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refugees

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Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Theresa May, Justine Greening, Philip Hammond

Help the Yazidi women and girls kidnapped by ISIS

My name is Rozin, I'm a 17 year old Yazidi girl living in Coventry. I came here with my family in 2008 when it became too dangerous for us in Iraq. More than 3,000 Yazidi women and girls have been kidnapped by ISIS in Northern Iraq. They have been raped and tortured by their captors. Last week three girls, who managed to escape, visited London and told their stories. Now that we have heard the stories of what is happening to these girls, we must help them. There is a lot that the UK Government can do, that's why I have started this petition. When I hear what has happened to these girls I cry. It is my worst nightmare. I know girls as young as 12 have been taken. If I was there now I would be so so scared. Many girls have managed to escape but they are scattered in refugee camps and getting little help. They are scared and traumatised, some are pregnant. They need medical help, psychological support and rehabilitation. Last year Angelina Jolie came to London and the UK Government held a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Government promised to "provide greater support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children". We must ask the UK Government to keep their promise. Germany has offered some help and brought some of the girls there to recover. I am asking Home Secretary Theresa May, Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, and Foreign Minister Philip Hammond to meet with me and the Yazidi community in the UK and prepare an action plan. These girls may seem far away, but they need our help. Every Yazidi woman and girl living in Iraq and Syria is in danger, the entire community lives in desperation. If no-one speaks up for them who will help them? My dream is to be a lawyer and to spend my life fighting injustice. That starts today. Please sign my petition for the Yazidi girls.

Rozin Khalil
338,352 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau

help support more refugees to come

Refugees have to travel through thousands of kilometres to a country they are unfamiliar with and probably didn't want to come to. They have no money or financial support, no family, and nothing but the sincere wish to survive and escape the war, persecution, genocide, or other horrific tragedies that may have befallen their home country. They have no other intention but to attempt to start a new life.  And yet, instead of supporting and welcoming them, governments around the world are turning a blind eye to these people. Take the Syrian Refugee Crisis, for example. millions of people were forced to flee their homes due to war, and Assad's deplorable and appalling use of Chemical weapons and artillery against his own people. We have all heard horrific stories like in Allepo, or the innocent young boy that washed up on the shore of Greece after his boat capsized. Our ineffective politicians don't care about it either, because they're too preoccupied with their bureaucratic Clusterf*ckery. The border states of Syria, such as Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, are overwhelmed, while the rest of the world does not seem to sympathize. It's time to do something about this tragedy. How we act in times like these is the most defining of who we truly are. But it's not just the refugees who benefit, in these scenarios. Studies show that refugees are much less likely to commit crimes than their native-born counterparts because they value more their residence in the country and therefore strive and work harder to lead better lives for themselves and their family, that is, if they even see their family again. Refugees stimulate and actively contribute to the economy in many ways and they also provide societal diversity in a time where the extreme right and extreme left are becoming more and more radical. The west continues to claim the importance of values such as freedom and civilian rights, but how can we say we support those virtues if we 1, don't properly take action against people who violate them and 2, protect those who have suffered these violations. We Claim to Value democracy where power belongs to the people, but we are currently acting like the aristocratic, who don't care about the social and financial wellbeing of others and only care about fulfilling our own already exorbitant goals. Take Canada, its population would be shrinking if not for immigration. We Canadians have so far pledged to take in 25000 refugees, but that's barely anything compared to the total amount of refugees in the world, which is in the millions. Besides, 25000 thousand is only a number. As Stalin put it, "one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic" there are many misconceptions about refugees, most of them completely baseless and incredibly harmful.  One of those is that refugees can be a cover for terrorists. However, this argument only relies on the inability to disprove, which is not acceptable as evidence in any scientific field. If this were even half true, terrorists could pretend to be any immigrants, even legal ones with citizenships. It is incredibly offensive and ludicrous to categorize all refugees as "possible terrorists". It is straight-up Paranoia, which is almost always without any factual evidence in place. Terrorists could only make up about a fraction of a percentage of refugees. For example, Turkey has taken in over a million refugees, while the US has taken in less than a thousand. Turkey does not have a thousand times more instances of terrorism. The number of terrorist attacks is not based off of refugee influxes. Infact, if you actually take the time to ask, most refugees are strictly anti-terrorists because terrorism is the reson for over a quarter of all refugees being displaced in the first place. another misconception is that because many refugees have smartphones, they aren't as poor as they say they are. Well that is just bullcrap because the only reason they have cell phones is because in our age of immense globalization, a cell phone could easily provide the rescue, help, and comfort that refugees need, and they should get all that they can. Many people complain about their taxes going towards supporting refugees. Well guess what you selfish deplorable inconsiderate nincompoops, you're money could easily be going towards saving someone's life and what exactly would you be doing with that money otherwise? if you can't bear to give a tiny sliver of your income to helping impoverished people then maybe you should rethink what truly matters in society In conclusion, Refugees are innocent people who have suffered tragedies beyond what you and I can comprehend and it is within the duty of everyone, to help support them, because you at least get something back, a growing economy. this petition is to Prime Minister Trudeau to urge him to accept more Refugees into this lovely country  

kevin wang
6 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Yvette Cooper, Amber Rudd MP, Robert Goodwill, Jeremy Corbyn MP

In The Spirit of 1951 Geneva Convention Make Naturalisation Simple For Refugees!

In December 2014, the then Secretary of State for Home Office Theresa May who is currently the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland quietly and secretly tightened up the criteria for granting British citizenship. She did that based on the recommendation of John Vine the former Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. Of particular importance and relevance to this petition is the section on 'good character' that was widened by Theresa May on the advice of John Vine. There was no prior warning or announcement before this change. It might also interest you to know that no Act of Parliament ever defined the term ‘good character’. The Secretary of State for Home Office is given the discretion to define it. He or she can include as many things as possible as he or she deems fit. As a result of this unchecked and arbitrary power, this new change would see things like parking fines, bad behavior of your children or dependents, not paying council tax or TV licence and many others trigger the 'good character' test. Also, that rule was tightened retrospectively thereby defying the first principle of law which states that no law should be retrospectively enacted to catch those who committed an alleged offence when the offence in question was not even an offence when it was allegedly committed. Think of it like making a law in 2018 to punish anyone born in the last 10 years anywhere in the UK on April 21 because it was the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. If, however a law is passed making it an offence to punish anyone who gives birth from the next 10 month and onwards (bearing in mind that pregnancy lasts for 9 months) on April 21 then that will be fair since those affected would have been given prior warning or enough time and notice before that law comes into effect. This is what a just law being prospective and not retrospective means. When a law is made to be retrospective it becomes unfair, unjust and would definitely defy all rules of logic, equity, justice and fairness. This is because those who arrived before a rule or law is changed do have moral and legitimate expectation that the goal post should not be tampered with or changed to their disadvantage. Asylum seekers and refugees are good example of a group that government owes a duty of moral and legitimate expectation. Sadly, they were not exempted in this change of the rule of the game in the middle of the game. Mind you that to seek asylum in the UK you need to be already in the UK to do that and that means that most asylum seekers and refugees would need to break the UK immigration law in one way or other to do that. They would have entered clandestinely and if this was the case they would not meet the 'good character' test. Bear in mind that UK does not allow asylum seekers to seek asylum in any of their embassies or high commissions abroad. It must be done on arrival in the UK. As Secretary of State for Home Office Theresa May threw caution to the wind and widened the definition of ‘good character’ without making any exception for these asylum seekers and refugees. To be specific, a number of undesirable behaviours were added to the list of disqualifying behaviours including illegal entry, assisting illegal migration and evasion of immigration. According to the Home Office Guidance accompanying this change: 'In circumstances where an applicant entered the UK illegally, an application for citizenship should normally be refused for a period of 10 years from the date of entry, if it is known. If it is not known, the period of 10 years starts from the date on which the person first brought themselves to or came to the attention of the Home Office’.  These changes were made quietly on December 11, 2014 and many people were caught unawares. Even as I am writing, many people are still not even aware of this change of the rule of the game. Sadly, these changes would prevent almost all recognized refugees from qualifying for British citizenship for at least 10 years from the date their claim was finally accepted as opposed to the previous 5+1 rule which is five years of Limited Leave to Remain followed by one year of indefinite Leave to Remain after which the applicant is entitled to apply for naturalization so far he or she has no serious criminal records. Under this old rule whatever happened before the last six years are usually disregarded. Under the new rule, it is now the last 10 years. The new rule is therefore not just very harsh, unfair and evil but a clear violation of UK's obligation towards the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. By 1951 Geneva Convention, the United Kingdom agreed not to punish those who entered the territory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland illegally to seek asylum because their life was in danger. The UK also agreed to facilitate their integration and naturalization without unnecessary burdens. I have therefore no doubt that the United Kingdom is clearly acting in breach of Articles 31 and 34 of the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. But the most painful part is that most applicants do not know about this rule. There was no publicity or prior warning before the rule was changed.  Most of the applicants who have stayed in the UK for the required 6 years have gone on to apply for naturalization only to have their application rejected on 'good character' ground, thereby loosing their nearly £1300 application fee, which the Home Office under Theresa May made non-refundable. Actually, they are only refunded £80 citizenship ceremony fee back. For most of these asylum seekers and refugees, this is a month or even two to three months wages. It defies every logic that asylum seekers and refugees whose life were in danger and therefore had to break the UK Immigration laws to seek asylum are being treated as a source of income for the government. But what type of application in 2017 would take such amount of money to process? The fact is that this rule is not fair and extorting money from these people is a good example of an evil that any civilized society cannot condone. Publicizing this change before it takes effect would have been better and refunding them at least £1000 would not be a bad idea either if the government must carry on with the rule change. But taking the whole money and refunding them only £80 is certainly not my understanding of a fair and just society. I ask you to sign this petition. Ask the government to reverse this rule and refund all the money they've collected since December 2014 from refugees who did not meet this rule and then publicly announce the rule afresh if they still want to go ahead with it. This way the change would comply with the rules of justice, equity and fairness.

Chukwunwikezarramu Okumephuna
23 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Angela Merkel (CDU), Angela Merkel, Theresa May MP, Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump

World leaders: Please act to save our lives in Aleppo

I am one of the very last doctors serving the remaining 300,000 citizens of eastern Aleppo. Atrocities are being committed every day. The Syrian regime and Russian aircraft are systematically targeting civilians and hospitals across the city. We have seen no real effort from President Trump, Chancellor Merkel or Prime Minister May to prevent the criminal attacks against civilians and our hospitals. That is why I've started this petition. World leaders are not listening to my voice alone. Will you join me and make a call so loud they can’t ignore us? For five years, we have borne witness as countless patients, friends and colleagues suffered violent, tormented deaths. For five years, the world has stood by and remarked how ‘complicated’ Syria is, while doing little to protect us. Last month there were 42 attacks on medical facilities in Syria, 15 of which were hospitals in which my colleagues and I work. At this rate, our medical services in Aleppo could be completely destroyed in a month, leaving 300,000 people to die. What pains me and my fellow doctors the most is choosing who will live and who will die. Young children are sometimes brought into our emergency rooms so badly injured that we have to prioritise those with better chances, or simply don’t have the equipment to help them. A few weeks ago, four newborn babies gasping for air suffocated to death after a blast cut the oxygen supply to their incubators. Their lives ended before they had really begun. Despite the horror, we choose to be here. We took a pledge to help those in need. We have a duty to remain and help. All we ask now is for Trump, Merkel, May and other world leaders to do their duty, too. We do not need their tears or sympathy or even prayers, we need them to act. We need them to prove that they are the friends of Syrians. Please join us in our call. Ask world leaders to save the people of Aleppo.

Dr. Hamza Al Khatib
765,883 supporters