Abolish the Empire from the UK honours list

Abolish the Empire from the UK honours list

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Neil Cole started this petition to UK Parliament

The UK Honours List still hands out awards each year making people members of "The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire". As well as the MBE, OBE and CBE awards, Knights (KBE) and Dames (DBE) also receive honours in the name of the Empire, as do recipients of the British Empire Medal.

This is at best anachronistic and at worst offensive and alienating to many UK citizens, forcing them to choose between accepting an honour in the name of an institution to which they may be firmly opposed - and which may have oppressed  their ancestors - or to decline an honour they deserve.

The British Empire caused many countries and millions of people to be subjugated to British rule, and those countries to be stripped of their assets and resources to make Britain rich. It also imposed white minority rule on oppressed peoples, and refused countries the right to self-determination and democracy. It is time the UK honours system stopped glamourising the Empire by removing all references to it, enabling people whose families came from countries in the Empire to feel they can fully participate in in the awards system without betraying their heritage. 

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