Seyoum Demissie

  • signed Protect our Right to Family Life 2012-07-02 19:26:34 +0100
    Families are very important to all not only who can afford. I really supprt that familieshas to stay together.

    Protect our Right to Family Life

    Our families are the bedrock of our communities and our society.  They love us unconditionally, they support us, and they are there when everyone else has deserted us.  The right to family life is enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, it is embedded in our nation's culture and political rhetoric, and it beats in the hearts of all those who are separated from the ones that they love.

    144 signatures


    We, the leaders of CITIZENS UK's Diaspora Caucus, call on all people who support the right to family life to oppose the UK government's latest changes to the immigration rules, that are due to take effect on 9th July 2012, and which will keep families apart.

    In their last manifesto, the Conservative Party argued passionately that "strong families are the bedrock of a strong society... We will support families to stay together."  Yet Conservative Home Secretary, Theresa May, is introducing these new immigration rules in great haste, to come into force by 9th July 2012. That will make it very much harder for families to be united in the UK. 

    The new rules mean:

    • A person who would like to bring his wife and child to join him in the UK will need an income of at least £22,400;
    • 67% of people who currently apply for their close family to join them in the UK do not earn enough to make this happen;
    • There is one rule for the rich, another for hard-working people in diaspora communities who often work long hours in vital but low-paid jobs, and who need their family with them.

    These new rules are being introduced by statutory instrument - this means they don't get properly debated in detail in Parliament and can be introduced without many people noticing until it is too late.  We can only draw attention to it by telling people and by passing petitions like this to our communities.

    CITIZENS UK will be seeking meetings with senior Conservative Ministers to explain how this new rule is consistent with their pledge to support families as 'the bedrock of a strong society'.  When we go we would like to show them how many people support our call to protect our right to family life, so please sign this petition and send it on to as many people as possible.


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  • signed Save Waldeba Monastery 2012-05-01 11:31:10 +0100
    May God help us to STOP the destruction of our monastery as a whole our country.

    Save Waldeba Monastery

    This petition is promoted by Reese Adbarat St Mary of Debre Tsion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, a member of London Citizens. 

    58 signatures

    Waldeba Monastery and its environs is a place of great religious, historical and environmental importance - and of national importance to the people of Ethiopia. We are heartbroken to hear of the Ethiopian government's plans to destroy parts of Waldeba, which was founded in the 4th century, in order to create a sugar plantation.   

    Waldeba.jpgThe bulldozing of graves in church-yards and mysterious burning down of churches, thereby destroying ancient religious and historical documents, is in direct violation of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Ethiopia is a signatory. We believe that this is a direct threat to the right to peacefully practice one's faith.

    We, the undersigned, call on the UK Government to do all within its power to ensure that its biggest aid recipient, the Ethiopian Government, stops the destruction of an ancient world heritage site.  

    We ask that the UK Government calls on the Ethiopian government to:

    1. Freeze any activity that will directly impact the Waldeba Monastery and people in the region.
    2. Conduct environmental, social and cultural impacts of the project to the monastery.
    3. Respect freedom of religion and worship: that includes restraining from violating properties of the Church, its religious learning centers and its sacred sites of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
    4. Engage in direct dialogue with the representatives of the monastic communities of Waldeba to resolve current issues and avoid further instigations.
    5. Place value on historical, cultural and intellectual contributions of Waldeba Monastery to the people of Ethiopia and preserve its prestige for the generations to come.
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