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Human Rights Violation

20 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to United Nations, Supreme Court of Kenya, Justice Maraga

BLOCK Dr. Tatu Kamau's appeal to legalise FGM in Kenya

Dr Tatu Kamau has filed a case at the Machakos High Court seeking to have female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation (FGM), legalised for adult women who should 'have the right to choose FGM'. Women who choose to undergo FGM can do so now, as they have done for centuries.        Therefore the legalization of this practice is completely unnecessary and will implicate Kenya in  additional Human Rights issues such as Human Trafficking and Child Marriage.    FGM/C is a harmful practice that violates the bodies of thousands of women and girls across the world and damages their mental, emotional and physical health. There are no proven health or other benefits associated with this harmful practice that is used to control and oppress women and girls in many cultures around the world. The issue of legalizing FGM is not simply a matter of 'giving women the right to choose FGM'. The domino effect of this legalization leads to increased cases of forced FGM and a violation of many women and girls' right to health due to community, cultural and familial pressures. Proven harmful effects of FGM include: - High drop out rates for girls in school - Forced Child Marriage - Reproductive Health Issues; severe pain, excessive tissue swelling, painful urination, UTIs and other infections, menstruation complications, inhibited sexual health and even death - Psychological Issues include; increased likelihood of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders and depression. Legalizing FGM will therefore justify this harmful practice that is illegal in International Law and International Human Rights doctrine including CEDAW, UDHR, ICCPR, ACHPR and the CRC. More girls and women will be subjected to this harmful practice if it is legalized, particularly in rural areas of Kenya. The cultural significance of FGM might not protect against psychological complications. Please support this cause and BLOCK the appeal for the legalization of FGM to help Kenyan women and girls escape this harmful practice and have a better future

Sahar Mctough
2,043 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Jeremy Corbyn, Justine Greening

Stop the Deputy Director of Children Services from abusing her powers.

My son Yakeem has been denied an education for the last 4 years by Waltham Forest Local Authority because I made a complaint that they were discriminating against him due to his disability. A background to my story can be found in the Voice newspaper which was published on 14th June 2014. A copy to the link can be found here: http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/mother%E2%80%99s-fight-after-autistic-son-was-%E2%80%98illegally-excluded%E2%80%99 Since that complaint my family and I have been institutionally bullied by a total of 19 social workers and Waltham Forest Metropolitan police officers and from the Child Abuse Investigation Team who are abusing their powers.  My passion to get my son into school then led to a social worker named Avril Robertson making false allegations against me which led to my arrest on 17th September 2015 where I was falsely charged with child neglect. I was investigated by Detective Inspector Tracy Gormley for several months who abused her position which caused my son emotional harm because I was on bail for 11 months with conditions that I must not have direct or indirect contact with my son. On the 2nd August 2016 I was found not guilty in Snaresbrook Crown Court within 5 minutes of a 4 day trial. Neither the Metropolitan Police nor the so called social workers attended the hearing. The LA and the police will do anything to protect their reputation such as wasting tax payers money to hire barristers to represent them in court for their unlawful acts. The Deputy Director of Children Services Linzi Roberts-Egan is responsible for the actions of the social workers and the police who are emotionally abusing Yakeem.  My son is now 18 years old and he has been detained in a children's home for 2 years where social services have prevented me from having any contact. Yakeem has been placed in a semi-independent accommodation which is suitable because he has been placed with people who have no experience or knowledge of people with autism. My son has the right to go to school and he should not be denied this because of his disability. He is very intelligent and deserves to receive an education like all other children and adolescent. I would like to ask the Prime Minister to ask the Deputy Director of Children Services to discarge the care order that was imposed on them when the LA made a false application to the family court on the 17th September 2015. They are punishing my son by detaining him and not providing him with any education. My son has the right to go to school and his has the right to a family life without the interference of public authority. I no longer live in the borough of Waltham Forest and will not be returning and I want my son to be returned to my care so that he can go to school.          

Jennifer Kazley
4,629 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Richard Bruton, Simon Harris, Katherine.zappone@oireachtas.ie , Finian Mc Grath

We DEMAND our 'Special Needs School' before its too late

My name is Hayden Gregory. I have Down Syndrome and Uncontrollable Epilepsy which means I have severe seizures every day of my life since I was a baby which have caused me to have significant developmental delay.  I attend St.Mary's Special School Drumcar,Co.Louth,Ireland. Several years ago I inspired my Mammy to try and change Special Education in Ireland. My Mammy also wants to see children and adults with disabilities treated with respect and for the discrimination to stop .You see my friends and I at St.Mary's are a MINORITY in this country and because of that  'The Government of Ireland' forgot about us. New schools with Special needs units were been built in every town throughout Ireland, but these units were not for children like us who fall into the low moderate and severe and profound range. To ensure I got the Education,Equality and Social Inclusion in my own town of Drogheda we started out on this long, long journey to hopefully reach a successful outcome. After years of fighting and the help of some wonderful people the funding was eventually granted in 2015 for a new school. However, 2019-2021 is so far away for my friends and I to wait at St.Mary's. Some of my friends have sadly passed on and some are in pallative care.  A little about our current school: The Built Enviroment -The school building itself is simply no longer fit for purpose, the classrooms were never designed for children in the low moderate to severe and profound range.  Not one class has the correct toilet facilities which are paramount for a great many of our pupils.  As the school has grown with the needs of our pupils we have had to convert our school canteen into a classroom, not only did we eat here but it was one of the few occasions where we could socialise in a safe manner. - As a school we have no room at all for storage of standers, hoists, wheelchairs etc they are simply out of necessity moved around the school and are certainly tripping hazards to say the least.  We do not have a sensory room even though this has been recommended by every therapist who comes in to the school, there is no room for further development, also, existing toilets are all physically too small for my friends in wheelchairs or hoists to avail of them.   -Every pupil in St Mary's requires some form of multi disciplinary support. Each therapist (when available)should have their own room. Many times a therapist has had to meet parents in their own car outside the school, clearly this is totally unacceptable.   -There are huge concerns that the nature of the school would be leading to behavioural issues for children with ASD.  We do not have a tranquil area or time out space  or a playground that my friends and I must have.  We are the most VULNERABLE CHILDREN in Ireland whom , The Government of Ireland have NEGLECTED for centuries as we had no voice at all up until recently, but things are about to change for us. Hayden's Vision for children and adults with disabilities: -To develop a 'Centre of Excellance' and not just a school.  -We NEED and DESERVE a greenfield site which is large enough to accomodate a school and education centre for when we turn 18 years old . Instead the alternative is been split up from our friends and everything/way of life as we know.  -A respite centre with a sensory garden and a playground for us to enjoy in school and with our families on our days off school. -Leisure facilities which could also be used by the community, swimming pool , therapy pool,PE hall etc. -Multidisciplinary rooms on site as children currently have to sit in a car for therapy ! -To be part of a community, close to civilisation. INCLUSION & INTEGRATION into society ( not in the middle of nowhere which is currently where we are). Close to the hospital in Drogheda and accessible to the motorway ie. close to junction 10. The above has NEVER been done in   IRELAND before ,THE IRISH GOVERNMENT have an 'OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE SOMETHING               EXTRAORDINARY' THEY OWE it to MY FRIENDS AND I MINISTER BRUTON step into my shoes for one day and live my life or that of my friends and you wont have to think twice about saying YES to this request. Our file sits in your department. My Mammy spoke with Brian O'Connell last month and still there is no decision on a site even though sites have been looked at with Louth County Council. There are very large sites that are suitable and are currently on the open market and included in our report. E.g. 1- 39 acres at Kilineer, Drogheda,Co.Louth E.g. 2- 48 acres Slane Rd,Drogheda,Co.Louth€950,000. This site is a fraction of the price the department of education paid for much smaller sites in recent years. It would be a real shame to miss out on a wonderful greenfield site all because of BUREAUCRATIC red tape Minister Bruton. Quite simply we have been ignored, this MUST stop.  My friends and I at St.Mary's Special School need a new building and much sooner than the allocated timeframe, we are now at a crisis point.   I ask you Richard Bruton to treat this as a matter of URGENCY for my friends and I. I ask you The Public to support my friends and I  by signing and sharing our petition.  Please Help my Dream come through Hayden Gregory xx      

Sabrina Kierans
3,111 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Sue jones

Close Stoke Park School 13/12/17

Stoke Park School was closed on this just gone Monday due to icy and unsafe conditions for the students and the teachers. Most schools all across the city were closed on this day so it was an understandable and reasonable decision. The following day, Tuesday 12th, the school was re-opened. Stoke Park School was one of the only schools to remain open. Almost every other secondary school in the city remained closed as this was the sensible decision because of how dangerous the ice was, it would cause great difficulty for students and staff alike to come to school. Stoke Park School should've remained closed this day but it did not. This proved the wrong decision as many students did not turn up and many of the ones who did turn up, injured themselves on the ice either on the way to school, or between lessons/at lunch. Tomorrow, 13/12/17, me and many others feel as if the school should close for the day once again. This is because of the reasons I have outlined in the previous paragraph. On top of said reasons and the fact that it will be icy and slippery, tomorrow it will be even MORE dangerous and slippery as overnight rain is expected aswell as a temperature drop below 0. This means that by the morning and the time that most people will be on their way to school there will be even more ice and even more of a risk of slipping over. The necessary precautions should be taken as many could injure themselves including students and staff. Many staff could not make it to work on 12/12/17 because of how dangerous the roads were. Many other schools across Coventry are also considering closure for the day, at Stoke Park, this should be no different. This could be a simple, easy way to save all of the injury.

Jay Vears-King
135 supporters