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equality

84 petitions

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Petition to Tobias Ellwood, Right Honorable Alistair Burt

Make visa rules the same for Palestinians and Israelis.

Israel has occupied the West Bank (and Gaza) for over fifty years. They are running it through fierce military rule and constantly expanding settlements which provide Israeli-only housing in new towns, built on Palestinian land in defiance of international law. Countries like the UK ask them to stop settlement expansion but this is not listened to. The Israelis are violating Palestinians' human rights in a systematic way while creating a parallel, privileged life for Israeli settlers. The difficulties that Palestinians experience is in the public domain - family separation, denial of travel, child imprisonment, the Separation Wall, military violence are just some of them. The systematic separation and imposition of differences on ethnic grounds can be compared to apartheid. Meanwhile,  UKBA rules reproduce the apartheid system drawn in Palestine by the Israelis although these have no basis in international law. The UKBA  gives privileges to an Israeli living in a settlement on Abu Dis land (for example) but a difficult situation for the Palestinian living a mile away. The UKBA even makes a different system for Palestinians given Jerusalem residency by the Israelis and those given West Bank IDs. We argue that while Israel holds on to Palestinian land and builds on it on defiance of International law, the UK should either treat Palestinians like Israelis (no visas needed for UK) or Israelis like Palestinians (long, expensive and complicated UK visa system). The aim should be to end the apartheid situation, and the UK should have no part in upholding it.

CADFA (Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association)
5,820 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Hon. Lisa M Thompson, Doug Ford

End Discriminatory Funding for Catholic, Public and Independent Schools in Ontario

The current school funding system in Ontario provides full funding for the public system and one private group and no funding for other independent schools. These other schools meet the same provincial requirements (and in many cases exceed them), and reduce the number of students in the public system. Catholics have the option of paying taxes and educating their children in the system of their choice at no additional cost. There is no reason to give that option to one group, at the exclusion of others. The result of this is that many families (including mine), pay their taxes and pay additionally for their children to attend an independent school. Many of these families, and the schools they attend, are not wealthy at all. This petition is not asking for funding for elite, private schools for the wealthy - simply to end an unjust funding practice. Many of these families take on debt and make significant financial sacrifices for their children to get the education they are seeking, while schools may also operate on a very tight budget. Many independent schools in other provinces receive some provincial funding.* However, Ontario has instead opted to give full funding to one group, at the expense of all others. The UN declared this is discriminatory in 1999,** and it needs to change.   Please equalize funding for all schools effective immediately, along with any possible back pay to make up for the many years of imbalance. As long as the Catholics receive any funding, all other schools that meet provincial requirements must receive the same (up to a certain, reasonable cap, based on public school spending/capita and other relevant criterion). If Catholic school funding is adjusted, the other schools must match accordingly. If no other private schools receive funding, then all funding should be removed from the Catholic board. Why is this important? * http://www.ourkids.net/school/provincial-funding-for-private-schools * https://www.fraserinstitute.org/article/private-schools-are-not-subsidized ** http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/un-says-funding-of-catholic-schools-discriminatory-1.175008

Stephanie Janzen-Martin
1,871 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to UK Government

Allow justice for all victims of rape!

The current UK law (seen below) means only a man can be convicted of rape , and only when he uses his penis. The UK legal definition of rape should change to the US version which provides more equality and provides the chance for more people to be convicted for the serious crimes they commit. It is more up-to-date and the UK definition is outdated and narrow. Just like how the US updated their law in 2012 the UK should fellow suit.  Penetration from an object can cause the same trauma as when penetrated by a penis, yet these victims attackers can get off more lightly. Sign this petition and help victims get the justice they deserve.  UK DEFINITION https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/42/part/1/crossheading/rape "Rape(1)A person (A) commits an offence if— (a)he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person (B) with his penis, (b)B does not consent to the penetration, and (c)A does not reasonably believe that B consents. (2)Whether a belief is reasonable is to be determined having regard to all the circumstances, including any steps A has taken to ascertain whether B consents. (3)Sections 75 and 76 apply to an offence under this section. (4)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable, on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life."   US DEFINITION  https://www.justice.gov/archives/opa/blog/updated-definition-rape   “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”   "For the first time ever, the new definition includes any gender of victim and perpetrator, not just women being raped by men. It also recognizes that rape with an object can be as traumatic as penile/vaginal rape. This definition also includes instances in which the victim is unable to give consent because of temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. Furthermore, because many rapes are facilitated by drugs or alcohol, the new definition recognizes that a victim can be incapacitated and thus unable to consent because of ingestion of drugs or alcohol. Similarly, a victim may be legally incapable of consent because of age. The ability of the victim to give consent must be determined in accordance with individual state statutes. Physical resistance is not required on the part of the victim to demonstrate lack of consent. "

Jamie Gladwell
105 supporters