- Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women
- Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women
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 invites everybody from every nation to sign and join this critically important campaign to Free Julian Assange and to save our Democratic rights. Julian Assange has been determined by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture or other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment as being subjected to psychological torture. Psychological torture is determined by International Criminal Court (The Hague) as constituting a "crime against humanity". 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 and 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 the Largest 'E' Petition ever successfully tabled in the Australian Parliament and is now the 3rd largest petition overall to be successfully tabled in the history 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 on at least on bail. Freedom for Julian Assange The Australian government is hereby instructed that they are to facilitate the providing of a bail application via consular presentations on behalf of Julian Assange so that he may walk out of torture regardless. These instructions come from signatory John Shipton (Julian’s father Dec. 18, 2019). If Julian Assange is not absolutely allowed to walk out as a free man, then bail must be allowed, for his wellbeing as he has done nothing wrong. Get bail organised Now. 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). 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 delivery to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (The Hague) August 5, 2020 to request a preliminary investigation. Petition To: Chief Prosecutor Ms Fatou Bensouda. International Criminal Court: The Hague Petition To: Deputy Prosecutor Mr James Stewart. International Criminal Court: The Hague Petition To: The Hon. Marise Payne, Senator. Minister for Foreign Affairs Petition To: The Hon. Scott Morrison, MP. Prime Minister of Australia Notice To: The Hon. Boris Johnson, MP and all Members Government of the United Kingdom Dear Ms Fatou Bensouda, On behalf of 491,368 Signatories that form one of the largest petitions tabled in the history of the Australian Parliament (since 1901), we bring this matter of alleged Crimes Against Humanity for preliminary investigation by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Instances of state sponsored psychological torture have been determined as occurring in London U.K. by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. This determination was established after assessment of Julian Assange by way of the Istanbul Protocol by a team of specialised medical experts. Instances of “psychological torture” are determined as “crimes against humanity” as per the 1997 Rome Convention. Specifically the psychological torturing of Julian Assange has been perpetrated in London U.K., by way of a systemic process involving the apparent direction or inferred complicit direction of public officers of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Ecuador and Australia. On May 31, 2019 United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture or other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Prof. Nils Melzer said after his visit to Belmarsh Prison in London to visit Julian Assange and in the company of two medical experts. “I am appalled at the sustained and concerted abuse that this man has been exposed to at the hands of several democratic states over a period of almost a decade and I am gravely concerned of the prospect of a possible extradition to the USA. I am worried he would be exposed to a politicised show trial in violation of his human rights”…… “I went to the prison with two very experienced specialised experts in examining, identifying and documenting symptoms of both physical and psychological torture. We ran medical protocols called the Istanbul Protocol, which are recognised protocols to examine torture victims to have an objective medical assessment. Mr Assange showed all the symptoms that are typical for those exposed to prolonged psychological torture.” “My assessment is that Mr Assange has been exposed to various forms of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment that cumulatively have the same effect as psychological torture. Now because Mr Assange’s has been confined to a very controlled environment for about seven year with very little outside influence it is possible to identify the causal relationship between the medical symptoms and the actual causes of those symptoms with a high degree of certainty.” “Our conclusions are that; first of all it is the concerted efforts of various states to hand him over to the United States, which is the elephant in the room. That is the one fear he has had since 2010 when he first published large amounts of compromising information about the United States and soon after he was then exposed to a relentless campaign of judicial persecution, I’d say because it is an abuse of the judicial system in order to try to extradite him to the US and get him to be prosecuted for a row of offenses as we have now seen under the Espionage Act.” “I believe Mr Assange has a credible case and a credible fear that he would not get a fair trial in the USA and he would not be safe and protected from the types of detention and treatment that would violate the convention against torture.” “Since 2010 he has increasingly been exposed to a public campaign or of public mobbing, vilification and intimidation ranging from deliberate ridicule to insults and upto actually open calls for his assassination and murder. This without the concerned governments ever interfering and trying to protect him for this type of unacceptable threats. All of these elements have contributed to a level of stress and anxiety that would be unbearable for anyone….resulting in what amounts to psychological torture. “ ….. “It is important to see that the Swedish prosecution, the Ecuadorian authorities and also UK Judicial authorities so far have not shown judicial impartiality and objectivity that is required under the rule of law. He has been expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy without any due process of law and we are talking about the formal lifting of an asylum status and the suspension of his nationality/citizenship which normally would not be done obviously by a president under a unilateral decision. But this should be a court proceeding where the concerned person would have the right to defend themselves. The way the Swedish prosecution has been conducted also shows that Mr Assange was not given the opportunity to defend himself properly against charges of sexual misconduct without at the same time having to expose himself to a possible extradition to the USA, which obviously was not related to the sexual offenses. …So for 10 years his reputation and credibility and his human dignity have been gravely affected by these allegations and the Swedish Prosecution deliberately prevented him from actually taking an official position against that.” “Now in the UK courts we have seen a similar type of bias. It was the same day that he was dragged out of the Embassy after more than 6 years and the same day he was pulled into the UK court. He was reportedly given less than 15 minutes with his defence lawyer to prepare a defence. Then in a very short hearing he was convicted of bail violation and the judge even insulted him by calling him a ‘narcissist who can not get beyond himself’. Now as a lawyer, having worked at court myself, I can not imagine how a judge could come to such a conclusion when the defendant didn’t say anything else in that hearing other than saying ‘I plead not guilty”. Source: https://youtu.be/ErW1taJEPrs “Should we extradite to Germany’s Hitler someone who has revealed the existence of concentration camps and genocide, regardless to how that information was obtained? I don’t think so.” Anne Ramberg, Secretary General Swedish Bar Association comments in relation to the breech of legal principals in the treatment of Julian Assange. https://www.globalresearch.ca/head-swedish-bar-association-condemns-handling-assange-case-uk-sweden-deplorable/5677741 Former Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) says "It is deeply shocking that as a mature democracy in which the rule of law and the rights of individuals are preserved, the UK Government has been silent and has taken no action to terminate such gross and disproportionate conduct by Crown officials. Many countries in the world look to Britain as an example in such matters." Nov. 12, 2019, petition tabled in the Australian Senate of the Australian Parliament by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Greens. https://twitter.com/SenatorSurfer/status/1194524951044227072?s=20 Feb. 7, 2020, George Christensen MP LNP & Co Chair of the “Bring Assange Home” Australian Parliamentary Group https://www.facebook.com/watch/?t=2&v=306278656995310 Feb. 10, 2020, petition tabling in the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament, by Andrew Wilkie MP Ind. https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1226749989738573825?s=20 Feb. 25, 2020, Zali Steggal MP Ind. said in relation to the government’s failures in protecting Julian Assange and the free press https://www.zalisteggall.com.au/zali_steggall_mp_speaks_on March 7, 2020, Julian Hill MP ALP: Speaks out to free Julian Assange https://youtu.be/7cXOLAS-dx0 Oct. 16, 2019 “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 28 January 2020: “Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe–Comprising 324 parliamentarians from the 47 countries of the Council of Europe, 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”. http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=28508&lang=en Yours Faithfully, Phillip Adams Petitioner, Australian Citizen, Brisbane Australia http://www.change.org/JulianAssange Istanbul Protocol Submitted to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 9 August 1999 participating Organisations: Action for Torture Survivors (HRFT) Geneva, Amnesty International London, Association for the Prevention of Torture Geneva, Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer Berlin, British Medical Association (BMA) London, Center for Research and Application of Philosophy and Human Rights Hacettepe University Ankara, Center for the Study of Society and Medicine Columbia University New York, Centre Georges Devereux University of Paris VIII Paris, Committee against Torture Geneva, Danish Medical Association Copenhagen, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology University of Colombo, Ethics Department, Dokuz Eylül Medical Faculty Izmir Turkey, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme Gaza, German Medical Association Berlin, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) Ankara, Human Rights Watch New York, Indian Medical Association and the IRCT New Delhi, Indochinese Psychiatric Clinic Boston United States of America, Institute for Global Studies University of Minnesota United States, Instituto Latinoamericano de Salud Mental Santiago, International Committee of the Red Cross Geneva, International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations Amsterdam The Netherlands, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) Copenhagen, Johannes Wier Foundation, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights New York, Physicians for Human Rights Israel Tel Aviv, Physicians for Human Rights Palestine Gaza, Physicians for Human Rights USA Boston, Program for the Prevention of Torture Inter-American Institute of Human Rights San José, Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists Istanbul Turkey, Special Rapporteur on Torture Geneva, Survivors International San Francisco United States, The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) Minneapolis United States,The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture London, The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture Cape Town South Africa, Turkish Medical Association Ankara, World Medical Association Ferney-Voltaire France. https://www.un.org/ruleoflaw/files/training8Rev1en.pdf
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.
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.
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.
Allow Uighurs trapped in Xinjiang to join their families in Australia
China has imprisoned over one million Uighurs in concentration camps, and imposed stringent surveillance on the rest of the Uighur population in Xinjiang province, in a campaign that is effectively ethnic cleansing. The small Uighur community in Australia is desperate to get their families out. Husbands are waiting for wives, and for children they have not seen in years. Foreign Minister Marise Payne has expressed deep concern about what is happening in Xinjiang. But there is a simple, small step that she, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Immigration Minister David Coleman can take: pressure China to release the families of Australian Uighurs, and give them visas.
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.
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.
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.
Help release Australian human rights advocate Chau Van Kham from the Vietnamese Government
70-year-old Australian father and community leader Mr Chau Van Kham was sentenced to 12 years in Hanoi prison for alleged “terrorism” against the Vietnamese government. The Vietnamese government has a long standing history of using arbitrary laws to silence and punish political dissent in violation of international law. Now, an Australian citizen is facing a severe penalty for supporting peaceful pro-democracy advocation in the country. This harsh sentence was imposed after a 10 month long detention, where he was given a limited number of supervised consular visits. With the sentence now delivered, the prison has banned all visits, Australian consulate or otherwise. His family has not seen or heard from him since the start of his sentence. It has been a long and silent 4 months. With no contact or update on which prison he’s been transported to, the family have no idea whether he is dead or alive. This has been particularly stressful in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic which has spread across Vietnamese prisons. The authorities have also denied Mr. Chau’s blood pressure medication sent by his sister. Mr. Chau’s pre-existing health conditions and old age will likely mean that he will not survive til the end of his 12 year sentence to see his family again. We call on the Australian government to intervene immediately to protect the civil and human rights of its Australian citizens. It is the government’s duty to put its foot down when the corruption of other states have impacted its citizens and families grieving for their inequitable loss - particularly, as it is these hard working, fiercely fighting Australian citizens that make up the fair and proud nation that Australia represents.
Hong Kong is under humanitarian crisis , Please defend against atrocities with us
With various ironclad evidence lately, Hong Kong has proven to be a police state under martial law leading to a severe humanitarian crisis and the threat of a modern genocide is close. Therefore, may we send you with our heartiest requests for your kindness & mercy to assist us in the following ways:1) To introduce and pass the Global Magnitsy Human Rights Accountability Act (Australia) within a short course to sanction government officials and police authority who severely suppress human rights in the city of Hong Kong. The Act will stand for the safeguarding and maintaining the universal value of of human rights, freedom and justice.2) To offer Hong Kong citizens a safe haven by extending Hong Kong citizens' visa to enable their residency in Australia. Furthermore, please consider and provide special arrangement to assist and fast-track with the asylum seeking application filed by Hong Kong citizens' who are facing genuine risk of possible harm and personal safety concern should they return to Hong Kong. 3) To condemn the Hong Kong government for their violent suppression against the general public and to ensure the safety of all Australian citizens who are currently residing in Hong Kong. Please join us in safeguarding the human rights, justice and democracy by signing this petition to express and extend your support and stand with the Hong Kong citizens. Thanks a lot!By AussieHongkongers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aussiehongkongers/