We All Smile In The Same Language


The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws”. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organised annually in all States.

Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Convention is now nearing universal ratification, yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.

Racial and ethnic discrimination occur on a daily basis, hindering progress for millions of people around the world. Racism and intolerance can take various forms — from denying individuals the basic principles of equality to fuelling ethnic hatred that may lead to genocide — all of which can destroy lives and fracture communities. The struggle against racism is a matter of priority for the international community and is at the heart of the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The United Nations has been concerned with this issue since its foundation and the prohibition of racial discrimination is enshrined in all core international human rights instruments. It places obligations on States and tasks them with eradicating discrimination in the public and private spheres. The principle of equality also requires States to adopt special measures to eliminate conditions that cause or help to perpetuate racial discrimination.

2018 Theme: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination

Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law. Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. And based on Article 2, everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration, without distinction of race or any other kind.

Yet racism, xenophobia and intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies, and discriminatory practices are widespread, particularly targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent.

States are urged to take comprehensive measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and to promote tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity.  (Source: United Nations )



We sent our original documents to the Home Office and never got them back

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I am a Romanian citizen, living in Nottingham and currently working as a Healthcare Professional on a permanent contract. I have always been a quiet person, doing my best in all life activities. I have never asked for benefits from anywhere and I am still here because I got the job opportunity and because I love what I am doing.
My husband is a Pakistani citizen, who joined me in UK last year at the end of March. We have been struggling for long time with all the immigration papers, visa refusals, hearing in the court, which led us to highly stressed situation. However, the great thing is that the good came out and finally we are together.
For my husband EU Card application, we had sent our original documents (my ID Card, my husband passport and our marriage certificate) to the Home Office on 14th of August 2017, but never got them back. For some payment details issue, the application has been rejected, so by 2nd of October 2017, they sent us back the original documents by Royal Mail, Special Delivery.
Because for a long period we had not received the letter which Home Office posted out to us by 2nd of October, we contacted the Home Office on 15th of October and found out that the letter had been signed as received by the receptionist in our block ( Cranbrook House).
My husband spoke then to the receptionist, Dave Newton, who confirmed that he got the letter and put it in the mail box for Flat 58. I need to add now that we live at Flat 46, and recently for that time, moved out from 97 because the landlord lost his property in the court. So we had to move definitely. When the application to the Home Office has been made we still lived at 97, but meanwhile we informed Home Office about the changing address. However, the receptionist stated that the letter came on 97 address but he thought we moved at 58, and just put it there. He contacted the gentleman who lived at that flat, who said that he did not get any letter plus he did not collect the mail since 1st of October 2017. The receptionist broke then the mail box at 58, but the letter was not there anymore. So, at this point one of those two gentlemen were lying.
The receptionist sincerely apologised for the mistake. We contacted the Police Station to claim that our document might be lost ( stolen)  but they said can not help with anything at that stage and need to get a confirmation from Home Office showing that the documents were enclosed in envelope. We got in touch with Home Office and it took again a long time till they sent us a copy of the lost letter and they confirmed that our original documents were there. Then we informed again the Police Station at Nottingham and at this point they provided us a confirmation letter of our lost documents.
As well we contacted Royal Mail and asked why the postman gave our letter to someone else. They should not have done that. What does Special Delivery Signed for mean then? However, a representative lady of  Royal Mail said that it was not their fault and only Home Office could claim against them because Home Office was the sender. Ridiculous lady’s affirmation, what do you think?
The next steps to follow were about redoing the lost documents, which was not an easy task. It was ever harder as we speak here about foreign documents. It was even a very expensive one. Expenses which we needed to bear because of some other people negligence.  Expenses which exceeded £1000 plus our stress and wastage of time. Because of this documents’ issue, my husband is still not accepted for any job, which high light even more the feeling of being hardly abused.
 I contacted the Crown Court in Nottingham by email and their answer was: “unfortunately this is not something that we deal with at the Crown Court” and advising me to seek legal advice. Well, for this “legal advice” it’s supposed to pay as I know, but unfortunately, we run out all our money.
Why I am writing today all these? Because:
– I need HELP!!! I need free advice in how I could proceed to have the expenses back. There should be a way for people who are abused in this manner to have a support. It could not be just like this: sending your documents and never getting them back. The person who stole our documents should pay for it.
– I want to make the public aware of all this messy situation. Royal Mail should consider carefully when documents are sent by Special Delivery Signed For and not give them to anyone else. Under any circumstances! The letters should be given only to the receiver! 

Detonating the prejudice

Embracing the diplomacy with the freedom’s wings. People and ideas talking on the world’s table.  Great  ideas painted by beautiful minds. Here or there, worldwide. With sunsets and sunrises full of smiles of hope. With great paths looking for the peaks.  Could be yours, could be ours, could be theirs.  Different smiles, different colors, different ways to reach the happiness. But the same Race.

And still…

The stones are thrown.  In a world too much hurt by  the ignorance and by the judgment in advance. The stones are still killing:  people, lives, ideas, wings, thoughts, freedom and rights. With sunsets or sunrises bathed on blood, with nights scratched by hate, with days covered by violence.  Through times which are calling the prejudice on the first line, like a soldier  who lost the battle.

But still…

There are mornings which spark  the  flame of greatness. There are still rays of Sun shinning the Hope. A Hope which  stands at the front of Humanity. Detonating the prejudice.  We all smile in the same language. We all are the same Race. We all need to stand for  Peace and for  Humanity.

Detonating the Stones…


Humanity comes first

“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!” ― Charlie Chaplin