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Petitioning Julian Hill, Andrew Wilkie MP, Marise Payne

Free Julian Assange, before it's too late. Sign to STOP the USA Extradition

This is a global petition to Free Julian Assange and to stop the legal precedent being established of a USA Extradition for a non USA journalist that exposed USA war crimes. This petition is the largest petition in history to have been presented to the International Criminal Court (The Hague). This is also the largest petition in history to have been successfully Tabled (accepted into Parliament) in both houses of the Australian Parliament. On January 4, 2021 this petitioned campaign helped secure a "Stop to the USA Extradition". Together with many individuals and teams around the world we are now on a pathway to Free Julian Assange. Unfortunately however, as of January 11, 2021 the entities that perpetrated the war crimes that Julian Assange's publications revealed have indicated they will appeal the decision to STOP the USA Extradition of Julian Assange from the U.K. to the USA to be tortured for a further 175 years. This petition invites everybody from every nation to sign and join this critically important campaign to Free Julian Assange.  We helped Stop the USA Extradition now we focus to Free Julian Assange and return him to the love of his family. Further, this petition will drive to prosecute the alleged complicit "public officers" of the UK, Sweden, Ecuador and Australia that allegedly together manifested a situation that deliberately and by design subjected Julian Assange to psychological torture. The process of delivery of psychological torture to Julian Assange continued even though public statements by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture determined that Julian Assange was being subjected to cruel and degrading treatment that resulted in case of verified psychological torture as determined by implementation of the Internationally recognised Istanbul Protocol by a team of medical experts. On August 10, 2021 we delivered this petition at 619,900+ signatures to the International Criminal Court's (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan.  Together with the 570,000+ signatories petitioned of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on January 15, 2021. We resubmitted because the Chief Prosecutor had changed since our first submission. This petition represents the largest petition ever presented to the ICC since it's inception. This petition has delivered a request for escalation of request of petition notices (Ref. Doc. Aug. 5, 2020 Notice 1 & Aug. 27, 2020 Notice 2) to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. (Scroll down to see the script copy of this document pasted at the foot of welcome page). Verified instances of psychological/mental torture is determined by the International Criminal Court (ICC), as constituting a "crime against humanity". We the signatories consider it of international significance, because we allege that state sponsored psychological torture has been administered to Mr Julian Assange and continued in spite of official determination and notification by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.   Julian Assange is a journalist that published whistle-blower sourced evidence that revealed systemic governmental criminality including clear and obvious war crimes. The deliberate targeting of persons known and identified as providing first aid to the wounded and then ordering their slaughter is an undeniable war crime. https://youtu.be/UaqY12VHFv4 To then subject the journalist that revealed those war crimes to psychological torture is a crime against humanity. We allege that the psychological torturing of Julian Assange is being delivered by public officers of ratified nations to the 1997 Rome Convention to the ICC. If we allow Julian Assange (multi-awarded journalist) who is not a USA citizen and who was not in the USA when he published news to be extradited to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment and possible execution, then we no longer live in a democratic society. To allow Julian Assange to be extradited for his publishing in the public interest would place every woman, child and man in western society under USA extraterritorial authoritarian rule. History proves that this always leads to the next brutal dictatorship which will assassinate, execute or permanently silence any person that publishes evidence that exposes the “authorities” criminality.    Feb. 10, 2020 this petition was Tabled in the House of Representatives (Lower House) of the Australian Parliament, by Andrew Wilkie MP https://andrewwilkie.org/massive-petition-to-free-julian-assange-tabled-in-australian-parliament-today/ https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1226749989738573825?s=20 Together with the Tabling in the Australian Senate (Upper House) of the Australian Parliament by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson on November 12, 2019.https://twitter.com/SenatorSurfer/status/1194524951044227072?s=20 It is considered unprecedented to have a petition now covering the entire Australian Parliament as it has been individually Tabled in both houses of the Australian parliament. We are a massive force now and exercising that people power to the MAXIMUM. We demand direct senior Ministerial intervention to stop the torturing of Julian Assange and to prevent a continuation of this travesty and clear perversion of legal process. We demand Julian Assange be immediately freed. See George Christensen MP on Feb. 7, 2020 on Assange in the Australian Parliament.  https://www.facebook.com/gchristensenmp/videos/306278656995310/ This petition is now represents the Largest petitioning of the International Criminal Court  (The Hague) in history. This petition is the largest in any form to have been tabled in both houses of the Australian Parliament (since 1901).  and represents a huge level of support from around the world and continues to grow. We are getting stronger every minute of every day. Please Join us. Headline from the Australian Parliament's official website: “A petition is basically a request for action. The right to petition Federal Parliament has been one of the rights of citizens since federation, and it is the ONLY way an individual can directly place grievances before the Parliament.”  https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Petitions The Petitioner and on behalf of Signatories is now exercising that right. By carefully following these petitioned demands legitimate grievances will be resolved. This petition demands: No USA Extradition of Julian Assange. With immediate affect Julian Assange to walk out of prison and torture.  Freedom for Julian Assange The Australian government is hereby instructed that they are to facilitate the granting of freedom to Julian Assange so that he may walk out of torture and be free to go wherever he wishes.  The Morrison government is instructed to follow Liberal Party policy procedure where in extenuating circumstances the Prime Minister will intervene and make high level representations to their Ministerial counterparts in jurisdictions where an Australian’s human rights are being violated. This standard procedure was witnessed in the intervention by the then LNP Prime Minister John Howard after Barnaby Joyce’s raising of the matter concerning “Habeas Corpus” in relation to David Hicks. The same occurred with the LNP Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intervening at the March 2018 ASEAN meeting when he and his team raised the matter of James Ricketson with Hun Sen of Cambodia (Ricketson had been detained on “Espionage” charges). So to be clear it is standard practice and procedure that an Australian LNP Prime Minister directly intervenes in situations of exceptional circumstance as was the case with David Hicks, James Ricketson and is the case with Julian Assange. Why shouldn’t Julian Assange receive the same level of involvement by the Prime Minister and or Foreign Minister as others have received in similar situations. “Julian Assange has suffered enough. It's time to end this geopolitical madness. The man's an Australian. He's not an American. He wasn't in the US when he spoke out about war crimes. Put simply, he must be allowed to return to Australia.” Andrew Wilkie MP & Co Chair of the “Bring Assange Home” Australian parliamentary group. https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1184253581660016640?s=20 On 28 January 2020: “News from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe –Comprising 324 parliamentarians from the 47 countries of the Council of Europe https://twitter.com/CoE , speaking for 830 million Europeans The @CoE Assembly, in a resolution on media freedom, declares that the detention and prosecution of @wikileaks founder Julian #Assange "sets a dangerous precedent for journalists" and calls for his prompt release”. The full resolution: http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=28508&lang=en On February 8 2020. Listen to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel and Degrading Treatment, who extensively investigated the Assange case states that the evidence against Julian Assange has been "Fabricated" https://youtu.be/f9KRxF9oVxQ Julian Assange is an Australian Citizen and as such it is the fundamental responsibility of the Australian Government to protect and ensure his human rights are not violated and to this end the Australian Government has failed. It can also be stated that the Australian Government to date has been silently complicit in the psychological torture of Mr Julian Assange. Julian Assange is an Australian citizen and journalist who is currently a political prisoner in London. He is facing extradition to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment and possible execution for publishing news material that was in the public interest. The information contained in his publications were not sourced by him, but rather were delivered to him by whistleblowers. Whistleblower sourced information is the usual occupational practice of an investigative journalist in a functioning democracy. This case highlights clear human rights abuses of Julian Assange, serious perversions of justice and a direct attack on the very fabric of democracy across western democracies. Further, in light of the concerning deterioration of Julian Assange’s state of health and with Covid19 already causing the death of other prisoners in Belmarsh (HMP) Prison, politicians who may be perceived as “somewhat” responsible should seriously consider how citizens would react if Julian Assange was to die in prison or be viewed shuffling in shackles in an orange fashioned Guantanamo torture jumpsuit. Responsible politicians would be best advised to deal with this matter via this legal and peaceful petitioned action and this petition provides that platform for praise and endorsement. We support responsible politicians doing the right thing and winning political points from 92% of Australians as per (60 Minutes Australia) polling that want the Australian Government to intervene and Bring Assange Home. Yes 92% is across the political spectrum. We agree nobody is above the law. As Jeremy Hunt MP wished we will “stand together to make it an international taboo, of the highest order to murder, arrest or detain journalists just for doing their job”. (Jeremy Hunt April 6, 2019). https://twitter.com/FCDOGovUK/status/1114199640625295361?s=20 You can read more about this campaign in the updates below. Please, sign and share this petition. Thank you. Phillip Adams The Petitioner ======================================== Read more detail below on this petition's Submission of the largest ever petitioning of the International Criminal Court. 619,000 signatory strong petition delivered to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court's  (The Hague). On August 10, 2021 as well as on January 15 , 2021 to request an escalation of preliminary investigation request, with reference to Notice 1 Aug. 5, 2020 and Notice 2, August 27, 2020. We resubmitted to the ICC because the Chief Prosecutor changed around June/July, 2021. ----------------------- Petition Delivery: International Criminal Court, The Hague 619,900 signatories August 10, 2021 Petition To:     Chief Prosecutor Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan                                                             International Criminal Court: The Hague                                                                       Petition To:     Deputy Prosecutor Mr James Stewart                                                                           International Criminal Court: The Hague Dear Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, We deliver this 619,900-signature petition in accordance with International Criminal Court (ICC) protocols to request that the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) immediately escalate to a preliminary investigation into alleged crimes against humanity by Public Officers of ratified nations to the 1997 Rome Convention. Mr Julian Assange (Former Editor in Chief of Wikileaks) published evidence of war crimes and we allege that as a direct consequence of his publishing in the public interest that some Public Officers of the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Sweden, and Australia have been subjected Mr Julian Assange to cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture which is a crime against humanity as per ICC classification. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture made public statement on May 31, 2019 (appendix. 1)  that “Mr Assange has been exposed to various forms of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment that cumulatively have the same effect as psychological torture”. We allege that some Public Officers of the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and Ecuador have worked together to deliver cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture in breach of international law. Signatories to this 619,900 strong petition as well as the UN Special Rapporteur and countless others from around the world have repeatedly raised this serious matter with responsible Public Officers in accordance with due process. We have adhered to peaceful activism and have followed the spirit and ethos of the institution of the International Criminal Court and to date we have only witnessed a continuation of the cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture that now instruct falls under the jurisdiction of the ICC. We now call on the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as per administrative protocols to escalate requests for preliminary investigation pertained in this petition submission together with Petition Submission January 15, 2021, Petition Notice documents 1 delivered to the OTP on August 5, 2020, Petition and Notice 2 delivered to the OTP on August 27, 2020. (See Appendix A, 7 & 8). To torture a publisher for exposing war crimes is a crime against humanity. The International Criminal Court was formed as a peaceful legal pathway to investigate and prosecute international crimes that it has been notified of and which are being perpetrated despite repeated notification over an extended period of time. We now call on the Chief Prosecutor to investigate the actions of Public Officers that have and are continuing to perpetuate psychological torture on a publisher/journalist/Australian Citizen who published evidence of war crimes. Yours Sincerely Phillip Adams Australian Citizen and Petitioner https://www.change.org/Free-Julian-Assange-before-its-too-late Appendix Appendix A: https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/28367219 Appendix 1: United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel and Degrading Treatment Reference: https://youtu.be/ErW1taJEPrs Appendix 2: Preamble to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reference: https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ “Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,… “ “Article 5: of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human RightsNo one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Appendix 3: Reference: https://www.change.org/Free-Julian-Assange-before-its-too-late Appendix 4: Reference Petition Notice 37, 38, 39, 40, 41  https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/25396955 Appendix 5: Petition Official Tabling in the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia and accepted into official Australian Parliamentary Hansard https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1226749989738573825?s=20 Appendix 6: Petition Official Tabling in the Senate of the Parliament of Australia and accepted into official Australian Parliamentary Hansard https://twitter.com/SenatorSurfer/status/1194524951044227072?s=20 Appendix 7: Petition Notice 1. Delivered to the OTP of the ICC August 5, 2020 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/27599933 Appendix 8: Petition Notice 2 Delivered to the OTP of the ICC August 27, 2020 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/27448320 -------Below this line is a copy of the January 15, 20221 submission--- Petition Delivery: Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague 570,000 signatories as at January 15, 2021 Petition To:     Chief Prosecutor Ms Fatou Bensouda                                                                       International Criminal Court: The Hague                               Petition To:     Deputy Prosecutor Mr James Stewart                                                                       International Criminal Court: The Hague Dear Ms Fatou Bensouda, This petition document includes 570,000 signatures from citizens around the world and in accordance with International Criminal Court (ICC) protocols we now deliver to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC a request for escalation of preliminary investigation into an alleged crime against humanity by mental/psychological torture of Mr Julian Assange.  Mr Julian Assange published evidence of war crimes and then was and has continued to be subjected to cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture as punishment for his publishing in the public interest. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture made public statement on May 31, 2019 (appendix. 1)  that “Mr Assange has been exposed to various forms of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment that cumulatively have the same effect as psychological torture”. We allege that some public officers of the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and Ecuador have worked together to deliver cruel and degrading treatment amounting to psychological torture in breach of international law. Signatories of this 570,000 strong petition, the UN Special Rapporteur and many others from around the world have repeatedly raised this matter in accordance with due process and by peaceful means and to date we have not seen a meaningful investigation into and prevention of this alleged international crime that falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. We now call on the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as per administrative protocols to escalate requests for preliminary investigation pertained in Petition Notice documents 1 delivered to the OTP on August 5, 2020 Petition Notice 2 delivered to the OTP on August 27, 2020. (See Appendix 7 & 8) Yours Sincerely Phillip Adams Australian Citizen and Petitioner https://www.change.org/Free-Julian-Assange-before-its-too-late   Appendix Appendix 1: United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel and Degrading Treatment Reference: https://youtu.be/ErW1taJEPrs Appendix 2: Preamble to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reference: https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ “Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,… “ “Article 5: of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human RightsNo one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Appendix 3: Reference: https://www.change.org/Free-Julian-Assange-before-its-too-late Appendix 4: Reference Petition Notice 37, 38, 39, 40, 41  https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/25396955 Appendix 5: Petition Official Tabling in the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia and accepted into official Australian Parliamentary Hansard https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1226749989738573825?s=20 Appendix 6: Petition Official Tabling in the Senate of the Parliament of Australia and accepted into official Australian Parliamentary Hansard https://twitter.com/SenatorSurfer/status/1194524951044227072?s=20 Appendix 7: Petition Notice 1. Delivered to the OTP of the ICC August 5, 2020 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/27599933 Appendix 8: Petition Notice 2 Delivered to the OTP of the ICC August 27, 2020 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition/u/27448320

Phillip Adams
665,600 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Marise Payne, Hon Christian Porter MP,, Senator Penny Wong, Tony Abbott MP, Scott Morrison

Marise Payne, act now to ​#BringJamesRicketsonHome​ or my innocent father will die in jail

VICTORY! James Ricketson is now free, thanks in no small part to everyone who signed this petition. Dad wants to thank you all for your ongoing support, we couldn't have done it without you. Now, we hope that we can channel that incredible energy: we want to get impoverished Cambodian families out of the rubbish dumps they live in, and into homes. Visit Family by Family to learn how you can help.  My Australian adopted dad, James Ricketson has the kindest heart - yet he’s holed up in a Cambodian prison without even having committed a crime. Unless the Australian government responds quickly, my innocent dad could die in jail. I’m petrified - every day matters now as he gets sicker. I’m so worried for dad’s rapidly deteriorating health - He is almost 70  frail and squashed in a tiny cell with 140 others. It’s so cramped, they have to take it in turns to lie down. Body lice are eating him alive. Dad is an Australian documentary maker/journalist. His only crime is kindness and using his award winning documentaries to portray the truth. The Cambodian government is holding him indefinitely without charge for the ridiculous and untrue accusation of espionage / spying as an Australian citizen - which carries 15 years. All he did was fly a drone over an opposition party rally, which isn’t even illegal. There is a new Foreign Minister – Marise Payne – who hasn’t made up her mind on James’ case yet. Dad was making a documentary about Australia’s abused street kids when he adopted me and loved me as his own daughter. He saved my life. He was one of the first men in my life to show me kindness but now the Australian government has turned their back on him. 

Roxanne Holmes
106,890 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Marise Payne

Save Hakeem

UPDATE: 27 Jan 2019 - Hakeem has spent more than 60 days in prison waiting for the Thai authorities decision. He is currently held at Bangkok Remand Prison (Klong Prem Central Prison), after the court given Bahrain 60 days period (until 8 Feb 2019) to submit the official request.  A refugee football player from Melbourne who has been detained at Bangkok Airport since 27 November, has now been placed in Suan Plu (Bangkok) Immigration Detention Centre and is facing deportation back to Bahrain, the country from which he sought refuge and where he fears torture and persecution.  On 27 November, Hakeem Al-Araibi had travelled from Australia to Thailand to with his wife.  On arrival, he was detained at Bangkok Airport by Thai authorities on the basis of an Interpol Red Notice.  The Notice relates to politically motivated charges issued in Bahrain against Al-Araibi.  It is noted that since 2015 Interpol has said it would not allow red notices against confirmed refugees and asylum seekers from the countries they fled from. Human rights activists in both Australia and Thailand and the Australian football community,  campaigned for the release Al-Araibi and highlighted the responsibility of both Australia and Thailand to protect Al-Araibi, a refugee who fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to his brother's peaceful involvement in protests against the ruling family during the Arab Spring of 2011.   Al-Araibi had arrived in Australia in 2014 and was granted refugee status and permanent residency.  He has worked hard to build a future here in Australia.  Last season he played for Pascoe Vale Football Club, taking the position of defence.  He played at the National premium League for Victoria.  He has been signed by the club for the upcoming season in 2019.  The Chairman of Pascoe Vale Club, Lou Tona, told the ABC that Al-Araibi “was a respectful kid, a respectful person within the teammates…. He never got out of line, he’s just a quiet unassuming character.  I just hope that him and his wife are ok”. Activists are demanding to allow Hakeem to return back to his current country Australia to save him from the imminent danger if deported to Bahrain. Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch, said “Under no circumstances can he be sent to Bahrain…. Interpol Red Notices do NOT apply to recognised refugees like Hakeem al-Araibi”.  Mr Robertson added that “MFAThai should coordinate with DFAT& Refugees to ensure that he is not forced back to Bahrain to face imprisonment and torture”. Yahya Alhadid, president of Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR), said: “Al-Araibi had publicly criticized senior members of Bahraini royal family, he conducted interviews with media outlets and exposed the blatant violations which are committed in Bahrain. Deporting him to Bahrain puts him at significant risk and endangers his life. We call on the Australian Government to fight to get him back safe and save him from the imprisonment and torture he will face in Bahrain for unfounded and politically motivated charges.” If we won the battle Hakeem will be returned safely to his current country Australia and will continue to contribute to the society he lives and plays soccer in. However, if we lost the battle he will be deported to Bahrain as imprisoned there over political charges. Reports from Bahraini prisons reveal that the wellbeing of the political prisoners is at risk as there is no respect for the minimum standards of their basic rights, and their lives are in real danger.

Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR)
76,029 supporters
Petitioning Marise Payne

Seek Discussion with Australian Federal Government to review Torres Strait Treaty

China has just signed a MOU with PNG to build a $200m fishing facility on Daru Island. It is imperative that Torres Strait Islander leaders discuss this issue with Australian Federal Government and the Minister for Foreign Affairs- Marise Payne, to review the Torres Strait Treaty, which allows PNG Nationals to fish in Australian waters. Daru Island is the closest PNG island to Australia, and only on the doorstep of the Torres Strait. Torres Strait Islanders hold grave concerns and are anxious for their jobs, livelihoods, families, communities and culture, and believe the $200m Chinese facility will “vacuum” all of the seafood, destroy their fisheries industry and run dry environmental resources. Torres Shire Mayor Vonda Malone: “We have to stand up and voice our concerns about it, because it will be on our doorstep. It will affect our communities, our people, our families, our resources” “We are dealing with a country that does not have the same values as us”   There are concerns as to why China is investing so much money into a fisheries facility located in an area that has few fish, and many are not convinced this facility will be used entirely for said purpose. How will small fisheries compare to a multi-million dollar facility, it will not be sustainable, and will be highly likely that China will take advantage of the Torres Strait Treaty to fish within Australian waters.   RENEGOTIATION OF OF TREATY MUST HAPPEN NOW! AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST LISTEN TO TORRES STRAIT LEADERS- give back authority, and provide protection, so that Chinese facility cannot gain access to Australian waters, if or when it moves in. 

Sari-Ella Thaiday
64,869 supporters
Petitioning Marise Payne, Christian Porter

Prevent domestic violence tragedies. Make coercive control illegal.

In light of the recent murder of Hannah Clarke and her three beautiful children by their father, we say enough is enough. It's time that the government makes a meaningful and immediate change by outlawing controlling behaviours that lead to violent tragedies. That's why I'm calling to make coercive control illegal. Coercive control is described as a wide range of controlling behaviours that one person commits against another person (usually a current or former intimate partner). These behaviours collectively strip the other person of their autonomy and sense of self-worth. This typically involves some or all of the following: physical violence, intimidation, degradation, isolation and regulation. Some coercive control behaviours are already illegal, but not enough are. Coercive control can take many forms, all of them doing harm and laying the foundation for further violence. For example, some offenders have: - threatened to expose private photographs of their partner or ex-partner-prevented their partner from ending the relationship by threatening to, or actually engaging in, self-harm- confiscated or destroyed their partner’s mobile phone-deleted all male contacts on their partner’s social media-threatened to or actually harmed their partner’s pets-demanded that their partner eat certain foods-demanded that their partner sleep on the floor-prohibited their partner from seeking or continuing employment-controlled their partner’s finances, with one giving his partner an allowance out of her own income-conducted regular inspections of their partner’s home or body for evidence of infidelity. For all the work that has been done to end family violence in recent years, it is surprising to note that most of the above behaviours – with the exception of actual or threatened physical violence and stalking – are not criminal. The only way these violent behaviours are at all illegal are when an individual has been issued an intervention or protection order - but what message does it send to victims if the abuse they suffer is only criminal if it violates a court order? We have seen the horrific reaction some violent partners have to an AVO. We need to get in early, and prevent things escalating to tragedy by making coercive control illegal. Coercive control is already illegal in the UK. Why not in Australia? How many more lives are to be taken for any change to occur? Please sign and share this petition to make a stand against all forms of violent behaviour. We need to do all we can to end family violence.

Shannan Thomas
40,588 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Marise Payne

Bring Hazem Home

UPDATE: On Wednesday 6th of March, Hazem was released from police custody. When he tried to leave with his daughter and return to Australia, he was turned back and denied exit. He's remains stuck in Cairo. We're now petitioning for Australian authorities to do more to assist Hazem and Saja to come home. We will not rest until Dad is back in Brisbane.                                                                  * * * Last year, our dad was arrested and jailed in Egypt after he flew to Cairo to join us for a family holiday.Needless to say, this devastated our family.Egypt has been known for undertaking random arrests and throwing people in jail while they say they are doing investigations to find evidence. Our dad has now been in Tora Prison in Cairo for a year and we are scared we might never see our dad again.We waited for a year to see if the Egyptian authorities would either release or charge dad, but no evidence has ever been presented to justify him being in prison. And so he remains in limbo and alone in prison, thousands of kilometres away from his family.We don’t want to wait anymore. We want the Australian authorities to do more to help us find a resolution for our father and to bring him home. Since no evidence has been shown, we want dad released and brought back home to Australia. It is a grave perversion of justice to imprison a man without evidence or a clear reason. Help us bring our family back together by signing this petition and demanding that the Australian government stand up for its multicultural citizens. We love our dad and we miss him immensely, all we want to do is have him home with us again.*Note: All donations at change.org are directed to promoting the petition and supporting change.org. They are not given to the family.

The Hamouda Family
20,855 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Marise Payne

Get Waled Home

Thank you for signing this petition to #GetWaledHome The petition is not only about securing this Australian man’s freedom, but potentially helping to save his life from the ravages of a crowded and unhygienic Egyptian prison during a pandemic. Waled Youssef is from Sydney, and he is a dedicated family man and runs his own small business. Waled has been married to his Australian-born wife for 15 years and they have two young children. On a family trip to Egypt in January 2020 to visit his sick mother, Waled took his family out for a day of sightseeing. They visited the Pyramids in Giza and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. After a long day, the family stopped in at a shopping mall near Tahrir square to purchase souvenirs for family members back in Australia and innocently took a photo as a momento of what they thought had been a memorable day. But that photo marked the end of their idyllic day out: They were stopped by Egyptian police; interrogated about the photo they had just taken; and Waled and his wife driven to a police station for questioning. While Waled's wife was eventually permitted to leave, Waled was kept in detention. After some time in police custody, Waled was moved to the dreaded Tora Prison, known for its human rights violations. Waled has been accused by the authorities of joining a banned Egyptian group based on an old “like” on a Facebook post. However, Waled has no affiliations to any groups in Egypt and is not politically active. He is also not the first person visiting Egypt to face imprisonment for such unfounded and dubious accusations. As a dual Australian-Egyptian national, Waled is one of a number of dual nationals unlawfully detained in recent years in an Egyptian prison. Since his arrest in Egypt, Waled’s family has worked hard behind the scenes to find a resolution, but this had proved unsuccessful. Now, they are speaking out. His family increasingly fear for Waled's life, noting the squalid and crowded conditions of Tora prison during the Covid-19 pandemic make him extremely susceptible to contracting the virus. Waled's family and friends are calling on the Australian government to do more to help Waled, and to bring him home so that he can be reunited with his family. Your signature on this petition will support us to send strong message to the Australian government and get Waled home.

Get Waled Home
20,019 supporters
Petitioning Linda Reynolds, Scott Morrison, Marise Payne

Gulf livestock 1 - Please bring them home!

Please bring our boys home!We are writing to you as the parents, parents in law, wife and family of Lukas Orda, one of the Australian nationals still missing after the sinking of Gulf Lifestock One on September 2. We also include William, the two New Zealand and the 36 men from the Phillipines in our plea. We as the family of Lukas including his parents Sabine and Ulrich Orda are devastated to hear that the search for the missing crew members was stopped last night. We appreciate all the help that DFAT and its staff members have done to support us and the other families. We are also greatly appreciative of the work and dedication of the Japan Coast Guard who risked their lives to save them. However, we cannot understand this decision in light of the following:The Australian Consular Emergency Centre advised us on September 7 that information supplied by the Philippines Consul-General (Osaka) from one of the survivors who was washed overboard (short version):When the engine of the ship failed in the storm the captain called all crew on the bridge in life vests to enter the lifeboats. Three crew could not reach the bridge and were washed overboard. When a big wave hit the ship and pushed it on the side the second survivor was washed off the bridge and lights went off. There is no further information. It is extremely concerning that given this above information that the search would be suspended as this provided evidence that people were unlikely to be trapped on the ship and could be still floating in the ocean awaiting rescue. I am also aware that a second typhoon has swept through the area after finding three crew members, however no one has provided any information to say that this would have changed outcomes for the remaining crew. Currently there has been no sightings of any other dead bodies of the remaining 40 crew, 4 life rafts and 1 lifeboat which still have not been found accounted for. I am under the belief that these vessels self-deploy in the event of a ship going down, so even if not all were freed (dependent upon the way the ship sunk), I ask youwhere are the remaining vessels?  Therefore, there is a strong possibility that at least some of the crew members including Lukas and William made it into a missing lifeboat or raft. Yes, a second Typhoon that passed through the search area would have displaced the vessels a relevant distance from the original search area, however we are a nation of people who always strive to succeed in many times overwhelming odds to eventually prevail.  Therefore, as parents we implore and you to assist us in getting this search resumed to provide some closure and answers to this tragedy that is affecting our own nationals, our ANZAC partners and Philippines nationals. We help so many other nations especially in our region and I am sure with some discussion we could enlist other nations including our own to continue the search after the Japanese Government has made such a tremendous effort to find our loved ones. We have set the bar high previously with our own searches for the missing Malaysian flight MH370 along with the successful rescue of other seafarers. We in this case do at least have relatively reliable information regarding the last known location of the vessel along with modern technology and satellite equipment to provide a high chance of a better outcome than MH370.

Tobias Orda
61,799 supporters
Petitioning Scott Morrison, Marise Payne

Stop Australian arms sales to Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates

Yemeni People have been under fire since March 2015. Saudi and Emirati led coalition have been targeting civilians, residential neighbourhoods, schools, school busses, markets, hospitals, and every vital facility in the country, leaving tens of thousands of victims, including children, women, and elderlies. The siege imposed on all Yemeni ports had contributed to the suffering of the Yemenis. The Saudi and Emirati led coalition has been preventing ships that carry oil and fuel, medications, and even food from entering the country. Thus, Yemen is considered "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world" as at least 80% of the population (over 24 million people) are in need of humanitarian assistant. In March 2020, UNICEF estimated that 2 million children under the age of 5 suffer from acute malnutrition and require treatment. Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates are using the arms and weapons they buy from other countries to worsen the humanitarian situation in Yemen and to target the civilians. Australia is one of the countries which export arms to Saudi Arabia and UAE. A document was leaked in 2019 that contains information of an arms shipment sent to Saudi Arabia. The Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) is a part of the Australian Arms Control Coalition which is calling on the Australian Government, since 2019, to halt exporting weapons to the aforementioned countries. The matter was brought to the attention of Australian officials, and they were addressed and urged to take a step in the right direction and stop selling their arms to the countries which violate human rights. Even though there was an argument that there is no evidence of using Australian weapons in Yemen, but providing Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates with the arms is enough to encourage them to continue their brutal war to destroy every living being in Yemen. Recently, the United States of America and Italy blocked arms exports to Saudi Arabia and UAE over the war crimes committed in Yemen. So, help us call on the Australian Government to: Stop selling Australian arms to Saudi Arabia and UAE Pressure Saudi Arabia & UAE to end the blockade on all Yemeni ports Send urgent humanitarian aids to the Yemeni people Urge Australia's allies and assist to reconstruct Yemen

Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR)
16,625 supporters