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Petitioning Human Rights Campaign, UNICEF, Lic. Edmundo Porfirio Garrido Osorio, Miguel Ángel Yunes

Juicio a Javier Duarte por crímenes de lesa humanidad.

Bien sabemos que las leyes mexicanas protegen a lo peor de la sociedad sistemáticamente. Siempre ha sido así y la historia refrenda, día a día, ejemplos de nuestro surreal país.  En días anteriores se anunció que la condena para Javier Duarte. El ex-gobernador de Veracruz fue acusado del desvío de 60,000,000,000 de pesos, de los cuales se le "comprueban" 1,650,000,000 y por los cuáles (tras confesarse culpable) se le da una condena irrisoria de 9 años de cárcel (con posibilidad de reducción de condena a 3 años) y una multa de 60,000 pesos. UN MILLÓN DE VECES MENOR de lo que se le acusó.  Entre ese desfalco se encuentra una cantidad perteneciente al desvío de recursos del Edo. de Veracruz por TRATAMIENTOS DE QUIMIOTERAPIA para niños con cáncer. Tal vez una de las notas más viles que puedan existir. No puede haber justicia si en un juicio se pasa por alto que Javier Duarte robó la esperanza de vida de cientos de niños con tal de darse una vida de lujos y placeres.  Esto tiene que cambiar por las familias afectadas, por la comunidad y por poner un ejemplo de que la sociedad mexicana, en su hartazgo, debe tener la facultad de juzgar a un sujeto así. Que se someta a votación, que se busquen los medios, pero que no quede impune. Porque reducir todo lo que robo y lo que hizo a la MILLONÉSIMA parte no es justicia, no es ley, es negocio.

Javier Meneses
118,922 supporters
Petitioning President of India, Prime Minister of India, United Nations, INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE, Human Rights Campaign, Supreme Court of India

Death sentence to Rapist Kamal Shukla

GRP constable held for ‘raping’ woman on train.Constable Kamal Shukla (24), who was on escort duty and had boarded the train from Moradabad, will be produced in court on Wednesday.WRITTEN BY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE | LUCKNOW |Published On: May 31, 2017 6:02 Am. A Government Railway Police (GRP) constable was arrested for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman in a coach for the disabled on the Lucknow-Chandigarh Express train on Tuesday. The alleged incident came to light when the Chandigarh-bound train reached Bijnor railway station at around 9 am. The woman, a resident of Meerut who had gone to Lucknow for treatment, is admitted in the district hospital in Bijnor. A medical examination has been completed and a report is awaited.Constable Kamal Shukla (24), who was on escort duty and had boarded the train from Moradabad, will be produced in court on Wednesday. Superintendent of Police, GRP (Moradabad) Keshav Kumar Choudhary said the rape case was lodged on the basis of a complaint submitted by the victim that Shukla had allegedly sexually assaulted her inside the train after threatening to take her life.Shukla has been suspended and departmental action against him would be taken soon, Choudhary added. According to the SP, the woman boarded the train from Lucknow and first sat in the general compartment, but was feeling uncomfortable as she was ill. Shukla, who was present in the same coach, advised her to shift to another compartment reserved for the disabled. When train reached Chandpur railway station at around 8 am, Shukla took the woman to the reserved coach, where three youths were seated. The constable forced the youths to shift to another coach, said the SP. After the youths left the compartment, Shukla allegedly locked the coach from inside. As the train reached Bijnor railway station at around 9 am, the three youths began to create a ruckus outside the coach, claiming that the constable had locked a woman inside. Other passengers and railway staff at the station gathered outside the compartment, the SP added. Shukla was then forced to open the doors and passengers entered the coach to find the woman lying in a semi-conscious state.The passengers then caught hold of the constable and handed him over to the GRP police station. The woman was rushed to the district hospital. India 

Furkan Shaikh
82,402 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, Council of the European Union, United Nations Security Council, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, African Union, ECOWAS, SADAC , Amnesty International, Human Rights Campaign...

Stop the Enslavement of Black Africans in Libya

CNN has released video footage of West African migrants  being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave auctions markets by smugglers in Libya, for as little as $400. I am asking the African Union, ECOWAS, United Nations and the International Community to put pressure on the Libyan government to take immediate action to stop these criminals from selling more people, to set current prisoners free, arrest the criminals and end this immediately. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/17/africa/libya-slave-auction-investigation/index.html

Ndey Jobarteh
76,851 supporters
Petitioning Naheed Nenshi, John Tory, Jim Watson, Barack Obama, Amnesty International Australia, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, ...

Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,608 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Shehbaz Sharif, Muniba Mazari, Mian saqib Nisar, Mansoor Ali Shah, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General...

Justice delayed is justice denied. Hang the murderer of Zainab to death!

 This petition is related to the rape and murder of Zainab Amin, a girl from Kasur Pakistan. We demand of the murderer to death.  Unfortunately enough, we are living in era where the major news of murders and sexual assaults aren't a surpise anymore nor a matter which we concern anymore because its common and its ok if it happens. Because the whole world is going through it. Isn't it? But indeed our failure to understand that our quietness in such matters is basically adding fuel to the fire is yet another big problem.  This has now resulted in worsening the situation and the sexual assault and murder of a 7 y/o angel, Zainab, in Punjab,Pakistan clearly indicates the level of humanity we have undoubtedly reached to. Found raped and murdered on a pile of heap on Tuesday, five days after she was kidnapped from her area while she was on her way to Madersah  and her parents being out of the country to perform Umrah, left the whole nation dumb and disheartened. What a cruel and atrocious world to be lived in! The CCTV footages clearly shows that she went with the man without doing any protest, clearing up the situation that it must be someone whom she used to know. But of what use are those footages if the concerned authorities have not been able to find the murderer even after 24 hours? Or are they waiting for another Zainab to go through the same? Adding more, the city she belongs to(Kasur) have been reported with such cases before, I repeat ONLY reported cases because belonging to an Eastern family, your family name is spoiled if such thing happens to you,  so many of the case or majority as it should be said are not even reported. But thanks to the laziness of the concerned authorities, such matters have never ever resolved and will never  in future, if the person(s) or group(s) behind such cases are not given the punishments a/c to the Laws of the nation. As in Islam, the punishment is to that person to death, we demand the authorities to do same with the murderer of Zainab and that too in public so that no one be ever able again to commit such a pathetic crime, no Zainab be ever facing the same, no family be deprived of their name. Also this must be done as soon as possible because justice delayed is justice denied. Its a high time now that we should stop considering sexual abuse(either verbal, social or physical) as a taboo subject anymore and in this regard, we should raise our voices as much as we can.  More power to your family, Zainab. May no more Zainab pass through the same. We I'll try our best to get you justice.  

Summaiyya Waseem
46,894 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, United Nations, Council of the European Union, Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, UNICEF, Department of Justice,...

China: Release the 1 Million Uyghurs Detained in Nazi-Style Concentration Camps

China: Release The 1 Million Uyghur Detainees Held Illegally In Nazi-Style Concentration Camps   By  Torchlight Uyghur Group  (Mesheluyghur@gmail.com) www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/  https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur http://blog.freedomsherald.org/ This Petition Is Also Available In The Following Languages: Turkish (Turkçe), German (Deutsch), Japanese (日本語),  Chinese (中文), Traditional Chinese (繁体字), French (Français), Arabic (عربى), Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە), Slawyan (Kiril), Russian(Pусский) January 20th, 2018        Many media organizations around the world have recently reported that a large portion of the Uyghur population is being detained either in jails or in so-called “re-education camps” (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ while their children are being kept in countless orphanages in the East Turkestan.   Recently, we have learned from official sources inside East Turkestan that the number of the Uyghurs currently being held in these Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps is more than 800,000.  That is a number known officially inside East Turkestan, but all the unofficial numbers we obtained from various sources exceed one million. According to the 2010 Chinese census, the Uyghur population in East Turkestan was 10,000,370 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiang This means that about 10% of the current Uyghur population is locked up.  The conditions of the concentration camps are horrific because of the fact that such a large number of Uyghurs are locked up in relatively small and crowded spaces. We were told by several people who fled China recently that people even cannot lie down during the night with their backs on the floor; instead, they have to sleep sideways with all the adjacent bodies touching one another. We have also learned from some Uyghurs who recently lost their close relatives in the concentration camps that a significant number of Uyghurs are losing their lives in those camps every day. The families of the victims are just receiving their dead bodies from those overcrowded concentration camps. The local authorities are not giving back the bodies of the younger Uyghurs died, instead, just burying them in the nearby empty fields. These are just a few of the many examples of the horrible conditions in these concentration camps.   How did those more than one million people end up in jails, concentration camps and orphanages?  It is extremely difficult to obtain such information in China, but we have managed to get information on some individual cases from the relatives of those victims’ living outside China (The report titled “Political persecution of the Uyghurs – Brief description of some individual cases” at http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ The Uyghurs are one of the ancient peoples living in the heart of Asia. They have a long and proud history, and a rich culture. Throughout the history, the Uyghurs have been a great contributor to the world peace and prosperity.  Due  to their geographical location along the famous Silk Road, they have been a major force in the cultural exchange between the East and the West. We strongly believe that the Uyghurs are an indispensable part of the wider international community and will continue such contribution to the world’s ethnic and cultural diversities in the future. Similarly, the Uyghurs will contribute to the world's peace and prosperity, just as they have done in the past. Therefore, the Uyghurs have every right to live in peace with dignity, and to continuously prosper, as any other nations on the surface of our mother Earth. However, in the recent decades, the Chinese government has banned the Uyghur language from its use at all levels of education in East Turkestan, outlawed Uyghur literature (by banning and burning historical and literature books written in the Uyghur language), restricted, criminalized and attempted to eliminate Uyghurs’ religious belief and practice, and has systematically flooded East Turkestan with Han Chinese migrants in the name of “developing the West”, and thereby marginalized the Uyghurs in their own homeland.  And now the Chinese government is openly killing the Uyghur people, too, in those Nazi-style Chinese concentration camps by implementing a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing policy.  If we don’t get help immediately from the United Nations and from the international community to stop the Chinese government from what they are doing towards the Uyghurs in East Turkestan, the Uyghurs will keep dying and disappearing in large numbers in those Chinese concentration camps (http://www.freedomsherald.org/ET/images/image201801_13.jpg and will soon face an unprecedented threat to their very existence. Therefore, we appeal to all the international communities and human rights organizations not to ignore the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity – the crimes currently being committed against the innocent Uyghur people.  We appeal to the United Nations and other international human rights organizations to demand the Chinese government to release those  1 million Uyghurs, and send investigation teams to East Turkestan and find out: ●      Where are those jails, concentration camps and orphanages? ●      Why and where those one million Uyghurs are being detained? ●      What are they eating and where and how are they sleeping? ●      What are they doing during the day? ●      What are their current health conditions? ●      What are the current death rates among the detainees? ●      What is happening to the children/siblings/parents of the people held in jails and concentration camps?  We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment.  As such, we cannot defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone.  We need the support of the global community.  If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today.  Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!  About the Uyghur People and East Turkestan:  East Turkestan is the homeland of the Uyghur people. It has been under the communist China' s occupation since 1949. East Turkestan is located in the Central Asia, and borders China and Mongolia to the east, Russia to the north, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to the west, and Tibet to the south. The landmass of East Turkestan is bigger than whole Western Europe. Its colonial name is “Xinjiang”, which means "the new territory" or "the new frontier" in Chinese. China officially designated the East Turkestan a Uyghur autonomous region in 1955, but in reality it has never become a genuine autonomous region. The Chinese government reported the number of the Uyghur population in East Turkestan as 10,000,370 (refer to the 2010 Chinese census), but some Uyghur sources estimate the real population of Uyghurs to be around 20 million.  

Torchlight Uyghur Group
38,791 supporters
Closed
Petitioning United Nations, Attorney General Chambers Of Malaysia, Human Rights Campaign, Penang Chief Minister, Prime Minister Of Malaysia

Justice For T.Nhaveen And For All Bullied Victims

T. Nhaveen a 19 year old guy from Penang, Malaysia was assaulted and sodomised with a foreign object by five youths and now is declared brain dead and on life support at Penang Hospital. Bullying has gotten far worst and recently has taken many lives not only in our country but worldwide. Nhaveen was said to be soft spoken and was teased by this bunch of irresponsible youths by calling him sissy. When Nhaveen pleaded them to stop teasing him, those youths reacted by assaulting Nhaveen and also his friend T.Previin who was accompanying him. His friend escaped with bruises but sadly Nhaveen paid the price.  We want justice for T.Nhaveen where the offenders cannot be spared. They should be given a punishment they deserve because what they did tantamount to murder. Brain dead can be considered dead and now only a miracle can save him where his family members are praying for him. Our prayers are all with him and we want justice be done.  It was also said in an article that bullying is not something new for Nhaveen as he was bullied during his schooling days but he did not take it seriously and walk away from it. Friends, bullying in whatever situation or in what form is a subject that we cannot ignore. Anyone who bullies should undergo counselling to find out the root cause and  be given a  punishment accordingly so that he/she will not repeat the act again. Bullying should not be allowed to happen in the first place. Parents/Guardians on the other hand should look further into this matter if their children ever get bullied or their children are culprits. By merely saying "Don't care about them" does not help the children.  Schools should tighten their securities and promote positive values that should allow no rooms for bullying. The bullies must be sent for counselling since expelling them would not do any good but only raise the number of dropouts and they may eventually resort to gangsterism. We urge the authority and educational institutions for institutional education reform to promote positive values such as non-violence and non-discrimination. We should create a campus and society where the learning and living environment are conducive, safe and filled with hope, kindness and peace. Students on the other hand should not be afraid of standing up against this bullies by reporting this sort of incidents to appropriate authority. If bullying is non-existed, Nhaveen would not have lost his life.  Nhaveen’s mother is a single parents working hard for her children and now can you even imagine the pain and despair she is feeling. Where are the parents of the offenders? What are they even doing? We hope they would approach the victim family and offer all the help they could. But yet none shows up. All I hope is our nation should serve justice immediately and take appropriate precaution and remedy and never ever to let this happen again. I hope the sentence 'death by bullying' should never even be uttered again. I want bullying to be demolished completely. No more second Nhaveen.  #saynotobullying #justicefornhaveen  

Mukhesh Ravi
38,680 supporters
Petitioning Ram Nath Kovind, Human Rights Campaign, National Human Rights Commission, United Nations Environment Program, Tamilnadu Chief Minister, PRIME MINISTER INDIA, United Nations Human Rights Commission

Justice for Thoothukudi Shootout

Video of Police Shooting CITIZENS’ JOINT STATEMENT ON POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST STERLITE PROTESTORS IN THOOTHUKUDI Police violence in Thoothukudi has left several people dead and many more injured. Not only was this tragedy totally avoidable, it appears that the Police have even given hot pursuit and shot at women and others in fishing hamlets like Theresepuram. The sheer brutality of the police action reminds one of the manner in which the Jallikattu protests were dealt with. The Government of Tamil Nadu, Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and the Thoothukudi District Administration are squarely responsible for allowing the situation to get to this unfortunate state by allowing Vedanta Sterlite to violate environmental and land use planning laws with impunity for over two decades. The people who died are just ordinary people who have been forced to take to the streets, and march to the Collectorate to demand action from an administration that has systematically and for decades failed to enforce the law on Sterlite. The District Collector, the chairperson and member secretary of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, the Secretaries holding the environment portfolios in the central and state governments, the ministers of environment at the state and centre, and the chief minister of Tamil Nadu need to account for their inaction in the face of overwhelming evidence of illegalities, environmental harm and damage to public health. This is not the first time that Sterlite's pollution and the impunity it enjoys has been the cause of public anger in Thoothukudi. In 2013, the Supreme Court of India curiously found the company guilty of misrepresentation, unlicensed operation and polluting the environment, but allowed the company to operate after paying a small fine as it felt India needed the copper. The company failed to reform its ways even after this narrow judicial escape. The regulators -- TNPCB and Ministry of Environment and Forests -- too continued their cosy relationship with Sterlite ignoring blatant violations of statutory conditions and clear indications of pollution. It is a known fact that the state and central governments have allowed Sterlite to operate with lower-than-required chimney stacks, thereby exposing lakhs of residents to higher levels of toxic pollutants. It has ignored the tentative findings of a government medical college's health study that reported higher incidence of certain health problems among the villagers living around the factory. Let us not forget that for the second time in two months more than a lakh residents of this coastal town have taken to the streets with one clear demand: Immediate and Complete Shutdown of Sterlite. The state government and the district administration should also be blamed for failing to appreciate the depth of resentment among the people of Thoothukudi to Sterlite's illegal and polluting operations and the betrayal by the State of its people. The Government of Tamil Nadu has lost its moral right to govern, and should at the very least ensure that the senior ministers who failed to read the signs properly and take preventive action resign. But before anything else, the Government of Tamil Nadu should have the decency to declare an end to the toxic terrorism unleashed by Sterlite and permanently close down the polluting unit. --Signed: Henri Tiphagne, Advocate & National Working Secretary, Human Rights Defenders’ Alert – India ( HRDA), Executive Director, People’s WatchJustice D Hariparanthaman (Retd.)MG Devasahayam, IAS (Retd.)Vetri Maaran, FilmmakerCharu Govindan, Voices of PeopleDr. V Vasanthi Devi, Former Vice-Chancellor, Manormanium Sundaranar UniversityChandra Mohan, Arappor IyakkamG Sundarrajan, Poovulagin Nanbargal Nityanand Jayaraman, Writer and Social ActivistV. Geetha, Writer and Publisher, ChennaiPrema Revathi, Writer, Publisher and Actor, ChennaiPiyush Manush, Salem Citizen’s ForumA Mangai, ProfessorV Arasu, ProfessorR Rathindran Prasad, Filmmaker Divya Bharathi, Filmmaker Sofia Ashraf, Writer and Rapper Kavitha Muralidharan, Journalist, ChennaiSujata Mody, President, Penn Thozhilalargal SangamM. Subbu, Tamil Maanila Kattida Thozhilalar Sangam (TMKTS)Dr. Rakhal Gaitonde, Public Health ResearcherSwarna Rajagopalan, Gender Equality Activist Nadika Nadja, Writer, ChennaiL Ramakrishnan, Queer & Women's Rights activistAshley Tellis, LGBT activist Srijith Sundaram, Theatre practitioner, Kattiyakkari Amirtharaj Stephen, Photographers for Environment & Peace collectiveAnushka Meenakshi, FilmmakerIswar Srikumar, FilmmakerArchanaa Seker, Writer and ActivistSatyarupa Shekharpa Shekhar, Social Activist Om Prakash Singh, Social Activist Bharat Nayak, Founding Member & Editorial Director, The Logical IndianShweta Narayan, Environmental Researcher and ActivistDharmesh Shah, Environmental Activist & Public Policy ResearcherPooja Kumar, Chennai Solidarity GroupK Saravanan, FishermanAiswarya Rao, Public Health and Disability Rights ActivistBalaji Sampath, Activist and EducatorKaber Vasuki, Writer and MusicianShravan Krishnan, Animals Rights ActivistSudha Ramamurthy, Persons with Disabilities Rights ActivistSubathra Devi Dhanasingh, Arappor IyakkamAr Dilip Srinivasan, Admin, The New Face of Society Kavitha Rajendran, Coordinator - People’s Platform Against FascismRam vaitheeswaran, FilmmakerMythri Prasad, Associate Fellow, Institute for Human DevelopmentSudipto Mondal, Journalist, BangaloreSuseela Anand , AdvocateSandeep K, CinematographerElangovan kulandaivelu, COO, ZinneaGurumoorthy M, AID India Bangalore Chapter and EntrepreneurRajkumar Sivasamy, BangaloreSteevez Rodriguez, PhotographerVenkatachandrika R., IT EngineerRahul Muralidharan, Researcher, ChennaiT Venkat, Independent Journalist, ChennaiAnnapoorni Devaraja, Classical DancerLakshmi Premkumar, Activist, Delhi,Delfina Kanchana Sundar, Independent Researcher, ChennaiNamithaa Jayasankar, Queer Femme ActivistSamyuktha PC, Chennai, Theatre DirectorSatwik Gade, IllustratorAparnaaa Nagesh, Founder, High Kicks dance ensemble Ravindra Vijay, Actor Akhil Al Hassan, Entrepreneur Janani Sathviga, PuneSonal Jain, Social EntrepreneurPradeep Kuttuva, Researcher, Chennai Pazhani Aarya, ResearcherM.Shreela, Law studentAmba Salelkar, Advocate, ChennaiChenthil Nathan, Translator, ChennaiRamya Sadasivam, ArtistSmitha Sadasivan, Member, Disability Rights Alliance, IndiaGayatri Nair, PhotographerNilakantan RS, Data ScientistDr. Anbudorai, Psychiatrist Anand Vaidyanathan, Admin, The New Face of SocietyDhivya Balachandar, Admin, The New Face of SocietyAshwin SEthu Raman, Admin, The New Face of SocietyRajesh Ramamurthy, Admin, The New Face of SocietyDeepa Rajagopal, Admin, The New Face of SocietyKanimozhi Sathyaseelan, Admin, The New Face of SocietyJohn Kingsley Salamon, Admin, The New Face of Society

Anand Vaidyanathan Ramamoorthi
35,797 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, Human Rights Campaign, U.S. Senate, Paul D. Ryan, U.S. House of Representatives, Council of the European Union, US State Department

STOP the Israeli forces assault to Coptic monks & preserve Coptic heritage -Deir El Sultan

#CopticDeir #دير_السلطان_قبطي Current Situation Israeli soldiers and police officers are using unacceptable and excessive use of force on Coptic monks and deacons as they lawfully protested the execution of an order that contravenes a standing Israeli Supreme Court ruling on property in favor of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem.  "Coptic clergy, accompanying His Eminence Archbishop Antonios, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem, were peacefully demonstrating at the Sultan Monastery in Jerusalem’s Old City, officially the property of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Urgent restoration work has been needed for some time, and the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate had offered on numerous occasions to carry out the required work itself, but was refused. This work is now being carried out by Israeli authorities on their own terms, without the approval of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, and while preventing Archbishop Antonios access throughout. According to the 1971 Israeli Supreme Court ruling, the Coptic Orthodox Church was given sole rights over the Sultan Monastery, but to-date Israeli authorities have failed to implement the ruling, giving rise to unnecessary dissatisfaction, confusion, tension, and violent and forceful behavior against the Coptic community on numerous occasions. This can be alleviated with the execution of the aforementioned standing Supreme Court ruling of 1971 in favor of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem." -Bishop Angelos  A Brief History The Coptic Monastery of the Sultan in Jerusalem dates back to the reign of Sultan Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan (684-705 AD), who gave it to the Copts and therefore it was named Deir El-Sultan (i.e. Monastery of the Sultan). The Coptic Orthodox Church’s ownership of Deir El-Sultan was confirmed during the reign of Sultan Salah ad-Din in the twelfth century. Deir El-Sultan is part of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. The Monastery is located on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and has an entrance leading into the Church. It covers an area of 1,800 square meters. In the middle of the outer courtyard it contains the dome of the Church of Saint Helen. It also contains two ancient churches on the southeast side of the monastery, the first is the Church of Archangel Michael and the second is the Church of the Four Living Creatures. On the eastern side of the courtyard there are rooms where the Copts host some of the Ethiopian monks alongside the Abbot’s room where a Coptic monk resides. In the latter half of the seventeenth century, the Ethiopians turned to the Coptic Church to find a temporary shelter because the ownership of their Churches was transferred to the Roman and Armenian churches in 1654. This occurred because the Ethiopian Church was unable to pay their taxes. The Coptic Church in Jerusalem hosted the Ethiopian monks temporarily as guests in Deir Al Sultan.  On October 17th, 1820, the Coptic Church renovated Deir Al Sultan, and this required all residents, both Copts and Ethiopians to temporarily vacate the Monastery. The Ethiopian monks were allowed to return to stay as guests in the monastery in 1840 as members of the Coptic Church. Some persons representing foreign governments spread seeds of discord between the Copts and the Ethiopians and they urged the Ethiopian monks to repeatedly attempt to seize the monastery. This occurred on: - November 1850, the Ethiopians tried to seize the key of Deir El-Sultan, but it was returned to the Copts according to an official document by the Ottoman Empire on February 3rd, 1851.  - In 1862, they once again attempted to seize the key, but the key of the monastery was returned according to an official document by the Ottoman Empire on March 9th, 1863. - In 1888, the Copts made renovations to one of the churches of Deir Al-Sultan with the official permission of the Jerusalem Municipality. The Ethiopian monks tried to prevent the Copts from completing the renovations. The Copts filed a lawsuit to the Ottoman Ministry of Justice in Istanbul on December 2nd, 1891. The Ottoman Sultan decided on January 18th, 1894 that the Copts had the right of ownership of Deir El-Sultan, obliging the Ethiopians to stay away. - In 1906, the Ethiopian monks requested to renovate the monastery as an initial step in the attempt to seize it. Therefore, the Coptic Church hastened to file a request for renovation, which was approved by the concerned official authorities in 1910, confirming the Copts’ right to manage Deir El-Sultan. - In 1945, during the British mandate, the Ethiopians painted one of the rooms in which they lived. The governor of Jerusalem sent a letter to them confirming that this work may not be considered in the future as a presumption supporting any of their rights in Deir El-Sultan. He sent a copy of this letter to Coptic Bishop in Jerusalem. - In February of 1959, the Ethiopians misled the Jordanian administrator of Jerusalem, convincing him of their right to Deir El-Sultan. The Jordanian government handed Deir El-Sultan over to the Ethiopians by force on February 22nd, 1961. The Patriarch, Pope Cyril VI, sent a delegation of Archbishops to meet with His Majesty, the King of Jordan. They provided the King with documents proving the Coptic Church’s ownership of the monastery. His Majesty issued a decision on April 1st, 1961 to cancel the previous decision and to form a ministerial committee to study the documents submitted. Accordingly, the committee issued a decision annulling the previous decision issued on February 22nd, 1961, and confirmed the right of the Copts in the ownership of Deir El-Sultan and the need to return the keys to the Coptic Church. - On April 25th, 1970, during the Holy Resurrection Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Israeli government sent military forces who enabled the Ethiopians monks to seize Deir El-Sultan and change the locks. They gave the new keys to the Ethiopians. When the Coptic monks knew this, they rushed to Deir El-Sultan to recover their property, but the Israeli forces forcibly prevented the Bishop of the Copts and all those with him from entering Deir El-Sultan. The Bishop of the Copts immediately filed a lawsuit in the Israeli Supreme Court, which unanimously decided, on March 16th, 1971, to return the keys of the Monastery to the Copts. However, the Israeli government has refused to implement the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court since 1971 to the present day. - On September 22nd, 2017, as a result of renovations on the roof of the Greek Orthodox Church adjacent to Deir El Sultan, a small stone fell from the roof of the Church of Archangel Michael, one of the two churches in Deir El Sultan. This led to the closure of the church by the Dangerous Buildings Department of the Jerusalem Municipality until the completion of renovations and the repair of the damage to the roof of the church. For some strange reason, all the preliminary consultations and inspections of the damage were done without notifying the Coptic Church, the owner of the property. We therefore contacted the concerned departments and authorities to express our dissatisfaction at this complete disregard of our ownership of the property. We asked in writing to have the necessary repairs done at our own expense. The request was refused, and the government offered to do the repairs as a neutral party. We gave them some conditions in order for us to accept this and we also sent a letter stating the conditions. As we did not receive any reply, we sent several other letters to confirm our readiness to complete the repairs at our expense. We sent the engineering report, the blueprints, and the Contract Agreement to the engineering office assigned with the renovations of the archaeological sites in order to start the necessary repairs, but we have yet to receive any written response. On the evening of Thursday, October 19th, 2017, the government-appointed engineer tried to admit the equipment to begin repairs without notifying us in writing. All of us, as monks, deacons, sub-deacons, led by our Archbishop, rushed to perform a peaceful protest in front of Deir Al Sultan’s gate to prevent the entry of any equipment for repair. Some officers from various parties tried to convince us to allow the equipment to enter the site, but we refused this without prior coordination in order to preserve our rights. The Egyptian Embassy intervened in this matter, and this led to the delay of the work until coordination in writing is made with us. It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry firmly supports the Coptic Church in its legitimate demand for its right to restore a Coptic Egyptian monument, on the basis that Deir El-Sultan is a matter that concerns Egypt and not only the Church.  We call upon all parties concerned to support the Coptic Church in preserving its property in the Holy Land.

Andrew Costandi
34,997 supporters
Petitioning Ram Nath Kovind

Make Cantonments A Secured Place For Personnel and Families #CloseAllCantonmentRoads

To The Hon'ble President of India,
 Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces,  Rashtrapati Bhawan
 New Delhi 110004भारत के माननीय राष्ट्रपति, भारतीय सशस्त्र बलों के सर्वोच्च कमांडर, राष्ट्रपति भवन नई दिल्ली 110004 &  To all who want to build a NATION as a NATION ...and NOT DIVIDE IT ... FOR PERSONAL GAINS/और उन सभी को जो राष्ट्र के रूप में राष्ट्र बनाना चाहते हैं ... और इसे वितरित नहीं करें ... व्यक्तिगत लाभ के लिए  Ref: The review of closure of roads undertaken by the MoD on 19 May 2018रेफरी: 1 9 मई 2018 को एमओडी द्वारा किए गए सड़कों को बंद करने की समीक्षा We are the families of armed forces personnel living in various cantonments in India. With regard to the referred matter we would like to put forth the following points हम भारत में विभिन्न कैंटनमेंट्स में रहने वाले सशस्त्र बलों के परिवारों के परिवार हैं। निर्दिष्ट मामले के संबंध में हम निम्नलिखित बिंदुओं को प्रस्तुत करना चाहते हैं 
 1. The cantonments ( herein after referred to as cantts) are our homes for the duration and time of service of the member of our family serving the country in uniform. We take extreme pride and care in maintaining high standards of living within its premises.1. कैंटनमेंट (यहां कैंट्स के रूप में संदर्भित करने के बाद) हमारे परिवार के सदस्य की वर्दी में देश की सेवा करने की अवधि और समय के लिए हमारे घर हैं। हम अपने परिसर में रहने के उच्च मानकों को बनाए रखने में अत्यधिक गर्व और देखभाल करते हैं। 
2. Our children play in parks fearlessly, study in schools mostly located within the cantt premises and grow up in these cantts learning to be respectful of the environment and abide by the motto that cleanliness is next to godliness.2. हमारे बच्चे निर्विवाद रूप से पार्कों में खेलते हैं, ज्यादातर स्कूलों में अध्ययन करते हैं जो ज्यादातर कैनेट परिसर के भीतर स्थित होते हैं और पर्यावरण के प्रति सम्मान करने के लिए सीखने वाले इन कैंटों में बड़े होते हैं और यह सुनिश्चित करते हैं कि स्वच्छता ईश्वरीयता के बगल में है। 
3. The soldiers who are posted to border areas can do their duties without any worry about their families back home because usually they are safe and secure in the Separate Family Accomodations in cantt areas.3. जिन सैनिकों को सीमावर्ती इलाकों में तैनात किया जाता है, वे अपने परिवारों के घर पर किसी भी चिंता के बिना अपने कर्तव्यों का पालन कर सकते हैं क्योंकि आम तौर पर वे कैंट क्षेत्रों में अलग परिवार के निवास में सुरक्षित और सुरक्षित हैं। 
4. Most family accomodations, parks, shopping complexes, movie theatres and other places where we avail of fauji amenities are not enclosed by boundaries in most cantt areas. Your order regarding the opening of roads will greatly affect the security of these places.4. अधिकांश पारिवारिक आवास, पार्क, शॉपिंग कॉम्प्लेक्स, मूवी थिएटर और अन्य जगह जहां हम फाउजी सुविधाओं का लाभ उठाते हैं, अधिकांश कैंट क्षेत्रों में सीमाओं से घिरे नहीं होते हैं। सड़कों के उद्घाटन के संबंध में आपका आदेश इन स्थानों की सुरक्षा को बहुत प्रभावित करेगा।
 5. Each one of us has lived in cantts for several years and has never heard of events such as eve teasing, littering and other petty crimes. Your decision has lead to removal of all barricades and check posts and stoppage of all checking by sentries leaving us seriously vulnerable to such incidents.5. हम में से प्रत्येक ने कई वर्षों तक कैंटों में रहना है और कभी भी चिढ़ाते हुए, कड़वाहट और अन्य छोटे अपराधों जैसी घटनाओं के बारे में कभी नहीं सुना है। आपके फैसले से सभी बाधाओं को हटाने और पदों की जांच और प्रेषणों द्वारा सभी जांचों को रोकने का कारण बन गया है जिससे हमें ऐसी घटनाओं के लिए गंभीर रूप से कमजोर बना दिया गया है। 
6. Till date we could stay safely within the cantts knowing no matter what the dangerous nature of the jobs of our serving family member is, his/her family is secure in a cantt. The sense of safety and security was wiped away in an instant with your order to open cantt roads.6. आज तक हम कैंटों के भीतर सुरक्षित रूप से रह सकते हैं, इससे कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ता कि हमारे सेवारत परिवार के सदस्य की नौकरियों की खतरनाक प्रकृति क्या है, उसका परिवार कैनेट में सुरक्षित है। कैंट सड़कों को खोलने के आपके आदेश के साथ तत्काल सुरक्षा और सुरक्षा की भावना दूर हो गई थी। 
7. In today's civilian society even the smallest apartment complex, mall, theatre has security guards put in place by the management. In your eyes we do not deserve even this minimum security that our civilian counterparts enjoy. With your order you have taken away the right of the armed forces personnel to protect his own home.7. आज के नागरिक समाज में भी सबसे छोटे अपार्टमेंट कॉम्प्लेक्स, मॉल, थिएटर में सुरक्षा गार्ड रखे गए हैं। आपकी आंखों में हम इस न्यूनतम सुरक्षा के लायक नहीं हैं जो हमारे नागरिक समकक्षों का आनंद लेते हैं। आपके आदेश के साथ आपने अपने घर की रक्षा के लिए सशस्त्र बलों के कर्मियों का अधिकार हटा लिया है। 
8. It is moot to bring to your notice once again that the attacks by terrorists on army camps have increased in recent times as we, the family members are seen as soft targets. Before your decision is defended on the grounds that cantts in sensitive areas will not be opened for public thoroughfare let us assert strongly that every single cantt is a sensitive area. Nothing stops an anti national element from attacking a unguarded soft target with open access anywhere in the country.8. यह एक बार फिर से नोटिस लाने के लिए प्रेरित है कि हाल के दिनों में सेना शिविरों पर आतंकवादियों द्वारा किए गए हमलों में वृद्धि हुई है, क्योंकि परिवार के सदस्यों को नरम लक्ष्य के रूप में देखा जाता है। इससे पहले कि आपके निर्णय का बचाव उन आधार पर किया जाता है जो संवेदनशील क्षेत्रों में प्रवेश नहीं कर सकते हैं, सार्वजनिक गहनता के लिए खोला नहीं जाएगा, हम दृढ़ता से जोर देते हैं कि प्रत्येक एकल कैंट एक संवेदनशील क्षेत्र है। देश में कहीं भी खुली पहुंच के साथ एक अनियंत्रित नरम लक्ष्य पर हमला करने से एक विरोधी राष्ट्रीय तत्व को रोकता नहीं है।
 9. In the case of occurrence of such an incident as above mentioned PLEASE inform us who in your Government will take responsibility for the same. FURTHER, HOW YOU CAN ASSURE THAT SOLDIERS WILL NOT GO AMOK IF THEIR NEAR AND DEAR ONES ARE HARMED BY ANEs COURTESY SUCH ORDERS.9. उपरोक्त उल्लिखित घटना की घटना के
मामले में कृपया हमें सूचित करें कि आपकी सरकार में कौन जिम्मेदारी लेगा। इसके अलावा, आप कैसे आश्वस्त कर सकते हैं कि सैनिकों को अजीब नहीं लगेगा अगर उनके पास और भय किसी भी तरह के आदेशों से प्रभावित हैं। 
 10. We have been extremely aggrieved by this decision to open all roads and the methodology that is being followed to implement the said order as it puts us in the path of mortal danger and affects our rights enshrined in the Constitution under Article 21. MORE PAINFUL IS THE FACT THAT ALL WAS DONE TO APPEASE THE VOTE BANK SQUATING ON LANDS ABUTTING THESE CANTTS. WE MAY NOT A COLLECTIVE VOTE BANK FOR ANY POLITICAL PARTY BUT FACT REMAINS OUR DEMOCRACY HAS SURVIVED SO LONG DUE TO SACRIFICES MADE BY OUR SOLDIERS AND SUPPORT EXTENDED BY US TO THEM TO CARRY ON ASSIGNED DUTIES.10. हम इस सड़कों और कार्यप्रणाली को खोलने के इस फैसले से बेहद परेशान हुए हैं, जो कि आदेश को लागू करने के लिए किया जा रहा है क्योंकि यह हमें प्राणघातक खतरे के मार्ग में रखता है और अनुच्छेद 21 के तहत संविधान में हमारे अधिकारों को प्रभावित करता है। अधिक दर्दनाक यह तथ्य है कि सभी को इस कंटेंट्स के खिलाफ लैंड्स पर वोट बैंक स्क्वाटिंग की उम्मीद है। हम किसी भी राजनीतिक दल के लिए एक संग्रहित वोट बैंक नहीं कर सकते हैं लेकिन तथ्य यह है कि हमारे लोकतंत्र हमारे सैनिकों द्वारा समर्थित सैकड़ों लोगों के लिए इतने लंबे समय तक बचाया गया है और उन्हें सौंपी गई ड्यूटी पर कैर्री करने के लिए समर्थन दिया गया है। 
 11. Also kindly note that the State has a moral duty to ensure the minimum safety of families of armed forces personnel living within cantts while our men/women in the forces are gone for long hours, months or years protecting our country.11. कृपया ध्यान दें कि राज्य के पास कैंटों के भीतर सशस्त्र बलों के कर्मियों के परिवारों की न्यूनतम सुरक्षा सुनिश्चित करने के लिए नैतिक कर्तव्य है, जबकि हमारे पुरुष / महिलाएं लंबे समय तक, हमारे देश की रक्षा करने के महीनों या वर्षों तक चली जाती हैं। 
 12. We proudly state that we are THE STRENGTHS BEHIND THE SOLDIERS the pillars on which our armed forces stand and we shall come forth and fight, adopting all legal recourses available to us, when our security, our safety and OUR WAY OF LIFE is threatened. 12. हम गर्व से कहते हैं कि हम सैनिकों के पीछे ताकत हैं जिन पर हमारी सशस्त्र बलों खड़े हैं और हम बाहर आकर लड़ेंगे, हमारे लिए उपलब्ध सभी कानूनी संसाधनों को अपनाएंगे, जब हमारी सुरक्षा, हमारी सुरक्षा और जीवन के हमारे रास्ते को धमकी दी जाएगी । 
 13. In light of the above mentioned points, please review your order regarding opening of roads in cantts and the methodology being used to enforce the said order and let this reversal be implemented with same electrifying speed as it was done to open it.13. उपरोक्त उल्लिखित बिंदुओं के प्रकाश में, कृपया कैंटों में सड़कों को खोलने और उस आदेश को लागू करने के लिए उपयोग की जाने वाली पद्धति के बारे में अपने आदेश की समीक्षा करें और इसे उलटने के लिए इसे एक ही विद्युतीकरण गति के साथ लागू किया जाए क्योंकि इसे खोलने के लिए किया गया था। 14. One would agree that even commercial places like malls are small offices have checks at their gates ... the list is unending.... so it seems in the order of priority the armed forces of the nation don't stand anywhere...... they should be on the road and live like second class citizens in the same nation where they are not able rather allowed to protect themselves..... it's a black day for you as the supreme commander of armed forces...... who is so disconnected with its own forces. Even Hr managers speak to its employees as a routine.....have you ?14. कोई इस बात से सहमत होगा कि मॉल जैसे वाणिज्यिक स्थान भी छोटे कार्यालयों के पास उनके द्वार पर जांच है ... सूची अनदेखी कर रही है .... इसलिए यह प्राथमिकता के क्रम में लगता है कि देश की सशस्त्र बलों कहीं भी नहीं खड़ी हैं। ..... वे सड़क पर होना चाहिए और उसी देश में दूसरे वर्ग के नागरिकों की तरह रहना चाहिए जहां वे खुद को बचाने की अनुमति नहीं दे रहे हैं ..... यह आपके लिए सशस्त्र बलों के सर्वोच्च कमांडर के रूप में एक काला दिन है। ..... जो अपनी ताकतों से इतनी डिस्कनेक्ट हो गई है। यहां तक कि मानव प्रबंधकों ने अपने कर्मचारियों से नियमित रूप से बात की ..... क्या आप? 15. It's not just about roads ..... it's respect and dignity.... the incidents outside gates really show that your organisation which you head is not respected...... so why don't you remove the army laws too which makes serving soldiers akin to bonded labor. These bonded labor at all levels don't have the right to voice IIRC ....which has given the country a wrong opinion of the armed forces15. यह सिर्फ सड़कों के बारे में नहीं है ..... यह सम्मान और गरिमा है .... द्वार के बाहर की घटनाएं वास्तव में दिखाती हैं कि आपका संगठन जिसका आप सिर करते हैं उसका सम्मान नहीं किया जाता है ...... तो आप सेना को क्यों नहीं हटाते कानून भी जो बंधुआ श्रम के समान सैनिकों की सेवा करता है। इन स्तरों पर इन बंधुआ श्रमिकों को आईआईआरसी आवाज का अधिकार नहीं है .... जिसने देश को सशस्त्र बलों की गलत राय दी हैकॉपी सीओएएस, क्यूएमजी और संबंधित डीजी को अनुमोदित किया जा सकता है ...   Thanking you 

 











 

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