Petition to Angela Merkel (CDU), Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, 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 Michelle Bachelet, Federica Mogherini, Brian Hook, Jawaid Rehman, Nikki Haley, Ahmed Shaheed
Free 91 year old Spiritual Master & Former Human Rights Lawyer from House Arrest
The Iranian Regime is trying to eradicate Sufism in Iran, because it poses a threat to the Extremist interpretation of Islam they wish to spread throughout the world. If they succeed, we can expect an increase in the extremist interpretation of Islam throughout the west. Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh is the spiritual leader of one of the largest Sufi orders in the world, the Gonabadi Sufis. Sufism is a spiritual path, dating back many centuries, which encompasses mystical teachings and spiritual practices with the aim of seeking one’s essence within oneself. At 91 years of age, Dr Tabandeh just like Rumi is the embodiment of Sufi values. He has spent his life committed to benefiting humanity. During his many years as a Human Rights Lawyer he worked tirelessly to promote constitutional reform in Iran pushing for secular freedoms of expression, ideas and belief. As a result of this he spent 2 years in prison, 6 months of which was in solitary confinement. Many parallels can be drawn between Dr Tabandeh and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In the same way the Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet back in 1959, following the invasion of the newly formed communist Chinese Government, so now Dr Tabandeh, and his 8 million followers, are confronted by ongoing systematic oppression by the Islamic Regime in Iran. Having been under House Arrest since 19th February this year, and at the age of 91, Dr Tabandeh is in a delicate and dangerous situation. Many have spoken out about the current plight of Sufi’s and Dr Tabandeh, particularly following the recent execution of an innocent Sufi by the name of Mohammad Salas, which caused International outcry. Some important figures include Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, renowned Human Rights Lawyers such as Shirin Ebadi, Hollywood actress Nazanin Boniadi, and numerous MEP’s including Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament. Yet Mr Tabandeh remains in house arrest and more than 400 Sufi’s are imprisoned without fair trial. Matters are further complicated following the infiltration of the Gonabadi order by members of the Iranian government, intent on gaining control from within. Sufism is seen to pose a threat, as a result of the peaceful alternative it offers to an increasingly aggressive interpretation of Shia Islam, currently propagated by the regime. Many experts have noted that Sufism offers the perfect antidote to Islamic Extremism, due to it being based upon tolerance and Human Rights. This was defined clearly by famous Sufi Master Sa’adi in his following poem, which is written at the entrance of the UN: "Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, Other members uneasy will remain. If you have no sympathy for human pain, The name of human being you cannot retain." By supporting the Gonabadi Sufi’s in Iran, collectively we can help restore balance and stability within Iran, the region and consequently within the global society. In order to achieve this, the International community and the responsible Political figures must demand the immediate release of Dr Tabandeh from House arrest, the release of all unjustly held Sufi prisoners and adherence to the International Charter of Human Rights by the Iranian Government. Please sign now and help spread the word! #FreeTabandeh #FreeGonabadiSufis The Persian video is available here.
Petition to Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for standards
Reinstate Councillor Jolene Bunting to Belfast City Council - NOW!
Independent-Unionist, Councillor, Jolene Bunting, has been SUSPENDED from Belfast City Council for a period of 4 months, for daring to criticise ISLAM and defend "ANTI-ISLAMISATION" leaflets, distributed by a group, in South/East Belfast. Jolene, was democratically ELECTED to serve the good people of Court Ward (Great Shankill), Belfast, back in 2014. She works dam hard, not only for the people of the Shankill but for ALL citizens of Belfast, who contact her for help and advice with housing, bin collections, benefits, etc. Not only is Jolene, SUSPENDED for voicing concerns about Islam, but she could also find herself DISQUALIFIED from standing for re-election for 5 years, at the end of the Commissioner’s politically motivated 'WITCH-HUNT' It is absolutely APPALLING that anyone with a mandate to represent should be CENSORED, for simply expressing concerns raised with them, by their constituents. "Not to speak would be the great betrayal" Jolene, has NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE with the police, unlike some Councillors who sit in the same Council Chamber. Convicted, Bank robbers and Bomb makers sit in Belfast’s council chamber, yet, Jolene is the person accused of "Bringing Belfast City Council into disrepute", you couldn't make it up!!! Yes, like everyone, Jolene has made mistakes, the 'MEAN MEME' she Tweeted for example, once she realised it may have made light of the Irish potato Famine she took it down and later apologised on a live radio phone-in show. Maybe you know Jolene, maybe you don't. Maybe you like her or maybe you don't, but whether you support her opinion or not, she MUST be afforded the right to Freedom of Speech. Jolene, is a strong and courageous, young woman, however she cannot fight, the might of the forces against, alone. If you support Freedom of Speech you must SIGN and SHARE this petition: email it to your friends, share it on your social media accounts, please help get the word out every way you can. This is not about Jolene, THIS IS ABOUT DEMOCRACY, why in a democratic society, are we not free to talk about Islam? This case has made history, the action taken against Jolene is completely UNPRECEDENTED, no other Councillor in the United Kingdom has been reprimand for expressing an opinion, no matter how un-PC! Please SHARE this petition with your local elected politicians; Councillors, MLA's, MP's, MEP's, anyone with influence? Ask them, are they prepared to stand for Free-Speech, will they have the balls to support Jolene in her fight for FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY? Keep up-to-date with the latest developments: Facebook- @CouncillorJoleneBunting Twitter- @CllrBunting Other ways to contact Jolene: Phone- 07876743222 Email- firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to read more on the LUDICROUS complaints made against her by political opponents, you can do so at: https://nipso.org.uk/nilgcs/nilgcs-latest-news/interim-adjudication-hearing-councillor-jolene-bunting/ Media coverage of Jolene's case: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/belfast-councillor-jolene-bunting-suspended-from-duties-for-criticising-islam-1-8638850 https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/belfast-councillor-jolene-bunting-vows-court-fight-over-absolute-joke-suspension-1-8639452 #JusticForJolene #StandForFreeSpeech
Petition to Chair of the Independent Panel of Experts Ingrid Woolard, National Treasury South Africa
End VAT on menstrual products in SA
For submission to the Independent Panel of Experts appointed by National Treasury to review the current list of VAT zero-rated items: Add feminine hygiene products such as tampons, sanitary napkins and menstruation cups to the list of VAT zero-rated items. Menstruation is a biological inevitability for nearly all women. The average woman is estimated to have roughly 450 periods in her lifetime, and according to the British Journal for Medicine and Medical Research, will use up to 17 000 pads or tampons in her lifetime. The additional cost of tax on feminine sanitary items therefore places women at a distinct financial disadvantage in comparison to men. The effect of the tax on these items for women from low-income households is particularly profound given that should they be unable to afford the additional expense of sanitary items, these women are then forced to resort to using rags, cloths or even newspaper instead, or to stay at home rather than attending work or school. Not only is this an affront to their basic human rights and dignity, but also places women's health at risk where rags, cloths and newspaper is not properly cleaned or sanitized, and raises public health concerns given the higher potential for bodily fluids to still escape. Frequent absenteeism also places women at a marked disadvantage to male peers in terms of educational outcomes as well as long-term employment prospects. In 2014, it was estimated that as many as 3.7 million girls in South Africa could be missing school because of their periods, with far-reaching consequences for their futures. Beyond impacting women's education, the expense of sanitary items further obstructs women's ability to build wealth and save. According to the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, South Africa was ranked at just 114 out of 144 countries in terms of wage equality, meaning that South African women already earn less than men for the same work performed. Being unable to access or having to pay additional tax on what is essentially a medical necessity not only has the potential to impact women's work performance, but entrenches the poverty trap that many women from low-income households find themselves in. Finally, taxing feminine hygiene products essentially means that the government draws additional revenue specifically from women in a form of institutionalized gender discrimination, profiting unequally from women and their bodies. At it's most basic, VAT on feminine hygiene products thus flies in the face of the right to gender equality enshrined by the South African Constitution.
Petition to Jane Harris
Ask the National Autistic Society to veto Gatwick as they call autistic people “retards”
If you’re on the autistic spectrum you might believe that because Gatwick Airport are endorsed by the National Autistic Society (www.autism.org.uk) , they care about you and how you experience the airport when you arrive . In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. “Retard ribbons”. “Unhealthy interest”. “Ridiculous”. “No further support needed”. These are the words from various members of Gatwick management. Executive managers already know the ugly truth, but they’re not bothered. This disgusting, unacceptable attitude needs to change, but I need your help to do that. I am calling for the National Autistic Society, and any other disability charities that have endorsed the airport, to revoke their accreditations. The Airports’ autism awareness training is poor to non-existent and I want the National Autistic Society to insist that Gatwick Airport undergo NAS training to train every single one of their managers on autism awareness, and to continue using them to train new managers as they have shown that they cannot be trusted to do this training themselves. Gatwick earned an after-tax profit of £97.4 million for the tax year of 2016/2017 , so they have no excuse to not fund this training. Gatwick can earn their endorsements back only once they have a minimum of 50% of their front-line managers, 50% of their business managers, and 50% of their executive managers pass the training sessions. Gatwick must also commit that they will have 100% of their current managers pass the sessions by January 2020 and maintain 95% training across their entire management structure (this will allow some flexibility to account for time to have new managers trained), or have their accreditation removed again. I am on the autistic spectrum and I used to work at Gatwick Airport as an Airport Security Officer – one of those people you get to see just before you get to the departure lounge. I was, by their own metrics, a top performer. But, throughout my six years of employment, I witnessed bullying and disability discrimination and one such incident made me sick to my stomach. On 12 October 2017, my Lane Performance Manager, a front-line manager (which means that he regularly interacts with people with disabilities) went around to everyone on my team to let us all know that we would be covering the Family and Assistance lane while that crew went on their lunch break. He approached me and with a look of disgust, he said that “now we’ll have to keep an eye out for those f****** retard ribbons”. Fortunately, (I believe) no members of the public heard this. He was referring to the hidden disability lanyards – the sunflower lanyards that a passenger can choose to wear so they can indicate to staff that they have a hidden disability, such as autism, dementia or OCD. I raised a bullying complaint against him which I escalated to the CEO, but the complaint was dismissed without him even being questioned. To add insult to injury they have produced an “autism friendly visual guide”  which looks like it was written for a five-year-old travelling through the airport alone. This guide is not targeting families, it is on the disability information page aimed at adults. To have produced this guide they must believe everyone with autism has limited reading and understanding capabilities, demonstrating how little awareness they have about autism. This attitude is not limited to one manager. Meet the manager who takes credit for Gatwick’s hidden disability lanyards: Gatwick’s VIP Facilitation & Police Liaison Manager. When the Department of Transport announced that the Blue Badge scheme was extended to include people with hidden disabilities, he publicly declared on twitter that the decision was “ridiculous”, clearly ignoring the fact that some autistic people could greatly benefit from being included in the scheme. Autistic employees at Gatwick Airport are routinely discriminated against. Another Lane Performance Manager and a Security Business Manager were engaged in a discussion regarding the job performance of an individual on the autistic spectrum and decided that the number of faults and potential health and safety concerns the employee reported on the machinery (which was an expected part of their role) was an “unhealthy interest in the equipment”, rather than the behaviour being indicative of a highly focused interest, which is a common trait for an individual on the autistic spectrum. Training on autistic behaviour could have helped them arrive at a different conclusion, and possibly instigate some sort of support system. The Head of Engineering claims expertise on autism because his son has Asperger syndrome (as if all autistic people have identical symptoms) and the Development Director (a member of executive management) made judgements on the level of support and the reasonable adjustments an autistic employee required without consulting a specialist. The Development Director does understand the importance of specialist advice, as she recognises that autism is a complex condition and requires specialist assessments to determine what adjustments an individual would need. But both senior managers ignored a request for additional support and without any specialist advice used legally required provisions for any employee to justify denying the provision of reasonable adjustments. Enough is enough. Gatwick Airport allows an attitude from their management that people with autistic traits are unhealthy and that people with hidden disabilities are “retards”. They think that their personal judgements can replace specialist assessments and determine what support to provide to autistic individuals. They think that an extra provision given by the government to an individual with a hidden disability is ridiculous. Either they’re ignorant, or they don’t care, but no matter which one it is, something has to change. Gatwick Airport Limited employs approximately 3000 people and saw 45.6 million passengers through the airport in 2017 . The ignorance and attitude from their business managers and executive managers has the potential to impact so many people and even the CEO turns a blind eye to this. This disdain for people with hidden disabilities like autism runs through management at Gatwick, from the front-line management to the Executive Management Team. The National Autistic Society needs to ask the CEO to publicly explain why he has allowed this behaviour and discrimination to run rampant through Gatwick Airport, and why, when he has been made aware of it, nothing has been done. The people who conduct themselves in this way (whatever level of management they may be) need to be brought to account by the CEO, for the sake of the millions of people that travel through or work at Gatwick Airport. I need your help. Gatwick Airport have ignored my voice, but they won’t be able to ignore the National Autistic Society. Will you help me ask for their support? Want to make a bigger impact? Boycott! It’s not easy I know, seeing that Gatwick flies to more destinations than any other UK airport. If a boycott sounds right, but it’s not practical to avoid Gatwick, then maybe avoid spending any money at the lounges. Take your own food with you, sandwiches for example. Bring an empty bottle and fill it up with water when you get through security (helps the planet too). Points:-Front line manager used the phrase “retard ribbons” in regard to the hidden disability lanyards.- Business managers identify typical traits of autism as “unhealthy”.-Executive managers make an assessment that reasonable adjustments are not required without consulting a specialist to determine what kind of adjustments are needed.-Gatwick’s “autism friendly visual guide”, suggests that all people on the autistic spectrum have a low mental capacity yet the guide doesn’t include how any issues travelling through the airport would specifically affect people with autism, such as noise or sensory overload -Gatwick manager engaged in public discussions about how “ridiculous” it would be to consider granting blue badges for hidden disabilities, specifically autism.-Business managers claim to understand what adjustments are needed because they personally know some individuals on the autism spectrum, implying that we all think and behave the same way. Sources:1. https://www.gatwickairport.com/at-the-airport/passenger-services/special-assistance/hidden-disabilities/2. https://www.gatwickairport.com/at-the-airport/passenger-services/special-assistance/special-facilities-and-services/3. https://www.gatwickairport.com/globalassets/documents/business_and_community/investor_relations/year_end_2017/gatwick-airport-limited-financial-statements-31-march-2017.pdf4. https://www.gatwickairport.com/globalassets/documents/passengers/prm/autismguidetogatwick.pdf5. https://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/about-gatwick/company-information/gatwick-by-numbers/
Petition to Sikh Council UK, Sikh Channel UK, Akaal Channel UK, Sangat TV, Guru Nanak Gurudwara Leicester
Ban racist Joginder Singh from Guru Nanak Temple (Leics) for refusing food to Non-Sikhs
xxxxxxx LATEST UPDATE xxxxxxx PRESS RELEASE: Trustees used charity money to cover-up racism and blackmail newspapers (UK) To view the Press Release webpage, which also features images for media use, please click: http://www.pressat.co.uk/releases/trustees-used-charity-money-to-cover-up-racism-and-blackmail-newspapers-uk-7985b16961645e490f47196a9b465a26/ STARTS Trustees used charity money to cover-up racism and blackmail newspapers (UK) 16th January 2018, Leicester (United Kingdom): Onkar Thandi, who is a member of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Leicester (UK charity number 254837), claims the trustees covered-up racism at the Temple, by using charity money to defame Onkar, exploit prominent personalities, blackmail three newspapers and pay for unjustified legal expenses. Onkar states, “Despite being aware of the trustees’ breaches of legal duties, the Charity Commission [regulator of charities] has refused to remove them, so I’ve applied to the High Court for permission to start charity proceedings, as the trustees must be removed to secure the welfare of charity beneficiaries and charity money”. Racism was practiced and condoned at the Temple Following the Sikh custom of serving ‘Langar’ (free food) to eligible visitors, the Temple runs a ‘free kitchen’ service, which often attracts non-Sikhs, who are vulnerable, needy and homeless. Onkar claims, “Between early 2015 and September 2016, the trustees recklessly ignored verbal complaints, a complaint letter, an online petition and four newspaper adverts, about a Temple employee named Joginder Singh, who frequently mistreated non-Sikhs, and refused to serve Langar to eligible non-Sikhs, which breached Articles 5(m) and 21 of the Sikh Code of Conduct”. The White woman incident Referring to an incident that took place on 1st July 2016, Onkar states, “That evening, Joginder called a homeless White woman a “dirty woman”, and told her that he doesn’t respect her, which made her cry, so I confronted him and filmed the incident on my phone. My video shows Joginder panicking and switching off the lights, before he lies twice and hides in a room. As we [the petitioners] were sick and tired of complaining, we uploaded the video onto YouTube to expose Joginder and the trustees”. The Trustees defamed Onkar in two newspapers In retaliation, the trustees used charity money to publish a dishonest statement in two national newspapers [Des Pardes andPunjab Times], in which they falsely identified Onkar as being a member of an anti-Sikh group, which was using the social media to cause problems at the Temple. Onkar asserts, “To counter the trustees’ serious harm to my reputation, and the unwarranted harassment that I suffered, I was forced to publish petition adverts in four newspapers, which had cost me over £3,000”. The Trustees exploited prominent personalities The trustees further covered-up racism, by using charity money to exploit prominent personalities from Leicester. Onkar explains, “On 1st September 2016, the trustees arranged a meeting at the Temple, which was attended by local councillors, religious leaders and the Chief Superintendent Andy Lee [police], who were all duped into thinking, that my allegations of racism were false, whilst they enjoyed refreshments that were funded by the charity, for this blatant cover-up exercise. In a statement submitted to the Birmingham High Court, [trustee] Amrik Gill claimed, “The unfounded attacks by the Claimant [Onkar’s allegations of racism] were roundly condemned [by the prominent personalities] and a motion passed that an attack [Onkar’s attack] on one religion [the Sikh faith] is an attack [Onkar’s attack] on all religions”. Essentially, Amrik has admitted that the trustees slandered me to the attendees, who accepted that I’d caused problems at the Temple, to attack the Sikh religion [Onkar is a member of an anti-Sikh group], which is untrue. Cunningly, the trustees invited the Mercury [Leicester Mercury newspaper] to photograph the meeting, and to unduly apologise for publishing my truthful petition advert, as they [the trustees] knew that this would trick Temple members into thinking my allegations of racism must be false, because the prominent personalities wouldn’t have taken a photograph with the trustees, and the Mercury wouldn’t have apologised, if the trustees were in the wrong. As intended by the trustees, the Mercury’s report [and photograph] turned Temple members against me, and I was insulted, ridiculed and harassed to the point that I had to stop attending the Temple, after which, I was compelled to create Panjabi podcasts and a Panjabi news report, in a last-ditch attempt to clarify the truth of the matter to Sikhs across Leicester, and salvage what was left of my reputation”. The Trustees blackmailed three newspapers In January and July 2017, the trustees used charity money to instruct Rich and Carr Solicitors to send baseless legal notices to three Panjabi newspapers that published Onkar’s petition adverts. Onkar explains, “the blackmail letters [legal notices] denied my true allegations of racism, claimed my petition adverts were highly defamatory, and threatened the newspapers with defamation proceedings, if they failed to publish front-page apologies and pay substantial damages. The trustees knew that my petition adverts were truthful, so they had no reason to demand the apologies and damages. Consequently, the trustees committed the criminal offence of blackmail, under section 21 of the Theft Act 1968, as they made unwarranted demands [for undue apologies] with menaces [threatening baseless legal action for defamation], with a view to make a financial gain [receive undue damages], which would have caused a financial loss to the victims [the three newspapers]. In February 2017, the three newspapers rightly refused to meet the trustees’ unlawful demands, but the trustees harassed them, by sending another legal notice in July 2017 and instructing their representative Gurmit Kang to send intimidating email threats. In Gurmit Kang’s email dated 11th August 2017, he boasted about consulting top defamation solicitors Carter-Ruck, attached an incomplete draft of a defamation claim, as well as, the proposed apology wording, to force the newspaper into apologising, but this didn’t work, as the newspaper stood its ground, refused to be bullied and put Gurmit Kang in his place, in it’s email response [to Gurmit Kang]”. The Trustees used charity money to pay for unjustified legal expenses In a statement submitted to the Birmingham High Court, trustee Amrik Gill clarified that since April 2016, the trustees have spent £4750 of charity money on legal expenses. Evidently, some of this money was spent on consulting Carter-Ruck [top defamation solicitors], with which, Amrik claims to have exchanged, “40 emails and telephone calls”. Onkar argues, “The trustees are the ones who first defamed me [in newspapers], which caused me to publish the truthful petition adverts [in the same newspapers], so on what basis did the trustees use charity money to consult Carter-Ruck, with regards to suing me for defamation, when they’re the one’s who defamed me? I firmly believe that the trustees had conspired to start a defamation claim against me, purely to teach me a lesson [for opposing and exposing the trustees’ wrongdoings], through causing me to suffer further financial losses”. In June 2017, Onkar started a High Court claim against the trustees, which sought their removal for breaches of duties. Onkar claims, “Instead of immediately resigning, the power-hungry trustees again instructed solicitors [using charity money], and drafted a dishonest defence, which shamelessly stated, “It is denied that Joginder Singh ever mistreated non-Sikh visitors”, which is untrue based on my video [footage] alone, because it proves that Joginder had mistreated the White woman, to the point of crying, on that day. By blackmailing newspapers, consulting Carter-Ruck and defending my High Court claim with a dishonest defence, the immoral trustees used thousands of pounds [of charity money], to pay for unjustified legal expenses, simply to cover-up racism and their gross mismanagement of the Temple". Five Trustees lied to the High Court to claim undue legal costs Onkar claims five trustees have lied to the High Court to claim thousands of pounds, in undue legal costs from Onkar, as he clarifies, “[trustee] Amrik Gill claimed that between April and August 2016, he’d spent fifty hours, on examining my videos and podcasts, for which he wants me to pay him £950. This is a lie, because my video [news report] and podcasts were released after 7th September 2016, so how could Amrik have examined them, before they were even released? Shamelessly, four other trustees have also claimed £2,280, for the exact same reason. I’ve fully disputed their bogus bill of costs, and I will expose their lies at the upcoming hearing”. The Trustees ‘re-elected themselves’ for another six years Onkar states, “In accordance with the Temple’s Constitution, an election was due to be held in June 2017, but anticipating that they [the trustees] would lose [due to their bad track record], the trustees held a ‘secret’ election at the Annual General Meeting, to which approximately, two-hundred pre-selected ‘voters’ [The trustees’ friends, relatives and supporters] were invited, to ‘elect’ the trustees, for a whopping six years [for two full terms, not the usual one term allowed by the Temple’s Constitution]. Evidently, the trustees are power-hungry people, who will do anything to retain control of the Temple and charity money”. The Trustees are unfit to be charity trustees Referring to the Temple’s President, Onkar states, “Despite being a local councilor, who is responsible for serving many non-Sikhs in his constituency, Ajmer Basra recklessly ignored the mistreatment of non-Sikhs at the Temple, over an eighteen-month period, which alone proves that he is unfit to be a trustee. The rest of them [the trustees] are equally bad, for dishonouring Sikh teachings and breaching the Sikh Code of Conduct, through covering-up racism and engaging in dishonest and immoral activities [harassment, defamation, blackmail, abuse of charity money and lying to the High Court], so they must be removed and disqualified”. Charity beneficiaries and charity money are at risk Onkar states, “If the trustees can stoop to harassing, defaming and claiming undue legal costs from me, which is what they have done, what’s stopping them from harming others [charity beneficiaries], who oppose their [the trustees’] wrongdoings and mismanagement in the future? Moreover, on 28th December 2017, the trustees announced in the Mercury [newspaper] that they plan to rebuild the Temple at a significant cost of £5 million pounds, most likely because they want to improve their well-deserved bad reputations. As the trustees have already squandered thousands of pounds of charity money [by paying for unjustified legal expenses], how can they be expected to manage a project of this scale? Also, I’m extremely worried that [trustees] Ajmer and Amrik will steal charity money to defend my ongoing defamation claim, which is against them personally [they’re not allowed to use charity money to defend the defamation claim]. Considering that Amrik has already tried stealing money from me [by claiming undue legal costs], and Ajmer had authorised the unjustified legal expenses from charity money, which in my view, equates to having authorised theft from charity funds, how can they, or any of the trustees for that matter, be allowed to continue handling charity money?” The Charity Commission is not an effective regulator On 30th September 2017, Onkar had sent a bundle consisting of over four hundred pages to the Charity Commission, which fully detailed and evidenced the trustees’ breaches of the Temple’s Constitution, the Sikh Code of Conduct and the Charity Commission’s regulations. In his application, Onkar had requested that the Charity Commission either removes the trustees, or gives Onkar permission to start charity proceedings. Onkar alleges, “Unbelievably, on 14th December 2017, the Charity Commission refused to remove the trustees and failed to authorise charity proceedings, for absolutely irrelevant reasons, which suggest that the case manager who’d dealt with my application, hadn’t even read the key material for consideration. Consequently, I’ve applied to the High Court for permission to start charity proceedings, and a hearing is due to take place shortly. Having completely mishandled my complaints, the Charity Commission has failed to ensure the trustees’ compliance with the charity’s governing documents, and therefore the Charity Commission is not an effective regulator”. ENDS For further information, please read the petition updates below. Onkar Singh
Petition to Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Shehbaz Sharif, Muniba Mazari, Mian saqib Nisar, Mansoor Ali Shah, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, Parliament of Pakistan
Justice delayed is justice denied. Hang the murderer of Zainab to death!
This petition is related to the rape and murder of Zainab Amin, a girl from Kasur Pakistan. We demand of the murderer to death. Unfortunately enough, we are living in era where the major news of murders and sexual assaults aren't a surpise anymore nor a matter which we concern anymore because its common and its ok if it happens. Because the whole world is going through it. Isn't it? But indeed our failure to understand that our quietness in such matters is basically adding fuel to the fire is yet another big problem. This has now resulted in worsening the situation and the sexual assault and murder of a 7 y/o angel, Zainab, in Punjab,Pakistan clearly indicates the level of humanity we have undoubtedly reached to. Found raped and murdered on a pile of heap on Tuesday, five days after she was kidnapped from her area while she was on her way to Madersah and her parents being out of the country to perform Umrah, left the whole nation dumb and disheartened. What a cruel and atrocious world to be lived in! The CCTV footages clearly shows that she went with the man without doing any protest, clearing up the situation that it must be someone whom she used to know. But of what use are those footages if the concerned authorities have not been able to find the murderer even after 24 hours? Or are they waiting for another Zainab to go through the same? Adding more, the city she belongs to(Kasur) have been reported with such cases before, I repeat ONLY reported cases because belonging to an Eastern family, your family name is spoiled if such thing happens to you, so many of the case or majority as it should be said are not even reported. But thanks to the laziness of the concerned authorities, such matters have never ever resolved and will never in future, if the person(s) or group(s) behind such cases are not given the punishments a/c to the Laws of the nation. As in Islam, the punishment is to that person to death, we demand the authorities to do same with the murderer of Zainab and that too in public so that no one be ever able again to commit such a pathetic crime, no Zainab be ever facing the same, no family be deprived of their name. Also this must be done as soon as possible because justice delayed is justice denied. Its a high time now that we should stop considering sexual abuse(either verbal, social or physical) as a taboo subject anymore and in this regard, we should raise our voices as much as we can. More power to your family, Zainab. May no more Zainab pass through the same. We I'll try our best to get you justice.
Petition to Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women Victoria Atkins MP
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 mounted a successful legal challenge to their position. In June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the current situation is discriminatory, cannot be justified, and is therefore unlawful. Consequently, the judges made a 'Declaration of Incompatibility,' giving the Government both the duty and the power to equalise civil partnerships. Now we need to turn our legal win into a political win. The Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordant MP, has already publicly assured the UK’s leading LGBT organisation, Stonewall, that civil partnerships will be retained for same-sex couples. Therefore, there is only one option to answer the Supreme Court's call for equality: to extend civil partnerships to all. So we're pressing Ms. Mordaunt to open civil partnerships to all either by introducing fast-track legislation or by supporting Conservative MP Tim Loughton’s private members’ bill. We've already generated extensive cross-party parliamentary support for 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. 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. Please sign and share this petition, telling the Minister for Women and Equalities that you support opening up civil partnerships to all: http://www.change.org/civilpartnershipsforall 2. 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. 3. Please support our efforts by making a financial contribution to the campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/ECPcampaigns 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: https://www.facebook.com/equalcivilpartnerships/ Follow us on Twitter: @EqualCPs Use #equalcivilpartnerships #equallove