Petition to Angela Merkel (CDU), Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, Theresa May, Donald Trump
Führende der Welt: Handeln Sie jetzt und retten Sie unsere Leben in Aleppo!
Ich bin einer der allerletzten Ärzte, die sich noch um die 300.000 verbliebenen Menschen im östlichen Aleppo kümmern. Jeden Tag werden hier Gräueltaten verübt. Das syrische Regime und russische Kampfjets greifen systematisch zivile Ziele und Krankenhäuser überall in der Stadt an. Ich habe sowohl dem ehemaligen US-Präsident Obama und Kanzlerin Merkel einen offenen Brief geschrieben, um ihnen mitzuteilen, was in Aleppo passiert. Ich bat sie darum, ihren Einfluss zu nutzen, um uns zu helfen. Aber die Antwort ist die gleiche wie die letzten fünf Jahre: Merkel schweigt und aus dem Weißen Haus kommt nur eine müde Verurteilung der Vorfälle. Weder Obama noch Merkel zeigten ernsthafte Bemühungen, um die verbrecherischen Angriffe gegen Zivilisten und Krankenhäuser zu unterbinden. Darum habe ich diese Petition gestartet habe. Die Führende der Welt hören nicht auf meine Stimme allein. Aber wenn Sie mich unterstützen? Machen Sie mit und wir sind so laut, dass sie uns nicht mehr ignorieren können! Sechs Jahre lang mussten wir mitansehen, wie zahllose Patienten, Freunde und Kollegen grausam und qualvoll ums Leben kamen. Sechs Jahre lang hat die Weltgemeinschaft zugesehen und nur davon gesprochen, wie „komplex“ die Lage in Syrien ist. Sechs Jahre lang hat die Weltgemeinschaft so gut wie nichts unternommen, um uns zu helfen. Im letzten Monat gab es 42 Angriffe auf medizinische Einrichtungen in Syrien, 15 davon waren Krankenhäuser, in denen meine Kollegen und ich arbeiten. Mit dieser Häufigkeit an Angriffen könnte unsere medizinische Versorgung in Aleppo bereits in einem Monat komplett zerstört werden. Dann würde man 300.000 Menschen ohne medizinische Versorgung sterben lassen. Was meinen Kollegen und mir die größten Kopfschmerzen bereitet, ist zu entscheiden, wer lebt und wer stirbt. Kleine Kinder kommen manchmal so schwer verletzt in die Notaufnahme, dass wir sie abweisen müssen, um denen zu helfen, die höhere Überlebenschancen haben. Oder wir müssen sie abweisen, weil wir einfach nicht die nötige Ausstattung haben, um ihnen zu helfen. Vor einer Woche starben vier neugeborene Babys, sie erstickten, weil eine Explosion die Sauerstoffzufuhr unterbrochen hatte. Sie starben, bevor sie überhaupt leben konnten. Trotz des alltäglichen Horrors haben wir beschlossen, hier zu bleiben. Wir haben uns derer verschrieben, die in Not sind. Es ist unsere Pflicht, hier zu bleiben und zu helfen. Alles, was wir jetzt verlangen, ist, dass es uns die Führenden der Welt gleich tun und ihre Pflicht wahrnehmen. Wir brauchen weder ihre Tränen, noch ihre Sympathie oder Gebete, wir brauchen ihre Taten. Sie müssen beweisen, dass sie Freunde der syrischen Bevölkerung sind. Bitte unterstützen Sie unseren Aufruf. Fordern Sie gemeinsam mit uns die Führende der Welt auf, die Menschen in Aleppo zu retten.
Petition to 内閣総理大臣 安倍晋三, 厚生労働大臣 塩崎恭久, 加藤勝信
Please review the use of physical restraints in Japanese psychiatric treatment
This spring, my son Kelly Savage, who worked as an English teacher in Japan, died after being found in cardiopulmonary arrest while he was in a psychiatric hospital in Kanagawa prefecture. The cardiopulmonary arrest was completely unexpected, and occurred after he had been hospitalized on the psychiatric ward for 10 days. We asked the psychiatric hospital to investigate the cause of his death and to review their policy on the use of physical restraints, but they refused to do so. From the first time that a Japanese high school student came to our house on an exchange programme, Kelly loved Japan. He loved watching Japanese movies such as Totoro and became fascinated by Japanese culture. He studied Japanese through high school and university and qualified to be an English teacher in Japan. He taught English to Japanese children in elementary and junior high schools in Kagoshima for about two years. The students and other teachers loved his fun-loving, friendly personality. Unfortunately, he became depressed and entered a Japanese hospital in April. But less than two weeks later, he was discovered in cardiopulmonary arrest. It seems that he was tied to his bed with leg, waist and wrist restraints almost the entire time he was in the hospital. Compared to other countries, Japanese psychiatric hospitals keep patients in restraints for a much longer time. According to a survey conducted on 689 patients in 11 psychiatric hospitals, the average time spent in physical restraint is 96 days. Meanwhile, the average time in foreign countries is at most several hours to tens of hours. Although it is thought that there are not many people in Japanese psychiatric hospitals, in fact, the number of people who are physically restrained in Japanese psychiatric hospitals continues to increase. In 2014 more than 10,000 people were restrained-the highest ever recorded, and more than double the number a decade earlier . It is well known that long-term restraints can cause grave physical, as well as psychological, harm to patients. It may cause deep vein thrombosis, also known as economy-class syndrome, which can be fatal[3,4]. In order to give proper treatment for hospitalized patients, the use of physical restraints in psychiatric medical treatment must be reduced. Together with Toshio Hasegawa, Professor of Health Faculty at Kyorin University, we have set up a group to try to appeal to the country to reduce the use of physical restraints in psychiatric treatment. According to Professor Hasegawa, experiences similar to Kelly’s occur to many Japanese people as well . At the very least, we hope that Kelly’s experience will not be repeated. Kelly, who was fascinated by Japan and loved Japanese culture, would want Japanese psychiatry to improve. We hope that this incident will lead to improved psychiatric care in Japan. We appreciate your continued support so that this request can be delivered to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. [Our request] To prohibit the use of body restraints for a long period of time (24 hours or longer) in psychiatric hospitals. To quickly investigate whether there are human rights violations caused by physical restraint in psychiatric hospitals. In order to prevent human rights violations and deaths from occurring in psychiatric medical care, require a visual record, such as a video recording, whenever physical restraints are used. Allow access to those recordings for patients or next of kin within 14 days to determine the actual conditions employed. The government should demonstrate leadership by setting targets with specified dates by which both the number of people in physical restraints and the time period of restraints are reduced. To provide medical information to patients and bereaved families, require hospitals to disclose information based on "guidelines for providing medical information" by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. We ask for your continued support so that people receiving psychiatric treatment in Japan will receive proper medical care, will not be restrained more than necessary and will not lose their lives. References:長谷川利夫. (2016). 精神科医療における隔離・ 身体拘束実態調査 ～その急増の背景要因を探り縮減への道筋を考える～. 病院・地域精神医学, 59(1), 18–21. https://yomidr.yomiuri.co.jp/article/20170201-OYTET50013/ Dickson BC, Pollanen MS: Fatal thromboembolic disease: A risk in physically restrained psychiatric patients. J Forensic Leg Med 2009; 16:284–286. https://www.e-rapport.jp/team/action/sample/sample07/01.html 【ホームページ 精神科医療の身体拘束を考える会】 https://www.norestraint.org 日本語版ページはこちら：https://goo.gl/CVtrTF Our homepage: https://www.norestraint.org
Petition to Amber Rudd MP, Paul Blomfield MP, NRCCorrespondence@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , Brandon Lewis MP
Urgent: End the Detention of Patricia Simeon
Patricia Simeon, a Sierra Leonean lesbian asylum seeker was detained at Yarls Wood Immigration Detention Centre on 18th October 2017. She was informed that she was detained in order to meet with the Sierra Leonean embassy despite the fact that she is currently in the process of submitting a fresh asylum claim. Patricia has been battling the asylum process since her arrival in the UK on the 31st May 2012 and was initially refused asylum in October 2015. Since then she has been working on submitting a fresh asylum claim due to her sexuality, as well as being a victim of trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced child prostitution, torture and a continued risk of FGM. Under the Home Office’s own detention policies Patricia should have never been detained in the first place due to being a victim of torture. The UN Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking, Principle 7 and Guideline 4 (5) states ‘trafficked persons shall not be detained, charged or prosecuted for the illegality of their entry into or residence in countries of transit and destination or for their involvement in unlawful activities to the extent that such involvement is a direct consequence of their situation as trafficked persons’. She is currently applying for a Rule 35 certifying that she is an At Risk Adult. Patricia was previously detained in Yarls Wood when she first claimed asylum and was released due to receiving a Rule 35 so we are shocked to find she has been detained once again. LGBT+ asylum seekers also face increased and specific risks when they are detained. Research conducted by Stonewall and UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) found LGBT+ detainees experienced homophobic and transphobic harassment, discrimination and violence from other detainees and members of staff. As a result of this and due to the abhorrent treatment of LGBT+ people in her home country, the state’s decision to detain her is incredibly irresponsible and concerning. Patricia is an active member of both the local and the national LGBT+ community. She is a founding member and chair of LASS (Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield). She has attended multiple LGBT+ Pride events throughout the summer and has been incredibly committed to the ongoing success of LASS. In Sheffield, she is also a member of the Out Aloud LGBT+ Choir. Alongside this she is also an active member of LISG (Lesbian Immigration Support Group) and African Rainbow Family in Manchester and has campaigned closely with UKLGIG (United Kingdom Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group) and LGSM (Lesbian and Gays Support the Migrants) Patricia has an appointment to submit her fresh asylum claim on the 7th November and she has a right to submit this claim. We are seriously concerned about Patricia’s safety and welfare should attempts be made to forcibly return her to Sierra Leone. Please urge the UK Home Office to release Patricia from detention with immediate effect.
Petition to Amber Rudd MP
Don’t Send Mohammed Mirzo to Bulgaria – The Mirzo Family Belong Together in Cardiff
The Home Office is poised to tear apart a popular Syrian refugee family by deporting their young son from the family home in Cardiff to Bulgaria - a country criticised by Amnesty International for its vigilante migrant-hunting gangs and failure to protect refugees. I first met Ali Mirzo in 2015 when he volunteered to interpret for child refugees from Syria. He was still seeking sanctuary himself at that time, but after that he was swiftly granted refugee status and gradually reunited his family, which had been spread across Europe and the Middle East because of the war in Syria, in Cardiff. One of Ali's sons, Mohammed, was separated from the rest of the family aged 16. He ended up in Bulgaria, where he was left traumatised by abusive treatment from the authorities and the experience of getting lost alone in a forest without food or water. Mohammed made it to Germany, where he was beaten up by a neo-Nazi gang. The attackers broke his shoulder, which has still not fully healed, and since then he has suffered from depression. He eventually made it to Cardiff in April 2017, seeing his beloved mother for the first time in two years, and meeting his newborn baby brother for the first time ever. The Mirzo family's joy was short-lived. In October 2017 Mohammed was detained at Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre in Oxfordshire. The Home Office had decided to remove him to Bulgaria rather than assess his refugee claim here on the basis that he travelled through Bulgarua 4 years ago. Thanks to people signing this petition, the media interest and the intervention of Mohammedâ€™s MP, he has been released but he is still under threat of removal. Ali Mirzo, Mohammed Mirzo's father, says: "We just want the Home Office to see sense and process his claim here, where he is safe and supported by his family, and we are calling on the good people of Cardiff to contact the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, asking her to intervene and let Mohammed stay here." Please Don't Deport Mohammed Mirzo to Bulgaria! The Mirzo Family Belong Together in Cardiff!
Petition to Theresa May MP, The British Council, UK Parliament
Let's make more counsellors available at local GPs. Save someones life and end the stigma.
I believe that mental health awareness isn't taken as seriously as it should be. Please take into consideration the amount of counsellors actually available at local GPs.The amount is very low as the GP tends to direct people with mental health issues elsewhere to a counselling service. I believe that more counsellors should be available in every local GP for as and when a patient needs to see someone. They shouldn't have to be asked to ring a certain number to see someone, only to be told there's a 4+ month waiting list. What if this person gets worse within that time? What if in the worst case scenario they take their own life because they simply cannot cope anymore? Mental health is on the up rise and is getting worse and worse, simply for one factor of counsellors not been available for that person as and when they need it. I believe that there should be at least one local mental health/bereavement counsellor available to every local GP so someone is there to talk to and help save more lives. More and more adults, young adults and children take their lives everyday because they cannot cope with life, and for me that is one of the saddest things I can possibly think of. With the help of these counsellors people will have something to hold on to, and someone to talk to about what is on their mind. No matter how small the problem for someone, a life is precious, and shouldn't be put at risk for the fact that they feel they have no one to talk or turn to. Mental health shouldnt have to take a life for someone to realise something needs to be done.
Petition to Canterbury City Council, Deborah Upton, Radio Society of Great Britain
Allow an old man the simple pleasure of a hobby and re-instate his Amateur Radio Antenna
We understand from Channel 5 that Armando Martins who is an elderly man, living alone has had the antenna he relies on for his hobby radio station removed by order of the Canterbury City Council. We want his antenna to be re-instated in order that he can continue to practice his hobby to maximum benefit in his retirement. We think that to re-instate it is the cheapest option when compared to moving him out of sheltered accommodation and finding a site where he can operate from. Whatever happens this needs to be resolved as soon as possible. The council need to resolve all the issues including dealing with the bullying that has arisen from it. On a wider front, Channel 5 also need to publish a public apology to all radio amateurs for suggesting that such radio masts cause sickness - which is complete rubbish. Having now moved on please see our latest update.
Petition to European Commission, UK Parliament, Human Rights Campaign
Let the Catalans decide: Condemn the attack on Catalonian democracy
In a small corner of Spain, modern democracy is at stake. The democratic values that I was brought up with in the UK, that it is the people, together, who decide their future, were today quashed by the Spanish state. I now live in Barcelona and I cannot understand what type of democracy it is that we celebrate here in Spain. The Catalan government stood with a single policy issue in their manifesto in 2015 - to hold a referendum over independence. As the ruling government they not only had the mandate to call it, but the obligation. Two years later, after years of trying to negotiate with Spain to hold a recognised referendum, (to which the central government has refused to discuss), the democratically elected Catalan government decided to go it alone. Despite the soundbites of the Spanish central government, this referendum was legal under international law. See https://player.fm/series/talking-politics/catalonia for a justification of this. We have since seen the pictures of the central government's belated intervention, and their negotiating strategy, using the batons and rubber bullets of armoured police against peaceful, unarmed citizens. Anyone that lives in Catalonia will have seen the queues of people trying to vote that day. There cannot be any doubt that the people here want to be heard. The central government was previously not interested in listening. Today, they announced their plan to silence that voice. Democracy is messy. Sometimes when we ask the citizens what they want, they give an answer we did not expect or we did not want to hear. If Catalonia were to become independent it would create a challenge for all of us living here and across Europe. But the alternative means to turn the other way when democracy is at risk. A selective democracy, where we only allow it when we are sure we will hear what we want to hear, is not democracy. The Spanish central government's unilateral decision to take control of a democratically elected body, that has tried to fulfill the mandate they were given two years ago in free and fair elections, is not democracy. Imprisoning civil society voices that are leading the debate, is not democracy. The refusal to negotiate with the elected representatives of Catalonia is not democracy. It all reflects the negotiated "democracy" of what, until 40 years ago, was a brutal dictatorship. We in the UK, reflected by the core values of the the European Union, believe in democracy, and the people's right to self-determination. That is what I was brought up to believe. I ask all of you who agree with this ideal to sign up to this petition and demand that your elected representaives do all they can to condemn this attack on democracy and allow the Catalan people to have their voices heard.
Petition to The Prime Minister
MAKE IT LAW for county councils to put Changing Places Toilets in all town centres with a bench and hoist for Severely disabled people - No more changing on public toilet floor
I am a mum of 3 and my youngest son is 10 Years old and was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy (massive brain damage) due to being starved of oxygen at birth http://youtu.be/OdpioDSZd8g This link is of him and some of his friends using Eye gaze technology to use their eyes to access a computer because they are severley disabled. We access Horsham Town on a regular basis to shop, have lunch, and meet up with other mums for coffee with their disabled children/teenagers in same situation. He attends Ingfield Manor School in Billingshurst http://youtu.be/9KwnIZBHyvs where all of the students have Cerebral Palsy and are equally severley disabled, they all also access Horsham Town. He attended the Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents also http://www.dvltrust.org.uk/dame_vera_lynn_trust/school_for_parents_west_sussex.htmlWhen he was 5 years old we were given a RADAR key to access the disabled toilets in Horsham which i was very pleased with, until I actually used the disabled toilet I realised that disabled loos are not for the severley disabled/elderley, they are for the limping/walking with sticks or wheelchair users with upper mobility and can get themselves onto a toilet.We also access Crawley Town on a weekly basis for shopping, eating, entertainment.. but Crawley Town has the same LACK of facilities for the severley disabled and elderley?I know that Gatwick Airport has a ‘Changing Places’ toilet, but not Crawley Town ?If you are severley disabled or paralysed, you need carers to lift you out of the wheelchair and place you on a flat surface to have your continence pad changed... This is what I am forced to do with my 7 seven year old son, I have to lay him on a urine soaked floor inside the disabled loo, with the 2nd carer standing outside with the wheelchair they have to pass to me the changing accessories through the open door for all passers by to view, this is one of the most awful experiences I have to face every time I come into Horsham Town..Thousands of people with physical and/or learning disabilities cannot use standard disabled toilets because they cannot walk or stand. They need support from one or two carers to use the toilet or to have their incontinence pad changed.; Standard disabled toilets do not provide changing benches or hoists to lift the person on to the toilet or bench. Most are too small to accommodate more than one person. Without 'Changing Places' toilets; the person with disabilities is put at risk; and families/carers are forced to risk their own health and safety by lying their daughter; son or loved one on a toilet floor.; This is dangerous; unhygienic; humiliating and undignified. We take it for granted that we would not change a baby on the floor of a public toilet - so why on earth is this acceptable for disabled adult people?;This link is to what is needed, it provides room for the disabled person and wheelchair with two carers, bench and hoist http://www.changing-places.org/install_a_toilet/design/example_layout_and_design.aspxIt should be accessed by all who use a RADAR key.This link is to the Equalities Act section 20 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/section/20In the West Sussex County Times, .. Is a short story on this problem, I also have the same problem when visiting Crawley to shop, they do not have a ‘Changing Places Toilet’ either..I have also posted the photograph of my little boy laying on the ‘pee pee’ floor of the disabled toilets, and there are alot of comments from local people who face the same problem or are suprised and embarrased they there is NO facility for the most disabled people, there are comments on there that they simply do not go out at all in fear that the toilet will be needed!! This is not a problem I want to face when my son gets older. Brighton already have a changing places toilet and are about to open a second one..see link http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/leisure-and-libraries/public-toilets/changing-places-public-toilets and Gatwick Airport also have a changing places toilet.. see link http://www.gatwickairport.com/at-the-airport/special-assistance/prm-facilities/On 30th May 2013 Myself and some mums and dads with their disabled children/teenagers and Simon Wilson an adult with severe Cerebral palsy http://www.simonsable.com/ met up with David Smith Equalities Officer in Caffe Nero Horsham Town to prove that we do use Horsham Town, but do not have any toilet facilities.**David Cameron is quoted here on the Families and Childrens Bill : David Cameron recently said ‘When you've had the privilege of bringing up a profoundly disabled child, you suddenly realise there are two different sets of places: those that are disabled-friendly, that are accessible, that are helpful; and those that aren't… And what this all about really, is greater equality in our country, making sure that all places are more friendly, and accessible to disabled people** This is the thing, most people don't realise unless you are in that situation, and to be fair, why would you? We just need to raise awareness that this is real life for many, and not just children either.. all those service men and women who have come back and are now disabled through head injuries, old age, people have strokes and it leaves them paralysed, all these people need to access a changing bench and hoist to have continence pads changed.. times really have changed, children with sensory and unseen disabilities wear continence pads and need to lay down to have them changed, some lick the floor or whatever is near them and a toilet floor is just disgusting, so it really is important to have a changing bench and hoist inside these changing places toilets.. anyone who uses a radar key really In the words of NELSON MANDELA himself when he spoke of EQUAL RIGHTS for the disabled in a letter to the SCOPE charity "We cannot claim to have reached anywhere near to where a society should be in terms of practical equality of the disabled. We continue to try. We realise that legislation and regulations are not sufficient or the end of the long walk to equality and non-discrimination. Education, raising of awareness, conscientisation, eradication of stigmatisation: these are key elements in achieving non-discrimination against the disabled in practice and in their everyday lives"(please see link) http://blog.scope.org.uk/