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human rights

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Petition to home office

Save my foster son Samet - he is family!

Please, please sign this petition to help my wonderful 18 year old foster son Samet continue his life here where he is part of a loving family and be in the only place where he can have a secure future. Samet’s childhood was stolen by beatings and abuse he faced. He ended up being forced to beg on the streets of Albania at 11 years of age, before he was sold into slavery and trafficked into the UK at 15. He has now restarted his life with us in the UK - we are a family. But now the Home Office are trying to deport him. We are trying to reverse this decision. Samet was diagnosed with PTSD from a life of misery and the still untold horrors of his journey but he finally found sanctuary here. He became part of my family alongside his new brothers Ali and Dave. Our family greatly fear his safety and health if he is sent away.  Deprived of education for many years he grasped the opportunity of school and then college where his efforts are described as outstanding in all areas. He dreams of being a carpenter and the sort of ordinary life most of us take for granted were always clouded by the daily fear that he could be rejected by the nation that’s given him hope for the first time. That fear was present everyday since he arrived but he was given hope by his brothers - Dave (who I fostered 22 years ago from the age  of 11) and fellow Albanian Ali (with me for 4 years, having also arrived with nothing and now a head chef). Inspired by how they rebuilt their lives, Samet dared to dream of a future. I can’t stand by and watch his dreams be shattered. I have been a foster carer for almost 30 years and expected Samet to be part of my family for the rest of my days.  The moment that I had to tell him that his appeal to stay in the UK had failed was the worst feeling that I can remember. My words crushed his spirit and have broken him. As a foster carer I have never felt so helpless so all I can do is highlight his situation and hope that if enough people sign this petition then maybe our Government will reconsider the life sentence that they have given this young man. I describe Samet as a ‘Soldier’ because every day is a battle to survive. Many other ‘Soldiers’ have run away rather than be deported and live their lives in the shadows of our society forever vulnerable to exploitation. I don’t want that outcome for Samet.  Thank you for your support John Stokes

John Stokes
281,882 supporters
Update posted 2 hours ago

Petition to David Coleman, Scott Morrison

Australian government: Stop the indefinite offshore detention of asylum seekers now!

Six years after being forcibly transferred to Manus Island, award-winning writer, film-maker and journalist Behrouz Boochani remains stranded in Papua New Guinea - see PEN International  (Update: 14/11/2019 – Behrouz Boochani is in New Zealand on a one-month visa so he can attend a literary festival in Christchurch at the end of November. See here for more details). (Update: October 2019 - The asylum seekers who were previously held on Manus Island, have now been moved off the island, but only as far as Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and not to Australia. They are still stateless, with their refugee claims still being ‘processed’, and without a safe place to call home. They do not know what their future holds).  Boochani’s award-winning and international bestselling memoir, No Friend But The Mountains: the true story of an illegally imprisoned refugee, won the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Victorian Premier's Prize for Nonfiction in January 2019. The book was typed out on a secret mobile phone in a series of individual text messages, translated from Persian into English by Omid Tofighian, and is now published by Picador in the UK. We urge the Australian government to take immediate action to end its offshore processing regime, and to put a stop to the indefinite detention of migrants and refugees. Too many men, women and children have suffered from the debilitating uncertainty, pervasive hopelessness, and endemic deterioration in mental and physical health that are the all-too-predictable consequences of imprisonment without charge or an end date. We request that the Australian government passes legislation protecting refugees and migrants, and preventing them from being detained indefinitely in prison-like facilities. Since 2012, over 4000 men, women and children have been sent by the Australian Government to immigration detention centres on Nauru or Papua New Guinea (PNG) for offshore processing. As of 26th March 2019, 359 women remained on Nauru and 547 men remained in PNG. A total of 838 people had been removed or returned to their country of origin. Refugee Council of Australia  Despite many campaigns, protests, letters and petitions from respected organisations within Australia, New Zealand, and from around the world, the Australian government has stood by their policy regarding the indefinite detention of refugees. These refugees have fled their own countries, and have already suffered traumas unimaginable to most people, and have been held illegally in limbo on the islands of Manus and Nauru for up to six years. They are not allowed to earn money from employment, or to live their lives as most of us in liberal democracies take for granted. Since the 2019 election in Australia, the refugees’ mental health has deteriorated rapidly, as they despair of ever being welcomed to a new home, and as a result, almost one hundred refugees have attempted to take their own lives or self-harmed. This is a humanitarian crisis that needs urgent resolution. The detained refugees do not have the option to ‘go home’ to their own countries because of threats of persecution, imprisonment and possible death. As fellow human beings in democratic countries around the world, we respectfully ask the Australian Government, a liberal democracy, to offer these people the choice of immediate sanctuary and protection. I am asking you, and anyone who cares about human freedom, the preservation of human rights and dignity, and the right to live without fear of persecution, to sign this petition and to send it on to friends, family, colleagues, and to all who believe that these refugees should be freed immediately and given a permanent home. Thank you.

Alison Smith
239 supporters
This petition won 12 hours ago

Petition to PBB

HELP MUSLIMS IN CHINA : UGHYUR

The Chinese government has reportedly detained more than a million Muslims in reeducation camps. Most of the people who have been arbitrarily detained are Uighur, a predominantly Turkic-speaking ethnic group primarily from China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang. Human rights organizations, UN officials, and many foreign governments are urging China to stop the crackdown. But Chinese officials maintain that what they call vocational training centers do not infringe on Uighurs’ human rights. They have refused to share information about the detention centers, and prevented journalists and foreign investigators from examining them. However, internal Chinese government documents leaked in late 2019 have provided important details on how officials launched and maintain the detention camps. The Chinese government has reportedly detained more than a million Muslims in reeducation camps. Most of the people who have been arbitrarily detained are Uighur, a predominantly Turkic-speaking ethnic group primarily from China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang. Human rights organizations, UN officials, and many foreign governments are urging China to stop the crackdown. But Chinese officials maintain that what they call vocational training centers do not infringe on Uighurs’ human rights. They have refused to share information about the detention centers, and prevented journalists and foreign investigators from examining them. However, internal Chinese government documents leaked in late 2019 have provided important details on how officials launched and maintain the detention camps.  

Adrianna Alisa
88,225 supporters