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1. End Discrimination for Disabled Partners of Australian Citizens

Current immigration laws in Australia prevent people with a disability migrating to Australia because it is presumed that they will be an excessive cost to the Australian community. People are judged hypothetically on what somebody with their condition or disability would be eligible to receive.

They are not given the opportunity to demonstrate how they could offset possible health costs and their personal circumstances are not taken into account. As a result, hundreds of Australian families are torn apart and permanently separated as applicants applying through the family stream are still required to undergo extensive health checks. The current health requirements are therefore detrimental to Australian citizens who also have to undergo the trauma of being separated from loved ones.

The current immigration system is therefore indirectly discriminatory and at odds with Australia's international human rights obligations.

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2. Olga Novoselova must stay!

We are extremely concerned about Miss Olga Novoselova (dob 22/07/1957) of Flat 3, 98 Wadham Road, Liverpool, L20 2DE – now detained at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre. Olga is a talented musician and is actively involved with the Roman Catholic Church of St Anne and St. Bernard, Edge Hill, Liverpool, where Olga is the church organist and has attended regularly since October 2005.

Olga has travelled the length and breadth of the North West region involving herself in Russian cultural events all over Merseyside and as far afield as Preston, Leyland, Lancaster, Altrincham and Manchester. The news of her arrest and detention by the UK Borders Agency on January 18, 2011 for an alleged breach of UK immigration law came as a great shock to everyone who knows Olga.

Whilst it is true that Olga is still married, her husband’s whereabouts are unknown. Olga suffered domestic violence during the marriage and ever since December 2008 she has lived in Bootle with her current partner, Mr Aleksandr ("Sasha" - who is a citizen of Lithuania and therefore the EU) Charchenko and his son, Aleksandras, where the three of them have formed a cohesive and functioning family unit.

We ask you release Olga immediately so that she can be reunited with her family and friends on Merseyside.

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3. Keep the Etsy forums in their current state

Etsy is planning to disintegrate and migrate the current forum into a myriad of Teams. These will be moderated by Etsyians. It is a system that we feel creates needless complications, difficulties and hinders the open, easily navigated site and strong community spirit of Etsy, which we so love.

By signing this, we agree and acknowledge the enormous and intrinsic value of the forums not only to our businesses, but to Etsy as a whole. We plead you, Etsy staff, to maintain and preserve this treasure.

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4. Save the Post Study Work visa for Non-EU graduates

The Coalition Government plans to scrap the Post Study Work option for Non-EU graduates who have completed a degree at a UK university. The visa provides the entitlement to work for two years.

The Post Study Work visa is a good motivator for prospective students when choosing to come to the UK, as it will enable them to gain some international work experience.

They must get a sponsored job after the visa expires in order to stay in the country, so it is hardly the route to illegal migration characterised by the tabloid press or pressure groups such as MigrationWatch.

International students invest considerable amounts of money into the country (over £9,000/year, in some cases more); it is only fair to give them some work experience after completing their degrees. Other countries, including the US, already offer this opportunity to foreign graduates; if the UK were to cancel the Post Study Work visa, it is likely that students would study elsewhere.

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5. Better transitionary measures for General Skilled Migration visas

The revised skilled occupation list (SOL) was released on Monday 17 May 2010 by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Evans.

The revised SOL has removed more than one third of the occupations that can be nominated for independent migration. While the amendments include the removal of occupations troubled by allegations of visa rorting such as hairdressing and cookery, soft-skills specialisations such as analysts, journalists, curators and designers have also been removed from the list. This significant change translates to a substantial number of affected international students, and the announced transitionary arrangements – particularly for students graduating within the year, are insufficient and unfair.

AFIS, earlier this year, supported the revoking of the Migration Occupations in Demand list and changes to the regulatory framework. Under that framework, international student graduates would have to gain and maintain employment in their nominated field within the 18 months of their Skilled - Graduate (485) visa before being able to secure a positive permanent migration outcome.

This would have given them a fair go at demonstrating that they are well suited for their nominated occupation while also making a definite contribution to the Australian economy. It is understandable for the Australian Government to decouple the link between education and migration, but applying a blanket change to all international students is creating chaos for Australia’s $17.2 billion dollar industry.

Students acting on good faith to pursue an Australian education and who subsequently decide to act on their potential to be skilled and contributive migrants should not be disadvantaged.

To all international students:

International students who believe the transitionary measures under the revised SOL is unfair please sign this petition.

After you have signed the petition, please find at least one local Australian to sign the petition to support our cause. For AFIS to successfully lobby the Government regarding the amendments to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), we need to obtain as many local Australians to support this as possible. This is an election year and Australian politicians are trying to obtain support from locals Australians.

So, how to find Australians to sign this petition?

Start a conversation with any of the following people, tell them your story and ask them to support you!


  • your friend
  • your colleague
  • your employer
  • your teacher
  • your neighbour
  • person sitting next to you on the train
  • person serving you coffee
  • call up organisations who may be interested in supporting us


Help us help you!!!

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6. Support the ILO Convention on Domestic Work

It was on May Day 124 years ago that 300,000 workers first took to the streets demanding an 8-hour work day. In 1919, when the ILO held its first Session, the principle of an 8-hr day was enshrined as international law in the ILO Convention No. 1.

However, more than a century later, some sectors of workers, including domestic workers are denied basic labour rights (contract, just wages, decent work conditions, reproductive and family rights).

Among workers in the private household, migrant domestic workers are particularly vulnerable. They are frequently denied an immigration status which renders them undocumented and therefore open to widespread violation of their rights.

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7. Allow the crew and cast of 'La Casa Rosa' to realize their 2010 theatre tour of the USA

On March 8 the group Soame Citlalime of Tetlanohcan, Mexico went to the US embassy in Mexico City to apply for a temporary visitor’s visa to present their original play “La Casa Rosa” as part of their “Families Without Borders” tour, which was sponsored by educational institutions, cultural organizations and theaters in New York and Connecticut.

The play is the result of a year of political organizing by the citizens of this small village and sends a powerful message about confronting the forces at work in their community and the steps we all need to take in finally ending undocumented migration to the United States.

Despite ample documentation of the project and letters of invitation from city officials, community leaders and faculty from several universities, the application was denied for all 30 members of the group without grounds or explanation.

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8. ¿Qué se está haciendo realmente para detener la Trata de personas?

En los últimos diez años, la Trata de personas ha acaparando cada vez más la atención global; muchos gobiernos a través del mundo están desarrollando políticas y leyes para combatirla, y se están gastando cientos de millones de dólares a escala mundial. El próximo paso lógico sería examinar estos esfuerzos para combatir la Trata de personas y así, evaluar cómo se están poniendo en práctica las medidas contra la Trata (incluyendo la forma en que se está gastando el dinero) y cuáles son las consecuencias de estas medidas.

Necesitamos urgentemente un examen riguroso de la situación. Cada vez más, a los defensores de los Derechos Humanos y activistas de todo el mundo les preocupa que estas medidas contra la Trata de personas estén conduciendo a aún más violaciones. Tenemos que preguntarnos lo que los gobiernos realmente están haciendo para prevenir la Trata y proteger los derechos de las personas Tratadas. ¿Está funcionando? ¿Quién se beneficia? ¿Los derechos de las personas que emigran, o que regresan a sus países de origen, están mejor protegidos por las políticas de lucha contra la Trata?

CASO. El Gobierno de la India consideró a las trabajadoras migrantes como una “categoría particularmente vulnerable” y “dictó una orden que prohíbe que cualquier mujer trabajadora del hogar por debajo de la edad de 30 años sea empleada en el Reino de Arabia Saudita, bajo ninguna circunstancia.” La preocupación es que las mujeres puedan ser abusadas sexualmente o ser víctimas de la Trata en condiciones de explotación. Para evadir esta prohibición, las mujeres tienen que tomar opciones de migración más arriesgadas que sus contrapartes masculinos, lo que las hace aun más vulnerables a abusos en el lugar de destino. “(Daño Colateral, Capítulo India, GAATW p. 129).

Como parte de nuestro trabajo de lucha contra la Trata de personas, es necesario hacer que los gobiernos rindan cuentas sobre sus obligaciones internacionales de Derechos Humanos mediante la revisión de sus esfuerzos y que hagan los cambios apropiados para garantizar que todas las medidas contra la Trata sean eficaces y esté basadas en los Derechos Humanos.

Esta petición forma parte de “Pare, Mire, Escuche!” de la GAATW la Acción Urgente, para hacer un llamado por un Mecanismo de Revisión, y será presentada a los gobiernos durante la cuarta conferencia de Estados Parte de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas contra la Delincuencia Organizada Transnacional y sus Protocolos (incluido el Protocolo para prevenir, reprimir y sancionar la Trata de personas).

FIRME Y DISTRIBUYA LA SIGUIENTE PETICION, Y APOYE LA ACCION URGENTE INSTANDO A UN MECANISMO DE REVISION DEL PROTOCOLO INTERNACIONAL DE LAS NACIONES UNIDAS SOBRE TRATA DE PERSONAS.

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9. Stop, Look, Listen - what is really being done to stop human trafficking?

Over the last ten years, human trafficking is gaining increasing global attention; many governments around the world are developing policies and laws to combat it, and hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent worldwide. The logical next step would be to examine these efforts to combat trafficking to assess how anti-trafficking measures are being implemented (including the way money is being spent) and what consequences they are causing.

We urgently need a rigorous review of the situation. Increasingly, human rights defenders and activists world-wide are concerned that these anti-trafficking measures are even leading to further violations. We need to ask what is actually being done by governments to prevent trafficking and to protect the rights of those that have been trafficked. Is it working? Who is benefiting? Are the rights of people migrating, or returning to their home countries, better protected by anti-trafficking policies?

CASE: The Indian Government considered women migrant workers a “particularly vulnerable lot” and “issued an order prohibiting any female household worker below the age of 30 from being employed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under any circumstance.” The concern was that women may be sexually/physically abused or trafficked into exploitative conditions. To avoid this ban, women have to take riskier migration options than their male counterparts, making them more vulnerable to abuse at the destination point.” (Collateral Damage, India chapter, GAATW p.129).

As part of our work to fight against trafficking in persons, we need to hold governments accountable to their international human rights obligations by reviewing their efforts and make appropriate changes to ensure that all anti-trafficking measures are effective and human-rights based.

This petition is part of the GAATW Stop, Look, Listen! urgent action calling for the implementation of a review mechanism and will be presented to governments during the fifth conference of states parties to the UN Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime and its Protocols (including the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons) - October 2010.

SIGN THE PETITION BELOW, AND SUPPORT THE URGENT ACTION TO CALL FOR A REVIEW MECHANISM OF THE INTERNATIONAL UN PROTOCOL ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

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10. Rettet den Verein Ute Bock!

Menschen auf der Flucht. Menschen, die eine neue Lebensexistenz aufbauen wollen. Menschen, denen verboten wird zu arbeiten. Menschen, die keine Unterstützung vom Staat erhalten. Menschen, die mittellos auf der Straße leben müssen. Menschen, deren Schicksal ignoriert wird. Menschen, auf deren Rücken xenophobe Wahlkämpfe ausgetragen werden. Menschen, denen Ute Bock hilft!

Frau Ute Bock betreibt mit ihrem Verein seit acht Jahren rund 70 Wohnprojekte für obdachlose Flüchtlinge, unterstützt Asylsuchende bei rechtlichen Fragen im Rahmen des Asylverfahrens und bietet psychologische Betreuung an. Diese idealistische Initiative basiert großteils auf unentgeltlicher Arbeit und wird vorwiegend durch Spenden finanziert. Mittlerweile ist dieses Sozialprojekt für zahlreiche Menschen ein nicht mehr wegzudenkender Anhaltspunkt geworden. Für ihr Engagement wurden Ute Bock zahlreiche Menschenrechtspreise verliehen.

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11. Permis de séjour temporaire sous conditions spécifiques

Conscients de la complexité du problème de la régularisation de la situation des immigrés en situation irrégulier et de la nécessité de tenir compte des craintes légitimes de l’Etat belge vis à vis des risques d’abus ou de voir affectés ses intérêts économiques ainsi que des droits des immigrés à vivre dans l’apaisement et le respect de l’ordre juridique, notre groupe d'initiative propose d'introduire un nouveau type de permis de séjour en Belgique.

A titre de présentation nous appelons ce permis de séjour : la "Carte Blanche sous conditions spécifiques" (ci-après dénommée "CBs").

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12. Pour le respect des droits la femme marocaine « immigrée » aux pays du Golfe

le 8 mars de chaque année, tous les démocrates de part le monde fêtent la journée internationale de la femme.

EMCEMO s associe a cette journée de luttes et de solidarité pour l égalité des droits et l émancipation des femmes.

Dans ce cadre nous vous faisons parvenir une déclaration dune collectif d organisations marocaines de l intérieur et de l extérieur du pays, sous forme de pétition a signer et a nous retournez si vous le voulez bien.

Recevez nos salutations.

EMCEMO, Centre Euro-Mediterranne Migration & Developpement
Postbus 50676, 1040 LD Amsterdam. T: 020-4288825. F: 020-4686222 info@emcemo.nl www.emcemo.nl

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13. Protect Alaska's Bristol BAy

BRISTOL BAY: AMERICA'S MARINE CROWN JEWEL

Bristol Bay, nestled just north of Alaska's Aleutian Island chain, is described by the National Marine Fisheries Service as the "single most important region of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf for the conservation of marine mammals and endangered species and the protection and management of fishery resources." It has been protected from offshore oil and gas drilling for the last fourteen years. Now, however, it has become a primary target for drilling. A key U.S. Senate committee recently proposed deleting the longstanding, bipartisan protections for Bristol Bay, despite White House support for extended protections.

ECONOMIC AND ECOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE
The living marine resources and global ecological significance of Bristol Bay far outweigh its projected oil and gas value. Bristol Bay:

- shelters the world's largest run of sockeye salmon, a key halibut nursery conservation area, and important herring and king crab fisheries, all of which are mainstays of the regional economy;
- provides the migration corridor for millions of adult salmon and the migration and feeding habitat for numerous seabirds and marine mammals;
- is virtually surrounded by a critical coastal habitat for marine mammals, including the world's premier walrus breeding areas;
- shelters one of the largest eelgrass beds on the planet, Izembek Lagoon, an underwater meadow crucial to the bay's fish, birds, and invertebrates.

This tremendous concentration of wildlife is threatened by routine drilling discharges and accidental spills from proposed offshore drilling operations and risky tankering of oil.

CONTINUE PROTECTIONS FOR BRISTOL BAY
Fortunately, the House of Representatives has voted to extend the moratorium protecting Bristol Bay for another year, so debate over the protections should continue this September, when a joint House-Senate conference committee is expected to take up the issue.

Bristol Bay won a reprieve from the dangers of offshore drilling once before, when 23 oil leases there were relinquished by the petroleum industry soon after the tragic Exxon-Valdez tanker spill devastated Alaska's Prince William Sound. The people and wildlife of Prince William Sound still have not recovered from the 1989 spill, and yet the oil industry now wants to risk an even bigger catastrophe in Bristol Bay, where seasonal broken sea ice, fierce storms, and rough ocean conditions would make oil spill cleanup impossible. The wildlife of Bristol Bay needs your help!!
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14. Stop Migration in Australia

The League of Rights have been going since the 1930's and they have been fighting this cause but unfortunately they haven't promoted themselves adequately and are Australia's best kept secret. Australians Against Further Migration were one of the first to take up this cause in an organised way.

4 years ago Pauline Hanson arrived on the scene and Graham Campbell's Australia First have both pushed this issue.

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