Topic

equality

54 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Tobias Ellwood

Make visa rules the same for Palestinians and Israelis.

Israel has occupied the West Bank (and Gaza) for almost 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)
4,259 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Kathleen Wynne, Justin Trudeau, Ontario Ministry of Education, Mitzie Hunter

End Discriminatory Funding for Catholic/Public/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
22 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan, UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, David Cameron MP, Human Rights Campaign, Change.org

Justice for Ethnic Minority workers in the UK

Everyone deserves equality and to be treated with respect just like every human being in the workplace whether they are Black, White or Asian. We live in a multicultural society, so why are ethnic minority’s treated differently? .... They contribute so much to our society and yet they are treated like slaves.  Cleveland Cable Company in Belvedere forcefully dismissed ethnic minority workers unfairly for being members of Trade Union, raising health and safety issues, unequal pay and much more.   Mr Jhalanath Sharma and Mr Jun Gurung a very loyal and hard working people from Nepal were forcefully dismissed from the company because they were raising important issues to the management. The company was consistently paying lower wages for the same work, altering employment contracts, forcing to sign papers without allowing workers to understand them, blaming on employees for wrongdoing, enforcing manufactured fines forcefully, hiding incidents and covering them up by false witness statements and much more.  Mostly the members of senior management team verbally abused all Nepali workers by saying, "they are animals" if they don't understand English. Furthermore, they also consistently say, "poor people do not need higher pay", “they are all slaves". More importantly, if any member of working staff refused to sign any documents, they would be forcefully locked in the office until they agreed to do so. "All Gurkhas and Nepali are slaves". Mr Gurung is an honorary retired Gurkha serviceman who dedicated his life fighting for the UK with the British Army and Mr Sharma is a GMB representative at the company whose only goal was to raise issues and his voice. Both of them have been a victim of discrimination, harassment, victimisation, slavery, and inequality while working in this company. After all these years of loyalty and hard work, they were forcefully dismissed without any reason and appreciation. We tried to get justice but the company did not disclose the required documents instead they hid and forged documents, and because of that, we were prevented from getting a fair trial and justice. Please, help us get justice so that companies like this will stop treating and taking advantage of ethnic minorities. I want no one out there to be treated like this. Us minorities are from disadvantaged countries who come here to create a better lifestyle for our families and their future. And big companies like this are silencing our voice. They are taking advantage of our kindness and loyalty.  Let's come TOGETHER as one to STOP this, and help give JUSTICE to ethnic minority workers in the UK. Help me so I can help you. "They can try to silence us, but they can never take away our voice" - Mr Sharma & Mr Gurung 

Samir Sharma
668 supporters