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Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations Development Program, United Nations

Stop the yulin dog meat eating festival!

The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, commonly referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival, is an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice in which festival goers eat dog meat and lychees. The festival began in 2009 and spans about ten days during which it is estimated that 10,000–15,000 dogs are consumed. The festival has been criticised by animal welfare and animal rights supporters. The tradition of dog meat consumption began over 4,000 years ago in China. Chinese practitioners of folk medicine believe that dog meat would help ward off the heat felt through the summer months. It wasn't until recent years that the festival in Yulin began. The festival is celebrated annually in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice in June, by eating dog meat and lychees. About 10,000 to 15,000 dogs are consumed during the 10 days of the festival. This number has decreased to 1,000 in 2015. Throughout the 10 days of festivities, dogs are paraded in wooden crates and metal cages and are taken to be skinned and cooked for consumption by festival visitors and local residents Inaugurated 21 June 2009Most recent 21 June 2018Previous event 21 June 2019Next event 21 June 2020 Dogs are very beautiful and loving creatures who deserve to have a good life. Killing them and eating them should be made illegal and people who do this should be jailed for eternity. Animals have equal rights to live as humans do. Its always good to be polite to our animal neighbours . Sign this petition to do your part on stopping the yulin dog meat festival.

mihir eshan
238,614 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environment Program, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations

Restrict movement of trucks in built up areas within Nigeria to the hours of 11pm and 5am.

I’m so angry, angry at all those who had years of influence in political office and did nothing, angry at how the Nigerian capitalists do not care about anyone or anything but their pockets, I’m angry about how the government puts little or no value on human lives, I’m mega angry that we are a people who would do nothing but rant about this on Facebook for a few days and then forget about it till the next incident, it reeks of complete lack of value and regard for human lives to have lagosians living in the midst of combustibles, Apapa tanks farms are all accidents waiting to happen, then we have to deal with the harbinger of death in the form of these trucks and the lunatics who drive them. If you reside in Lagos , I’m sure you have a tale or two about these truck drivers who will blatantly tell you they don’t care about your life, so get out of their way. It would seem the solution to this Problem is quite simple; Railway , a single train will convey the equivalent of 50 or more trucks in cargo,this will save cost of transportation drastically and save us billions of tax Naira in road maintenance. This simple yet effective means of transportation will save us all the headaches of focusing so much on our rearview mirrors while driving, I am not stupid enough to think we won’t need tankers for delivery to the individual stations, but there surely can be a law restricting their movement in built up areas to certain times. These issues are NOT entirely political, they are Capitalist issues, the Business man who cuts corners to get a DPR license for a filling station smack in the middle of residential areas is as much to blame as a trucker who owns 500 trucks and would readily pay hoodlums to vandalize railway tracks, the importer who buys accidented used trucks to be refurbished and sold in Nigeria should also not sit back and blame the government. So what is the way forward? Can I get at least a thousand Nigerians to Help me sign a petition to the senate , i will also require a lawmaker to sponsor a bill limiting the time for truck movement in built up areas to the hours of 11pm-5am. 

Olorunfemi Gbenle
159,543 supporters
Petitioning International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, European Commission, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations Development Program, Gov...

Completely Re - Work the Overall Management Plan for the Sinharaja National Forest Reserve

As the island's largest remaining tract of untouched lowland tropical rainforest, the Sinharaja National Forest Reserve's current overall management plan is in dire need of re - working. Although it was first declared as a National Forest Reserve (referred to in this petition as the Sinharaja NFR) on the 3rd of May 1875 (under the Waste Lands Ordinance), it has since had a second national designation (the highest one available on the island), as well as three international designations attached, and they are as follows (in order of importance): 1. Individual Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site (1989) 2. International UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve (April 1978) 3. National Heritage Wilderness Area (National Designation) (October 21st 1988) 4. Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (BirdLife International) (2004) As a result of its two UNESCO designations, the Sinharaja NFR is legally required to be divided into three different zones, and they are as follows (interior to exterior): 1. The Core Zone (strict eco - system and landscape protection/conservation) 2. The Buffer Zone (scientific research and compatible ecological practices) 3. The Transitional or Peripheral Zone (sustainable economic development) If the Sinharaja NFR's overall management plan is to be effectively re - worked then recognition, demarcation and enforcement of the Buffer and Transitional/Peripheral Zones is critical to achieving such a target. To achieve this both the aforementioned zones need to have their overall width increased to 2 miles each (a total of 4 miles). The Buffer Zone should be restricted to eco - system related scientific research and should remain an untouched wilderness, that serves the purpose of safeguarding the Reserve's Core Zone. The Transitional or Peripheral Zone should be divided into two 1 mile width segments, with the inner segment being managed through the planting of tall grass barriers, while the outer segment should be utilised for the purposes of conducting sustainable agriculture/agro - forestry (the latter preferably with floral varieties that are unfavourable to the dietary requirements of the Lowland Tropical Rainforest Elephants living within the Reserve. Finally, all of the villages located within the two aforementioned zones, need to be removed and relocated to suitable locations outside the Reserve's three zones. This would help relieve a large amount of the pressure that is currently placed upon the Reserve on a daily basis, and help reduce instances of the Human - Wildlife Conflict in the Reserve's vicinity (which would be mutually beneficial to all the parties involved). Keep in mind that an estimated 8000 - 10000 people live in 20 villages that almost completely surround the Reserve, so assistance for the removals and relocations mentioned above, should be be sought from the relevant Divisional Secretariats, the Land Reform Commission, the Central Environmental Authority and the appropriate Ministries.    Additionally, the Reserve is (for management purposes), divided into two sectors and four sub - sectors by the Department of Forest Conservation (hereafter referred to as the DFC), due to the different types of eco - regions that the Reserve covers: 1. The Western Sector (Lowland Tropical Rainforest) Further divided into North Western & South Western Sub - Sectors2. The Eastern Sector (Sub - Montane or Lower Montane Forest) Further divided into North Eastern & South Eastern Sub - SectorsThe Eastern Sector of the Sinharaja NFR (both sub - sectors included) (hereafter referred to as Eastern Sinharaja) is of particular importance to the scientific community, due to its location in the nearly completely devastated Sub - Montane Wet Zone. The forests found in this eco - region are unique, and different ecologically to the island's Lowland Tropical Rainforests and Cloud Montane Forests. This forest type is also (as of the 28th of June 2018), the most critically threatened forest type on the island, occupying only 0.05% of the island, even though only an estimated 45% of the flora and fauna contained within such forests is known to science. Furthermore, Eastern Sinharaja's terrain is extremely hilly and nearly impassible, thereby making this sector inaccessible to the vast majority of the island's human population. This has resulted in Eastern Sinharaja's retention of forests and eco - systems that are millions of years old and virtually untouched, creating a "Lost World" that continues to inspire, amaze and interest the general public, despite the technological advancements of the 21st century. It also needs to be noted, that the Sinharaja NFR is part of its own Collective Protected Area (hereafter referred to as a CPA), the South Western Biodiversity Super Cluster, and is the largest Protected Area (hereafter referred to as a PA) in the heavily fragmented Sinharaja Rainforest Complex which includes a number of PAs: 1. The Dellawa P.R. (Other State Forest) 2. The Morapitiyarunakanda P.R. (Other State Forest) 3. The Waratalgoda P.R. (Other State Forest) 4. The Neluketiyamukalana P.R. (Other State Forest) 5. The Kudumiriya P.R. (Other State Forest)  6. The Delgoda Conservation Forest Any re - worked management plan, needs to include the six PAs mentioned above and ensure the integration of such PAs into the Sinharaja NFR, an action that will increase the current size of the Reserve (298 square kilometres), to a size that is more conducive to its long term future. Furthermore, there is an estimated 2500 acres of unprotected, primary Lowland Tropical Rainforest under the control of the Land Reform Commission (hereafter referred to as the LRC), which needs to be integrated into the Sinharaja NFR (as a result of Cabinet Paper No. PS/CS/26/2004, dated as on the 22nd of July 2004), an action that after 18 years, has yet to actually be implemented. This would expand the overall size of the Reserve to 323 square kilometres, especially important for the last remaining Lowland Tropical Rainforest Elephants (one of the island's three regional Elephant variants), as it would ensure the expansion of their continuously dwindling range, thus contributing towards their future existence. As of the 28th of June 2018, there are only two such Elephants in the Sinharaja NFR, both of which are males (and are thought to be siblings). Since there are no female Elephants of this regional variant present, these two males have turned their sexual frustrations into anger, and directed it towards certain villages on the Reserve's Boundary (i.e. where the Core and Buffer Zones converge). It is very important to remember, that this anger is entirely justified as the inhabitants of certain villages engage in illegal activities such as deforestation, poaching, illicit alcohol production, land grabbing, unauthorised construction etc, etc, and have tried to badly maim/murder the two aforementioned Elephants, in order to freely carry out such illegal activities. Additionally, plantation companies involved in tea and rubber production, have illegally encroached upon several historical Elephant corridors, blocking the Elephants traditional (localised) migratory routes. Under this much pressure, retaliation by these two Elephants is expected, but such issues are solvable. The introduction of 2 - 4 domesticated female Lowland Tropical Rainforest Elephants (following a period of rehabilitation and close monitoring), would satisfy the needs of the two Bulls, and lay the groundwork for the recovery of this regional variant's overall population (important given the fact that historically, the highest density of Elephants on the island, was found within the Wet - Zone's Lowland Tropical Rainforests, Sub - Montane or Lower Montane Forests and Cloud Montane Forests). Currently the two Sinharaja Bull Elephants traverse the length and breadth of the Reserve's Eastern Sector, alongside (potentially) the highest density of Black Leopards on the island. This is a result of a recessive allele, which in Leopards tends to emerge in the tallest, thickest, greenest forest types, which usually are low in light penetration (in this case the three forest types mentioned above have the highest chance of ensuring the birth of a Black Leopard). Based on the number of Black Leopards that have been killed on the Reserve's Boundary, estimates have suggested that there are anywhere between 10 - 20 Black Leopards living in the Sinharaja NFR (with the majority of them inhabiting the Reserve's Eastern Sector). The issues surrounding the last two Lowland Tropical Rainforest Elephants evolved into a serious political struggle between the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development (hereafter referred to as the MSDWRD) and the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (hereafter referred to as the MMDE), following the decisions made by both the Minister (Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka) and the Deputy Minister (Palitha Thewarapperuma) of the MSDWRD (due to the demands of two particular villages located on the Reserve's Boundary), to remove and relocate the two Elephants in question, inevitably signing their death warrants, given their specialist behaviours and dietary requirements as a regional variant. However, thanks to the intervention of the Minister (President Maithripala Sirisena) of the MMDE, this action was halted indefinitely, before it was carried out. This state of affairs has also undermined the authority and mandate of the DFC, as the Department of Wildlife Conservation (hereafter referred to as the DWC), was selected to carry out the removal and relocation operation. Adding to the already hostile rivalry between the DFC and the DFC (with the same applying to their parent ministries), the selection of the DWC resulted in public erosion of the DFC's control and authority over the Sinharaja NFR. Ergo, if the DFC is to effectively manage and safeguard the Reserve, then the DWC should never be allowed to undermine the DFC's mandate in any manner, ever again. Instead, the DWC should follow the lead of the DFC, with regards to the administration of the Reserve's wildlife, and work in conjunction with the former, to achieve the goals relating to wildlife conservation in and around Sinharaja (i.e. through cooperation, knowledge sharing and diffusion). For those who aren't aware, the Sinharaja NFR is among the top five most valuable PAs on the island, with a floral endemism percentage that is over 60% and a faunal endemism percentage that is over 50% (extremely impressive, given the Reserve's currently dwindling size). As far as large or "charismatic" mammalian fauna are concerned, the overall populations aren't as secure or numerous as those in the island's Dry - Zone, though the sheer variety and number of endemic avian fauna is more than enough to make up for this large mammalian fauna deficit. Species such as the Sri Lankan Wood Pigeon, the Red - Faced Malkoha, the Green - Billed Coucal, the Sri Lankan Blue Magpie and the Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot, are among the numerous avian endemics that inhabit the Reserve. Examples of endemic mammalian fauna include the Southern Lowland Wet - Zone Purple - Faced Langur (alternatively known as the Purple - Faced Leaf Monkey) and the Sri Lankan Leopard. Other genera that display high degrees of endemism include Reptiles and Amphibians (the latter of which has nine species identified as endemic). It should be noted that as far as flora is concerned, the average height of the Reserve's canopy is between 35 - 40 metres on average, with certain heights (impressively) exceeding 50 metres. Additionally the Reserve is an ecological laboratory for butterflies (which form an order classified as Lepidoptera), with over 50% of the aforementioned order identified as endemics to the island's Lowland Wet - Zone.  All of the steps mentioned above are absolutely necessary to ensure the Reserve's future, indirectly and directly benefiting the numerous communities that depend on the Reserve's existence, for their financial needs, thereby enhancing the standards of living and education in the process. As such, the support of the general public is needed, in order to bring about the changes (as well as the associated, positive dividends) mentioned above, safeguarding the Sinharaja National Forest Reserve.

John Wilson
63,022 supporters
Petitioning Papa Francisco, Juan Carlos Varela, Iglesia Católica, Arzobispo , Arzobispo de Panamá, Asamblea Nacional de Panama, El Vaticano, Jornada Mundial de la Juventud, jmj , El País, Miami Herald, CNN, LA...

Que le devuelvan la Hacienda Santa Monica a los niños pobres de Panamá.

En Panamá hay medio millón de niños pobres, 200,000 niños viven en extrema pobreza. Muchos de estos niños solo tienen una madre que sirve como Madre y Padre a la vez. Estas guerreras Panameñas se levantan todos los días a las 4am con una sonrisa en cara para tomar un pésimo sistema de transporte y llegar a un trabajo donde les pagan mal. Ese es el Panamá que vivimos, el Panamá de dos países, el Panamá de los que tienen dinero y el Panamá de los que no tienen. Se acabo la clase media. Se acabo la justicia, y se acabo la solidaridad. Vivimos en un país donde las leyes se aplican para los pobres y no para los ricos. Pero de vez en cuando llega a Panamá un hombre rico, con un corazón grande. Esa es la historia del Sr. Charles Lucom, un hombre Norte Americano que hizo su plata con mucho esfuerzo y sudor en Panamá. Y cuando murió, decidió dejarle en su testamento a los Niños Pobres de Panamá un regalo. Les regaló la Hacienda Santa Mónica. La Hacienda Santa Mónica queda en Antón y colinda con Buenaventura y Juan Hombrón. La Hacienda tiene alrededor de 700 hectáreas de terreno (que valen más de $800 millones) y se le fue regalada a los niños pobres de Panamá por el Sr Lucom como dice su testamento. Como los niños pobres de Panamá no cuentan con un representante legal, el Sr Alberto Vallarino y su pandilla de abogados deciden asaltar a los 500,000 niños pobres de Panamá y robarles la Hacienda Santa Mónica. El Sr Vallarino con sus secuaces utilizaron el corrupto sistema Judicial Panameño y cambiaron el Testamento del Sr. Lucom y se quedaron con Hacienda Santa Mónica.  Queremos que se haga justicia y le devuelvan la Hacienda Santa Mónica a los niños pobres de Panamá como lo quiso el Sr. Lucom en su testamento. Gracias, Los niños pobres de Panamá.

Niños pobres De Panamá
41,622 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, Council of the European Union, United Nations Security Council, United Nations Development Program, Human Rights Campaign, United, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Amnesty ...

Petition on behalf of the People of J&K to UNHRC to establish a Commission of Inquiry.

Petition on behalf of the People of Jammu & Kashmir to UN Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of inquiry on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir.                                                                             June 20, 2018 His Excellency Hon. Ambassador Vojislav ŠucPresidentUnited Nations Human Rights CouncilGeneva, Switzerland. Sub: Petition on behalf of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Excellency: On behalf of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, we extend our deep gratitude to the Human Rights Council for the report issued by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (UNHCHR) on the situation in Kashmir. We share the assessment of the report that the situation is extremely serious while at the same time providing us an opportunity to addresses it so as to put to an end such egregious violations. The people of Kashmir suffer daily violations of their basic human rights. Death and destruction have exhausted the most scenic and tranquil location in the world – the Valley of Kashmir. Today, the carefree sounds of children’s laughter have been replaced by the piercing sounds of gunfire. Time is not on the side of the people of Kashmir. More and more atrocities are being committed by the Indian security forces and every day a larger segment of the population becomes alienated. The extent of this tragedy was revealed to the world in January of this year when 8-year old Asifa was abducted, drugged, gang-raped and finally murdered. Those who wanted to conceal this atrocious crime included two sitting ministers of the state government belonging to the Bharatiya Janta Party, Rape was used as a weapon of war. Asifa’s case is not an isolated one. There are hundreds of incidents of innocent women whose honor was violated in Indian occupied Kashmir the most glaring being the mass rape of Kunan Poshpora in 1991 by the Indian armed forces. All those cases need to reopen and investigated by an international neutral agency. The present situation is too dangerous. It must not be allowed to go on. The Council has condemned such violations elsewhere in the world, it cannot ignore the same abuses in Kashmir. Given the goodwill and the respect for international law, it is possible to bring these atrocities to a complete end. The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the Disturbed Areas Act in Kashmir empowers police to arrest and detain within sweeping bounds. These prevailing draconian laws provide total impunity to the Indian army in Kashmir. An Indian soldier can shoot to kill at will and he will not be accountable to anybody or any agency for any prosecution. The New York Times in its editorial on July 21, 2016, wrote, “Kashmir is subject to India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act, or AFSPA, which grants the military wide powers to arrest, shoot to kill, occupy or destroy property. The result is a culture of brutal disdain for the local population.” The United Nations report also details many instances where the use of draconian laws has given a sense of total impunity to the Indian army in Kashmir. It states “The government of India has passed legislation under the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act of 1990 which gives extraordinary power to all ranks of the Indian military and paramilitary forces.” These laws, the report emphasizes, “have created structures that obstruct the normal course of law, impede accountability and jeopardize the right to remedy for victims of human rights violations.” Apart from the magnitude of violence by the military forces, its use of shotgun pellets has blinded hundreds of youth in Kashmir. New York Times on July 25, 2016, described the effect of pellet gun frequently used by Indian army in Kashmir, “A single shot from such gun sprays more than a hundred mettle-pellets. A pellet is a high-velocity projectile 2mm to 4mm around and with sharp edges. It doesn’t simply penetrate an eye; it ricochets inside it, tearing the retina and the optic nerves, scooping out flesh and bone.” Amnesty International wrote on August 5, 2016, “Pellet guns are inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate, and have no place in law enforcement…Hundreds of people have been injured, and many blinded, by the use of pellet guns by armed forces in Kashmir in recent weeks.” Detention of thousands of political prisoners by the authorities in Kashmir besmirches India's boast as the world's most populous democracy and insistence that its military occupation of Kashmir is welcomed and endorsed by the Kashmiri people. The detention of these political leaders is to punish their successful and peaceful campaign against Indian occupation. Such peaceful political protest is a time-honored and celebrated form of freedom of speech and association recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The council must intervene and impress upon Govt of India for the unconditional release of all political prisoners and terminate regular house arrest of pro-freedom leadership. Their release will pave the way to create a conducive atmosphere in Kashmir. The convening of the 38th regular session of the Human Rights Council this week in Geneva presents the world community of nations a unique opportunity to discuss the human rights situation and recommend the practical steps and procedures to address the human rights atrocities in Kashmir. We have carefully studied the entire report on the situation in Kashmir. While we appreciate the positive elements of the report in the situation of both Jammu and Kashmir, Azad Kashmir & Gilgit Baltistan, we feel we would be remiss in our duty as the leaders of the people of Kashmir, if with our knowledge of the ground realities, we failed to draw your attention to the single most recommendation made by the UNHCHR to the Human Rights Council – to establish a Commission on the situation in Kashmir. The people of Kashmir look toward the Human Rights Council as the custodian of the moral responsibility of the United Nations. First, the Human Rights Commission and now the Human Rights Council has championed the principle that the plea of internal jurisdiction cannot exonerate a government’s commission of massive and systematic violations of human rights. The principal gains an immeasurable added force and should compel intervention by the Council to help establish a Commission on Kashmir as recommended by the UNHCHR when the scene of atrocities is not recognized as falling within the internal jurisdiction of any state. We know that Kashmir is a disputed territory, recognized by the successive United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir, whose status is yet to be decided by its people. We beg to draw your attention to the human urgency of the situation in Kashmir and the implications it has for the credibility of the United Nations which, as the President of the Council, you have done so much to strengthen and enhance. In saying this, we are by no means unmindful of the fact that, in your capacity as the President of the Council, you have to be impartial between the Member States and perceived to be so. It is, therefore, on the ground of the established facts in the UN report that we approach you with the appeal that you exercise your good offices to persuade the members of the Council to help establish the Commission on Kashmir. Although the focus of this petition is on the recent Report of the UNHCHR, we conclude by drawing your attention to the urgent need for the resolution of the dispute over the State of Jammu and Kashmir in its entirety. The non-resolution of the dispute is indeed both the cause and the consequence of all human rights violations and the cruel uncertainty suffered by the people of the State on both sides of the Line of Control. Furthermore, the dispute is implicitly accepted even by the Government of India in its long record of negotiations with the people of Kashmir and Pakistan over the last seven decades. We would strongly argue that in the final analysis to curtail the repeated return of the problems faced by the people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir be allowed to exercise the right to self-determination as promised by the United Nations. The U.N. must lead the way towards the resolution.     Syed Ali Geelani Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Mohammad Yasin Malik (On Behalf of People of Jammu & Kashmir) Copy to:Hon. Zeid Ra'ad Al HusseinUN High Commissioner on Human RightsGeneva, Switzerland.      

Joint Resistance Leadership
14,582 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, Council of the European Union, European Parliament, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marc Benioff, United Nations Dev...

Clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The money raised to rebuild the Notre-Dame de Paris (1 billion $) could’ve been enough to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In comparison, since 2017 only 31.7 million$ have been raised to clean up this huge patch of garbage twice the size of Texas.  Plastic dumped into the ocean gradually breaks down into micro-plastics that are eventually swallowed by marine animals that get poisoned by it. Up to 100 000 marine mammals and 1 million sea birds die trash-related deaths every year.  The obvious root cause of this problem is our high levels of consumption of unrecylable, non-biodegradable plastic.  This petition is made to raise awareness about our governments’ and elites’ financial and political priorities. This petition also demands a hot-fix to the root cause of the problem, thus, a radical decrease in the production and consumption of non-biodegradable plastics is required. We hope for the governments of the world to introduce laws that either completely ban or heavily tax the production and consumption of said materials. We also hope for the same governments to handle the disposal of those materials accordingly.  We also hope for this petition to result in an increase in financial donations to organizations, projects and funds such as the IPCC, the Climate Project, Climate Action Network, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, the Enviromental Defense Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the US National Resources Defense Council, the Green Climate Fund , the Climate Investment Funds, 350.org, C40, the Ocean Cleanup and etc.  Thank you for your time. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your voice.

Yazan Al-Aswad
11,518 supporters