Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Free Nazanin Ratcliffe
My wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37 year old charity worker, was on holiday visiting her family in Iran. She was at the airport returning to the UK on the 3rd April when she was detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. She has been transferred to an unknown location in Kerman Province, 1,000 kilometres south of Tehran, and is being held in solitary confinement. Gabriella Ratcliffe our 22 month old daughter (who has British citizenship only) has had her British passport confiscated, and is stranded in Iran with her grandparents. Nazanin has not been allowed to access a lawyer or her daughter. She has not been able to call out of the country to speak to me, her British husband, and the Red Cross have not been able to make contact. There have been no charges. Nazanin has informed her family that she has been required to sign a confession under duress, its content unknown. Her family have been informed that the investigation relates to an issue of ‘national security’. It is hard to understand how a young mother and her small child on holiday could be considered an issue of national security. She has been to Iran to visit her family regularly since making Britain her home. Nazanin currently works as a project manager for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation; which delivers charitable projects around the world. It does not work in Iran. Nazanin has now been in solitary confinement for over 30 days. Please help bring my wife and daughter home by signing my petition calling on our Prime Minister Theresa May to use her power and intervene.
Free Women's Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi
Narges Mohammadi is a prominent human rights defender in Iran who campaigns for justice, gender equality and stopping the death penalty. She should be lauded for her courage and efforts. Instead she's been languishing in Iran's notorious Evin Prison for more than one year and has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after an unfair trial for trumped-up national security related charges. Please join our urgent call on Iranian authorities to release Narges Mohammadi immediately! This isn't the first time Narges has been persecuted for her peaceful human rights work. She was first targeted by the authorities in 2009 when she was charged with “propagating” against the nation’s Islamic system and barred from delivering a speech about the role of women and democracy in Iran at a conference organized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative on behalf of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. This harsh sentence comes after years of harassment punctuated by intermittent periods in detention, which have inflicted a devastating toll on Narges' health and emotionally scarred her two young children. She is critically ill, suffering from a blood clot in her lungs and a neurological disorder that has resulted in seizures and temporary partial paralysis. She requires ongoing specialized medical care, which she cannot receive in prison. Despite doctors’ recommendations that she remain in hospital for treatment, she has continuously been transferred back to prison, putting her health further at risk. Narges has consistently received degrading and inhumane treatment from prison officials. Authorities have used access to her nine-year-old twins as a tool to punish her, denying her telephone contact. When Narges undertook a hunger strike to protest the authority’s refusal to let her speak with her children, it triggered global outrage and thousands of people, including more than 100,000 Iranians, posted messages in solidarity through a Twitter campaign. After 20 days, Narges was able to speak with her children. She wrote an open letter, expressing heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supported her cause and highlighting the plight of political prisoners in Iran: “I[‘ve] received beautiful, kind and heart-warming messages from friends, compatriots, fellow prisoners, my dear colleagues from inside and outside the country, and human rights organizations […] With all my heart and soul, I thank each and every single dear person who, through their writings and comments and following up [of my case], resulted in the voice of my protest being heard.”This cruel punishment for her "crimes" reflects the Iranian authorities' recently intensified repression of women’s rights activists in the country. Since January 2016 more than a dozen women’s rights activists in Tehran have been summoned for long, intensive interrogations by the Revolutionary Guards, and threatened with imprisonment on national security-related charges. Narges Mohammadi's courageous human rights work should be celebrated, not punished. She should be with her family, not facing 16 years in prison. Join our urgent call on Iranian authorities to release Narges Mohammadi immediately.
Open Letter on Implementing and Strengthening the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
To the heads of government of the top 25 greenhouse gas-emitting countries, We urge you to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change if you have not already done so, and to implement the measures necessary to fulfil the pledges you gave there without delay. Unfortunately, even if all governments implement the unconditional pledges they have made so far, global warming is still likely to reach about 2.7°C above pre-industrial levels. Therefore, much more vigorous action is necessary for a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 2°C. Furthermore, the Paris Agreement recognises that limiting global warming to 1.5°C rather than 2°C ‘would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change’, and therefore governments meeting in Paris agreed that they would pursue ‘efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C’ (Article 2.1.(a)). Limiting global warming to 1.5°C requires even more radical and vigorous action. Consequently, we also urge you to strengthen the pledges you have given, to put them in line with what is required to meet the 1.5°C target, and to implement the measures necessary to fulfil those pledges as quickly as possible. Such measures include accelerating energy efficiency efforts; rapid decarbonisation of the global energy and industry sectors; immediate removal of all fossil fuel subsidies; no new fossil fuel extraction projects or power generation plants; and urgent exploration, development, and scale-up of negative emission technologies. There is no more time to waste. The longer the governments of the world take to implement more ambitious climate policies, the worse the effects will be, especially for the world’s poor, for future generations, and for non-human species. The failure to implement such policies swiftly would therefore be a shameful abdication of our moral responsibility. We would appreciate hearing back from you with regards to your plans to implement the pledges you made in the Paris Agreement, and to strengthen those pledges in line with the 1.5°C degree target. Global Climate Change Week in conjunction with Climate Scorecard
Free Iranian human right activist Narges Mohammadi
Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian woman in her forties and the mother of two young children, is a longtime activist for human rights and women’s rights, who has been in and out of prison for the last fifteen years. She served as Executive Chair of the Center for Human Rights Defenders, where she was closely associated with Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi. The Center was closed by the Iranian government in 2008. Narges Mohammadi also founded and worked for an organization to oppose the death penalty. In May, 2016, she was sentenced to sixteen years in prison for her non-violent human rights activities. She is currently serving this sentence in Evin Prison, and she is suffering from several severe medical problems such as seizer, long and neurological problems. Narges has consistently received degrading and inhumane treatment from prison officials. Authorities have used access to her ten-year-old twins as a tool to punish her, denying her telephone contact. When Narges undertook a hunger strike to protest the authority’s refusal to let her speak with her children, it triggered global outrage and thousands of people, including more than 100,000 Iranians, posted messages in solidarity through a Twitter campaign. After 20 days, Narges was able to speak with her children. Narges Mohammadi's courageous human rights work should be praised not punished. Amnesty International has designated Narges Mohammadi a Prisoner of Conscience. 15 Iranian parliamentarians have called for her release, urging the Government "to apply the clemency and mercy of the Islamic republic" and to reunite her with her children. We join in this appeal. Free Narges Mohammadi! نرگس محمدی فعال حقوق بشر ایرانی است که به خاطر فعالیتهای صلح جویانه خود چندین بار به زندان افتاده. آخرین بار در سال ۱۳۹۵ به ۱۶ سال زندان محکوم گردید که دادگاه تجدید نظر هم این حکم را تایید کرد. او حتا از تماس تلفنی با فرزندان ۱۰ ساله خود محروم گردید، که منجر به اعتصاب غذای او در زندان شد، در پی این اعتصاب غذا و افزایش فشارهای بین المللی نرگس محمدی اجازه تماس تلفنی با فرزندان خود را یافت. او از بیماریهای بسیار همانند تشنّج، مشکلات ریوی و نرولژیکی رنج میبرد. سازمان عفو بین الملل خواهان آزادی فوری نرگس محمدی گردیده. فعالیتهای او باید مورد تشویق قرار گیرد نه اینکه سبب زندانی شدن او گردد. ما خواهان آزادی سریع نرگس محمدی هستیم
We Demand A No Fly Zone Over Syria
Over 250000 people have died. Whole apartment blocks have been razed. Even Hospitals have not been spared. Cities now have no running water and winter is about to set in. How many more must die before we say, enough. Aid needs to get into areas affected but cannot happen with the current indiscriminate bombardment. Most of the casualties are from indiscriminate bombings of the current regime and outside powers. Stop the bombardment. So that aid can get in to the starving children and wounded civilians. Stop the suffering. Support this petition in the name of humanity.
Adultery and concubinage, private crimes comitted by married people.
Adultery and Concubinage, results into broken family. To become one is to become faithful, loyal, honest and trustworthy to whom do you want to be with eternally. But, why do some people doesn’t know how to contented? Why did they do things without even thinking what would be the impact into their lives? Why do they choose fleeting happiness? Why do they don’t think about their family? All I can say, being committed is totally complicated. On their wedding day, the bride and groom promise to be faithful to each other “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” Sooner or later, all couples face the “worse” or “poorer” or “sickness” in their marriage. At these times of difficulty, married couples benefit tremendously from the support of their Church family, friends, and relatives. Conflicts is normal in marriage. But then, when it gets too much, it’s not good in relationship. The most common conflicts now that married couples facing is the situation in which one of their partners engage in having a mistress or an affair with another person. Misunderstanding and struggles came into existence. And it could be one of the factors they’ve separated. Maybe also, early marriage can be a factors too. Nowadays, marriage people do divorce. Having an affair towards another person when your married to someone is considered as a sin. It seems that you’re not been contented and you did not even value what you’ve promise to God, the vow you made, together. It is considered as a private crime which most of marriage people committed. Crime committed by a married woman who shall have sexual intercourse with a man not her husband, it could be charged as ADULTERY. And, crime committed by a married man who shall keep a mistress in the conjugal dwelling, shall have sexual intercourse with her under scandalous circumstances can be charged as CONCUBINAGE. Then, when this related issues hits family, im sure the effect would not be good. There’s only two option, whether family was be still one, but not like the same as what they’ve used to trait one another or else, family will be destroyed. So, In this regulation, I firmly believe that this must be good to have. Because, this policy brief provides recommendations on how to address the inequalities in the law while still protecting the institution of marriage. So, I myself would say that this laws was really worth fighting for. In order to have an effective marriage, you must respect each other, appreciate your partner's strengths as well as their weaknesses, learn to value your marriage, and learn not to deal with temptation. Remember, all marriages are incompatible. All marriages are between people from different families, people who have a different view of things. The magic is to develop binocular vision, to see life through your partner’s eyes as well as through your own.”