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Petition to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, Parliamentary Secretary Ole Schröder, President of the BAMF Jutta Cordt

Family Reunification from Greece: Let them be together again!

My name is Michael. I’ve been working in Greece as a volunteer for Mobile Info Team for more than a year now. I provide information on asylum procedures and legal support for refugees. Most of the people I speak to are trying to get back to loved ones. They’re going through what’s called a ‘Dublin procedure’ for family reunification. This takes up to eleven months. Currently there are more than 2000 people waiting to do this in Greece. In March, the German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, requested a restriction on these transfers, starting in April. Before then, Germany was reunifying over 300 people a month, now it’s around 70. If this continues, even people who have had their transfer approved could be waiting for another 3 years or might not even be allowed to fly. Mahmoud, 27 years old from Syria, has been in Greece for more than 18 months. His mother is sick and his brother has Down Syndrome. They are both in Germany. His sick mother has to take care of his brother around the clock, and that only makes her illness worse. She is alone and close to a breakdown. Mahmoud wants to be there and take care of them. “It is nearly unbearable,” he told me. “I can’t stand by their side, now when they need me so much. I don’t know how my mother can make it through so long without me.” Since we learned about the restriction, I’ve received dozens of calls and messages from desperate mothers, husbands, and siblings. They wish for nothing more than to start a new life with their families. They cannot understand why it’s taking so long. Lives are being put on hold. Many people have been here since the beginning of 2016. They are tired and feel powerless. They’re in an endless state of transit. This cannot continue. I urge Minister de Maizière to remove this limit immediately. Family unity is a human right! We’re collecting letters from people affected. We’re translating and sending them to Mr de Maizière, to make sure he understands what they’re going through. With your signatures behind their voices, we can force Mr de Maizière to listen to Mahmoud and the thousands of families who remain separated, and make him lift the restriction. The petition is available in the following languages: Deutsch | English | Italiano | Español | عربی | فارسی

Michael Kientzle
29,989 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Google Inc., Google Maps, Google, Inc

Tell Google Maps to Stop Referring to the Republic of Macedonia as FYROM!

The League of Macedonian-Americans (LOMA), along with ethnic Macedonians throughout the world, demands that Google Maps stop referring to Macedonia as "Macedonia (FYROM)". The name "FYROM" is both inaccurate and insulting. Google has no legitimate reason to place the term "FYROM" next to or below Macedonia's name on Google Maps. "FYROM" is not a temporary name for Macedonia. "FYROM" is not an internationally accepted name for Macedonia. Rather, Macedonia is recognized as the Republic of Macedonia by almost three-fourths of the world's countries. Many other countries have no known or official stance on Macedonia's name. Perhaps Google refers to Macedonia as "FYROM" because this is what Greece and/or Greeks have requested. However, this claim has no legal basis. UN Security Council Resolution 817 (1993) states that Macedonia should be "provisionally referred to for all purposes within the United Nations as 'the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.'" Some key points of consideration with respect to this resolution: The acronym "FYROM" does not appear in the resolution; "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" is not a name but a reference; and The reference "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" is only to be used for purposes within the United Nations. In addition, the term "FYROM" is insulting to ethnic Macedonians because Macedonia's southern neighbor uses that term to deny the ethnic identity of the Macedonians. We Macedonians are nothing but Macedonians. But the Greeks do not believe we Macedonians have the right to identify ourselves; the Greek government does not believe Macedonia has the right to self-determine its name and identity. Further, even though several international human rights groups have found that a significant ethnic Macedonian minority resides in Greece, those Macedonians do not have the right to identify as ethnic Macedonians. Instead, Greece refers to Macedonians as "FYROMIANS", and usage of the term "FYROM" by others enables Greece's discriminatory tendencies. Thus, by continuing to refer to Macedonia as "FYROM", Google inadvertently promotes Greece's discrimination against ethnic Macedonians and intentionally treats Macedonians differently than all other peoples and nations by only referring to Macedonia by a name it has not chosen for itself. Therefore, we call on Google to end its insulting, inappropriate and incorrect assault on the Macedonian country, people and identity. The Republic of Macedonia only has one name -- Macedonia! Sincerely, The Undersigned

League of Macedonian-Americans
2,639 supporters