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United Nations Security Council
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.
Create a Constitutional Commission, Develop and Discuss the Syrian Constitution Urgently!
@SaveSyriaFuture - Twitter #SaveSyrianFuture aalrashed-al-Sumari@mail.com (scroll down for English / العربية) Mr. Antonio Guterres,Secretary GeneralUnited Nations Dear Mr. Secretary General, The civil war in Syria has been raging on for more than six years, longer than World War II. The Syrian people suffer heavy losses. The brutality of some parties of the conflict knows neither borders nor limits.People, who went out on the streets of Syria in March 2011, are long forgotten. Their peaceful demonstrations for democratic reforms were treacherously exploited against themselves. The noble and just opposition of that time was poisoned by dirty ideas of strive for power, injected by some foreign sponsors, while the Syrian people's right for peaceful life, sovereignty and independence was shattered into pieces. Our country faced military intervention. Terrorism is spreading its reach on the Syrian soil impudently, daringly and devastatingly.However, our desire to put an end to this war is getting stronger with every passing day. The memory of 500,000 souls of our martyred brothers and sisters fuels our desire to liberate Syria. The huge number of victims which continues to grow is desperately crying about the need to end this violent and bloody conflict.Understanding that it is impossible to achieve peace by brutal force only, we demand an immediate and unconditional dialogue about political settlement of Syrian crisis.The war exhausted the people of Syria who have lost all faith in the UN and no longer believe that it is able to restore peace. Our hearts wring with regret and grievous pain when we hear the opposition politicians refuse to participate in the negotiations and reject peace initiatives because of 'non-compliance' with legal formalities, while our children are deprived of home and food. Only political dialogue can bring a long-awaited peace to the Syrian land! This is why we strongly demand an immediate creation of a constitutional commission, organization of a broad discussion of the draft constitution at all political platforms including Geneva and Astana in order to foster the political process for a peaceful settlement. The procedures and terms of power transition must not hamper the discussion of the future of Syria and should not have a negative impact on the emerging peace process. We demand to grant the Syrian Constitutional Commission all the powers, including the right to participate in the negotiations as a force independent from the government and opposition. We demand the collection and analysis of the public opinion and proposals of any Syrian citizen, as well as the elaboration of provisions for discussing the future prototype of the constitution to be included into the duties of the Commission. It is also necessary to give the Constitutional Commission the right to interact with other democratic institutions in order to exchange experience in the domain of state building. The UN and all of the members of the Security Council should facilitate the involvement of all parties in the negotiations. We strongly demand to include the representatives of the opposing sides which are involved into the negotiation process and have confirmed their readiness for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Constitutional Commission. Those who reject peaceful settlement must bear responsibility for inciting hatred and waging war against our country and must be brought to international justice. Long live free and independent Syria! الشعب السوري يطالب تشكيل لجنة دستورية لـصياغة ومناقشة الدستور السوري الجديد السيد أنتونيو غوتيريش المحترمالأمين العام للأمم المتحدة سعادة الأمين العام لا تزال الحرب الأهلية في سوريا مستمرة لفترة ستة أعوام وهي أطول من الحرب العالمية الثانية في حين نشهد العنف تمارسه أطارف الصراع بدون أي حدود. ولقد غرق السوريون الذين خرجوا إلى شوارع في غياهب النسيان وتم استغلالهم في خطط ماكرة ضد الشعب السوري وتم تسميم الثورة المباركة بأوامر الرعاة الخارجيين وانتزاع النفوذ والمنافسات والخلافات والاشتباكات والاقتتال وتم تجاهل حق الشعب السوري في السلام تجاهلاً مطلقاً.تواجه بلادنا التدخل العسكري واسع النطاق وظلم الإرهاب والحرب الإعلامية الشرسة الذي خلط بين الخير والشر وقام بإعادة كتابة تاريخ الشعب السوري وتمنع الحرب من إعادة توحيد الأراضي السورية.وعلى رغم كل ذلك فإننا صابرون وصامدون في جهودنا من أجل إنهاء الحرب. نحمل في قلوبنا ذكري إخواننا الشهداء وأخواتنا الشهيدات الذي يلزمنا بمكافحة من أجل تحرير سوريا ويؤكد عدد الضحايا الهائل الحاجة الماسة إلى وقف الصراع الدموي على الفور.بإدراك أن استخدام القوة فقط لا يكفي لاستعادة السلام نطالب تحفيز الحوار السياسي حول إيجاد تسوية للأزمة السورية.إن الشعب السوري تعب من إراقة الدماء وفقد الثقة بقدرة الأمم المتحدة على استعادة السلام. من المؤلم أن نسمع أصوات السياسيين الذرين يرفضون المباحثات وينتقدون المبادرات السلمية بحجة أنها لا توافق الشكليات القانونية في حين يكون أطفالنا جائعين وبلا مأوى.الحوار السياسي مخرج وحيد لإعادة السلام على جميع الأراضي السورية! نطالب بتشكيل لجنة دستورية وتحفيز الحوار المشتمل حول صياغة الدستور الجديد على كافة المنصات المتاحة وفي جنيف وأستانا من أجل تسريع العملية السياسية. نعتقد أن موضوع آلية الانتقال السياسي وموعد له لا يمنعنا من بحث مستقبل سوريا ولا يستطيع أن ينعكس سلبياً على عملية السلام.نطالب منح اللجنة بكافة الحقوق من بينها حق مشاركة في المباحثات بصفة جهة مستقلة من الحكومة والمعارضة وتكليفها بتحليل الرأي العام وقبول الاقتراحات من جميع السوريين وصياغة مواد الدستور الجديد ومنح لها حق التعاون مع المنظمات والهيئات الديموقراطية الأخرى من أجل تبادل الخبرة في مجال بناء الدولة.نطالب الأمم المتحدة وأعضاء مجلس الأمن الدولي بالأخص مساهمة في جمع كافة الأطراف وراء طاولة المباحثات ونطالب تشكيل اللجنة الدستورية من ممثلي الأطراف التي أكدت استعدادها لاستخدام الوسائل السلمية وأما الذين يرفضون التسوية السلمية فنطالب اعتبارهم قائمين بتأجيج الكراهية واشعال الحرب ضد شعبنا وتقديمهم إلى العدالة الدولية. عاشت سوريا حرة أبية
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.
Help release the kidnapped Archbishops of Syria
On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha' Allah Kabboud, was killed. Today, 4 years later, the bishops remain missing – though for some time it has been rumored that only one of them is still alive. The bishops were abducted on their way back from the Turkish border, where they were negotiating the release of two priests, Fathers Michael Kayyal and Maher Mahfouz, who had themselves been kidnapped in February 2013. We have been quietly inquiring behind the scenes for 4 years now. We will not be silent anymore. As per the Freedom of Information Act, we are now demanding from the United States government in particular as well as the international community in general, to provide us with answers as to the whereabouts of these two servants of the Lord and the Church, in the name of humanity and decency. We urge the United States government to place whatever pressure need be applied on all its allies to obtain results in this matter particularly Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and Syria. If these two clergymen are deceased, release their bodies so that they may receive a proper and dignified burial. If by any miracle of GOD, any one of them is still alive, we urge the US President, the Senate and the members of Congress and their allies to put their efforts together with other countries in the region and help bring them home. Please help us bring our brothers home. Your immediate action is highly appreciated. Sign and Share this petition
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
Act to end the Assad regime's use of sexual violence against children as a weapon of war
In the six years that war has ravaged their country, the Syrian people have fallen victims to almost every crime imaginable. They’ve been massacred, tortured, bombed and subjected to chemical weapons. But there is one crime that, until now, has remained hidden under a thick veil of silence: child rape. And yet, in the prisons run by the Syrian regime, at checkpoints and during raids, the forces of the regime are taking advantage of the chaos to abuse the children of the opposition in total impunity. #THE STORY OF NORA, 11 year-old In May 2011, 11-year-old Nora was arrested near Deraa by soldiers of Bashar al-Assad's army in search of her father. “We are going to hold your daughter hostage until your husband turns himself in,” the officer announced to her mother. But despite the girl’s father turned himself in, his daughter would remain a prisoner for the next 45 days with 40 other women and children. From Day 1, the prisoners were given pills. The youngest were also given injections. Indeed, medical tests carried out after Nora’s liberation showed that the little girl had also been injected with hormones. For what purpose? Certainly these injections could have made Nora’s body’s lose its childish shape. On the 40th day, the jailers told the children to “get ready”. The children thought that the hour of liberation had finally arrived. It is not. Soldiers took Nora from the cell. Soldiers undressed her then brought her into another room. There, a naked “man with grey hair”-- the director of the military base-- was waiting for her. “He took me. And he raped me. He slept with me,” told Nora to her mother Fatima who carried on: “He then gave her a small yellow pill and gave her a shot in her right arm. He hit her so hard that her head started spinning.” The next morning, the little girl woke up in an interrogation room. She was covered with blood and several officers were standing around her. Nora has no idea what these other men did to her but she remembers seeing the man who raped her. # ORGANIZED VIOLENCE “There is proof that girls and boys scarcely over the age of 12 have experienced sexual violence, including both torture to their genitals and rape,” said international human rights organization Save the Children in its 2013 report Childhood under Fire. In 2014, in a publication by the UN Secretary General on “children and armed conflict in Syria”, UN investigators don’t hesitate to state that “this violence [against children] serves to humiliate, wound, obtain forced confessions or to pressure a parent to turn himself in.” In the prisons run by the Syrian regime, at checkpoints or during raids, if the settings vary, the strategy stays the same. A former director of Aleppo’s civilian prison confirms: “Sometimes, the orders were literally ‘Drag this person out of his home. If he isn’t there, you can take anyone-- his wife, his daughters. And we’ll keep them until the man who we are looking for turns himself in’.” That’s what happened to Nora, the little girl from Deraa. In Syria, the rape of children - indiscriminately girls and boys - has thus become a "weapon" in the service of the repressive machinery of the regime. This strategy was deliberately put in place as demonstrated by the investigative report we published on Mediapart. #OUR COMMITMENT As determined producers and filmmakers, we believe that everyone has a responsibility to change the mentalities and systems that perpetuate impunity. Because those in power have not lived up to the challenge of recognizing the serious mistakes of the past, Nicolas, Stéphane and I (Marion) decided to launch the ZERO IMPUNITY movement so that these crimes do not go unpunished and happen again. #OUR ACTION: A UN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY In order to build the basis for international legal action, it is essential to request the first independent investigation led by the United Nations into sexual violence against children in Syria. MOBILIZE US, SIGN THE PETITION, AND ASK THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL, M. ANTONIO GUTERRES, TO ACT.
To the UN Security Council: a plea to intervene to Stop the Bloodshed in Ethiopia
To the UN Security Council: a plea to intervene to Stop the Bloodshed in Ethiopia Oromos have been continuously protesting for the past nine months against marginalization and Injustice in Ethiopia. During this time, over 800 Oromos have been brutalized, over 30,000 -50,000 have been detained and large numbers have disappeared by the government’s security forces. The Amhara Regional state people joined the protest in August 2016. Since then, over 30 Amharas have been killed, and many others have been arrested. Many International human rights organizations such as HRW, AI, and the HRLHA have documented the gross human rights violations in Ethiopia over the last two decades. Their reports have caught the attention of government agencies such as the EU parliament and UN human rights experts. Recently the UN Human Rights Commissioner has called for a probe into the killings of protesters in Oromia & Ahmara regional states by the Ethiopian government. In response, the government of Ethiopia promptly rejected the UN human rights chief’s call Please sign this petition to the UN Security council calling upon it to convene an urgent meeting and pass a resolution to intervene in Ethiopia and stop the unprecedented killings, tortures, forceful disappearances, and rapes by the killing squad Agazi force in Oromia and Amhara regional states of Ethiopia Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) www.humanrightsleague.org HRLHA is a non-political organization which attempts to challenge human rights abuses suffered by the peoples of various nations and nationalities in the Horn of Africa. HRLHA is aimed at defending fundamental human rights including freedoms of thought, expression, movement, and organization. It is also aimed at raising the awareness of individuals about their own basic human rights and that of others. It focuses on the observances as well as the due processes of law. It promotes the growth and development of free and vigorous civil societies
Send North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the ICC
Dear Members of the United Nations Security Council, I urge you to take action concerning the grave human rights abuses committed in North Korea by referring the situation to the International Criminal Court. As you know, a 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry on North Korea concluded that “the gravity, scale and nature of violations” in that country “reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.” The report found “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations” that amount to “crimes against humanity” which are “based on State policies.” The responsibility for these crimes reaches many branches of the North Korean government, and traces its way to Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. The Commission of Inquiry cited grave crimes committed by Kim Jong-un’s regime, including: Extermination Murder Enslavement Torture Imprisonment Rape Forced abortions Sexual violence Persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds Enforced disappearances Starvation Indeed, an estimated 100,000 North Koreans are imprisoned in concentration camps. Hundreds of thousands more are deprived of food and other basic needs. These crimes against humanity, according to the UN commission of inquiry, are caused by the regime’s “policies, institutions and patterns of impunity.” The international community can no longer be silent. I call upon you, members of the UN Security Council, to take action to protect the suffering people of North Korea by referring Kim Jong-un to the ICC. Sincerely,
Don't Abandon the People of Darfur and Renew UNAMID's Mandate
Since 2003, government sponsored militias in Darfur have been waging a widespread campaign of ethnic cleansing against Darfur’s non-Arab population, utilizing arbitrary arrests, summary executions and rape as weapons of war. It took over 250,000 deaths to convince the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2007 to authorize the deployment of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Reports of atrocities ceases to abate, illustrated by the October 2014 mass rape of approximately 200 women and girls by government soldiers in the town of Tabit in less than 36 hours. With the death toll now well over 300,000, the Sudanese government insists that the peacekeeping mission’s mandate, due for renewal on the 30th of June 2015, be scrapped entirely. Please sign our petition to demand the UN Security Council to extend UNAMID’s mandate and not leave Darfur’s people at the mercy of government sanctioned death and rape squads! In addition to the prospect of UNAMID’s abrogation, Darfuri civilians continue to lack adequate protection due to the peacekeeping mission’s troubling history of partiality towards Khartoum and its sponsors, illustrated by various cover-ups of heinous crimes against humanity and its reticence to go after armed groups operating in Darfur. On top of restrictions dictated by Khartoum, the lack of proper oversight and accountability has prevented UNAMID from thoroughly executing its stated mandate, leaving Darfuris to suffer the genocidal policies of the Sudanese government to this day. We must speak up and demand action. If world leaders are failing in their responsibility to end genocide, it is essential that we, the global citizenry, speak up and remind our policymakers that turning a blind eye in the face of ethnic cleansing renders the international community complicit in such acts of barbarity. Please sign our petition to demand an immediate renewal of the peacekeeping mission’s mandate. Demand that the UN investigate UNAMID’s record of irregularities and provide a thorough oversight mechanism that keeps the peacekeepers accountable to the world and to the people of Darfur.
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Per l'apertura di Corridoi Umanitari globali dalla Libia
Dall'isola di Lampedusa da anni vediamo arrivare molte persone salvate dal mare, salvate dalle leggi degli uomini che lasciano per loro solo la strada delle onde e dai trafficanti che ne traggono profitto. Da questa isola da anni sentiamo sulla pelle il vento che spinge via queste persone dalla loro terra. É un vento che solleva la polvere delle case distrutte dalle bombe, la terra resa deserto dalla siccità. É il vento della miseria prodotta dallo sfruttamento dell’uomo sull'uomo, su donne e bambini. Da qui contiamo ogni settimana i morti, proviamo a dare storia e dignità agli scomparsi, assistiamo impotenti al dolore dei sopravvissuti. Oggi viviamo tempi barbari, tempi in cui chi salva vite in mare viene accusato, mentre chi ha sparso guerre e miseria si fa legge e giudice. Alle barbarie del presente opponiamo il futuro dell’umanità, lo facciamo per ristabilire la verità della Storia a fronte delle menzogne dei potenti. Solo chi ha reso il mare frontiera è responsabile di questa tragedia che viviamo, non chi salva vite. E chi oggi propone di fermare i migranti in Libia sa bene che in quel paese la situazione è tragica e che le persone che vi si trovano a transitare subiscono ogni tipo di violenza. A fronte di tutto ciò Chiediamo che venga immediatamente convocato il Consiglio di Sicurezza dell’Onu, per affrontare con una strategia globale l’emergenza nel Mediterraneo. Chiediamo l’istituzione di un visto umanitario globale per chi si trova oggi in Libia, un visto valido per tutte le Nazioni che hanno aderito alla Convenzione di Ginevra. Chiediamo che il visto venga rilasciato dall'ambasciata italiana oggi presente nel paese. Quello che chiediamo è di intervenire immediatamente per affrontare attraverso il diritto l’emergenza prodotta dalle guerre e dall'ingiustizia globale.