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Petition to Boris Johnson MP

Free the 6 British Veterans from Indian jail #CHENNAI6

5 Years rigorous imprisonment in a Indian Jail is the Sentence for 6 of our Brave British Veterans In 2013 we started a petition after six British ex-soldiers were wrongly arrested and imprisoned without charge for straying into Indian waters without permission & carrying illegal weapons without licence by Indian authorities while working to protect merchant seaman in some of the most dangerous seas in the world. After spending 9 months in prison and a charge finally being filed against them 3 months in, they were released on bail, and began to fight to prove their innocence, which they done successfully and all charges were dropped in July 2014 leaving them free to return home. Unfortunately this was not the case. The Indian authorities held their passports and documents stopping them from returning home to their loved ones and denying their freedom. The Indian Q Branch police lodged an appeal to have their charges re-instated when a full trial was ordered by the Supreme Court. After a long and mentally torturing wait the trial began in September 2015 in the Magistrates court of the port where they were first arrested. On the 11th of January 2016 our hearts sank, our brothers, husbands, Sons, and fathers had been given a Guilty verdict and sentence to 5 years rigorous imprisonment. Not one of us or the people involved could have saw this verdict coming. All the evidence to prove their innocence was submitted in court, the trial had gone in their favour from day one, and most importantly they were innocent! The devastation and anguish this has caused us, the families is huge. It has left us crushed and with little hope. We know have no communication with the men and We don’t know who or where to turn to. This is why we are asking you to sign our petition, to Free our men and end this miscarriage of justice. We understand fully that one country cannot intervene in another’s judicial process, But when innocent men are being prosecuted for a crime they have not committed, then they should have a obligation to protect the human rights and freedom of these men and have them released and brought home. These men devoted their lives protecting others.  They fought for the British government now the British government must fight for them. Text FSGO66 £1 to 70070  if you wish to donate to our fund

Yvonne Machugh
380,567 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Rt Hon Theresa May, Heather Wheeler, Theresa May MP


  After living here for five and a half years, my husband and I were informed that our visa applications for Indefinite Leave to Stay had been declined. The reasons given are: we have not given sufficient proof that we are proficient in English and that despite passing our Life in the UK tests, which state we reached the required level for the purpose of obtaining Indefinite Leave to stay in the UK, we do not have sufficient knowledge of life in theUK. We were ill advised as to whether we were required to write an English test due to our origins and the fact English was our home language.  My husband, Clive, supplied his original certificates from Cambridge and City of Guild London where it shows he passed English. I supplied certificates from Blount Commercial Academy were it shows a first class pass in English. I also supplied them with proof that I attended a week Fraud Conference at Cambridge University and that was obviously all in English. I was born and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) before UDI was declared. My husband Clive was born in South Africa but he went to Rhodesia when he was about 5 months old. Clive's father was transferred there after making guns for Britain during the second world war. My mother is Rhodesian born and bred. Her grandfather was a Grenadier Guard and was sent to South Africa to fight for Britain in the Boer War. His sons were born there, one of them being my grandfather, hence the reason we were born in Africa. My step father (who will always be my father) adopted me and my siblings when we were very young and so I was granted an Ancestral Visa and my husband a spousal visa. My father left Britain when he was about 19 years having been offered a position in Mozambique. He volunteered his services when the second world war broke out and was in the Southern Rhodesian Armoured Car Division, ending the war in Italy. Britain was keen to develop the colonies and so Dad  was given a farm in Rhodesia for his services during the war. This was a massive incentive for him to stay in Africa. I have an inherent fear of having to return to South Africa because of all the violence there now.  Having lived through the Rhodesian war and experienced horrors there, plus the fact I lived in South Africa after fleeing Rhodesia, I have nightmares on a regular basis of what happened. My mum was attacked in Rhodesia and sustained injuries, one of which has left her totally deaf in her left ear. I was attacked sitting in my car in South Africa. I fought back and ended up cuts and bruises as well as a wrist broken in three places. We just cannot go back to Africa! Everything we own is here in the UK which we have made our home! Terry Ford, my eldest brother (Dad's only son) was brutally murdered on his farm in Zimbabwe after being beaten and tortured. His faithful companion, Squeak, went everywhere with Terry. He refused to leave Terry's battered body and remained curled up next to his master for hours. Squeak was really very traumatised by what he saw happen to Terry. Terry was farming in Rhodesia, near Salisbury (now Harare) in the Norton area. Robert Mugabe’s sister visited him and wanted his farm. Terry said no and she said " I am Mugabe's sister and what I want I get". Terry was brutally murdered on the farm not long after that. His death made international headlines and members of the family were plagued by the press. Terry was an amazing brother and my siblings and I loved him dearly. He was a gentle giant with an amazing sense of humour.  My Father suffered a number of strokes after Terry's murder. We were finally able to bring him back to the UK (he was British) in November 2010. Our schooling was British, our exams were British and marked in the UK. Our upbringing was very British. Coming here to the UK was like coming home for us. We have worked hard and bought a lovely home in Melbourne, Derby. It has an annex so my parents could live with us and I could care for them. My parents came with us as Mugabe had stopped all pensions and medical aid and they had nothing. We have taken care of them for the past 16 years.  Clive has an excellent job with Whitwick Engineering in Coalville. We have settled here, we are happy here and we are safe here. Our family can never return to Zimbabwe and we have nothing left in South Africa to return to. We have never once asked anyone to support us. We pay our taxes, our NI and our rates and taxes. I take care of my ailing Mum (I am her registered, full time carer). Dad sadly passed away just over two years ago. My elderly mother has dementia and other debilitating medical problems. With her dementia, she relies on me to do most things for her. There will be no family to take care of her if we are deported. The fact that we grew up in Rhodesia and were brought up in the British way under British rule for many years does not appear to count for much, sadly. Our British roots also seem to count for nothing. We have now been granted 30 month "Leave to Remain" visas. I have been advised to find a job of some sorts as being a carer is not considered a job for Indefinite Leave to Remain and I am the main applicant. I shall continue to take care of Mum, but shall look for a part time job as well. Clive is allowed to continue working now after having to stay at home for six months whilst we fought for new visas. After six months of hell, we are blessed to still be here. OUR FIGHT IS NOT OVER! Please support Yvonne and Clive by joining their Facebook page:

Yvonne Karusseit
6,728 supporters
This petition won 2 days ago

Petition to Saviour Kasukuwere, Benard Manyenyeni, Harare Town Clerk


On March 9, 2017, Harare City Council arrived at Moto Republik, Zimbabwe’s first creative hub, with the intention of demolishing the structure.  Over 20 municipal police officers and 8 supervisors arrived at Moto Republik and without providing any court order or time to vacate the building, began to hack away at the Moto Republik shipping container structure. Harare City Council’s damage to Moto Republik yesterday was unlawful. According to the Arlington Estate (Jean Pierre Dusabe) case, “Under no circumstances are government departments at liberty to unilaterally and arbitrarily demolish any structures in the absence of a court order authorizing them to do so, whether the structures were built without approval of building plans, or layout plans or without complying with any other legal requirement.” The demolition was halted after the intervention of the Mayor of Harare, Bernard Manyenyeni, and Moto Republik was granted a seven-day grace period. Moto Republik is a law-abiding community building. Moto Republik has fully approved building plans from City Council and regularization fees have been paid in full. On top of this Moto Republik has various council licenses for its activities. According to council zoning, Moto Republik’s stand is not residential but located on Zone 4 B which is for a youth centre or community arts centre. Despite this, the Harare City Council seeks to demolish Moto Republik if the structure is not removed by Wednesday, 15th March. This attack by Harare City Council is unjust and unjustifiable. As stated in the Arlington Estate case, “This is a democratic society in which such conduct, especially on the part of government department whose operations are funded by taxpayers' money, is not justifiable". Moto Republik is an inspiring co-creation workspace that came about as a response to a community who needed a place to meet, work and collaborate. It has given hundreds of young entrepreneurs and creatives a platform to professionalize, network and collaborate on ideas. It is a space that provides hope, jobs and innovation despite overwhelming youth unemployment in a crippled economy. Harare City Council seeks to demolish a place that is home to artists, creative entrepreneurs, innovators, new media activists, citizen journalists, and youth activists. We call on supporters of Moto Republik to stand with us and take action. Help us put pressure on our elected officials. Contact the Mayor, Town Clerk, and Minister of Local Government and ask them to stop the demolition. Share your story and support for Moto Republik on social media using #SaveMotoRepublik. Be ready. If Harare City Council moves forward with the demolition of Moto Republik on the 15th March, be ready to stand with us in solidarity to protest their unlawful actions.   Thank you to all our members & friends for the outpour of emotion & support. You are Moto Republik's reason for being.      

Moto Republik
1,861 supporters