I am Urmia Lake
من دریاچه ارومیه هستم
Help me save my children from Boko Haram
My name is Nkechinyere Jonathan. I’m 45 years-old, from Nigeria and mother to four children. In 2013 I was an English teacher in a city in the north of my country when the terrorist group Boko Haram arrived, terrorizing my community with violence and closing schools. They kidnapped our students and I never saw them again – and neither have I seen my children since that horrible time. Boko Haram wanted to impose new rules but I did not agree with their violence or the way they prohibited girls from going to school. So I began giving classes within a church in my city, and for that received several death threats – so much that I was terrified to walk in the streets. Out of my group of 15 teachers, 10 were killed and 5 escaped our town. Sign my petition to help me get my children back. In order to survive, I too had to escape Nigeria and leave my children behind. I knew that my daughter was in the most danger, so I left her in the care of my sister in a small village away from Boko Haram. Mine was a long journey, but in July of 2014 I arrived in São Paulo, Brazil, with my passport and visa. I applied for asylum from the Brazilian government, but over two years later still have not received the documents I need in order to bring my children over. I need your your help. Join me in asking the Brazilian government to recognize me as a refugee so that I can bring my family over to Brazil, safe from Boko Haram. One month ago, my son Victor was victim of a bomb attack in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria. When I found out, I felt so desperate – without the proper documents, I can’t do anything to protect my children. Victor survived the attack but with massive burns on his legs. For my children’s safety, I’m asking Brazilian authorities to give me asylum so I can bring my children to live by my side in peace and safety in Brazil.
METTONS FIN AUX STRATÉGIES DE VIOLENCES SEXUELLES CONTRE LES ENFANTS EN SYRIE
En six ans de guerre, peu de crimes ont été épargnés aux Syriens. Massacres, tortures, bombardements, armes chimiques... L’un d'entre eux reste encore passé sous silence : le viol des enfants. Dans les geôles du régime de Bachar Al-Assad, aux checkpoints ou durant les raids, les filles et garçons des opposants, les très jeunes révolutionnaires, sont abusés dans le chaos et l’impunité la plus totale. #L’HISTOIRE DE NORA, 11 ans En mai 2011, Nora, 11 ans, est arrêtée près de Deraa par des soldats de l’armée de Bachar Al-Assad à la recherche de son père. « Nous allons prendre votre fille en otage jusqu'à ce que votre mari se rende », annonce l’officier à sa mère. Mais, alors même que le père de la fillette s’est constitué prisonnier, elle reste enfermée 45 jours avec 40 femmes et enfants. Dès le premier jour de sa détention, des pilules sont distribuées à toutes les prisonnières. Les plus jeunes se voient également administrer des injections. Selon des analyses médicales réalisées après la libération de Nora, des hormones auraient été injectées à la petite fille. Dans quel but ? Certainement pour faire perdre à son corps les dernières traces de l’enfance. Car au 40ème jour de détention, les geôliers ordonnent à Nora et aux autres enfants de « se tenir prêts ». Les petits imaginent que leur libération est proche. Il n’en est rien. Nora est emmenée hors de sa cellule et déshabillée par les soldats qui l’introduisent dans une pièce. Là « un homme aux cheveux gris », le directeur de la base, l'attend, nu. « Il m’a prise. Et m’a violée. Il a couché avec moi », racontera plus tard Nora à sa mère, Fatima. La maman continue : « Il lui a donné une petite pilule jaune et lui a fait une injection dans le bras droit. Il l'a frappée si fort que tout a tourné autour d'elle. » Le lendemain matin, la petite fille se réveille dans une salle d'interrogatoire. Ses jambes sont couvertes de sang et plusieurs officiers l’entourent. Nora ignore ce que ces autres hommes lui ont fait. Mais elle se souvient très précisément de l’homme qui l’a violée. #DES VIOLENCES ORGANISÉES« Il existe des preuves que des filles et des garçons d'à peine douze ans subissent des violences sexuelles, y compris de la torture physique sur leurs organes génitaux et des viols », constate en 2013 Save The Children, une des plus importantes organisations internationales, dans son étude Childhood under Fire.En 2014, dans une publication du secrétaire général de l'ONU sur « les enfants et le conflit armé en Syrie », les enquêteurs n'hésitent pas à affirmer que « cette violence (contre les enfants) servirait à humilier, blesser, obtenir des aveux forcés ou faire pression sur un parent pour qu'il se livre ». Raids dans les maisons, checkpoints ou geôles du régime, si le cadre varie, la stratégie reste la même. Un ancien directeur de prison confirme : « Parfois les ordres sont littéralement : 'Trainez cet individu en dehors de sa maison'. S'il n'est pas là, on peut prendre n'importe qui, sa femme, ses filles...Et nous les gardons jusqu'à ce que l'homme recherché se constitue lui-même prisonnier. » Ce qui est arrivé à Nora, la fillette de Deraa.En Syrie, le viol des enfants – indistinctement filles et garçons – est ainsi devenu une « arme » au service de la machine répressive du régime. Cette stratégie a été sciemment mise en place comme le démontre l’enquête que nous avons publiée sur Mediapart. #NOTRE ENGAGEMENTEn tant que producteurs et réalisateurs militants, parce que nous croyons que nous avons tous une responsabilité pour changer les mentalités et les systèmes qui perpétuent l'impunité, et parce que jusqu'à présent le pouvoir politique ne s'est pas montré à la hauteur, nous avons décidé de lancer le mouvement ZERO IMPUNITY. Pour que ces crimes ne restent pas impunis, pour qu'ils ne se reproduisent plus. #NOTRE ACTION : UNE ENQUÊTE INDÉPENDANTE DE L’ONU Afin de construire les bases d’une action juridique internationale, il est indispensable de demander la première enquête indépendante diligentée par l’ONU sur les violences sexuelles commises à l'encontre des enfants en Syrie.MOBILISONS-NOUS, SIGNEZ LA PÉTITION ET DEMANDONS AU SECRÉTAIRE GÉNÉRAL DE L’ONU, M. ANTONIO GUTERRES, D’AGIR.
Cese de bombardeo en Aleppo, Siria, para que puedan salir los civiles
PROPUESTA: TRES DÍAS DE CESE DE BOMBARDEO Y QUE LEVANTEN EL SITIO A ALEPO (Siria). ¡72 HORAS X VIDAS! PARA QUE LOS CIVILES PUEDAN IRSE PARA QUE LOS MÉDICOS PUEDAN ENTRAR A ASISTIR A LOS HERIDOS PARA QUE SE LE LLEVE AYUDA HUMANITARIA (mueren por las heridas de armas, y también muchos agonizan en las calles por inanición). Bombardean hospitales, colegios, mezquitas, mercados. Centenares de personas heridas, entre ellos muchísimos son pequeños, niños... Rusia vetó en contra del cese en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU. "Rusia ha vetado una propuesta de resolución franco-española en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU que exigía el fin inmediato de los bombardeos y de los vuelos militares sobre la ciudad de Alepo y pedía una tregua y acceso humanitario para todo el país." (Fuente ABC Internacional) PETICIÓN: Cesen tres días los ataques aéreos y se levante el estado de sitio, para que los civiles puedan salir y los médicos puedan asistir a los heridos y que se lleve alimentos. Tres días, 72 horas, Hace más de cinco años que están en guerra, tres malditos días, no es nada y se pueden salvar muchas vidas. 72 HORAS No tienen alimentos por el bloqueo, no pueden entrar los médicos... El asedio está empujando a la población al hambre y a la inanición. "La última destrucción llega en medio de una intensificación de la campaña de bombardeo en esta sitiada ciudad del norte de Siria, donde al menos 62 personas ha muerto y 467 personas, entre ellas 98 niños, han resultado heridas entre el 11 y el 14 de octubre, de acuerdo a reportes obtenidos de la Dirección de Salud y del centro forense del este Alepo. Estas cifras de víctimas pueden ser una subestimación, ya que muchas familias han estado enterrando a sus muertos ellos mismos, en lugar de llevar sus cuerpos a los hospitales." (Fuente Médicos Sin Fronteras) "La situación en Alepo se ha agravado en los últimos meses por los combates que se desarrollan tanto en la ciudad, como en sus alrededores. Según el jefe del Departamento Operativo Principal del Estado Mayor de las Fuerzas Armadas de Rusia, Serguéi Rudskói, los ataques contra elementos sociales como colegios, mezquitas y mercados lanzados por milicianos en el oeste de Alepo se llevan a cabo "de manera sistemática". Además, Rudskói declaró que desde comienzos de septiembre "más de 130 niños han sido víctimas de los milicianos". (Fuente RT en español)
Justice For T.Nhaveen And For All Bullied Victims
T. Nhaveen a 19 year old guy from Penang, Malaysia was assaulted and sodomised with a foreign object by five youths and now is declared brain dead and on life support at Penang Hospital. Bullying has gotten far worst and recently has taken many lives not only in our country but worldwide. Nhaveen was said to be soft spoken and was teased by this bunch of irresponsible youths by calling him sissy. When Nhaveen pleaded them to stop teasing him, those youths reacted by assaulting Nhaveen and also his friend T.Previin who was accompanying him. His friend escaped with bruises but sadly Nhaveen paid the price. We want justice for T.Nhaveen where the offenders cannot be spared. They should be given a punishment they deserve because what they did tantamount to murder. Brain dead can be considered dead and now only a miracle can save him where his family members are praying for him. Our prayers are all with him and we want justice be done. It was also said in an article that bullying is not something new for Nhaveen as he was bullied during his schooling days but he did not take it seriously and walk away from it. Friends, bullying in whatever situation or in what form is a subject that we cannot ignore. Anyone who bullies should undergo counselling to find out the root cause and be given a punishment accordingly so that he/she will not repeat the act again. Bullying should not be allowed to happen in the first place. Parents/Guardians on the other hand should look further into this matter if their children ever get bullied or their children are culprits. By merely saying "Don't care about them" does not help the children. Schools should tighten their securities and promote positive values that should allow no rooms for bullying. The bullies must be sent for counselling since expelling them would not do any good but only raise the number of dropouts and they may eventually resort to gangsterism. We urge the authority and educational institutions for institutional education reform to promote positive values such as non-violence and non-discrimination. We should create a campus and society where the learning and living environment are conducive, safe and filled with hope, kindness and peace. Students on the other hand should not be afraid of standing up against this bullies by reporting this sort of incidents to appropriate authority. If bullying is non-existed, Nhaveen would not have lost his life. Nhaveen’s mother is a single parents working hard for her children and now can you even imagine the pain and despair she is feeling. Where are the parents of the offenders? What are they even doing? We hope they would approach the victim family and offer all the help they could. But yet none shows up. All I hope is our nation should serve justice immediately and take appropriate precaution and remedy and never ever to let this happen again. I hope the sentence 'death by bullying' should never even be uttered again. I want bullying to be demolished completely. No more second Nhaveen. #saynotobullying #justicefornhaveen
UN intervention in India's economic blockade of Nepal
An appeal to every citizen in this earth to support and draw an attention of United Nations and European Union to intervene in India's economic blockade of Nepal. India is using this as a bait to influence its political power in Nepal and make life in a landlocked country tough. Nepal being a minnow, international communities should take this situation carefully and act now. Please join this cause and make Nepalese heard.
Save the Children in Syria
The situation continues to worsen across Syria. More than 8.4 million children are in need of urgent humanitarian aid and have witness unrelenting violence from the brutal conflict that began more than 5 years ago. As of September 2015 about 58% of public hospitals are partially functional or completely destroyed. The children in Syria are living under siege and in area hard to reach without access to aid due to air strikes and bombings. The Federal government needs to call attention to the United Nations to create a safe haven for these children where they can obtain access to aid and basic health care. A safe haven needs to be created for the children, no child should have to live such a horrific life. If a safe haven is created closer to the military base in Kobane it would decrease the chances of attacks. Without the safe haven innocent children will continue suffering, dying, dealing with lifelong psychological effects and will grow up full of hate and anger. The children have nowhere to go and nothing they can do to save themselves. Please sign and share this petition asking the Federal Government to call out to the United Nations to create a safe haven for the children in Syria and get them access to basic medicine, education, shelter, and food. This is a real cry for help. Just imagine if this were to happen to your family. This needs to come to an end please help and share!
We support the Philippines' fight against the illegal drug trade
14 September 2016 Zeid Ra’ad Al HusseinUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Dear Mr Al Hussein: WE are the sovereign people of the Republic of the Philippines. We are sending this petition as an exercise of our collective right to self-determination, which is guaranteed in both the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). By virtue of the right to self-determination, WE, the sovereign people of the Philippines, can freely determine our political status and freely pursue our own economic, social, and cultural development. Your statement during the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council is based on a superficial understanding of what’s going on in our country (See: http://bit.ly/2cUTVkH) You have accused our democratically elected president of empowering “police forces to shoot to kill any individual whom they claim to suspect of drug crimes, with or without evidence.” This is reckless. The video attached to this petition debunks your accusations and demonstrates how you are completely out of touch of our reality. In your statement, you encouraged our country “to extend an invitation to the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.” Tell us, Mr Al Hussein, what exactly is the added value of Dr Agnes Callamard’s country visit to the Philippines? Don’t you know that our own government institutions are already conducting investigations regarding this matter? The Philippine Senate, the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are already doing everything they can to investigate, prosecute, and punish the perpetrators of the unlawful killings associated with our country’s war on drugs. Tell us, what special skills and knowledge does Dr Callamard have that could help resolve these incidents? Has she ever ran a State? What exactly are her credentials that could convince us that she would add value to the work already being done by the institutions of our country? We are extremely disturbed that your office has not done anything to address the dignity of those who were raped, robbed, and murdered by people hooked on shabu (crystal meth), sold by drug cartels, enabled by government protectors. We have been exposed to these heinous crimes almost everyday. Where was your office when shabu destroyed the lives of individuals, families, and communities in our country? The silence of your office during those times tells us that you don’t really care about us. The truth is: we have been at this war for a long time already. The only difference: we now have a President who has the courage to fight back, who would stake his life, honour, and the presidency in this war -- a war that has been waged for a long time by drug cartels and their government protectors. But along with the political opponents of our President, you and the international community didn’t care about the casualties before because they weren’t attributed to President Duterte whom the world has already vilified. In your letter, you said that “the people of the Philippines have a right to judicial institutions that are impartial, and operate under due process guarantees; and they have a right to a police force that serves justice.” Yes, we do have this right, and we are already getting a police force that finally protects us from criminal elements. General Ronald dela Rosa, the Director General of the Philippine National Police, is a man of integrity. We trust him. In fact, 91% of Filipinos trust our President. If you just watched the Philippine Senate Hearing on extrajudicial killings, you would have known this: General dela Rosa is against extrajudicial and vigilante killings. In fact, the PNP is already investigating the deaths linked to illegal drugs. On August 18, during the Philippine Senate Hearing on extrajudicial killings, General dela Rosa said that of the 899 cases of deaths related to illegal drugs, the PNP has already filed 22 cases; and “most of the suspects are drug pushers who became hitmen of the drug lords.” (See: Rappler, http://bit.ly/2cTSeIc) But you are right, we need a better judiciary. Just in case you don’t know, during the previous Aquino Administration, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) filed charges against some of the local officials linked with the illegal drug trade. However, as the ex-PDEA chief said, ““We simply lost the cases. After we were able to arrest their people who implicated them, we could not do anything when the case had been dumped” (See: Manila Times, http://bit.ly/29uc0D8) Where was your office during this time? As the sovereign people of the Republic of the Philippines, we have the ultimate authority to decide what’s good for our country. We are the ones you should convince that we would benefit from your interference in our internal affairs. We didn’t elect you at all, so you should present a stronger case other than that you are the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. So, in addition to convincing us of the added vale of Dr Callamard’s visit, as the sovereign people of the Republic of the Philippines, WE demand the following: We demand to know where you based your accusations against our democratically elected president. We have a right know this because Article 19(2) of the ICCPR guarantees freedom of information. We demand that you respect our right to know by divulging the basis of your accusations and condemnation. We demand that your office condemn the massive violations of human dignity that drug cartels and the government protectors have committed in our country and in the rest of the world. We demand that you use your office to help our government dismantle the network of drug cartels in our country. Help us win our war against drug cartels and their government protectors. We demand that you use your office to encourage the international community to help our country build more rehabilitation centres. Our country urgently needs them. We remain steadfast in our quest to reform our country, dismantle the machinery of narco-politics, and reclaim the dignity of our nation from drug cartels and their government protectors. WE, the sovereign people of the Republic of the Philippines, raise our fists with our president and for our country!
Syrian refugees to leave Lebanon and return to safe zones in Syria
Lebanon has a population of 4.5 million Lebanese people, 2 million Syrian refugees and half a million Palestinian refugees.It is a small country that, due to a 15 year war and the huge debt that accumulated after that for reconstruction, was already suffering economically before the March 2011 Syrian war and the spillover from the Syrian conflict including the influx of Syrian refugees that increased internal tension and slowed economic growth to the 1-2% range in 2011-15, and less than that in 2016, after four years of averaging 8% growth. Syrian refugees have pushed more and more Lebanese into unemployment. Yet we remain to this day the largest host (on a per capita basis) for displaced Syrians.Lebanese are known for their hospitality, however in this instance we regrettably announce that it is not within our capacity to have refugees in Lebanon, how can we invite a beloved guest to our house when we don't even have enough to feed our own children?!Besides the economical challenge, we are suffering demographic and social challenges that we worry might lead to serious altercations between both parties. Based on the facts of the country, with respect to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, Lebanon is neither a State Party nor has it signed its protocol. We ask you, the international community, our big family, please help us survive in our land, we need your assistance in relocating the displaced Syrians we have in Lebanon to safe zones in Syria designated and agreed upon by yourselves. We as the Lebanese people are willing to work hand in hand with the Lebanese government and international organizations in Lebanon, who have the data relating to the Syrian refugees, to relocate them in an organized, civilized manner. We hope for the best, God bless all the countries and we will continue to pray for world peace
URGENT: Save Asia Bibi from Imminent Execution for Blasphemy in Pakistan - *Sign & Share*
Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists is urgently calling upon world leaders and the United Nations to pressure Pakistan into sparing the life of Asia Bibi, a mother of five who was convicted of blasphemy in 2009. The date of Asia’s final appeal has been set and should her counsel fail on this final appeal, this innocent mother of five, who has been wrongfully imprisoned on death row and separated from her children for over half a decade, will be heinously hung from the neck in a horrendous and inhumane act of state-sanctioned religious barbarism. It is up to every single citizen of the world to come to Asia’s aid and pressure their own governments and leaders into supporting this urgent cause. Write letters, post on social media, urgently raise awareness of Asia’s heartbreaking plight as a persecuted religious minority in Pakistan. Please sign and share this important petition to save the life of a woman who has been made to suffer horribly for the victimless crime of blasphemy. Read more about Asia’s struggle here: BBC - Pakistan Supreme Court suspends Asia Bibi death sentence: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33617186 Reuters - Pakistan Supreme Court to hear Christian woman's blasphemy case: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-blasphemy-idUSKCN0PW11Z20150722 ACLJ - Christian Mom Asia Bibi Sentenced to Death Will Hang for “Blasphemy” Pakistan Appeals Court Says: http://aclj.org/persecuted-church/christian-mom-to-hang-blasphemy