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Petition to Mark Thomson, Paul Pugh, Chief Executive Officer, HM Passport Office, Caroline Nokes, Saj Javidid

Discrimination Against Citizens (British) of Ethnic Minority (Nepalese Descendents)

How a simple renewal of my passport (British) uncovered state-sponsored discrimination by our Government (United Kingdom) targeting (discriminating) citizenship of ethnic minority (Nepalese descent).  I have never been investigated or contacted by the Home Office, and nor I am aware of any on-going investigations against me and the authenticity of my citizenship issued by Home Office.  Additionally, I have not read or heard of any laws, bills being passed that empowers the government bodies to discriminate ethnic minorities of Nepalese descent at will.  In the month of November, I applied online for a renewal of my British passport (still valid for another 5 months) as I was going to need it extensively in the first quarter of 2019 due to work commitment and also personal.  My family even sacrificed going away for our Christmas holiday to get my passport renewed.  I received a response letter (dated 27th of November via email) from the HM Passport Office (Miss L Aldred) and the following documents have been requested from me;  -       Your school records dating back as far as possible -       Your Hong Kong Birth Certificate -       Your Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card -       Your Nepalese Relationship Certificate relating to you and your parents -       Your Nepalese Citizenship Certificate -       Your Nepalese Passport(s) -       Your Marriage Certificate -       Family Tree showing your relationship back to grandparents (maternal and paternal) -       Photographs of yourself with your parents since birth (progressive photographs) -       Progressive identity documents for yourself from birth to the time of issue of your first BNO passport -       Current ID for your parents -       Father’s British Army Service book (if applicable) -       Army camp letter (if applicable) A standard renewal process as per the guideline set forth by the office is simple, all you need is to submit your original passport, a declaration form, two photos, identity document (Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card and a copy of Inland Tax Revenue document). I have already responded to Miss L Alfred's email and also called the hotline number and spoke with a person by the name "Paul", so far I have received no response even though Paul assured me the case officer will be in touch with my inquiries as he was unable to answer any of my questions.  The above information clearly shows it's targeting (discriminating) the citizens of ethnic minority (Nepalese descent) who were legally and qualified citizens of United Kingdom under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997 or Act 1981.  The case officer responsible for my application has failed to do her job thoroughly as one of the 13 documents she has requested for was submitted during my application (Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card).  I have attached two links below from the government's website which clearly states and highlights the Government's understanding of Nepalese law and how we as ethnic minorities (Nepalese descendants) of Hong Kong or as Children of British Gurkhas were qualified to be naturalized as British citizens post the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. I hope the links help those who are unclear about my naturalization as a British citizen, including the case officer and the HM Passport Office. It is unclear as to how the system functions to serve its citizens, as recently both my wife and child applied for a renewal and submitted only the basic requirements (documents) and received their passport without any issues.  Additionally, I know many non-ethnic and ethnic minority citizens (Chinese) who also experienced no issues with their renewal, so I ask what laws have been passed which allows government bodies to discriminate citizens based on their ethnicity? I encourage anyone who is a citizen (British) to sign-up and stand up against the system that is meant to support and protect its citizens. I also call upon citizens (British) who have known me personally to support the campaign and join the fight against state-sponsored discrimination.    Your's sincerely,   Tsewang N. BHOTIA British Citizen  Hong Kong Permanent Resident Son of former British Gurkha Officer, Major (ret'd). Lakpa T. Bhotia.      

Tsewang Bhotia
177 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Liam Hannaway, Anthony McKay, Glyn Hanna, Mark Murnin, Roisin Mulgrew, Garth Craig, Kate Loughran, Charlie Casey, Laura Devlin, William Clarke, Jill McAuley, Micky Larkin, Declan McAteer, Michael Ruane, Gillian Fitzpatrick, Valerie Harte

Protect Rostrevor Oakwood from inner-city style development

***Despite over 5,000 people signing the petition, Newry, Mourne and Down Council's Planning Committee voted to approve this "inner-city" style development. We have been unsuccessful in challenging the approval at the High Court but are now considering a Court of Appeal challenge to have the decision overturned. Please continue to show your support for protecting our natural and cultural heritage and donate what you can to our legal challenge. We will continue to post updates on this page and also our Facebook page (RARE - Rostrevor Action Respecting the Environment) in the coming months. Thank you!   Rostrevor Oakwood, located on the lower slopes of the Mourne Mountains, is an ancient woodland covering an area of 41 acres and protected under EU law as a Special Area of Conservation. Situated a stone’s throw from the well-known Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor, and within a Cloughmore’s (“The Big Stone”) throw from the stunning glacial inlet of Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains on the opposite shore, it served as the inspiration for CS Lewis mythical land of Narnia. Newry, Mourne and Down Council have approved a planning application for the development of 41 two- and three-bedroom apartments, a 70-bed nursing home, an underground car park and associated infrastructure on a 1.05-hectare site within metres of the woodland’s edge. We are asking for your support in signing this petition to object to this now approved development for the following reasons: The Council’s own planning officer has recommended refusal in four separate reports and each time highlighted the great extent to which this planning application is clearly and indisputably contrary to multiple provisions of the Planning and Policy Statements (PPS). *See bottom of page for full details. The developer has not conducted a full Transport Assessment. This is particularly worrying given the development site’s proximity to the busy A2 Shore Road, part of which collapsed during storms in 2014 and required extensive repairs costing £382,000. Given the increased frequency of extreme weather events, evidenced by the recent storm Ophelia, road safety must be taken under consideration when a decision is made on this planning application. A tree survey and report submitted by the developer omitted any reference to oak trees bordering the site. If disturbance to ancient woodland is to take place then it is vital that the ecology of the woodland is well documented and understood before the disturbance takes place. The developer has not conducted a full piling assessment, meaning no consideration has been given to understanding the impact of piling or ground excavation work on the woodland. The Woodland Trust’s expert recommendation to protect the woodland habitat by creating a 50-meter buffer zone between the woodland's edge and the development site has been completely disregarded by the developer. A scoping bat survey submitted by the developer was conducted using methods involving surveying during daytime hours, when standard practice advocates surveying during evening/night hours to establish bat presence. Bats are protected species and are protected by the full weight of UK and European law. The proposed development is contrary to Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s Tourism Strategy. The proposal in this planning application rather than representing an enhancement of the attractiveness of Rostrevor would significantly reduce the amenity value of the area and thus reduce its tourist and visitor potential. There are a number of examples of such economically and environmentally detrimental development on the north Antrim coast which are comparable and instructive. Inappropriate development of apartments more suited to an urban, high density setting has resulted in the creation of an environment which is unsuitable for and unattractive to families and where apartments are only sporadically occupied. The loss of visual amenity and character has resulted in reduced numbers of visitors and a lower level of economic activity. Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s handling of this planning application has raised considerable concerns. The Council’s Planning Committee originally approved planning permission for this application in May 2017, providing no valid planning reasons for their decision to disregard the advice of their Planning Officer to refuse the application. In September 2017, the Council made the unprecedented decision to overturn their own Planning Committee’s decision to approve the application and rescind planning permission. This decision was made when preliminary Judicial Review proceedings were initiated against the Council, which highlighted a number of procedural flaws in the decision-making process. A decision has now been made to approve this planning application so please show your support and sign this petition to object to the development of what Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s Planning Officer stated “would more properly be found within an inner city location”, not on a site where the Mountains of Mourne actually do sweep down to the sea. For more information please visit:   *Newry, Mourne and Down Council Planning Officer’s reasons for recommending refusal: The proposed development is contrary to Policy QD 1 of Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS 7) criteria (a), (c), and (g), in that: the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposal would create a quality residential development; adequate provision has not been made for private open space and landscaped areas as an integral part of the development; and, the design of the development does not draw upon the best local traditions of form, material and detailing. The proposed development is contrary to Policy LC1 of the Addendum to Planning Policy Statement 7 on Safeguarding the Character of Residential Areas, criteria (a) and (b) in that; The proposed density is significantly higher than that found in the established residential area; and, The proposed pattern of development is not in keeping with the overall character and environmental quality of the established residential area. The proposed development is contrary to the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and Planning Control Principle 2 of PPS 12, in that the proposed density of the development, together with its form, scale, massing and layout does not respect local character and environmental quality The proposed development is contrary to Policy NH 6 of Planning Policy Statement 2 (PPS 2) in that the design, size and scale is not appropriate to the special character of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in general and of the 10 particular locality and does not respect local architectural styles and patterns, local materials or design. The proposal is contrary to Policy DES2 of the Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland in that the development would, if permitted, be detrimental to the townscape of Rostrevor and would not be sensitive to the character of the area surrounding the site with regard to design, scale and use of materials.

RARE - Rostrevor Action Respecting the Environment
5,166 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to UK Government

Please help me fund for teenagers with mental health issues in school

Hi I’m Sophie and I’m 16 years of age and I need as many supporters and contributions as possible as I want to make a petition for more funding for teenagers facing mental health issues in schools. I want to get as many signatures as possible to get more people aware of the affects and consequences mental health has on teenagers and their family and friends. Anyone can make an impact to someone’s life but can you stop someone from taking their own. 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 75% of mental health problems by age 24 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age Please help me on my journey to get my petition to 10 Downing Street to get the young vulnerable teenagers the help they need through their mental health issues and to support them with their school work and to help their families at home too. Not only will it be another young life gone it will be a son, a daughter, a sister, a brother, a niece, a nephew, an auntie, an uncle, a cousin, a grandchild, a friend or neighbour. Who will it be next? What if it was you? What if it was your loved one next? Have you ever experienced loosing a loved one because of mental health? Please help me! Sign My Petition and Save A Life! #LetsBeatMentalHealth2018

Sophie Walker
16 supporters