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Petition to Police Commissioner, Royal Parks, Metropolitan Police

Enforce the rules regarding praying at speakers corner for all religions.

While Britain’s constitution remains famously unwritten (and it was only in 1998 that Parliament formally adopted its own Human Rights Act), this country has had a tradition of respect for freedom of speech and the right of assembly which has not only shaped its own democracy but has also inspired and continues to influence the development of others. One of the most powerful symbols of that tradition is to be found on a parcel of land which lies roughly between the site of the old Tyburn gallows and the Reform Tree in London’s Hyde Park. There for over a century men and women, some famous (including Karl Marx, William Morris, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell, Marcus Garvey and Lord Soper) but most not, have dissented and denounced, canvassed and converted, preached and proselytised, and in so doing given expression to the fundamental rights of citizens to gather together to hear and be heard. Speakers’ Corner was itself born out the struggle for civil liberties in Victorian Britain and its establishment was a significant milestone in the development of our democratic institutions. It occupies a part of Hyde Park where, in the mid-nineteenth century, the Chartists held mass protests against the suppression of the rights of working people, including the right of assembly, and the Reform League organised huge rallies to demand the widening of the franchise. The Times, reflecting the unease of the establishment of the day, declared after one such demonstration that “it is against all reason and all justice that motley crowds from all parts of the metropolis should take possession of Hyde Park, and interfere with the enjoyments of those to whom the Park more particularly belongs”. In the end the Government had to bow to popular pressure. In the Parks Regulation Act of 1872 Parliament granted the Park Authorities the right to permit public meetings and Speakers’ Corner, already heavy with history, was born. For over a century it has been a focus for protest and debate and the symbol of a free society and a mature democracy. The Royal Parks (TRP) does not permit collective acts of worship or other religious observances in the TRP estate, either in their own right or as part of a demonstration, event or other activity. This includes spoken or sung communal prayers or other events that are primarily religious in focus. Exceptions are made for annual acts of remembrance at the regimental memorials in the Parks, which have taken place since the First World War.As a public body, it is not the place of The Royal Parks to make value judgments between one religious observance and another. We must either permit all collective religious observances or refuse them all. Our approach is to continue to refuse all such observances on the grounds that they are not traditional park-related activities and the disadvantages to the public at large of allowing them would almost certainly outweigh the benefits to adherents of a particular religion or belief. The policy extends to the construction of structures within the estate with a religious significance.Cultural events that do not include collective religious activity are permittedsubject to the standard approval process. My point being the park has never aloud religious prayers it is not permitted for anybody. Yet week after week there are Muslims in mass praying. The police do not stop them. They turn a blind eye. They remove anybody from the area tht questions WHY acts of worship are being allowed.  We have to keep the history of the park and what speakers corner has been used for, for many many years.  Stop ALL religious prayers and worship from all religious groups. 

tasha Johnston
595 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan, Theresa May MP, Justin Trudeau

Put an end to Islamophobia in the media

To demand media channels be more responsible with their headlines and content. The current media rhetoric regarding Muslims is fuelling Islamophobia on a large scale, used to propagate the collective blame and demonisation of Muslims in Britain and the world over. Despite numerous petitions and complaints directed to Ofcom (Britain’s media regulator), many have been disregarded, when there are clear lines of Islamophobia used with the obvious objective; to demonise muslims and manipulate the British public into increasing their hatred towards the whole Muslim community and leading to targeted attacks against innocent civilians. This is done by attacking all elements of the Muslim belief system, from shariah (the literal translation of law from Arabic), where some aspects have been included in our legal system and within the UN charter, due to their liberating nature towards women & oppressed people. Also, the fixation on halal slaughter, which has the same rules as Kosher and Orthodox Christian slaughter techniques, where the animal must be treated with kindness and not observe the slaughter of other animals or view the instrument used. The Daily Mail included these conditions for the Jewish method of slaughter (Kosher) but failed to state that these were conditions for the Muslim technique and went further to describe Halal slaughter as barbaric and thus Muslims as such! The Daily Mail, Express, as well as The Sun and the Telegraph, have enjoyed exploiting the scourge of ISIS and terrorism wrongfully done in the name of Islam, despite the large majority of Muslims actively working against these twisted groups who support such actions, which are clearly forbidden according to the Muslim Holy Book; The Qurán. We need a change to take place, where all segments of our community in Britain and the world work harder to apply more pressure and those in authority to introduce harsher punishments for those who propagate the hate used on a scale like no other in the past with other people, such as; the Jews in nazi Germany, or Black and Irish people previously here in Britain. Pressure needs to be applied from all corners of British politics and the media regulator OFCOM, who needs to take more action to confront and prevent any such material being produced henceforth!

Yahia Liberate Falestine
925 supporters