10 petitions

Started 5 months ago

Petition to Duolingo, Luis von Ahn, Duolingo Language Team

Create a course for Persian on Duolingo

Persian is an ancient language that has been spoken in different forms for thousands of years. It is the main language in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan in addition to being widely spoken in neighbouring countries. Less than 100 years ago Persian was the lingua franca of South Asia, particularly India and so is a very important historical language. It is spoken by around 120 million people worldwide making it the 15th most widely spoken language in the world just behind Germany and quickly rising. It is the language of Persian culture which is one of the most oldest and rich in the world with which the greatest pieces of poetry have been written including the longest epic poem written by one man, The Shahnameh and many other poets such as Ferdowsi, Rumi, Sa'adi, Xayam and more. It was also the language of the person who invented the numbers used in the west today and other scientists and mathematicians such as Avicienna, Xayam, Biruni who have contributed greatly to the world. Persian is an Indo-European language sharing roots with the European and Northern Indian languages and so has many cognates and similar grammar making it much easier to learn than languages like Arabic and Mandarin. It is currently written in the Perso-Arabic script but due to it being an Indo-European language it can be easily written in the Latin script with a few extra letters and diacritics.I have seen thousands of people online who wish to learn Persian but cannot find a reliable and well-designed platform from which to learn it however Duolingo provides all these and more.There are many contributors available who have requested to bring this beautiful language to the many people who wish to learn it. This course could even be created in the Latin script which would make it much easier for passionate learners to study and is widely understandable among modern Persian speakers. I don't see why Persian hasn't already been created as a course! I hope that this will reach the Duolingo team and show them why Persian is such an important language that deserves a place on the large and amazing platform that Duolingo is. 

Damoun Ghafouri-Farzaneh
21 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to home office, Amber Rudd MP

Ban Hezbollah in the UK in its entirety

Hezbollah is a Lebanese-based terrorist organisation banned throughout the world, including by the Arab League, United States, France and Israel, but not in the UK. This must change! Britain has only banned its "military" arm but not its "political" wing meaning there is a legal loophole that is currently allowing support for the organisation to grow. However Hezbollah, by its own admission, does not differentiate between its political and military wings. The flag, which features an assault rifle, is used for both. There is no difference! Hezbollah should be banned in the UK entirely. Hezbollah calls for Islamist revolution around the world, has carried out terror attacks for over 30 years, and calls for the “liberation of Jerusalem” and for the destruction of Israel. Backed by Iran, it has tens of thousands of rockets that can reach every city in Israel. Hezbollah is an anti-Israel, anti-West organisation that should NOT be allowed in Britain, yet on Sunday 18 June its supporters marched through central London flying Hezbollah flags. Organisers used the legal loophole to encourage protesters to carry the flag at the Al Quds march, which is an annual day created to call for the destruction of Israel.  Enough is enough. If Britain is to genuinely say "no to terror" then all terrorist organisations must be banned without compromise. Following the Arab League and United States in proscribing Hezbollah is one simple step that the UK Government can take in ensuring that extremism will not be tolerated in this country. Therefore, we call upon the UK Government to ban Hezbollah in the UK in its entirety.

13,358 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan, Asghar Farhadi, Boris Johnson MP

London must tell Tehran to #FreeNazanin at Mayor's screening of Iran Oscar film

[IN فارسی BELOW] IMAGE: METRO with thanks Dear Sadiq Khan British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe needs urgent medical attention which she has been denied access to by a judge in Iran.  She is currently serving a five-year sentence there issued by a secret court under charges that remain unclear.  Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe should not be in jail. We call on you to demand her release, both to receive medical care and to return to her home in London with her daughter.  Nazanin has been treated appallingly by Iranian authorities – she has suffered solitary confinement and was even threatened with losing custody if she did not agree to keep two-year-old Gabriella in prison with her. Were it not for the efforts of her husband Richard, she would be forgotten – and we cannot let that happen. The screening of Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-nominated film ‘The Salesman’ in Trafalgar Square on 26 February is driven by righteous indignation at President Trump’s travel ban – but it also serves as a signal to Tehran that is it is business as usual in London regardless of who occupies the White House. With 10,000 people expected to attend, including speakers such as Mike Leigh and Lily Cole, this is surely an opportunity for Londoners to join and say we: “Free Nazanin – let her come home with her daughter. Enough’s enough.” As Mayor to thousands of Londoners who have been exiled by the Islamic Republic of Iran, many of whom arrived following the killings of the summer of 2009, it is surely right to make Tehran aware that arbitrary detention of a UK citizen – dual national or otherwise – is unacceptable. Along with the message to Mr Trump, we  urge you to send a message to the president  the Islamic Republic: Britons will not stand for arbitrary detention of a UK citizen. Iran’s filmmaking is world class but so is its human rights abuse – we must hold it to account.  Peyvand Khorsandi UPDATE: This petition supports the #FreeGrandpaKamal campaign for the release of Londoner Kamal Foroughi who is also currently in jail in Iran, his case highlighted by Amnesty International.    آقای شهردار، صادق خان گرامی «نازنین زاغری-رتکلیف»، مادر بریتانیایی ایرانی تبار، به مراقبت های ویژه و اضطراری پزشکی نیاز دارد اما یکی از قضات در ایران او را از دسترسی به چنین خدماتی محروم کرده است. نازنین، هم اکنون، به حکم دادگاهی غیر علنی، و با اتهاماتی که ماهیت آن ها هنوز روشن نیست، در حال گذراندن دوره یی پنج ساله در زندان در ایران است. خانم زاغری نباید در زندان باشد. ما از شما می خواهیم که خواهان آزادی او شوید تا هم از خدمات پزشکی بهره گیرد و نیز همراه دخترش به سر خانه و زندگیش در لندن بازگردد. مسوولان ایرانی رفتاری وحشتناک با او داشته اند: او را به زندان انفرادی انداخته و حتی تهدید کرده اند که اگر دخترش، «گابریلا»ی دو ساله، را در زندان در کنار خود نگاه ندارد، حق حضانت او را إلغاء خواهند كرد. اگر «ریچارد رتکلیف» شوهر «نازنین» برای آزادیش نمی کوشید، ای بسا که سرنوشت او به فراموشی سپرده می شد، و ما هم نمی توانیم اجازه دهیم چنین اتفاقی بیفتد. ابتکار نمایش فیلم «فروشنده»، نامزد جایزه اسکار امسال، ساخته «اصغر فرهادی»، در روز ۲۶ ماه فوریه جاری، در میدان ترافالگار لندن، از واکنش بجا و بحق به تصمیم پرزیدنت ترامپ برای ممنوعیت ورود شهروندان هفت کشور، از جمله ایران، به آمریکا سرچشمه می گیرد اما، همزمان، علامتی می تواند به حکومت مستقر در تهران باشد که فارغ از آن که چه کسی ساکن کاخ سفید باشد، همه چیز در لندن بصورت عادی پیش می رود، و مشکلی در کار نیست. با توجه به این که پیشبینی می شود ده هزار تن برای تماشای این فیلم در قلب لندن گرد آیند، و نیز با توجه به حضور سخنرانانی مانند «لیلی کول» و «مایک لی» در آن، این گردهمایی بیگمان فرصتی است برای مردم لندن که همصدا با یکدیگر فریاد برآورند: «نازنین را آزاد کنید، بگذارید که همراه دخترش به خانه خود بازگردد. دیگر بس است!» شما، در مقام شهردار لندن، شهری با هزاران ایرانی تبعید شده بحکم جمهوری اسلامی، تبعیدیانی که بسیاری از آن ها در پی کشتارهای سال ۱۳۸۸ در ایران از زادگاهشان گریختند، بیگمان بحق خواهد بود اگر به حکومت مستقر در تهران یادآوری کنید که بازداشت خودسرانه یکی از شهروندان بریتانیا، چه تابعیت دوگانه داشته باشد و چه نداشته باشد، پذیرفتنی نیست. همراه ارسال پیام برای آقای ترامپ، ما از شما می خواهیم این پیام را نیز برای رییس جمهوری اسلامی ایران بفرستید که «مردم بریتانیا بازداشت خودسرانه هموطن خود را تحمل نمی کنند.» فیلمسازی در ایران جایگاهی جهانی دارد اما نقض حقوق بشر در ایران نیز زبانزد جهانیان است. جمهوری اسلامی در زمینه حقوق بشر باید مسوول و پاسخگو باشد. پیوند خرسندی    

Peyvand Khorsandi
784 supporters