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1. Stop closure of the only BA in Sign Language Programme for Hearing Impaired in India

Nobody would have thought that in less than two years of setting up of the first Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC) for the Hearing-Impaired, plans would be afoot to shut it down. But that is what seems to be happening at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) campus here.

Vice-Chancellor M. Aslam has publicly announced that t there was no point in continuing with the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sign Language Studies (BAASLS) program.

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2. Abolish Vetos for South Australian Adoptees

In 1988, the South Australian Government enacted changes to the Adoption Act. The new act changed the way adoptions were handled in this state. From 1988, in recognition of the emotional harm caused to adoptees by the pre-existing closed adoption laws, all adoptions were, by default, open. This allowed adopted people to have access to identifying information about their birth parents, thus providing a sense of identity, access to personal medical information, and opportunity, where desired, to reunite with their birth parents.

Unfortunately, this legislation was not retrospective and consequently 158 South Australian adoptees are denied access, by veto, to any identifying information.

We need your support to change this denial of the basic human right to know who we are.

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3. Stop Violation of Transgender's Rights

The decision of the High court judge, Datuk Yazid Mustafa, in dismissing Aleesha Farhana Abdul Aziz’s application to have her name and gender altered in her identity card.

The ruling is inconsistent with the precedence established in 2005 when a mak nyah from Kuala Lumpur made the same application. Justice James Foong, in the case of JG v Pengarah Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara 2005, had then held in favour of the mak nyah in question (refer to URL).

Aleesha has expressed desires to further her studies and it is for this reason she wishes to change her name and gender on her official documents. Just like everyone else, Aleesha and many like us are striving to better ourselves and contribute to society. Aleesha and all Malaysian trans people deserve the same opportunities as others to improve the quality of our lives and pursue our dreams.

The court must allow Aleesha to change her name and gender. Her rights and the court’s duty must not be held hostage by the sensitivities of those who are ignorant about transsexualism. By denying her her right, the court is perpetuating an environment of discrimination within which she will never find the justice due her.

Trans people like Aleesha face extreme levels of stigma and discrimination in Malaysia. The discrimination is often perpetuated by biased, negative reporting from the media and endorsed by state mouthpieces, fueling the public to further hate, marginalise and abuse an already vulnerable group of people. These abuses, ranging from physical violence to mental torture to sexual assault, happen from when we are still children right into our adulthood. Lack of attempts to understand us have resulted in many being kicked out of families, schools and work. We are often prevented from accessing health services, housing, education, employment, and other basic rights enjoyed by all Malaysians. Without the law on our side, we are left without legal recourse to redress any injustice and abuse we suffered.

The unwillingness of the Malaysian government to recognise trans people as equal before the law facilitates this ugly persistence in violating us. Official recognition has in fact been granted by both Asian and Islamic nations. These include Singapore which recognises male-to-female transpeople and female-to-male transpeople; Nepal and Pakistan which recognise trans people as “third gender”; Iran, Egypt, Thailand, India and Pakistan, where sex reassignment surgeries are allowed and conducted.

These policies are justified by many scientific studies that have documented transsexualism as a condition resulting from many varied biological causes. Forcing trans people to behave in accordance to external sexual organs have been counterproductive to mental and physical health. However, through a variety of remedy now available, including hormonal therapy and sex reassignment surgeries, many trans people have been able to live happily and productively according to the gender identity with which we identify.

We urge the relevant authorities to take necessary measures and immediately act to create an enabling and safer environment for Malaysian trans people. This includes the repeal of laws that criminalise trans people for our identity, dressing and mannerisms. The government must set up a nationwide consultation with the trans community as soon as possible in order to better understand our issues. It is about time we have policies, programmes, services and legal remedies that meet trans people’s needs as defined by us.

We request that all concerned work to realising the spirit and intent of Article 5(1) of the Federal Constitution which clearly states that no person shall be deprived of his/her life or personal liberty save in accordance with the law. This article is strongly aligned to Principle 17 of the Yogjakarta Principles, which emphasises that:

“Everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Sexual and reproductive health is a fundamental aspect of this right.”

In June 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution to document discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to study how to end human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The international community stands with all of us in Malaysia whose rights have been violated for our gender identity. We therefore remind the Malaysian government of the pledges it made to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council, and as a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Malaysia is obliged to respect and uphold the human rights of all, equally and unconditionally.

URL: http://www.facebook.com/notes/pang-khee-teik/please-endorse-statement-from-malaysian-transgenders-on-violation-of-aleesha-oth/10150323060846259

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4. The three main parties have failed us but keep the racist uiltra right out

The main political parties have failed to implement or offer any reasonable policies to protect English identity. The ultra right parties such as the bnp and national front (if they even still exist in a meaningful way) are designed only to preserve white British identity.

If Scotland, Wales and Ireland can have their own devolved government under an umbrella British parliament, then why is England not allowed it. England is the only region of the uk whose residents have no say in how they are governed.

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5. Stop James Bulger's Killers being free to do as they like

James Bulger was just 2 years old when out shopping with his mummy he toddled off as all children do for just one minute.Two ten year old boys who had been playing truant were waiting in the shopping centre for a little victim. They took James off by the hand and was caught on CCTV. When his mother had realised James was gone they were already on there way out of the strand shopping centre leading little James by the hand.Along with many people who saw James that day over the time it took them to walk the little toddler two miles.They stopped now and again to kick him or punch him to stop him from crying for his mummy.

After they found a disused railway line which they must have been well aware existed were no one would see them.James was undressed, paint put into his eyes trousers and bottom clothing removed sexually assaulted with batteries. And then had large stones and bricks thrown at his head. When the toddler didn't die they hit him over and over with a cast Iron bar.And then laid him on the railway line so evil to make it look like an accident. They even weighed down the little boy with bricks on the track.James was found two days later by a young teenager.His small undressed body was cut in half.

His two killers aged ten at the time have since been released. Jame's family has been let down by the justice system so much.Now one of Jame's killers has broken one release rule by doing another crime!should he have been out in the first place?what they did was planned and they knew exactly that the little boy should die.Do you want this scum on a street near your child or grand son? put them back away now please help with this petition.

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6. Make SRS Available on Medicare

At present neither of the major parties running for the 2007 Election have any policy relating to been committed to continuing and/or extending the Medicare benefits available to transgender people undergoing gender re-assignment.

The only political party that supports this are the Greens. As much as this is majorly supported it however makes no difference unless they hold a balance of power.

It's up to groups such as the Greens along with affiliated groups to try to implement change by having these changes supported by the government of the day. Neither major party has any concrete policies in place to address GLBT issues such as SRS and its time they did.

This Petition is to support the right for TG people to undergo SRS through the Medicare sytem.

In alot of cases TG's go through life unable to afford the cost of correcting a genetic error and rarely get the support they need. It's time this changed.

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7. Save our National Identity

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, American citizens will find the backbone to start speaking and voting the same truths!!

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8. Stop Identity Theft

Identity Theft is the Number One Financial Crime in the United States according to the Federal Trade Commission. In 2003 the Federal Trade Commission reported an economic loss of over $50 Billion due to this crime.

In 2004 President Bush signed a bill into law creating mandatory minimums for criminals who commit this crime, but no law to date actually provides the ability to stop Identity Theft from occurring.

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9. Protecting the national identity of the USA

The idea of America being a multicultural community --- which has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. We have to stop worrying about whether we are offending some individual or his culture. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the majority of Americans came together bound by patriotism. However, it wasn't long before the "politically correct" group began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending "others" -- our own enemies!

I am not against immigration. Our population is almost entirely comprised of descendants of immigrants. However, there are some things those who have recently come to our country both legally and illegally, and some born here, need to understand. As Americans, we have our OWN culture, our OWN society, our OWN language and our OWN lifestyle -- developed over centuries of struggles, trials and errors and victories of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, Learn the Language! If you don't like our customs, our lifestyle, why did you come here?

Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But, once you're done complaining, whining, griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, our way of life, God as a part of our Culture, Christian principles which founded this nation, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom: The right to leave!

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10. Establish UAB Identity

I, along with my fellow UAB colleagues, wish to stress the importance of campus identity. We believe that a strong identity will bestow a sense of pride, unity, and school spirit, which are integral parts of the college experience. While UAB's campus is beautified with statues representing the principles on which the institution was founded, it is lacking in what the university is working towards: Tradition. By signing below I agree that a statue promoting school spirit should be erected in conjunction with UAB's new undergraduate admissions office/parking facility.

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11. Reclaiming Jessica's Pictures and Identity

This petition has been created because someone stole pictures of a little girl and placed them on their website as their own. They even changed the filenames.
The images stolen are here :
http://home.mchsi.com/~thegcrew/Alana.html
While the original photos of this child are here:
http://www.angels-n-miracles4jessica.com/from-jess.htm
http://www.angels-n-miracles4jessica.com/Jessica/
http://www.angels-n-miracles4jessica.com/photos5.htm

When the pictures of both children are compared, you can tell that the stolen pictures are not of Alana, but of Jessica. Even down to my husband's wrist, arm, and watch are in the stolen photos.

These people have stolen my daughter's photos and her identity.

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