Petition to home office
Stop the Government's plan to split a student Paramedic's family
Sometimes when you meet someone their story stops you dead in your tracks. Stops you dead and you know that you have to help. This happened to me when I was working on an ambulance with a great guy who's on the verge of losing his house and family. I wanted to help so have set up this petition on his behalf, and I've asked him to write a summary. What follows is his story in his own words. "I am a UK born British national and have been lucky enough to travel the world due to my UK passport and the doors in which it opens and the opportunities it affords. On these travels I met and married a Thai woman and moved back to the UK to return home and start our life together. We arrived with just suitcases having spent three months in France with my parents, and I worked as a postman to begin with in the North West. I loved it but the pay was not enough - even working two rounds - so we were forced to move so we packed up and moved again down to Norfolk to commence my paramedic training, an exciting transition and something I had wanted to do since Paramedics saved my brothers life. It is a much needed profession on the career, all about acceptance, protection and care to the highest standards at all times in the most difficult of circumstances. I applied to the Home Office to have my visas extended at a cost of nearly £10,000 for the right to remain in the UK and thought nothing more of it which is no mean feat on a student salary. I then recieve a letter denying me the right to remain casting aspersions on the fact we were a family. I am shocked at this and struggle to unravel the complex nature of the immigration case and its rules that no one seems to know. I even spoke directly with a family friend who is an immigration judge and even they were not sure on the rules as they change so frequently. We claimed asylum which was denied after having to drag my family to Croydon immigration centre and being denied entrance after waiting some 6-7 hours. We then had to go to Solihull for another interview and I was not allowed in the building, and nothing was recorded in the interview so I do not know what was said and done. This was also denied. In desperation I travelled to London to meet legal experts costing thousands more I do not have. Evwn with their help all we received was denial after denial. We have no right of appeal in their 19 page denial letter - they state that there is nothing stopping me from going back and living in Asia with my family other than the glaringly obvious facts that my career is here, my family are here the children only speak English and have only ever attended English schools, my wife does not work and does not claim anything, she is not allowed to drive and is constantly sent letters denying her health care. I work for the NHS, I pay my National Insurance just like all those who work and yet I am denied the basic things I pay into. At any point they can be taken by police to a holding centre and then removed to Thailand and banned from re entering the UK for ten years. For the past few years we have had to sign in at the police station each month with the children there most of the time. We have done EVERYTHING asked of us for years, yet still we are not allowed to have a life. The world is so small: people do not marry the person in the next village or town, we spread the net far and wide. My sister is married to a New Zealander and allowed to stay in this country, my brother married to a Filipino and also allowed to stay - why am I so different? I am at the end and we are about to have to move the children out of school (one of whom has dyslexia) and move to country where I have no job or income, no house, the children do not speak the language, I need a visa to stay and then only for 90 days and is on the Home Office's website as a dangerous country. As you can imagine I have been extremely affected by all of this: I have been medicated for stress and depression, I do not sleep well or eat, I am unable to do most things families do and have not been on holiday due to the UK Border Agency holding all our passports including my UK passport, I have been medicated for high blood pressure, I have had counselling all of which has proved fruitless, I have missed time off work and had to delay my progression in my career due to not having the concentration to do this to the best of my abilities, my wife is depressed, the children are affected as we spend all our money on lawyers and we can not afford to do any activities, I have been unable to even visit a dentist due to the money being spent elsewhere. I feel totally and utterly let down by my own country of birth. I would appreciate if you could share to as many people as you can and like and sign and show your support in this matter - it is truly devastating to us and will do untold damage to the boys' education" Please sign, like and share this petition. Nobody who dedicated their life to helping others should receive this despicable treatment
Petition to Guy Verhofstadt, David Davis, Charles Goerens
Do you want personal EU citizenship? Send a message to the European Parliament
The first round of the Brexit negotiations provided some assurances over citizens’ rights, but the fact that the continuation of free movement was not even discussed is a worrying sign. It may well come up during the next phase of negotiations, but there are no guarantees, thus it is imperative we pressure both British and European parliaments to make sure this issue is not sidelined. Freedom of movement is vital, whether the UK is officially part of the European Union or not. Associative European citizenship must be made available to those who either wish for or need it. The idea is that if Britain, or any other nation, exits the EU, individual citizens of that country who wished to retain a personal right to live and work across the EU should be able to do so - maybe or maybe not paying a fee for this status. The Pan-European is a new online media outlet that supports this proposal - not just in the name of the 16 million Britons who voted to remain EU citizens and the 1.3 million Britons already living and working in the EU (many of whom were denied the right to vote under the UK electoral law), but in the name of all people who want to express their support for and belief in the European project at a time when it is threatened by the rise of nationalist parties in many member countries. Get the latest on citizens rights, as well as European news and politics through our daily newsletter: http://bit.ly/2zDOAJJ The Pan-European's objective is to represent, inform and connect individual European citizens irrespective of their nationality or the political position of their country's government, starting with the fight to create the separate legal status of individual EU citizen for all who wish it. By signing this petition, you will be signaling your desire for Associative European citizenship, which we can then use to pressure the UK government and the European Parliament.
Petition to United Nations, Theresa May MP, Matthew Rycroft CBE (Permanent representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations), Filippo Grandi (UN Refugee Chief)
Give 'climate refugees' the recognition that they urgently require
With ongoing conflicts occurring across the world, it comes as no surprise that the current refugee situation is key issue. However, whilst most people would associate refugees as being from a country torn apart by politics, there has been a clear rise in the number of ‘climate refugees’. According to the National Geographic, climate refugees ‘are people who must leave their homes and communities because of the effects of climate change and global warming’, as the effects of climate change compromise their livelihoods. In countries such as Chad, drought and water shortages have resulted in famines. On the other hand, rising sea levels and subsequent flooding have become a serious threat to the Maldives. On average, 27 million people are displaced by climate and weather-related disasters each year – that’s more than the whole of Australia’s population. Stated by the Environmental Justice Foundation, one person was displaced by climate-related disasters every second in 2012 alone. The significance is that this figure was roughly three times the number of refugees fleeing war or persecution. However, even with these staggering figures, climate refugees are not officially recognised. Unlike the ‘traditional’ concept of refugees fleeing from persecution and conflict, those fleeing from climate-related disasters are not protected under international law and therefore lack rights and vital assistance. We are petitioning for the United Nations to officially recognise climate refugees, so that they can be protected. By signing this petition, you are helping us get one step closer to giving climate refugees the support they urgently need! You can also find us on social media: - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hiddenvoices17/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/HiddenVoices17 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Bring my family to safety!
My family are citzens of Syria who have applied to come to Australia as either humanitarians or refugees. They don't need government housing or welfare payments, they need a safe place to live for their families. They have funds to support themselves. They are in danger every single day of their precious lives from chemical bombs, over head bombings, shooting, warfare.... everything we don't have to worry about in our beautiful country. Immigration has denied their application twice by saying they aren't in immediate danger but how do they know? We speak to them on the phone and hear fighter jets flying above, bombs going off. Please please please sign the petition and share it with your family and friends to sign to bring my family to a safe home and for the department of immigration to allow them entry to the country as refugees or humanitarians.
Petition to home office, Amber Rudd MP
Please don't let Home Office deport Eve.
Dear friends, My name is Evgeniia Balashova and I am a 23 year old Russian jewellery designer and maker working in Scotland. I came to the UK at the age of 17 in 2012 and spent 4 years in Glasgow as a student, graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2016. I have then spent another year as a Graduate Entrepreneur establishing and working towards my jewellery business. I applied to extend my Graduate visa for another year and my application has been refused by the Home Office on the grounds of not having registered my current residential address on my Police Registration Certificate, despite numerous attempts to do so. I am asking the Home Office to review my application and hopefully change their mind and I am asking for your support to make this happen. Being able to stay in the U.K. would mean an absolute world to me and my future. Because of the nature of my jewellery and the unique technology it uses, it relies on the resources available here in the U.K., the ones that are not even readily available in Russia. The pieces I make can be seen on my website here http://www.evebalashova.com. I work with 3d printed nylon, a very new and inspiring material, which I have been exploring and developing alongside my metalworking skills. My work and my business have been endorsed by The University of Glasgow and my jewellery practice is supported by various UK craft and design bodies. My application met all the major requirements outlined by the Home Office and absence of my address on my police certificate is the only reason my application has been refused. Going back to Russia would mean erasing the last 5 years of work and development away and starting everything from scratch.. It will mean that everything I built will have to be destroyed due to a fault of a technical mistake. My lovely workshop space is here, the incredible support of the makers community is here, my friends that have became family are here. I made a commitment to this country when I first moved here and it would be incredibly distressing not to be able to continue my life the way I know it. The administrative review will take 28 days, and If it results in a refusal, I will have to immediately cease trading, stop working and return to Russia. The UK visa conditions for nationals outside of EU are getting increasingly more complicated and expensive every year. There are so many incredibly talented and passionate people I met along the way, people who were not able to continue their creative, artistic or other paths in life due to this system. When I first came to the UK I dreamt of building my life here, but if my application is refused after the administrative review, I will automatically become an overstayer, which will break my continuous 5 year residency and will jeopardise my chances of ever being able to stay in the country with no time restrictions. Scotland and the people of Glasgow have made the last 5 years the most extraordinary experience of my life. Here is where I met hundreds of incredible, inspiring people and made friends for life, it's where I had my first job, where I got introduced to sausage rolls and saw the Isle of Skye and Glencoe, where I learned how to speak with a Scottish accent and where I even managed to get a real Scottish sunburn! Most importantly, this is where I was made to feel at home as I have been surrounded by very loving and caring people. The opportunities and education that I received here pushed me to create my own jewellery business and create something unique and special. I had a part time job since my first year in University and worked very hard every day to get to where I am today and I would love to continue doing so. Please sign and share this petition to fight for justice and make a positive impact on the Home Office's decision and potentially influence their approach to thousands of other immigrants trying to build their life and future in the UK. Below you can find the articles about me and my jewellery as well as the list of events I have participated in over the last few years : http://www.evebalashova.com/press-and-media/ http://www.evebalashova.com/selected-exhibitions-and-awards/ http://www.evebalashova.com/new-gallery/ Every signature helps - I am very grateful for your support Thank you Eve Balashova
Petition to UK Home Office, home office, Amber Rudd MP
Home Office unfairly deporting talented academics
Dr. Ernesto Schwartz-Marin and Dr. Arely Cruz-Santiago, both talented academics at Durham University and a married couple from Mexico on March 10th were asked to leave the UK within 14 days due to time spent abroad despite this being their home since 2007. Though the Home Office has now put a temporary stop on deportation proceedings to 'try to find a way forward for them to stay in the UK', their original reasons for deportation of the couple were unfair because the time Ernesto and Arely spent abroad was because of humanitarian fieldwork as part of their research in Mexico. As a close friend of the couple, I am calling on the Home Office to continue to re-consider the decision to deport them. Under the Home Office guidelines (art 266) the time abroad can be waived for ‘attending to a national or international humanitarian or environmental crisis.’ From July 2014 to July 2015, Ernesto and Arely spent 270 days working in Mexico where they pioneered a project called Citizen-Led Forensics. This involved training and helping communities build a DNA database for Mexican families whose loved ones had disappeared due to gang related and/or drug violence, thus fulfilling an important role in an increasingly desperate humanitarian crisis. However, the Home Office does not see it as such, and they have issued Ernesto and Arely with a deportation letter. Arely has just finished her PhD and is embarking on a promising academic career. Ernesto is a young and very successful researcher who has been awarded more than £1,000,000 in UK research grants, including the ESRC transformative (2014-2016) and Newton Fund (2016-2019). The work he does in collaboration with Arely and other UK and international scholars addresses social and political aspects of the disappeared in Mexican communities, issues that are left unaddressed by the authorities in the complex and corrupt political landscape in Mexico. Ernesto and Arely’s work has been featured on the BBC, the Deutsche Welle, and Al Jazeera news. They also worked with the BBC in developing a two-part episode of the BBC drama Silent Witness series finale ‘The Awakening’ in 2017 (inspired by their research). Their work is an asset to the UK. They now face the prospect of abruptly leaving their current academic posts and tearing their 11-year-old daughter away from the life she knows. Their case is very distressing on a personal level, but it also sets a dangerous precedent for other non-UK academics working in universities and doing humanitarian fieldwork abroad. We are therefore calling for the Home Office to continue to re-consider the decision to deport these two talented academics and their daughter. Please sign this petition to fight for justice for Ernesto and Arely as well as for other non-UK academics doing humanitarian or any other academic fieldwork abroad. Below are some examples of the couple’s opinion editorials and public engagement materials: audio-visuals, animations and written pieces 2014 Schwartz-Marin, E., & Cruz-Santiago, A (2014) How citizens lead the search for Mexico's disappeared. Al Jazeera, World News, 20th of November, available at: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/11/how-citizens-lead-search-mexi-20141120143451575931.html (Opinion Editorial) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj2JS5kamQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/11/how-citizens-lead-search-mexi-20141120143451575931.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljQvB14nISg 2015 ‘Promise’: a song for the disappeared at: http://cienciaforenseciudadana.org/escucha-la-cancion-promesa/ Mexican Forensics, Al Jazeera (10 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVF4Vr0PRoc&feature=youtu.be http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02g5sx 2015 Didactic Materials on how to take a DNA sample and engage in Citizen-Led Forensics: www.cienciaforenseciudadana.org (website in Spanish)
Petition to UK Parliament
Child migrants should be given a right to amnesty in the UK
As a child migrant who left an abusive life at the age of 12, finding out that a place I call home has rejected me is the most terrifying feeling. At 20, I’ve sat at home for 2 years without been able to go to university because I am not entitled to student finance. I can not work and I can no longer dream too far because my dreams of becoming a medical doctor one day are slowing disappearing. There’s so many people just like me. We came innocent, we worked hard in school, we stayed out of trouble,we call this place home, we want to be part of the community that makes it better, we pray for this country but yet it has failed us. We are rejected and shunned to a corner, it for some of us, taught us about hope, gave us the ability to live again, to be children, to dream but yet it has turned around to take all this away from us. When will this stop? when can we sit in the same university lectures with our peers? those we left sixthform with, when can we work to provide for ourselves and the families that we have? when can live like human beings? Please give us amnesty, please think of us as human beings, please show us the hope that you taught us. Please think of us as your children. Please,because we too, deserve safety, we too deserve care, we too are human beings. We might not all have been in front of bombs, but we’ve fought battles too might for any one our age. We struggled through it all and we just want you to listen, to help. We campaign in support of the dreamers in the USA but yet here in the UK, your own dreamers are dieing silently in fear. Please save us.
Petition to Amber Rudd MP, home office
Help Jennifer stay in the UK with her family and continue doing valuable research
Dr Jennifer Wexler has worked at the British Museum as a Bronze Age archaeologist for four years and is married to my colleague Dr Sam Nixon. He excavates on some of the most exciting sites in Africa. The Home Office have said Jennifer must leave the UK and I’m calling for her to be allowed to stay. Jennifer is originally from the USA and the Home Office say that her application to remain has been rejected because she has spent too much time abroad. This time though was principally for her archaeological research, which was approved by the Home Office via a series of highly-skilled visas. By leaving, she would be separated from her husband of 3 years. The Home Office suggest that he also leaves the country with her, even though Sam is a British citizen, with no work permit for the US. The UK has been Jennifer’s home for over 11 years. Not only has her Indefinite Leave to Remain been rejected but so has her appeal. Her lawyer said she was “bewildered” by the Home Office’s refusal. And Jeremy Corbyn is also supporting Jennifer’s case by writing to the Home Office, saying the decision puts UK’s research reputation at risk. He said: “Dr Wexler is an obvious asset to the UK due to her expertise and education” and “This is far from a one-off case: there are many academics who have to travel overseas to properly conduct their research and the Home Office should be more flexible.” Archaeologists around the world are shocked and appalled that Jennifer and Sam are both being asked to leave the UK. We would end up losing two highly valuable members of the UK research and academic community, who contribute to UK society in entirely positive ways. Please sign and share this petition, so that the Home Office can see how many people consider Jennifer, and her British husband Sam, valued members of the United Kingdom and help keep them in the UK. Thank you! #KeepJenniferinUK Guardian article on Jennifer’s case: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/03/corbyn-visa-policy-puts-uks-global-reputation-research-risk BBC London News coverage: https://youtu.be/D39kL5ZaSRw