 3. 2018). 43. «Espanya no podrà subjugar Catalunya permanentment!» (13. 3. 2018). 42. «El Tribunal Europeu dels Drets Humans condemna més una vegada Espanya» (13. 3. 2018). 41. «El règim espanyol dirigit per Mariano Rajoy planeja una nova vulneració de la Constitució» (26. 1. 2018). 40. «Les vulneracions dels Drets Humans no s’han d’oblidar! S’hauran de jutjar!» (24. 1. 2018). 39. «‘Espanya té presos polítics i la UE i l’ONU callen’ (Alfred de Zayas, relator independent de l’ONU» (23. 1. 2018). 38. «Sky News ha publicat un nou documental sobre la brutalitat de la policia espanyola l'1-10-2017» (20. 1. 2018). 37. «Rajoy, Sáenz de Santamaría i altres poden acabar davant un tribunal internacional» (14. 1. 2018). 36. «1-Octubre-2017: una vergonya per a Espanya!» (14. 1. 2018). 35. «Oriol Junqueras (vicepresident legítim de la Generalitat de Catalunya): ‘Recuperem les institucions’» (13. 1. 2018). 34. «Associació de Juristes ‛Drets’: ‘Denunciem la violació de drets fonamentals!’» (12. 1. 2018). 33. «Hi haurà aviat un Govern legal i un Govern legítim de Catalunya?» (12. 1. 2018). 32. «The Catalan Process: Sovereignty, Self-Determination and Democracy in the 21st Century» (9. 1. 2018). 31. «Observadors internacionals denuncien irregularitats en les eleccions del 21D» (7. 1. 2018). 30. «Breu resum dels esdeveniments des de setembre fins a desembre de 2017» (7. 1. 2018). 29. «Catalonia’s Legitimate Right to Decide: Paths to Self-determination» (7. 1. 2018). 28. «Carta d’en Jordi Cuixart» (2. 1. 2018). 27. «Pere Grau i Rovira: ‘Pensar l'impensable’» (26. 12. 2017). 26. «Nadala (2017) pels presos polítics catalans» (26. 12. 2017). 25. «Va haver-hi algun frau electoral a favor de Ciutadans?» (24. 12. 2017). 24. «DECLARACIÓ: Crida Europea per a la Democràcia a Catalunya» (24. 12. 2017). 23. «Una nació que ja no es deixa més esclavitzar!» (21. 12. 2017). 22. «Llibertat o submissió: les eleccions iŀlegítimes del 21D i el futur de Catalunya» (21. 12. 2017). 21. «Pere Grau i Rovira: ‘Fita: 60 %’» (19. 12. 2017). 20. «Òmnium Cultural: Violacions dels drets humans pel estat espanyol a Catalunya (2017)» (18. 12. 2017). 19. «Alfred de Zayas: quatre preguntes i quatre respostes sobre Catalunya i Espanya» (18. 12. 2017). 18. «L'ex-líder de Podem Catalunya crida a votar en contra del ‘govern corrupte de Mariano Rajoy’» (17. 12. 2017). 17. «Marta Rovira a Brussel·les: ‘Guanyarem! Visca la República!’» (9. 12. 2017). 16. «Pere Grau i Rovira: ‘Revenja, arbitrarietat i altres “normalitats”’» (6. 12. 2017). 15. «Carta de Jordi Cuixart des de la presó: ‘No caurem en cap tristor col·lectiva’» (5. 12. 2017). 14. «Toni Strubell i Trueta: Carta a Jean-Claude Juncker» (3. 12. 2017). 13. «Com es manipula el dret a Espanya: opinió legal del Prof. Dr. Joan J. Queralt» (17. 11. 2017). 12. «La falsa propaganda d'Espanya: entrevista amb el ministre d'Afers Exteriors d'Espanya Alfonso Dastis» (17. 11. 2018). 11. «Altra carta des de la presó del vice-president del govern legítim de Catalunya» (15. 11. 2017). 10. «Legalitat penal i procés independentista (12. 11. 2017). 9. «Carta des de la presó espanyola del vice-president del govern legítim de Catalunya, Oriol Junqueras» (10. 11. 2017). 8. «Carta des de Bèlgica del president de la Generalitat de Catalunya i de quatre consellers del govern» (9. 11. 2017). 7. «OPEN LETTER TO UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW IN THE EUROPEAN UNION» (3. 11. 2017). 6. «UN independent expert urges Spanish Government to reverse decision on Catalan autonomy» (3. 11. 2017). 5. «La desdemocratització d’Espanya ha començat!» (30. 10. 2017). 4. «La República de Catalunya – ha nascut un nou estat europeu» (29. 10. 2017). 3. «Ajuda a Catalunya! Ajuda a Europa!» (24. 10. 2017).2. «El referèndum suec de 2017 (versió catalana)» (18. 10. 2017). 1. «El referèndum suec — una ucronia de l’any 2017» (13. 10. 2017). **************************************************************************  

Prof. Dr. Axel Schönberger
498,611 supporters
Petitioning Boris Johnson, UK Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn, Ian Blackford

UK Prime Minister: Protect your citizens abroad!

Did you know that the British Government doesn’t have a legal obligation to protect its citizens abroad? We  didn’t either, until we had our loved ones unjustly stripped of their freedom, and we found out there were no guarantees our Government would help.  As a British citizen, you or your loved one could be away on a holiday, studying, on a business trip, simply visiting friends and family, or even living a happy life of retirement. Suddenly, your life could take a 180 degree turn, your freedom taken away and your human rights violated – just because. Meanwhile, there is no law to make sure that your Government will protect you. They could instead decide to stand by because for example, they don’t want to upset the country where you are being detained.  Right now this is reality for more than 2,000 British citizens, like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Jagtar Singh Johal, who are currently detained abroad. Over 1,000 of them are being held without a trial. Many have been unfairly convicted; many have been tortured or kept in solitary confinement; many have been deprived of their fundamental human rights – with no access to lawyers, medical care or support from a British embassy.  We are the British Rights Abroad Group (BRAG), a coalition of families of people from across the UK who are currently being unfairly held overseas or who have recently been released.  Our families have had to discover the Government’s lack of commitment to its citizens the hard way.  When our family members were unfairly imprisoned the British government stood (and in some cases continues to stand) passively by, until we started speaking out and using public pressure to make them take action. In some countries, like Germany, there are laws that ensure the Government does everything it can to protect their citizens in cases like ours. A law like this could have been a life saver for our loved ones. So, we are asking Britain’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to lead an initiative in Parliament to make it a law for the British Government and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) – to defend and protect the human rights of Britons abroad. We want to make sure that you and your loved ones won’t have to live what we have been forced to endure.  Please, sign and share this petition to demand that your government does more than what it “can” do and starts doing what it “must” do for your rights to be protected – regardless of who you are or where you are. From: Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and father of Gabriella Ratcliffe Daniela Tejada-Venegas, wife of Matthew Hedges Yemisrach Hailemariam, wife of Andargachew (Andy) Tsege Gurpreet Singh Johal, brother of Jagtar (Jaggi) Singh Johal Yvonne Irving, wife of Billy Irving Founders of British Rights Abroad Group (BRAG)  Follow us on Twitter @UKRightsAbroad #BRAG #BritishRightsAbroadGroup #BritishRightsAbroad *If you or a loved one have been affected by lacking or inappropriate consular assistance by the British Government and would like to join our campaign, please get in touch with us on britishrightsabroadgroup@gmail.com 

British Rights Abroad Group BRAG
333,800 supporters
Petitioning Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Jo Swinson, Caroline Lucas, Nigel Farage, Jeremy Corbyn, Ian Blackford, Nigel Dodds, Adam Price

Save our students. Make Mental Health First Aid a compulsory part of teacher training

Hi, my name is Ben and in January 2018, I lost my younger brother, Sam, to suicide. He was just 15. I sat on my bed that Sunday evening, unaware that only a few metres away from me my brother was about to take his own life. I heard screams through the headphones and ran upstairs at 21:30. I carried out emergency resuscitation for almost half an hour before the mass of emergency services arrived.  No one should ever have to experience the loss and confusion of losing someone to suicide and I hope that, with your help, this petition can save at least one family the awful pain I've had to and continue to face. As part of research into ways of helping young people suffering with mental health conditions in schools we found that staff are generally not equipped to deal with problems faced by some students as they don't have the knowledge to do so. Very few staff members have mental health first aid training of any level. That's why I'm calling on the government to train teachers in mental health first aid so that they have the tools and knowledge available to help if they do feel they should step in and start a conversation. Mental health first aid would be a very cost effective and simple session to run which outlines potential problems faced by students and offers suggestions to staff on what to do. It would also advise staff on who to contact about the student to start putting into place the support they need as quickly as possible. There are so many teachers who are capable of dealing with physical medical emergencies, it’s about time that the same can be said for dealing with mental health problems as well. Most schools have a single specialist physical first aider as well as having a mass of teachers with knowledge of first aid. I don't think an epicentre of mental health support is the right way of dealing with the issue, instead we should a more broad knowledge. Making the training compulsory may seem excessive at first but we now live in an age where three students per class have a diagnosable mental health condition [1]. There are 4 schoolchildren lost to suicide every week [2]. And the rates of depression and anxiety in young people have increased by 70% in the last 25 years [3]. So, I wholeheartedly believe, this isn't an excessive measure to be taking, it's a desperate one.  Please sign and share my petition. Visit our Instagram pages - @iambenwest and @team_walk2talk [1] mentalhealth.org [2] papyrus.org [3] thesamwestfoundation.org

Ben West
302,347 supporters
Petitioning Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Ed Davey and Sal Brinton, Adam Price AM, Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley, Nigel Farage

Adopt Proportional Representation for the House of Commons - we need to make votes matter

I was 16 years old at the 2015 general election. I couldn’t vote but I was frustrated that the election results didn’t reflect how people voted, so I started this petition for a fairer voting system. Four years on, I am continuing to campaign for a voting system which ensures that all votes count. I want to be able to vote for whichever party I support without being scared of ‘wasting my vote’ or ‘letting the other side in’. I want a vote that counts. The 2019 General Election again resulted in an unrepresentative Parliament that fails to represent all British voters. This must be the last election ever held under the archaic First Past the Post system. At the election, 56% of people voted against the Conservative Party, but they now have a large majority of MPs and almost absolute power. Meanwhile, 15% of people voted for the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the Brexit Party, who received just 2% of MPs. Clearly, FPTP has failed to represent voters. These distortions are even more stark when you look at nations and regions of the UK. The SNP won 81% of MPs in Scotland with just 45% of the vote. The Conservatives won every single MP in Surrey with just 54% of the vote. First Past the Post worsens the divides in our country and society. The First Past the Post voting system is undemocratic and dramatically distorts the results of our elections. Politics doesn’t have to be this way - we want real democracy! Clearly, First Past the Post is broken. It does not represent voters or produce effective government. Fortunately, there is an alternative. Around the world, over 80% of developed democracies use some form of Proportional Representation. Proportional Representation (PR) simply means an electoral system in which seats closely match votes. If you win 10% of votes under PR, you should win close to 10% of the seats. The evidence from academics shows that this is a far more effective way of electing MPs. PR means politicians are forced to work for everyone, not just marginal voters in swing seats. This means PR countries tend to have higher voter turnout, better representation of women in Parliament and higher satisfaction with democracy. Better yet, this translates into concrete policy outcomes. PR countries have lower income inequality, lower levels of poverty, and are more likely to take action to tackle the climate crisis. What can I do to help? We are building a grassroots movement to change the voting system. After 2015, when I started this petition, I helped co-found Make Votes Matter, the campaign for PR in the House of Commons. We have made so much progress since 2015, but we need your help. Already, all of the British opposition parties aside from Labour have signed up to changing the voting system, and Labour is on the verge of committing to reform. Local activist meetings have been changing MPs’ minds, one by one. We know we can convince politicians when we have public pressure behind us, so please sign and share this petition to send a message to whoever is elected on December 12th - we want Proportional Representation. Together we can keep this issue at the top of the agenda. If you’d like to join thousands of us all over the country who are taking action to make votes matter, sign up at www.makevotesmatter.org.uk

Owen Winter
301,648 supporters
Petitioning home office, Priti Patel, Boris Johnson

URGENT! Keep reuniting child refugees with their families after Brexit

Right now, the Government are preparing to scrap a scheme which enables child refugees and asylum seekers to be reunited with family members in the UK. Hannah and I have both volunteered in Calais, and I spent 9 months in Greece, supporting refugees who had fled war and persecution. We witnessed crisis situations in both places, where children and vulnerable people are forced to live in overcrowded and dangerous camps, filled with rats and fraught with violence - or on the streets. Scrapping this scheme will leave children stranded in these places. It is our duty to help vulnerable children reach safety. That’s why I’m calling on the Home Office to protect this scheme.  Experts have stressed for years that scrapping the system will not mean that less people will try to come to the UK. It just means the routes they take are more dangerous - potentially forcing children into the hands of traffickers, into lorries or unseaworthy boats. This year, people have gone missing and even died attempting to cross the channel in boats. Brexit shouldn’t mean that the UK stops helping the most vulnerable children. The existing scheme between EU member states has enabled many children to reach safety, after having seen their homes destroyed, lost loved ones, and faced extreme levels of violence and persecution. After a withdrawal date, on this Government’s watch, these children will receive the news that there are no longer any safe routes for them to reach their families here in the UK. The long waiting times of the current reunification scheme has meant that many young people have already lost hope; some have sadly taken their lives. These are children who have already been through so much. Each and every one of them has the right to a safe home - every child does. For some, re-finding their families is their only remaining hope. The current system ensures that a safe and legal passage exists for refugee children and that’s why this petition urges the Home Office to keep the scheme after Brexit- in a no-deal or deal scenario.  Please help by signing! 

Melissa and Hannah Pawson
223,049 supporters
Petitioning Crown Prosecution Service, Alison Saunders, Boris Johnson MP

Take domestic violence seriously in courts

Last night Manchester Crown Court’s Judge Richard Mansell ruled that he would not jail Mustafa Bashir, a man who made his wife drink bleach and, at one point, struck her over her back with a cricket bat saying: "If I hit you with this bat with my full power then you would be dead." Judge Mansell concluded she was not vulnerable enough because she was "an intelligent woman with a network of friends" and a university degree.The Judge handed out a suspended sentence of 18 months - a punishment which is not enforced unless a further crime is committed during a specified period. What message does this send out to perpetrators of domestic abuse?Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecution at the Crown Prosecution Service needs to take domestic violence seriously. Like Bashir’s partner, I went through hell with my ex, enduring domestic abuse for 18 years. At one point I was shot with a sawn-off shotgun and then beaten. My 16 year old son took his life as a result of this. I also had a network of good friends - does that mean I was not vulnerable enough too? What ignorance by the system.For years I have been saying that judges who deal with these cases don’t fully understand the issue of domestic violence, including the power dynamics of the perpetrator and victim and how it can make you a prisoner in your home - regardless of your network of friends and how intelligent you are.I am actively campaigning in the domestic abuse arena to see that all services listen to the voice of those who have and still are victims/survivors. Sadly we are experts by experience. All Judges should have mandatory domestic abuse training because their lack of knowledge is putting lives at risk, those lives of the vulnerable people.I am calling on the Alison Saunders to agree to meet me, and show that the CPS understands that work needs to be done so that Judge Mansell’s actions are never repeated.

Rachel Williams
221,359 supporters
Keep a fair wind in our sails and save sailing for all the community from DSWC!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Westferry Printworks planning application PA/15/2216 and in particular its potential impacts on sailing conditions in the Millwall Outer Dock. As you are aware a Representation Hearing was held at City Hall on 27 April 2016 where the Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, Sir Edward Lister, after hearing representations including those presented on behalf of the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre Trust (DSWCT) and considering the Greater London Authority (GLA) Hearing Report (D&P/3363/03), decided to grant planning permission for the proposed development. In making his decision, the Deputy Mayor delegated authority to his planning officers to secure additional financial mitigation towards the impacts on the sailing conditions in the Dock. This decision was based on the appreciation of the wider planning benefits of the development, but also in recognition of the increased operational costs associated with a new pontoon configuration as set out within your representations. With regards to the additional mitigation, Greater London Authority officers are currently finalising this through further discussions with the applicant and DSWCT. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

4 years ago
Transport for London must publish sexual assault & fraudata for taxi and private hire NOW!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about fraud and sexual assault crime data. By way of clarification, the data that you refer to is held by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), not Transport for London (TfL). The information shared by the MPS with representatives from the taxi and private hire trades was taken from provisional police data of all sexual assault allegations in the last 12 months made to the police where a taxi or private hire driver is alleged to have been the perpetrator. It also gave an indication of the number of arrests of taxi drivers, as well as licensed and unlicensed private hire drivers. Due to the complexity involved in determining whether confirmed sexual offences were committed by unlicensed or licensed taxi or private hire drivers, or any details of how the victims were approached, the MPS is unable to provide a definitive breakdown of cab-related sexual offences by type of vehicle or driver for reporting or publication. TfL is now working with the MPS and the City of London Police Service to collate and publish the total number of taxi and private hire related sexual offences, which will be published online as soon as possible. TfL has also approached the MPS and City of London Police about publishing the data for fraud offences within the taxi and private hire trades. Discussions with the respective police forces are ongoing before making a decision on whether this data should be released publicly. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

4 years ago
Stop mini holland in Chingford and Highams park.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme. The Mini-Hollands programme is a key part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision to achieve 1.5 million cycle trips around London every day by 2026. The significant £30m investment in each of the three Mini-Holland boroughs allows them to create a network of key cycle routes while improving the public realm and town centres. The Mini-Hollands programme is a fantastic opportunity for these boroughs to achieve dramatic change – not just for cyclists, but for everyone who lives and works there. This continues to be the aim for the three schemes that are currently being implemented, including in Waltham Forest and Chingford. In Waltham Forest, although the programme is supported by Transport for London (TfL), responsibility for the development and delivery of the projects that comprise the overall programme rests with the London Borough of Waltham Forest as it is the decision- making authority. However, TfL retains an ongoing oversight role to ensure that Mini-Hollands funded projects are high-quality, deliverable and align with the programme’s objectives and the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Waltham Forest consulted residents extensively on all of their projects, including trial road closures. It circulated 4,000 household surveys and held resident and business workshops and drop-in sessions. As you may be aware, Waltham Forest faced a judicial review regarding the Walthamstow Village project, which found in favour of the borough. The result of this review shows that the consultation exercise was thorough and robust. Statutory consultation has also been undertaken with stakeholders, which included emergency services and disability groups. The results of this consultation showed that only a minority of respondents were opposed to the changes. Waltham Forest is currently developing proposals for Chingford and Highams Park as part of its Mini-Hollands programme. Perception surveys were carried out with local communities in March and April, with design workshops also taking place to inform proposals before a round of public consultation is undertaken in early summer 2016. Public consultation is undertaken over a number of weeks to provide residents the opportunity to express their views on the projects. Consultations are led by Waltham Forest, and further details about the projects are available on the Enjoy Waltham Forest website at www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk. In order ensure that your voice is heard in the planned consultation you are encouraged to contact Mark Bland, the Programme Manager for the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme. Waltham Forest is directly responsible for the development of projects as well as the consultation and decision-making processes. Mr Bland can be contacted by email at Mark.Bland@walthamforest.gov.uk. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

4 years ago
Get rid of Mini-holland

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme. The Mini-Hollands programme is a key part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision to achieve 1.5 million cycle trips around London every day by 2026. The significant £30m investment in each of the three Mini-Holland boroughs allows them to create a network of key cycle routes while improving the public realm and town centres. The Mini-Hollands programme is a fantastic opportunity for these boroughs to achieve dramatic change – not just for cyclists, but for everyone who lives and works there. This continues to be the aim for the three schemes that are currently being implemented. In Waltham Forest, although the programme is supported by Transport for London (TfL), responsibility for the development and delivery of the projects that comprise the overall programme rests with the London Borough of Waltham Forest as it is the decision- making authority. However, TfL retains an ongoing oversight role to ensure that Mini-Hollands funded projects are high-quality, deliverable and align with the programme’s objectives and the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Waltham Forest consulted residents extensively on all of their projects, including trial road closures. It circulated 4,000 household surveys and held resident and business workshops and drop-in sessions. As you may be aware, Waltham Forest faced a judicial review regarding the Walthamstow Village project, which found in favour of the borough. The result of this review shows that the consultation exercise was thorough and robust. Statutory consultation has also been undertaken with stakeholders, which included emergency services and disability groups. The results of this consultation showed that only a minority of respondents were opposed to the changes. Turning to your idea of dedicating the pavement on one side of the road to cyclists and the pavement on the other side to pedestrians, this may have unforeseen impacts, including businesses on one side not attracting the same amount of customers as the other. On this occasion it may not be possible to take your idea forward but Waltham Forest welcomes all ideas. The Programme Manager for the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme is Mark Bland and he can be contacted by email at Mark.Bland@walthamforest.gov.uk. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

4 years ago
Let Students Express Themselves!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about letting pupils express themselves through dress. The Mayor is a big supporter of encouraging young people in London to explore their identities and build confidence and commends your work to promote student views. If you want to find out more about why some schools have uniform policies, and how you can work with your school about theirs, this guidance from the Department for Education may be useful www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-uniform. Whilst the Mayor does not have any authority to influence individual school uniform policies, his education and youth team does work with schools across London to see how programmes and teacher training can support young people to develop their confidence and express themselves. The Peer Outreach Workers and Lynk Up Crew are groups of young people who work with the Mayor to address issues facing young Londoners. If you are interested in getting involved you can find out more on the City Hall website at: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/peer-outreach-team. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

4 years ago
PRIVATE HIRE SHOULD PAY CONGESTION CHARGE IN LONDON

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the number of private hire vehicles (PHVs) on London’s streets. The Mayor agrees with petitioners that more must be done to tackle the growing number of PHVs in central London. These vehicles are significantly contributing to a number of challenges, including increased motor traffic congestion, illegal parking and poor air quality. Currently, if an applicant meets the statutory eligibility criteria, Transport for London (TfL) is legally obliged to issue a licence. The Mayor has been in discussions with the Government to provide further legislative powers to TfL to cap the total number of PHVs in London. The Government has been reluctant to pursue such legislation. Petitioners may be pleased to know that, as an alternative measure, the Mayor has instructed TfL to look into the impact and feasibility of removing the Congestion Charge exemption for PHVs in central London, as suggested by petitioners. Following TfL Board approval, new operator licence types will also be introduced to minimise the number of PHVs on the road. These new licence types will account for larger operators, who will be charged more to cover the extra licensing and compliance costs to TfL, while encouraging operators to be as efficient as possible. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

4 years ago
A Bakerloo Line extension into South East London via Peckham Rye to Lewisham.

Dear Petitioners Thank you for your petition in support of a Bakerloo line extension in south-east London, via Peckham Rye to Lewisham. The option for a Bakerloo line extension was considered as part of an assessment process for the Bakerloo line extension that Transport for London (TfL) carried out in 2015. The Options Assessment Report was published in January and is available to view on TfL’s website at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tube/bakerloo-extension. TfL is currently looking to develop an extension to Lewisham, via the Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate, to support new housing opportunities presented by the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area. The next steps will allow TfL to safeguard any land required in the future, ensuring that construction can start should the necessary consent and funding be secured. A second phase of the extension, which goes further into south east London, to Catford and beyond, will be further considered. This has the potential to improve public transport access in south-east London beyond Lewisham. The report also looked at the route alignment suggested in your petition. It concluded that the alternative route option via Peckham Rye would cost more, have a longer journey time, and enable lower levels of new development. TfL will also be working with other parties such as Network Rail on long-term efforts to improve rail services, including in South East London. You may have seen that the Mayor and Secretary of State for Transport recently published proposals to increase the role that TfL plays in rail services in London, building on the success of the London Overground. You can find out more in A new approach to rail passenger services in London and the South East, which is available through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/493754/dft-tfl-rail-prospectus.pdf. Thank you again for your petition. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

4 years ago
Review of disability benefit to include long term and terminal illnesses

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about a review of disability benefit to include long term and terminal illnesses. The Mayor of London is committed to the challenge of creating a fairer and more cohesive society for current and future generations of Londoners. The GLA works to minimise disadvantage, maximise opportunity, and ensure equal treatment for all Londoners through its Equalities strategies and the London Health Board. Some of our work with disabled Londoners includes: regular engagement meetings with deaf and disabled organisations to ensure effective input into areas including transport, health services, housing and London’s built environment. Further information can be found here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/communities/communities-london-how-were-improving-equality/deaf-and-disabled-communities. The Mayor of London’s powers do not extend to welfare reform, which is a matter for national government. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

4 years ago
Rename Olympic Stadium to Payet Arena

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about renaming the former Olympic Stadium. The former Olympic Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a multi-use venue, and whilst West Ham United’s tenancy will help to secure a long-term future for the venue, the Stadium itself remains a public asset and does not belong to the Club. UK Athletics are also a tenant and events have already been scheduled for this year, including the London Anniversary Games and a sold out AC/DC concert. The Stadium is a public asset, and is owned by E20 (a joint venture between London Legacy Development Corporation and the London Borough of Newham). E20 want to ensure the best possible deal for the taxpayer and are seeking a naming rights partner; E20 expect to receive significant income from a naming rights deal which in addition to concessionaires and events will also help to secure the long-term financial sustainability of the venue. For this reason, the naming of the Stadium will be dependent on a suitable and appropriate naming rights partner. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

4 years ago