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refugees

42 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sajid Javid MP

Stop SERCO’s mass eviction of 330 refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow

The outsourcing corporate giant SERCO plans to change locks and mass evict 330 destitute refugees and asylum seekers. This would result in the majority being forced onto the streets and reliant on charities and faith groups.  If these evictions are allowed to happen, then it will be the start of mass evictions across the country of vulnerable people by SERCO and other private asylum landlords subcontracted to the Home Office.  Denying individuals access to food and shelter, leaving them on the streets to starve or freeze is degrading, its humiliating and it’s against any laws based on humanity and justice.  We are therefore calling on Sajid Javid the Home Secretary to stop these evictions by SERCO and to implement humane treatment of asylum seekers.  People should be allowed to work while they wait for their asylum case to be heard so that they do not have to rely on SERCO or the home office. Glasgow has the biggest asylum population in the UK, housing 5,000 people from several countries including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. These are war refugees. There is a global refugee crisis.  Ironically, Scotland needs more people to grow, the demographics are against us. Glasgow - known as the second city of the empire - has had waves of immigration for centuries, including the Highland clearances, immigrants from the Irish famine, EU migrants and now the refugee crisis.  The mass evictions were due to begin on August 6, 2018. SERCO’s eviction plan galvanised all of civic Scotland into action, forcing it to halt its inhumane plan. Hundreds protested, asylum seekers went on hunger strike. Labour and SNP politicians threatened direct action if a single eviction took place in their constituencies. Glasgow housing associations began moves to prevent SERCO changing  locks on their properties. Lawyers sought interdicts in the Sherriff court and Scotland’s highest court, the Court of Session, to prevent SERCO carrying out “DIY evictions” without due process or a court order. SERCO’s mass eviction plan has been halted for now. CEO Rupert Soames said he would await the outcome of the legal process but has issued a warning that he will start to put new refugee arrivals into hotels, creating further misery. When he first took on the contract, he announced that SERCO would lose money, but he took the contract in order to treat asylum seekers well. SERCO profits in the millions from government contracts.  As a charity sheltering the destitute refugees and asylum seekers that SERCO evicts, Positive Action in Housing is worried about these evictions. Our Lifeline service and Room for Refugees Network will be placed under extreme pressure to shelter the vulnerable as no other charity provides such a service. Glasgow is the new frontline of the hostile environment.

Positive Action In Housing
185 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Barry Biffle, Mike Hhogan, Alaska Air Group

We are asking Airlines to fly separated children back to their parents without profiting

Dear Airlines, we are petitioning you to firstly applaud your public statement that you will not profit from the separation of children and babies from their parents at the US border and to ask for you to take this one step further. Fly the children home for free so that their parents do not have to pay for the cost of flights to return their children back to them, along with the ticket for the escort.  The courts recently ruled that all children must be reunited with their parents within 15 days, if under 5 and within 30 days, if older than 5. July 11th and July 26th mark these two dates.  There appears to be no plan in place to reunite these families and when families are in a position to try, numerous obstacles need to be overcome. --Insisting that parents ("sponsors") and all persons in the same household get fingerprinted by ICE at designated places and times. --Requiring parents to pay fees and expenses for reunification (which can total thousands of dollars) --Refusing to reunify families while parents remain in detention--Denying bond for some asylum seekers (very unusual move)--Requiring parents to demonstrate that they can financially support their children. Parents of separated children are being psychologically brutalized. Credible reports indicate they've been told they will never see their children again and that their children have been told the same. Worse, some children have been told that their parents abandoned them. In some cases, breastfeeding infants have been separated from their mothers. Time is very much of the essence.  At one facility, over half the parents interviewed failed their credible fear interviews because they are so distraught they can't function or respond to questions about their asylum cases. They will be put into removal proceedings. We don't know whether they'll be reunified with their children before leaving the country. In cases where all the insurmountable obstacles have been overcome, grief stricken parents are then asked to foot the cost of flying their children and an escort back to them. In some cases, this amounts to thousands.  This conduct passes the bounds of human decency. No matter anybody’s political persuasion, everyone is in agreement that children and parents should never be separated unless in danger or suffering from neglect or abuse. It has been stated that these separations amount to torture and every day apart increases the long term and short term damage to children’s physical and emotional health.  We ask you to stand by your promise to not profit from the separation of these children and to fly the children home for free. 

Fiona Richardson
2,429 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to European Union, Churches in Europe

Refugee policy in Europe: When justice dies, people follow!

DE / EN For a Christian, human rights and solidarity-based refugee policy in Europe! As Christians and as citizens, we call on the governments of the EU not to further jeopardize the protection of refugees. We expect our churches in Europe to defend human dignity independent without political fence-sitting. War, oppression and injustice are central reasons for people to leave their homes. For states and societies, this need is a challenge. Yet many people in Europe see the problem in refugees and migrants themselves and call for a fortress Europe. Politics is increasingly following this logic. It is high time to change this and to clearly state the consequences of this development. Governments in Europe must not shirk their responsibilities by closing borders and turning away people in need. The European Union needs humanity and order in its refugee policy, not relentlessness and outsourcing. It is right to identify, through common border controls, who is entering Europe and to ensure a fair distribution of refugees. But it violates international law not to rescue people in distress at sea. It is violating international law to detain people in camps for months, to pay other states to shield Europe from refugees and to declare dangerous countries as safe countries of origin. This walls-up policy in Europe has been advancing for years and has undermined international and European refugee law. At the same time we know from history that when justice dies, people follow. This current refugee policy holds no good future. This policy not only threatens refugees, it also jeopardises our own humanity and dignity. The campaigns against those who work for refugees - in particular the civil rescue at sea - demonstrate: Morality is denounced and humanity is criminalized. We will not let this policy silence us. We will continue to stand up for humanity and bear witness in our time. Our churches and houses must remain places of refuge for all people seeking help, protection and hope. Not only because we as Christians are a community from different countries, but also because our faith challenges us: in Jesus Christ we recognize the needy, the refugee, the fellow human being. We urge the governments in the European Union: Find solutions and a language guided by humanity. Fight the causes of flight, not the refugees. Protect international law instead of undermining it by a walls-up policy. Choose a policy of humanity and solidarity so that Europe retains its dignity. We demand from church leaders in Europe: Stand up for refugees. Express yourself more courageously, clearly and unambiguously. Do not take politics into account, but only and exclusively the people in need. In this historic situation, stand up for refugee protection and humanity: Reject all political proposals that are not based on love and humanity. Visit the people seeking protection in their shelters. Talk to the helpers who resign out of desperation. Strengthen the institutions that work for refugees. “Give counsel; grant justice; make your shade like night at the height of noon; shelter the outcasts; do not reveal the fugitive!” (Isaiah 16:3) 

Beatrice von Weizsäcker, Sven Giegold & Ansgar Gilster
107,855 supporters