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Petition to Sadiq Khan, Theresa May MP, Stella Creasy MP, Boris Johnson MP

Tighten Regulation on Hate Crime & Hate Speech on Social Media towards Muslims

What is "Hate Crime"? The term 'hate crime' can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. These aspects of a person's identity are known as 'protected characteristics'. A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property. The perpetrator can also be a friend, carer or acquaintance who exploits their relationship with the victim for financial gain or some other criminal purpose. Islamophobia is when Muslims are the victims of attacks just because of their religion. Recently we have seen a large increase in hate crime towards Muslims. One of the reasons of this is is that the current punishment is too lenient and is not acting as a deterrence.    According to TellMAMA, there has been an increase in the number of offline incidents since 2014 from 147 to 437 to 2015. This shows an increase of 300% Muslim Woman are more likely to be attacked then Muslim men in most settings. The largest perpetrators are white males. Muslims are fearful of leaving their homes to go to work, shops or even to go and visit their friends. We are living in the 21st Century, hate crime should not exist, the Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society and yet it is still a major problem in today's society.     Resham Khan, a 21-year-old aspiring model and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar, 37, suffered horrific injuries when an attacker squirted acid through their car window in Newham, East London, on the 21st June 2017. What is Islam? Islam is a religion, and the people who follow it are called Muslims. Almost a quarter of the world's population are Muslims and in the UK it's about 1 in 20 people. Islam is the second largest religion in the UK after Christianity. Islam is over 1,400 years old, dating back to the 7th Century. The Islamic word for God is Allah .The word "Islam" means submission to God's will and obedience to God's law. It comes from an old Arabic word meaning "peace." Why are Muslims being targetted? Some people have blamed all Muslims for recent terrorist attacks carried out by extreme groups who say they follow the religion of Islam. But, many people say those terrorist groups have extreme beliefs of hatred and violence that have little to do with what most Muslims believe.  

Sameer Hussain
298 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Equalities Minister Amber Rudd @Govt_Equality

Open civil partnerships to all

We’re Rebecca and Charles, we have a toddler called Eden, a baby called Ariel, and we want to cement and celebrate our relationship by having a civil partnership. But we can’t because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 states: ‘Two people are not eligible to register as civil partners of each other if … they are not of the same sex.’ We met in 2010, became engaged in 2013, and together we were involved in the fight for same-sex marriage within our community. It is fantastic social progress that couples can now marry regardless of sex or sexual orientation. We’ve been left, however, with a hangover from this important reform: Civil partnerships are still only available to same-sex couples. This limits the choice for mixed-sex couples, like us, who want to form a civil partnership - a modern institution that provides similar legal status and financial protections as marriage. The current system doesn’t make sense and needs to be brought into line with places such as Holland and New Zealand where couples can choose between marriage and civil partnership. Opening civil partnerships to all would bring the law up to date with the reality of family life: 3 million cohabiting couples with 2 million dependent children, all of whom currently lack the protection of marriage and choice of civil partnership. From a personal perspective, the legacy of marriage – that it treated women as property for centuries, excluded same-sex couples until 2014, and still leaves room only for fathers’ names on marriage certificates – means that marriage is not an option for us. We want to raise our children as equal partners and feel that a civil partnership – a modern, symmetrical institution – sets the best example for them. Sadly, the government has taken a different view. But with your support, we've mounted a legal challenge to their position: Our case will be heard in the Supreme Court on 15th and 16th May 2018.  We're also fighting on the political front. We've generated extensive cross-party parliamentary support with politicians from every major party now backing our cause. The London Assembly unanimously passed a motion supporting mixed-sex civil partnerships, and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is in favour of opening civil partnerships to all. Conservative MP Tim Loughton’s private members’ bill to give mixed-sex couples the right to a civil partnership has also received cross-party backing. The forces in favour of reform now significantly outnumber those who remain opposed. The tide turned some time ago and there is only so long that the government can continue to swim against it. We won’t rest until the government recognises that opening civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples is fair and popular, and good for families and children. We are confident that it will, eventually, recognise this clear logic. To help us make #equalcivilpartnerships a reality, we ask you to please do the following: 1. Write to your MP and ask them to support Tim Loughton’s private members’ bill, entitled Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill 2017-19, which would give mixed-sex couples the right to a civil partnership, as well as including mother's names on marriage certificates.   2.     Please sign and share this petition, telling the Minister for Women and Equalities that you support opening up civil partnerships to all: 3.     Please donate: We'll keep you updated with our progress.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all your support. We literally could never have gotten this far without the incredible support from tens of thousands of people, like you, who, like us, desperately want to see civil partnerships made available to all couples.  Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan ---------------------------- Like our Facebook page: Follow us on Twitter:  @EqualCPs Use #equalcivilpartnerships #equallove    

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld
126,548 supporters