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Petitioning Emmanuel Macron, United Nations Security Council

#DoctorsinDanger - stop au ciblage des hôpitaux et du personnel médical en Syrie !

Je m’appelle Raphaël Pitti, je suis médecin-anesthésiste, professeur de médecine et depuis plus de 30 ans, je parcours le monde de zones de guerre en zones de guerre. Aujourd’hui, je suis engagé en Syrie auprès de mes collègues qui chaque jour font face à la mort et aux bombardements. Avec l'UOSSM, Union des Organisations de Secours et Soins Médicaux, j'ai fondé le pôle formation médicale qui a permis de former plus de 16000 soignants en Syrie. La guerre en Syrie est la plus grande catastrophe humanitaire depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Depuis le début du conflit, la situation médicale n’a pas cessé de se dégrader et a atteint son paroxysme avec la destruction de 70% des infrastructures médicales. Aujourd’hui, je souhaite évoquer le sort de mes collègues soignants qui sont ciblés dans les affres de la guerre au mépris du droit international humanitaire. 732 soignants ont été tués depuis le début du conflit en 2011.   “Tuer un soignant parce qu’il soigne, c’est fondamentalement renier l’humanité.” Nous avons le devoir de nous révolter contre ce qui est de l’ordre de l’inacceptable, de tuer des médecins, des infirmier.e.s, des sages-femmes... qui n’ont pour seul tort que de sauver des vies au cœur d’un conflit qui s’éternise depuis bientôt 7 ans. Les attaques contre les hôpitaux et le personnel médical sont des crimes de guerre. L’an dernier, selon le rapport de surveillance des hôpitaux syriens, l’intégralité des 107 hôpitaux du panel à Alep, Idleb, Lattaquié, Hama, Deraa, Quneitra et Homs, ont été attaqués au moins une fois par une frappe aérienne directe ou indirecte en 2016. Certains ont été frappés jusqu’à 25 fois. La moyenne est de trois attaques pour un hôpital. Je vais vous raconter l’histoire du Dr Ali Darwhish, tué le 26 mars 2017 tandis qu’il opérait dans l’hôpital de Latamneh où il travaillait. “L’hôpital a subi une attaque au chlore et ne voulant pas quitter la salle d’opération tandis qu’il soignait un patient, il a lui-même été intoxiqué et est décédé des suites de cette attaque. Ce médecin a laissé derrière lui des populations entières sans accès aux soins face à une guerre qui requiert des soins constants aux malades et aux victimes du conflit. Les familles entières sont ainsi obligées de s’enfuir.”  #DoctorsinDanger Le droit international humanitaire, qui codifie les lois de la guerre, interdit toute attaque contre les établissements et les professionnels de santé.  Ainsi, au nom du droit international humanitaire et comme médecin humanitaire, je demande solennellement : 1.   La réelle application de la résolution 2286 (2016) qui condamne fermement les attaques en temps de guerre contre les hôpitaux et les personnels soignants et exhorte les gouvernements à agir contre les responsables. 2.   L’ouverture de voies d’accès humanitaires sûres pour tous les convois internationaux afin d’apporter les besoins nécessaires aux personnels soignants et hôpitaux et faciliter l’accès aux soins aux populations. Résolution 2286 (2016) : http://www.un.org/fr/documents/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2286(2016) Pr Raphaël Pitti, médecin anesthésiste-réanimateur, spécialiste de la médecine de guerre, responsable formation et administrateur de l'ONG UOSSM (Union des Organisations de Secours et Soins médicaux) Pétition lancée dans le cadre de la coalition #DoctorsinDanger Rendez-vous sur www.doctorsindanger.com  Partagez la pétition sur vos réseaux Facebook et Twitter : .@EmmanuelMacron entendrez-vous l'appel du Pr @rpitti57 pour protéger les soignants en #Syrie? #DoctorsinDanger https://www.change.org/p/emmanuel-macron-doctorsindanger-stop-au-ciblage-des-h%C3%B4pitaux-et-du-personnel-m%C3%A9dical-en-syrie

Pr. Raphaël PITTI
158,292 supporters
Petitioning António Guterres, United Nations, United Nations Security Council, António Guterres (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

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. 

Marion, Nicolas et Stéphane (ZERO IMPUNITY)
76,203 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Security Council, Government of Pakistan, Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan

Call for UN Security Council to intervene in Myanmar stop genocide of the Muslims

Very shocking and disturbing images and video of brutality and genocide in Myanmar are emerging on social media and independent media has confirmed these. The world need to act fast to save this human tragedy. The UN should consider sending troops because Myanmar is constantly refusing to allow UNHCR and other agencies working there. If this continues happening the world will see more instability as terrorist outfits use these incidents to exploit Muslims centimetres for their heinous agenda.

Somi mahmood
62,875 supporters
Petitioning Angela Merkel (CDU)

Setzen Sie sich ein um die Angriffe auf syrische Krankenhäuser zu beenden #DoctorsinDanger

#DoctorsInDanger | www.doctorsindanger.com | Auf ArabischPetition Frankreich | Petition UK | Petition Kanada | Petition USA Ich bin Dr. Saher Arour, Gefäßchirurg in Deutschland. Heute stehe ich an der Seite meiner syrischen Kollegen, die jeden Tag Angriffen und Tot gegenüberstehen. Der Krieg in Syrien ist eine der größten humanitären Katastrophen seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Die medizinische Lage verschlechtert sich zunehmend und hat einen Punkt erreicht, in dem bis heute 70 Prozent der gesundheitlichen Infrastruktur zerstört wurden. Ich bin selbst nach Syrien gegangen. Habe selbst mein Möglichstes getan, um den Menschen vor Ort zu helfen. Habe mich selbst all den Gefahren für meine persönliche Sicherheit entgegengestellt. Meine syrischen Kollegen begegnen diesen Gefahren und Bedrohungen täglich, und doch lassen sie nicht davon ab, ihre Arbeit fortzusetzen, um Leben zu retten. Im Namen aller, die trotz all der Gefahren vor Ort, trotz der Bedrohung ihres eigenen Lebens und trotz der gezielten Angriffe auf medizinische Einrichtungen immer noch da sind, um ihre Aufgabe fortzusetzen; im Namen aller, die täglich ihr Leben für die Menschen vor Ort aufs Spiel setzen; im Namen aller, die nicht aufgeben, um den Menschen in Syrien ihre Zukunft zurückzugeben, rufe ich Sie dazu auf, für die Einhaltung des internationalen Völkerrechts einzustehen. Schützen Sie uns bei unserer Arbeit, beenden Sie die Angriffe auf medizinische Einrichtungen und helfen Sie uns, die zivile Bevölkerung vor Ort zu schützen und zu retten. “Die Tötung von medizinischen Fachkräften, allein aus dem Grund, dass sie Menschenleben retten, ist eine Verachtung der Menschlichkeit selbst“  Es ist unsere Verpflichtung, uns gegen die inakzeptablen Geschehnisse in Syrien zu erheben: Dagegen, dass Ärzte, Krankenschwestern, Hebammen und andere medizinische Fachkräfte getötet werden, deren einziges Vergehen es ist, Leben inmitten des inzwischen sieben Jahre andauernden Konfliktes zu retten. Anschläge auf Krankenhäuser und medizinisches Personal sind Kriegsverbrechen. Im vergangen Jahr wurden nach Angaben des Syrian Hospitals Monitoring Reports alle 107 Krankenhäuser in Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Deraa, Quneitra und Homs mindestens einmal durch einen direkten oder indirekten Luftangriff attackiert. Einige Krankenhäuser waren 25 Mal Ziel solcher Angriffe. Im Durchschnitt waren es drei Luftangriffe je Krankenhaus. Allein in den letzten 7 Tagen wurden erneut sechs Krankenhäuser, medizinische und zivile Zentren und ein Rehabilitationszentrum für Querschnittsgelähmte, vorwiegend im Norden Syriens, bombardiert. Diese Angriffe müssen sofort beendet werden. Sie sind eine Verletzung des internationalen Völkerrechts und eine Verleumdung der Würde des Menschen sowie der Menschlichkeit selbst. Ich möchte Ihnen von Dr. Ali Darwhish erzählen, der am 26. März 2017 ums Leben kam, während er im Krankenhaus in Latamneh (Nord-Syrien) operierte. „Das Krankenhaus war Ziel eines Chlorangriffs; Dr. Darwhish weigerte sich, das Krankenhaus zu verlassen und seinen Patienten im Stich zu lassen; er wurde bei dem Angriff selbst vergiftet und starb. Der Arzt hinterlässt Tausende Menschen ohne Zugang zu medizinischer Versorgung inmitten eines Krieges, durch den gerade diese Hilfe für die Opfer des Krieges unabdinglich ist. Ganze Familien waren gezwungen zu fliehen.“ Das Völkerrecht, welches Handlungen und Grenzen in Kriegen definiert, verbietet Angriffe auf medizinische Einrichtungen und medizinisches Personal. Im Namen des Völkerrechts und als Doktor der Medizin beantrage ich daher nachdrücklich: 1. Die wirksame Umsetzung der Resolution 2286 (2016), welche Angriffe auf Krankenhäuser und medizinisches Personal aufs Schärfste verurteilt und Regierungen dazu drängt, die Verantwortlichen für derartige Angriffe zur Rechenschaft zu ziehen. 2.  Die sofortige Öffnung eines sicheren humanitären Korridors für internationale Hilfskonvois, sodass medizinische Hilfsgüter an Krankenhäuser und medizinisches Personal vor Ort geliefert werden können, damit die Menschen vor Ort besser behandelt werden können. Resolution 2286 (2016): http://www.un.org/de/documents/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2286(2016)&TYPE=&referer=/fr/&Lang=E

Dr. Saher Arour
158,292 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Take Action To Stop The Targeting Of Hospitals And Medical Staff In Syria!

My name is Dr. Anas Al-Kassem, I am a Bariatric Surgeon who has been practicing in Ontario for over 10 years and a co-founder of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), one of the largest medical aid agencies inside Syria. We have over 1,500 medical staff on the ground in Syria. I have been on countless surgical missions inside Syria to support 80 hospitals in the war torn country. Doctors who I have been working with are facing bombing and death every day. I have lost too many friends and colleagues.  The war in Syria is the biggest humanitarian disaster since World War II. Since the beginning of the conflict, the medical situation has continued to deteriorate. I want to talk about the fate of my fellow health care workers who are systematically targeted in this terrible war. This is in direct defiance of United Nations Resolutions and International Humanitarian Law. 732 medical staff have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. "To Kill A Healthcare Worker Is To Kill Humanity" Our duty is to revolt against what is unacceptable; to kill doctors, nurses and midwives. This has been happening for 7 years now and it must be STOP. Attacks on hospitals and medical staff are war crimes and perpetrators must be held accountable.   According to the UOSSM Syrian Hospitals Report , all 107 hospitals in Aleppo, Idleb, Latakia, Hama, Daraa, Quneitra and Homs were attacked at least once by a direct or indirect air strike in 2016. Some were targeted up to 25 times with an average of three attacks per hospital. I'm going to tell you the story of Dr. Ali Darwish, killed by poison gas on March 26, 2017 while he was operating on a patient in Latamneh hospital. The hospital was targeted by a chlorine gas attack and he did not want to leave the operating room until the surgery was done on the patient. He was asphyxiated and finally died enroute to another hospital. With Dr. Darwish gone, an entire population was left without access to medical care during war time, when it was needed most.  #DoctorsInDanger International humanitarian law, which codifies the laws of war, prohibits attacks on health institutions and medical staff. In the name of international humanitarian law and as a humanitarian doctor,  I solemnly ask for: 1. The effective implementation of a resolution 2286 (2016), which prohibits attacks against medical facilities. That the government makes every possible effort to prevent these attacks and holds perpetrators accountable for war crimes.  2. The immediate opening of a safe, impartial humanitarian corridor for NGOs to deliver essential assistance to healthcare workers and care for neglected populations. Resolution 2286 (2016): http://www.un.org/en/documents/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/RES/2286(2016)&TYPE=&referer=/en/&Lang=E    

Anas AL-KASSEEM
158,292 supporters
Petitioning CNN, Kenyans, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, United Nations Security Council

I wish to vote in confidence and recognise Hon Raila Odinga as my 5th President of Kenya

I'm  a Kenyan citizen of Kenya above 18 and  above ,I  wish to practise my sovereign rights by Swearing and bestow   Hon.Raila Odinga as my recognised and legitimate 5th president of Kenya,through this petition of confidence.

Cliff Mboya
11,597 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, Council of the European Union, United Nations Security Council, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, African Union, ECOWAS, SADAC , Amnesty International, Human Rights Campaign...

Stop the Enslavement of Black Africans in Libya

CNN has released video footage of West African migrants  being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave auctions markets by smugglers in Libya, for as little as $400. I am asking the African Union, ECOWAS, United Nations and the International Community to put pressure on the Libyan government to take immediate action to stop these criminals from selling more people, to set current prisoners free, arrest the criminals and end this immediately. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/17/africa/libya-slave-auction-investigation/index.html

Ndey Jobarteh
8,954 supporters
Petitioning António Guterres, United Nations, United Nations Security Council, António Guterres (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

STOP ALLA STRATEGIA DELLE VIOLENZE SESSUALI SU BAMBINE E BAMBINI IN SIRIA

In sei anni di guerra, i siriani hanno subito crimini di ogni genere: massacri, torture, bombardamenti, armi chimiche… Ma ce n'è uno che resta sotto silenzio: lo stupro dei bambini. Nelle carceri del regime, ai posti di blocco o durante le incursioni, le ragazze e i ragazzi dell'opposizione, i giovanissimi rivoluzionari, subiscono abusi nel caos e nell'impunità più totale. #LA STORIA DI NORA, 11 ANNI A maggio del 2011, Nora, undici anni, viene arrestata nei pressi di Daraa dai soldati dell'esercito di Bashar al Assad che cercavano suo padre. «Prendiamo in ostaggio sua figlia finché suo marito non si consegnerà», annuncia l'ufficiale a sua madre. Ma, benché il padre della bambina si sia costituito, lei è rimasta prigioniera per quarantacinque giorni insieme a quaranta donne e bambini. Fin dal primo giorno della sua detenzione, a tutte le prigioniere sono state distribuite delle pillole. Alle più giovani sono anche state fatte delle iniezioni. Secondo le analisi cliniche effettuate dopo la liberazione di Nora, alla bambina sono stati iniettati degli ormoni. Lo scopo? Di certo, far perdere al suo corpo le ultime tracce dell'infanzia. Il quarantesimo giorno di detenzione, infatti, i carcerieri ordinano a Nora e agli altri bambini di «tenersi pronti». I piccoli pensano che la loro liberazione sia vicina. Ma non è così. Nora viene condotta fuori dalla sua cella e spogliata da alcuni soldati che la fanno entrare in una stanza. Lì «un uomo dai capelli grigi», il direttore della base, nudo, la aspetta. «Mi ha presa. E mi ha violentata. Ha dormito con me», racconterà in seguito Nora a sua madre Fatima. La madre prosegue: «Le ha dato una piccola pillola gialla e le ha fatto un'iniezione nel braccio destro. L'ha colpita così forte che tutto le è girato intorno». L'indomani mattina, la bambina si risveglia in una sala per gli interrogatori. Ha le gambe coperte di sangue ed è circondata da diversi ufficiali. Nora non sa cosa le abbiano fatto questi altri uomini. Ma ricorda con grande precisione l'uomo che l'ha violentata. #VIOLENZE ORGANIZZATE«Ci sono prove che bambine e bambini di appena dodici anni subiscono violenze sessuali, tra cui la tortura fisica dei loro organi genitali e gli stupri», constata nel 2013 Save the Children, una delle più importanti organizzazioni internazionali, nel suo studio Childhood under Fire.Nel 2014, in una pubblicazione del segretario generale dell'Onu sui bambini e il conflitto armato in Siria, i ricercatori non esistano ad affermare che «questa violenza [contro i bambini] servirebbe a umiliare, ferire, ottenere confessioni forzate o fare pressioni su un genitore affinché si consegni». Anche se il contesto può variare – incursioni nelle case, posti di blocco o galere di regime – la strategia rimane la stessa. Lo conferma l'ex direttore di un carcere: «A volte gli ordini sono letteralmente: 'Trascinate questo individuo fuori da casa sua'. Se non c'è, si può prendere chiunque: la moglie, le figlie… E noi le tratteniamo finché il ricercato non viene a costituirsi». È quanto accaduto a Nora, la bambina di Daraa.In Siria, lo stupro dei bambini – indistintamente maschi e femmine – è quindi diventato un'“arma” al servizio della macchina repressiva del regime. Una strategia attuata in modo deliberato, come dimostra l'inchiesta che abbiamo pubblicato su Internazionale. In qualità di produttori e registi attivisti, poiché crediamo che tutti noi abbiamo la responsabilità di cambiare gli atteggiamenti e i sistemi che perpetuano l'impunità, e dato che finora il potere politico non si è dimostrato all'altezza, abbiamo deciso di lanciare il movimento ZERO IMPUNITY. Affinché questi crimini non restino impuniti, affinché non si ripetano.  #LA NOSTRA AZIONE: UN'INCHIESTA INDIPENDENTE DELL’ONUPer creare le basi di un'azione giuridica internazionale, è necessario che l'Onu svolga la prima indagine indipendente dedicata specificamente alle violenze sessuali contro le bambine e i bambini in Siria. MOBILITIAMOCI, FIRMATE LA PETIZIONE E CHIEDETE AL SEGRETARIO GENERALE DELL’ONU DI AGIRE. 

Marion, Nicolas et Stéphane (ZERO IMPUNITY)
76,203 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, Bernie Sanders, John McCain, United Nations Security Council, U.S. House of Representatives, Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate, Mike Lee, Luis Gutierrez, Department of H...

Exempt Puerto Rico Permanently from the Jones Act Law to rebuild and grow the economy.

One crucial and essential action that will aid long-term recovery of Puerto Rico's infrastructure and economy in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and to foster its economic growth and sustainability, is to permanently exempt the Island from the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known as the Jones Act. This century-old, World War I law, was passed as an effort to protect the U.S. maritime shipping industry from foreign competition. Puerto Rico is the oldest, largest, and most populous United States Island territory at the southeastern most boundary of the Nation, strategically located along the shipping lanes of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Since the Jones Act inception, in the early 1920's, this law has hindered the economic growth of the Island, while limiting its ability to participate and compete autonomously in the International arena in the Caribbean basin economy. This was a direct result of Puerto Rico being ceded to the U.S during the Spanish-American War of 1898, under the Treaty of Paris.  The Jones Act prohibits the transportation of cargo between points in the U.S., either directly or via a foreign port, or for any part of the transportation, in any vessel other than a vessel that was built, staffed and owned by American companies carrying goods between domestic ports. The Jones Act has served financially well to the U.S. monopoly of the Shipping Industry magnates, and other interested commerce. The Shipping Industry and Commerce powerful lobbying groups oppose lifting the Jones Act, for profit  making reasons.  A profit status that has not allowed Puerto Rico to enjoy autonomous economic revenue as a U.S. territory, like their fellow U.S. Virgin Islands, which have benefited of economic viability for decades by being exempt from the Jones Act.  In 2013, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York report said the Jones Act hurts Puerto Rico’s economy. It estimated that shipping costs from the U.S. East Coast to Puerto Rico are twice as that of the nearby Caribbean Islands, due to the Jones Act. The People of Puerto Rico pay twice as much for the same basic goods than their fellow Citizens in the mainland, USA. The Jones Act law places heavy tariffs on foreign ships delivering goods to the U.S. Island territory, hindering its free trade participation.  Waiving the Jones Act makes it easier for Puerto Rico to receive aid by opening up ports to any ship that can bring aid, rather than only U.S. vessels. It will protect these American citizens from gauging prices by the commerce industry that will benefit from selling their goods in rebuilding the Island of Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. It will also allow Puerto Rico to participate just like the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands territories, which enjoy an exempt free status from this antiquated, protectionist, old colonial law.   Exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, will have a two-fold benefit:   1) It will renew interest in Congress to consider viable solutions for the future autonomous economic sustainability of Puerto Rico. 2) It will provide for an opportunity to revisit the political relationship status of Puerto Rico with the United States; Whatever that future might be, a U.S. Commonwealth Territory; Statehood, or as an Independent Nation; it is up to Congress to do what is right for the American citizens of Puerto Rico.   By signing this petition, you are urging the President of the United States; U.S. Congress; U.S. House of Representative; U.S. Senate; Department of Homeland Security to exempt Puerto Rico Permanently of the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico recover, rebuild its economy, infrastructure, and future economic sustainability. Unidos Por Puerto Rico.                                                                                            United for Puerto Rico.      

Ivonne Hanks
5,583 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Security Council, United Nations

Demand an embargo on Venezuela of weapons and explosives used to wound & murder civilians

The Civil Society of Venezuela presented itself to the United Nations Security Council in the United Nations Headquarters in New York this Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 petitioning the evaluation and resolution of the crisis in Venezuela. Specifically, the Civil Society requested the evaluation of the lethal use of weapons and explosives in repression of Venezuelans engaging in public protests, resulting in the death of dozens of people and injury of hundreds of others. The Civil Society of Venezuela is petitioning the UN Security Council to sanction the governmental regime of Venezuela on the basis of chapter 7 of the Charter of the United Nations by establishing an embargo on weapons and explosives utilized to repress the Venezuelan population. Venezuelans need international support now, more than ever in order to resolve the existing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis taking place in the country. VENEZUELANS NEED YOUR SUPPORT. Please sign this petition directed to the United Nations Security Council so that concrete and effective steps may be taken to help resolve this conflict and allow Venezuelans to live in freedom and under democracy. Below you will find the two letters directed to Mr. António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations and to Mr. Sasha Llorenty, President of the United Nations Security Council, respectively. These were presented and signed by several members of the Civil Society of Venezuela, national and international NGOs, and successfully handed over and received by representatives at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. (Begin first letter) June 20, 2017 United Nations Security Council 405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017 Your Excellency Mr. Sasha Llorenty President of the Security Council Since January 2017, after the Vatican’s efforts to mediate between the Venezuelan government and the political opposition failed to reach an agreement, general protests against poor living conditions have been active throughout our country. Additionally, the executive order issued on April 2017, aimed to transfer the power of the National Assembly to the Supreme Court, openly violating the Constitution of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, exacerbated national dissatisfaction, due to this decision’s anti-democratic spirit. Nicolas Maduro’s intentions to create a constituent assembly without a plebiscite, the cancellation of any referendum and gubernatorial elections, the systematic incarceration of both opposition leaders and citizens committed to the restoration of our democracy, and the prolonged economic and social crisis, continue to fuel massive civic demonstrations. Facing scarcity, poverty, and repression, and given the inexistent support from public institutions whose independently-minded officials were systematically replaced by government loyalists over the 18 years of the Bolivarian Revolution, the people of Venezuela have taken the streets demanding the immediate restitution of the constitutional order, the resignation of President Maduro, the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, and fair and equal elections under an independently formed National Electoral Council (CNE), open to impartial international observation. The people of Venezuela, who are currently resisting on the streets, are being repressed with tear gas grenades (launched targeting the human body), buckshot discharged at point-blank range, firearms, and by means considered crimes against humanity, such as zip guns charged with nails, nuts and bolts; even official vehicles are being used as lethal weapons to hit the crowds. The death toll from these terrorist practices, ordered by the dictatorial regime of Nicolas Maduro, has reached over 73 people, more than 2,000 wounded, and at least 1,363 arbitrary detentions. Civilian detainees are being subjected to physical and psychological torture, 370 of them facing trial in military courts. All human rights violations, and the dictatorial nature of Venezuela’s military regime, whose high officials (including the presidential family) have been tied to large drug trafficking cartels, conspiracy against political stability within democratic states, and politically and financially linked to terrorist organizations around the world, are evidence that these serious threats jeopardizing international security and the stability of the region, which falls within the purview of responsibility of the United Nations Security Council. For the reasons set forth herein and considering: The use of arms and explosives as instruments to harm and assassinate civilians, The systematic violation of human rights by the Venezuelan government, The use of state institutions to persecute and incarcerate civilians and members of the political opposition, The implementation of a state-sponsored terrorism executing non-conventional methods to lethally attack civilians using official vehicles to hit the crowds, The increase of Venezuelan exodus affecting migratory rates within the Americas and beyond, and The terrorist propaganda used by the Venezuelan government to generate political deterrence and according to the Provisional Rules of Procedure (S/96/Rev.7) Article 30 of the Charter which stipulates that the Security Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure, and according to the function of maintenance of international peace and security of the Security Council in correspondence with the principles and purposes of the United Nations, and in reference to the Organization of American States engagement in assisting the redemocratization process in Venezuela, We, the undersigned, exhort to this honorable Council to: Adopt the Arms Trade Treaty to prohibit trade, transfer, and exchange of firearms and explosives to Venezuela where risk exists of been employed to perpetrate assassinations targeting civilians. Taking into account the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has not signed the aforementioned treaty, we exhort this honorable council to: Formulate plans for the establishment of a system to regulate the trade, transfer, and exchange of armaments and war supplies to Venezuela. In addition, to closely follow up on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, which has escalated to the level of flagrant abuse of Human Rights, we exhort this Honorable Council to: Implement the Arria-Formula, meeting with representatives from both Venezuelan Civil Society and Venezuelan diaspora, denouncing human rights violations and threats to international security and peace. Adopt a resolution on Venezuela’s present humanitarian crisis as a risk to international security and peace. Call the Venezuelan government before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to respond for all human rights violations of the citizens of Venezuela and international detainees. As concerned citizens we ask this Honorable Council to implement these and any other effective strategies to restore security, peace, and democracy in Venezuela and thanks you ahead of time for your kind consideration to the urgency of this crisis. Sincerely, NGO Venezolanos sin FronterasRegistered in Táchira, Venezuela NGO VENAMERICARegistered in Florida, United States. NGO Centro Civico VenezolanoRegistered in New York, United States. Erik J. RozoNueva York, NY Antonio Rivero Miami, FL Filipp Rodríguez LoginovaWashington DC Vzlasinfronteras58@gmail.com Please click the link below to watch the video that shows the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: DEADLY REPRESSION IN VENEZUELA. NO MORE WEAPONS!https://youtu.be/yX27ZqfB7XE (Begin second letter) June 20, 2017 United Nations Secretariat405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017 Your Excellency Mr. António Guterres Secretary General of the United Nations. Following the dramatic ongoing events in Venezuela, and deeply moved for the Human Right violation occurring in our country, as well as concerned for Peace and Security on the American Continent, We, the Venezuelan Civil Society and Diaspora, express our deep concern before the International Community to help to putting an end to the ongoing humanitarian crisis produced by President Nicolas Maduro’s regime. The people of Venezuela, who are currently protesting on the streets, demanding dignified living conditions are being repressed with tear gas grenades (launched targeting the human body), buckshot discharged at point-blank range, firearms, and by means considered crimes against humanity, such as zip guns charged with nails, nuts and bolts; and even official vehicles being used as lethal weapons to hit the crowds. The death toll from these terrorist practices, ordered by the dictatorial regime of Nicolas Maduro, has reached 73 people, more than 2,000 wounded, and at least 1,363 arbitrary detentions. Civilian detainees are being subjected to physical and psychological torture, 370 of them facing trial in military courts. In the same spirit, and according to Chapter VII of The Charter of United Nations, we are writing to exhort your excellency to take position before the United Nations Security Council on Venezuelan situation, and promote our petition to United National Security Council to adopt the Arms Trade Treaty prohibiting trade, transfer, and exchange of firearms and explosives to Venezuela where most of these weapons are actually used to perpetrate assassinations targeting civilians We thank you in advance for your attention, taking this opportunity to renew to Your Excellency the assurances of our highest and most distinguished consideration. Sincerely, NGO Venezolanos sin FronterasRegistered in Táchira, Venezuela NGO VENAMERICARegistered in Florida, United States. NGO Centro Civico VenezolanoRegistered in New York, United States. Please click the link below to watch the video that shows the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: DEADLY REPRESSION IN VENEZUELA. NO MORE WEAPONS!https://youtu.be/yX27ZqfB7XE Contact: Erik J. Rozo Nueva York, NY Antonio Rivero Miami, FL Filipp Rodríguez Loginova Washington DC E-mail:vzlasinfronteras58@gmail.com

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