Campaigns supported by Sarah
On this page you can find information about NGOs and campaigns currently supported by Sarah, links to recent related press releases and to campaign websites. Please use the drop-down menu below, or scroll down.
Sarah is Vice Chair of Justice, an all-party, law reform and human rights organisation. Justice works to improve the legal system and the quality of justice, in particular by: promoting human rights; improving the legal system and access to justice; improving criminal justice; raising standards of EU justice and home affairs. Sarah is also Liberal Democrat European Justice Spokesperson and an active member of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Sarah is a council member of Liberty, a campaign group which believes in a society based on the democratic participation of all its members and the principles of justice, openness, the right to dissent and respect for diversity. Liberty aims to secure the equal rights of everyone (as long as they do not infringe the rights and freedoms of others) and oppose any abuse or excessive power by the state against its people. Sarah is a leading campaigner for the protection of civil liberties and fundamental freedoms, including through her work on the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup.
European Reform Campaigns
Sarah supports the send2women campaign, which recognises the high importance of having a gender balance in the top EU posts. There will probably be four top EU jobs to be filled: the President of the European Council, the President of the Commission, the President of the European Parliament and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. However, every one of the potential candidates named to date is male. The send2women campaign calls for the appointment of at least one woman to the top four posts. If you agree that it is important that in the 21st century the EU is representative of the population it serves then do sign the online petition.
Sarah supports the campaign to end the practise of maintaining two official parliamentary seats for the European Union.
Mission Statement for the European Union
The negative referenda results in 2005 on the European Constitution sparked much discussion. Members of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the Committee of the Regions believe that the fundamental problem lies in the fact that for an increasing number of Europeans, the purpose of the European Union in the 21st century is not clear. A Mission Statement for the European Union has thus been drafted which would allow the EU to state clearly what its purpose is, without depending on the outcome of the Constitution.
Sarah has repeatedly called for the closure of the legal black hole that is Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay, calling it both a scandal and a setback in the fight against terrorism. Sarah is Vice-Chair of the European Parliament committee investigating CIA torture flights in Europe.
In support of the European Consumers' Organisation (BEUC), Sarah Ludford MEP has signed a pact help win back consumer confidence. The pact covers the eight areas of energy and sustainability, financial services, consumer contracts, food, the digital world, health, safety and group action.
To read more visit http://www.consumerpact.eu/
Lack of controls on the international arms trade fuels conflict, poverty and human rights abuses worldwide. Every government is responsible. The Control Arms campaign is asking governments to toughen up controls on the arms trade. Sarah signed the Control Arms petition in March 2006, and has been urging Londoners to join her in adding their face to the "million faces" petition ever since. Recently in 2008 Sarah signed up to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Parliamentary declaration. The ATT will help to prevent irresponsible transfers of conventional weapons
Embargoed! is a human rights group campaigning to bring an immediate and unconditional end to all embargoes against the people of North Cyprus. Embargoed! thus aims to restore the fundamental political, economic and social rights of all North Cypriots. Sarah campaigns vigorously for the EU to honour its commitments by providing aid for economic development in North Cyprus and is calling for an immediate end to the isolation of Turkish Cypriots.
End HIV Discrimination
The EU is set to negotiate with the United States the extension of US visa waiver (visa-free travel) to the citizens of all EU countries instead of just some. But since 1993 the US government has denied visa waiver to people with HIV or AIDS and made the obtaining of any visa very difficult and laden with conditions.
Sarah believes this is discriminatory and lacking in any objective justification. The aim of the 'End HIV Discrimination' petition is to persuade the European Commission, governments of the 27 EU member states and MEPs that abolition of HIV/AIDS discrimination should be included in those EU visa negotiations with the United States. Please sign the petition today, and add your voice to the campaign to allow people with HIV or AIDs to lead lives free of unjustified discrimination.
Fair Trials Abroad
Sarah is a patron of Fair Trials International which seeks to help citizens from the European Union accused of a crime in a country other than their own, to assert their rights to due administration of justice. Sarah fights for EU citizens facing miscarriages of justice and has successfully campaigned for the release of wrongfully detained constituents.
Gary McKinnon was indicted in 2002 on charges of hacking into United States' Military computer networks, and is currently fighting an extradition request in the European Court of Human Rights. Sarah has written to the Home Secretary in support of McKinnon against being extradited to the USA, on the grounds that he is a sufferer of Asperger's syndrome, and committed the alleged crimes in the U.K.
Gurkha Justice Campaign
Sarah supports the Gurkha Justice Campaign, demanding that the Gurkhas are granted the same status as UK and Commonwealth soldiers and their families. This includes the automatic right to settle in the UK and fair pension settlements for Gurkha veterans. Please sign the online petition to express your support for the Gurkhas.
ILGA-Europe's 2009 European Election Pledge
Sarah has signed the ILGA-Europe 2009 European Election pledge to promote equality and to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. You can the pledges in detail at the link below:
Efforts to try and control the Internet are growing. Internet repression is reported in countries like China, Vietnam, Tunisia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria. People are persecuted and imprisoned simply for criticising their government, calling for democracy and greater press freedom, or exposing human rights abuses, online. IT companies have helped build the systems that enable surveillance and censorship to take place. Sarah is supporting Amnesty International's Irrepressible.info campaign to show that online or offline, the human voice and human rights are impossible to repress.
Sarah is a supporter of the campaign against the systematic breach of the right to freedom of assembly for the LGBT community in Russia by the Russian government. Since May 2006 Russian officials have banned 167 public events that LGBT communities had planned across the country.
Ahead of the planned 2009 Moscow Pride event, Sarah has co-signed a letter from several MEPs requesting that the Russian government enter a dialogue with the organisers of Moscow Pride to ensure that the event, planned for May 16th, can be conducted in accordance with the Russian constitution and the European Human Rights Convention (ECHR).
One Hour Bus Ticket
Sarah has signed the petition in suppor of Lib Dem London Assembley Member Caroline Pidgeon's recently launched campaign for a one hour bus ticket in London. The proposal is that when bus passengers touch in with their Oyster cards, they can make unlimited additional bus journeys in the next 60 minutes without further deductions from their card. Similar schemes are in place in Paris, Brussels and Rome - so why not London?
Please sign the petition at the link below.
One Million Signatures Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws
Sarah has signed a petition launched by a group of women's rights activists in Iran demanding changes to discriminatory laws against women.
The 'One Million Signatures Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws' campaign is a follow-up to the peaceful protest which took place in June in Tehran. The instigators point out that their demands for reform do not clash with Islamic law but call on the Iranian government to eliminate discrimination in accordance with its commitments under the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights.
Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning
Sarah has signed up to add her voice in opposition to the initiative of the League of Polish Families (LPR) political party to totally ban the termination of pregnancy. This initiative creates a serious menace for all girls and women. The victims of rape, as well as women, who are conscious that the fetus is seriously and fatally damaged will be forced to give a birth. The pregnancy would not be even terminated if the life or health of a women is threatened.
Protect Innocent People's DNA
Sarah is supporting the Liberal Democrats' campaign against police retention of the DNA records of innocent people. Five times more people in the UK have their DNA records stored on central government records than in any other country in the world. Liberal Democrat home affairs spokespeople Lynne Featherstone and Nick Clegg have launched a petition on the party website.
'Say NO' to Child Sex Tourism
Every year thousands of European tourists travel to countries in Southeast Asia, South America and Africa with the specific intention of having sex with children, a shocking form of abuse and exploitation. The chance that offenders get caught is almost zero. That's why European Liberal Democrat MEPs including Sarah have initiated a campaign to "Say No" to child sex tourism. The online petition, which you can sign from 27th June, pleads for more powers for the European police agency Europol to fight sexual exploitation of children by Europeans travelling abroad.
Sarah supports the Stop Corruption campaign to get the EU to address the problem of corruption both in general, and through its relations with third world countries. High level corruption undermines the ability of developing countries to ensure the right to food, housing, health and education. This cross-party campaign urges the EU to put in place mechanisms to address the problems of bribery, embezzlement and money laundering that cause to poverty and conflict. Please join Sarah in signing the petition:
The Big Trident Debate
Sarah is supporting The Big Trident Debate - calling on the government to facilitate a thorough national consultation to inform the decision-making process on the future of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system. The Government must allocate sufficient time for a full Parliamentary debate, and the substantive decision on whether or not Britain retains nuclear weapons must be made by Parliament.