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Petition to Amber Rudd MP, Paul Blomfield MP, NRCCorrespondence@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk , privateoffice.external@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk , public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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. 

Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield
1,071 supporters
Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Mme Hidalgo, Anne Hidalgo, Emmanuel Macron

Liu Xiaobo est mort, n'abandonnez pas Liu Xia !

[Le 16 juillet : La mort de Liu Xiaobo ne doit pas vous empêcher de signer cette pétition. Liu Xia, sa veuve, reste l'otage de l'Etat chinois, qui fera tout pour la réduire au silence. Paris, capitale mondiale des Droits de l'homme, doit faire entendre sa voix pour que Liu Xia échappe enfin au cauchemar kafkaïen qu'elle vit depuis 2010. Liu Xiaobo is dead but his death must not prevent you from signing this petition. Liu Xiaobo's wife, Liu Xia, is still a prisoner of the chinese state. China will do whatever it can to silence her. Paris, the world capital of human rights, must speak out so that Liu Xia eventually escape the Kafkaesque nightmare she has been living since 2010.]  You'll find an English translation below A Madame Hidalgo, Maire de Paris                 Paris est, pour le monde entier, la ville de la liberté et le symbole de la lutte pour les Droits de l’homme. Vous l’avez montré, tout récemment encore, en pavoisant l’Hôtel-de-Ville aux couleurs de l’arc-en-ciel pour défendre le droit d’aimer au-delà des frontières du genre : « Il y a des formes et des gestes très symboliques qui montrent l'engagement d'une ville », expliquiez-vous alors. Nous vous demandons aujourd’hui un geste tout aussi symbolique pour la défense de Liu Xiaobo, le Prix Nobel de la Paix, qui se meurt en Chine, et dont la dernière volonté est de mourir « à l’Ouest »… Si mes souvenirs sont bons, la Mairie de Paris avait clairement affiché son soutien à Liu Xiaobo lors de la cérémonie au cours de laquelle le Prix Nobel de la Paix lui a été décerné devant une chaise vide. C’était en 2010. Les années ont passé et la Chine, qui s’affirme désormais comme une puissance économique mondiale, a réussi à museler les défenseurs des droits de l’homme un peu partout dans le monde. Il serait dramatique que Paris garde le silence sur le sort qui lui est aujourd’hui réservé. Liu Xiaobo, qui purgeait une peine de onze ans de prison pour avoir exercé son droit constitutionnel à la liberté d’expression en participant à la rédaction de la Charte 08, a été admis à l’hôpital de Shenyang, dans le Liaoning, pour traiter un cancer du foie en phase terminale. Mais, loin d’être « libre », comme on a pu le lire ici ou là, il reste sous surveillance étroite des autorités dans cette lointaine province, proche de la Corée du Nord. Sa femme, la poétesse Liu Xia, dont le seul crime est d’être l’épouse d’un dissident et qui vit depuis 2010 en résidence surveillée (un régime proche, en Chine, de la séquestration pure et simple), a pu se rendre à son chevet. Elle affirme que les autorités ont refusé à maintes reprises de lui transmettre le dossier médical de son mari. Bien que les autorités chinoises affirment que celui-ci a bénéficié une fois par an d’un examen médical approfondi et d’une visite médicale tous les quinze jours depuis son incarcération, Liu Xia se demande pourquoi le cancer n’a été diagnostiqué, officiellement, que le 7 juin, et pourquoi son hospitalisation a été aussi tardive. Alors que ce cancer, conséquence probable d’une hépatite B contractée en détention, ne peut être ni opéré, ni traité par les rayons ou la chimiothérapie, mériterait d’être pris en charge par les meilleurs spécialistes, Liu Xiaobo s’est vu refuser le droit d’être soigné à Pékin et les demandes des pays étrangers qui se disent prêts à l’accueillir, comme la France, sont restées lettres mortes. Le Prix Nobel de la Paix, dont toute la pensée politique est inspirée de la philosophie des Lumières, veut quitter la Chine pour mourir en homme libre. Mais il veut aussi libérer sa femme, Liu Xia, et le frère de celle-ci, lui aussi victime d’une féroce répression du seul fait de ses liens de parenté avec elle, du cauchemar qu’ils endurent. En militant pour les droits de l’homme dans son pays, Liu Xiaobo défendait les valeurs universelles qui sont les nôtres. Les prisonniers politiques chinois sont aussi prisonniers de notre lâcheté et de notre silence. Il serait inacceptable que Paris ne fasse pas entendre sa voix et ne fasse pas un geste pour Liu Xiaobo. Paris occupe une place toute particulière dans le cœur des Chinois. Ils sont nombreux à visiter la capitale mais bien peu savent le martyre du Prix Nobel de la Paix. Paris ne peut accepter cette conjuration du silence ! En affichant les portraits géants de Liu Xiaobo et de Liu Xia sur la façade de la Mairie, vous leur apporteriez un soutien inestimable dans la nouvelle épreuve qu’ils traversent et vous démontreriez, une fois encore, l’attachement de la Ville de Paris à la liberté et aux idéaux auxquels cet homme courageux a sacrifié son bonheur et, peut-être, sa vie.  En espérant que vous serez nombreux à signer cet appel et qu'il ne restera pas vain,  Béatrice Desgranges ENGLISH TRANSLATION To Mrs Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris Paris is the symbol of freedom and human rights all over the world. You lately gave evidence of that in displaying the rainbow flag on the Town Hall façade to support the right for all to love beyond gender boundaries: “there are symbolical forms and gestures that show the commitment of a city”, you said. Today we ask you to do a symbolical gesture to support the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Liu Xiaobo, who is dying in China and whose last will is to die in the West. From my recollection, The City Hall of Paris openly declared its support for Liu Xiaobo when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to him in front of an empty chair. It was in 2010. Years have passed and China has become the world's second-largest economic power and managed to silence human rights defenders in many places around the world. If Paris kept silent about Liu Xiaobo’s fate, it would be tragic.  Liu Xiaobo has used his constitutional freedom of speech when he participated in the drafting of the “Charter 08”, that is why he was condemned to serve an eleven-year prison sentence; diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, he has been granted medical parole to receive medical treatment. But far from being “free” as too many are writing, he is kept prisoner under close watch in a hospital affiliated with The China Medical University in Shenyang, far away from Beijing, in Liaoning, near North Korea. His wife, the poet Liu Xia, whose only crime is to be a dissident’s wife and who has been living under strict house arrest since 2010 (actually a form of mere sequestration in China), has been allowed to visit him and look after him. She stated that the officials refused to transfer her his medical record. Although Jinzhou prison authorities pretend they had given Liu annual health checks since he started his prison term in 2010, and that he was given medical consultations every two weeks, Liu Xia wonders why he was officially diagnosed with terminal cancer on the 7th of June, and he has been admitted so late to hospital. This liver cancer is likely a consequence of the hepatitis B he has contracted during his detention (either in camp or in prison); Liu Xia is stating this late phase cancer may not be cured either with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy and deserves to be handled by the best experts but Chinese officials denied Liu Xiaobo the right to go to a hospital in Beijing; as for foreign requests of the countries who say they are ready to host Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia, they went unheeded. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, whose whole political thought has been drawn from the Enlightenment Philosophy, wants to leave China and die as a free man. But he also wants to free his wife, Liu Xia, and her brother (who has been severely harassed by the power only because of his ties of kinship with Liu Xia) from the nightmare they are both living. Defending human rights in his country, Liu Xiaobo was defending the universal values which are ours. The Chinese political prisoners are also prisoners of our silence and cowardice. If Paris does not speak out for Liu Xiaobo, if Paris does not make a significant gesture for him, it will be tragic. Paris is dear to the heart of the Chinese people. They are many to visit the capital city but very few of them have ever heard of Liu Xiaobo’s martyrdom. Paris cannot bear the conspiracy of silence. In displaying giant portraits of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia on the Town Hall façade, you would provide them a tremendous support in the plight they are going through and you would demonstrate, once again, the commitment of Paris for freedom and ideals to which this courageous man sacrificed his happiness, and, maybe, his life. Hoping many of you will sign this petition and it won’t be in vain, Beatrice Desgranges

Béatrice DESGRANGES
470 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

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. After their typical middle class lives were turned upside-down by the civil war in Syria, the Mirzo family were forced to split up to find sanctuary.  Ali Mirzo, a teacher by profession, arrived in Cardiff in 2015, was granted refugee status in 2016, and gradually brought the rest of his family to join him. Settling in Lakeside, they have made an immediate contribution, with Ali setting up the highly successful 'Royal Coast Cafe' in the city centre, volunteering as an interpreter for child refugees, and regularly giving talks to local people who are preparing to welcome other Syrian arrivals. Ali's teenage daughters pupils have settled in Cardiff High and Llanishen High, his eldest son is in work, and he and his wife have a young baby boy.  Another of Ali's sons, Mohammed, a keen footballer, 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 full Mirzo family was finally reunited after 4 years apart.  Mohammed made an application for refugee status, and the family expected it to be processed and accepted as simply and smoothly as had been the case for the rest of the family. While he waited, Mohammed was improving his English, beginning to receive mental health support, and looking forward to pursuing his passions for football and business.  The Mirzo family's joy was short-lived. Earlier this week, while reporting to the Home Office, Mohammed was detained and held in Parc Prison for two days and is now being detained in Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre in Oxfordshire.  The Home Office are threatening to remove him to Bulgaria on November 2nd on the basis that he travelled through Bulgaria 4 years ago. The prospect of being deported to Bulgaria has caused Mohammed's mental health problems to worsen. He refused to eat while held at Parc Prison, and has previously threatened to harm himself.  His parents are desperate with worry and have pleaded with the authorities to allow him to stay so that his claim for refugee status can be considered in the UK with his family and where he can receive mental health support, rather than in Bulgaria where he knows nobody.  Ali Mirzo, Mohammed Mirzo's father, says: "Mohammed's mother and I are desperately worried about our son. We visited him in the detention centre this week and his medical situation is already getting worse. His greatest fear is being removed to Bulgaria, where he had a such traumatic experience when he was still just a child.  His life was turned upside-down when he became a refugee at the age of 16 and he lived through suffering in Bulgaria and Germany that no child should experience. Not only will he be alone and vulnerable in Bulgaria, but he has threatened to harm himself in the past, and we are concerned that his current situation will lead him to do this." "We are so grateful for the welcome that Cardiff has offered to my family and to other Syrian refugees  Not only are we safe here, but I have been able to set up a business and make a future for our family.  I have also been able to make a contribution to society, as a taxpayer, an employer, and a volunteer with community groups.  We have been given the kind of warm Welsh welcome that we will never forget, but that only makes us fear the situation my son will face in Bulgaria if he is deported there even more. 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, release Mohammed from detention and let him stay here." Please Don't Deport Mohammed Mirzo to Bulgaria! The Mirzo Family Belong Together in Cardiff!

Jonathan Cox
11,342 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Boris Johnson

Save Lives With International Safety Helmet Regulations. Tougher Laws In Turkey & Beyond.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my petition. My 21 year old daughter Amarna Carthy was killed tragically on a quad bike in Turkey on the 24th of May 2016. She was travelling on the back of a quad driven by my sister Jakadi (left) who was also injured. Both Amarna and Jakadi had helmets on, as you can see in the picture taken of them on the day our beautiful Amarna died. Here you can also see that the legally acceptable helmets issued, are totally inadequate. Amarna died from catastrophic head injuries and her helmet was collected from the scene, in pieces. We would like to change this, so another family doesn't have to suffer this awful loss and fly their loved one home the way we did. Compulsory crash helmet laws with possible journey distance limitations when renting quads, need to be in place so no more lives are wasted like our beautiful girl. We would also like to push for a full drivers licence requirement when renting a quad, rather than the provisional that is now in place, reflecting the seriousness and power of these vehicles. Currently it is only a legal requirement that a person "carries" a helmet on a quad or bike in Turkey, but not actually wear one. There are also no legal requirements for companies to carry out regular safety checks to ensure these vehicles are road worthy. There are no specific requirements regarding the quality of the helmets issued along with a rented bike, or quad and issuing a helmet is not compulsory. As you are probably aware. This happens in many other countries too. THIS ALL NEEDS TO CHANGE. People driving with no/poor quality helmets should no longer be something we expect to see when travelling to some countries. Together we can make this a priority around the world and by doing this.. Save lives. The law needs to be a protection to holiday makers and locals, in countries where riding without a helmet is considered normal. Please help us change this situation for the better, by signing and sharing our story with others and hopefully forcing better helmet safety laws around the globe! #missingmarna For more information or to support further please visit: http://missingmarna.moonfruit.com For Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @missingmarna Kindest regards, Tashaka Baumber and family.

Tashaka Baumber
7,086 supporters