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Shut Down Pornhub and Hold Its Executives Accountable for Aiding Trafficking
(This petition has migrated to www.traffickinghubpetition.com where over 2.2 million people have signed from 192 countries.) As featured in the NY Times' "Children of Pornhub" Sign and share the petition today to SHUT DOWN PORNHUB AND HOLD ITS EXECUTIVES ACCOUNTABLE for enabling, distributing, and profiting from the child abuse, rape, sex trafficking, and criminal image-based abuse of countless victims worldwide. You can stay up to date on the progress of the petition by following #Traffickinghub founder Laila Mickelwait on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Media inquiries can be directed to email@example.com If you have been victimized on Pornhub or any MindGeek owned website and want help, click here. #Traffickinghub is a decentralized global movement of individuals, survivors, organizations, and advocates from across a broad spectrum of political, faith and non-faith, economic, and ideological backgrounds, all uniting together for the single purpose of shutting down Pornhub and holding its executives accountable for enabling, distributing and profiting from rape, child abuse, sex trafficking and criminal image-based sexual abuse. The movement was founded in February, 2020 by anti-trafficking activist Laila Mickelwait. Over 600 organizations, hundreds of survivors, and millions of individuals from 192 countries have joined forces through #Traffickinghub to call for criminal and civil accountability for Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek. In a relatively short amount of time, the #Traffickinghub movement has made enormous progress thanks to the work and participation of all involved. At the beginning of 2020, with 130 million daily visits, Pornhub was the largest and most popular porn website in the world, the 10th most visited website across the Internet (more than Netflix, Amazon, or Yahoo), and the third most influential tech company on society only surpassed by Facebook and Google. They were making hundreds of millions of dollars annually, primarily by selling 4.6 billion ad impressions daily on millions of videos live on the site at any given time. By the end of 2022, thousands of media articles had been written exposing Pornhub’s involvement in monetizing sexual crime, Pornhub had taken down 80% of the entire site, totaling 10 million videos, and MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and PayPal had all cut ties with the site. Grant Thornton, Comcast-Xfinity, Roku, Heinz-Unilever joined the credit card giants in shutting down their business relationships with Pornhub and all major mainstream advertisers pulled their ads. TikTok and YouTube removed Pornhub’s accounts and Meta/Instagram permanently shut down Pornhub’s 13 million follower account. 194 victims sued Pornhub/MindGeek in 8 major individual and class action lawsuits across the United States and Canada. Lawsuit damages could potentially reach billions of dollars. Laila Mickelwait continues to lead the #Traffickinghub movement today and is determined to keep the petition open and to keep fighting for justice until the goals of the movement are accomplished. ### ORIGINAL PETITION TEXT February, 2020 In recent news there have been numerous shocking cases of sex trafficking and child rape films that were hosted on Pornhub. A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a year was finally found after her mother was tipped off that her daughter was being featured in videos on the site — 58 such videos of her rape and sexual abuse were discovered on Pornhub. Her trafficker, who was seen in the videos raping the child, was identified using surveillance footage of him at a 7-Eleven where he was spotted with his victim. He is now facing a felony charge. Also in recent news was the case of 22 women who were deceived and coerced by Michael Pratt, owner of GirlsDoPorn, into performing sex acts on film that were subsequently uploaded to Pornhub. These women sued GirlsDoPorn and won a $12.7 million lawsuit against the company. According to a federal indictment, Pratt and his co-conspirators produced filmed child rape and sexual abuse content and trafficked a minor. Pratt reportedly fled the United States for New Zealand and is currently wanted on a federal warrant. But there are other individuals who should also be wanted by law enforcement — CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo of Mindgeek, the company that owns Pornhub. You see, Pornhub is complicit in the trafficking of these women and minors and probably thousands more like them. Pornhub is generating millions in advertising and membership revenue with 42 billion visits and 6 million videos uploaded per year. Yet it has no system in place to verify reliably the age or consent of those featured in the pornographic content it hosts and profits from. In fact, all that is needed to upload pornography onto Pornhub is an email address. No government-issued ID is required, not even to become “verified” with its trusty blue checkmark that makes everything seem a-OK. I know this, because I tried it. It took me under 10 minutes to create a user account and upload blank test content to the site, which went live instantly. I could have then gone on to become Pornhub-verified, and all I would need to do is send a photo of myself holding a paper with my username. That’s it. It is no surprise that Pornhub admitted to verifying the trafficked 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused in 58 videos on its site. The official Twitter account for Pornhub wrote in response to the breaking story that the 15-year-old girl had been a verified member. After quickly realizing it had just admitted to assisting in her being trafficked, the account deleted the tweets, but the evidence of the admission was cached and still exists. One of the most-searched terms on Pornhub is “teen” pornography, in fact it has been a top search term on the site for years. The search will result in videos that are constantly being added faster than any individual could watch them. Many feature girls who look 13 years old at best — girls with braces, pigtails, flat chests, no makeup, extremely young faces, holding teddy bears and licking lollipops, all while being aggressively penetrated. A quick search for the word “teen” turns up titles such as “Young Girl Tricked,” “Innocent Brace Faced Tiny Teen F---ed,” “Tiny Petite Thai Teen,” “Teen Little Girl First Time,” on and on ad infinitum. Pornhub has no reliable system in place to verify that those in the videos it hosts are not trafficked children being raped on film in order to line the pockets of its executives. What all of this means is that at this very moment, there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of underage sex trafficking victims on Pornhub. We already have evidence, and it is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s time to shut down super-predator site Pornhub and hold the executives behind it accountable.
Stop Sending U.S. Military Dogs to Jordan for them to be Starved and Abused!
The United States keeps sending our military bomb-sniffing dogs to the country of Jordan, where a Federal investigation revealed they are starved and neglected, that many died, and the dogs left are barely surviving. The federal investigation recommendation to the United States Department of Justice was to stop sending dogs until there was a sustainability plan put in place, but the Department of Justice has not taken action on this recommendation. Despite spending "millions of dollars" training and dispatching the dogs, State Department officials failed to ensure their health and welfare, said the report, which was launched after a hotline complaint about the dogs' treatment. According to the report, the State Department's loose regulation and lack of concrete policies were a big factor in the dogs' mistreatment. The State Department couldn't provide investigators detailed information for the dogs in other partner countries besides Jordan, and there often aren't any written agreements with the countries outlining how to care for the dogs. We are asking the United States Department Of Justice to: Stop sending additional dogs to Jordan until policies, a plan and assurances are put into place to properly monitor and ensure the well-being of those military dogs. Investigate and provide investigators detailed information about the dogs and their well-being in the other partner countries besides Jordan. Let's ensure the protection and care of the U.S. military dogs that work hard and risk their lives every day, serving our and our partner countries.### [[[ Guys: here are a couple of credible links to this story on CNN and Washington Post]]] 1. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/09/16/us/jordan-dog-death-intl-hnk-scli/index.html 2. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/09/16/us-officials-knew-bomb-sniffing-dogs-were-dying-neglect-jordan-they-sent-more/%3foutputType=amp
Help Us Free Nasrin Soutoudeh Now
Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced by an Islamic court in Tehran to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. The multiple indictments brought against her included conspiracy, incitement to corruption and prostitution, propaganda against the system, disruption of public order, and espionage. What did Sotoudeh, the 2012 recipient of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, do? She defended Iranian women who were removing their headscarves to protest the law that required them to wear one. Supreme irony: As Sotoudeh sits in jail, Iran has been appointed to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In the name of all the values we have always defended—equality between men and women, women's emancipation, freedom of expression, freedom of conscience—we, Marie Claire U.S., as well as many of our international editions, call for Nasrin Sotoudeh’s unconditional release.
End the Uyghar genocide and concentration camps in China.
A genocide is taking place- the likes of which have not been seen since 1945. Marginalized groups in China are being systematically concentrated in camps where they are 're-educated', sterilised and have had their organs harvested. This is not hyperbole, this is the hard truth. Millions of Uyghar Muslims are being targeted by this regime. A senior British lawyer has stated that many of the over 1.5 million people in Chinese concentration camps have been murdered for this global organ trade worth billions of dollars. This must stop imminently, achieving this will require media attention, government policy and public support. Support this petition to spread awareness and get the attention of those with power and influence.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) REJECT ELECTORAL FRAUD
Dear Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), We, the undersigned citizens of this great nation, write to you to express our deep concern over the increasing cases of electoral fraud in our country. It is disheartening to note that some unscrupulous individuals are bent on undermining the sanctity of our electoral process and subverting the will of the people. We believe that electoral fraud undermines the integrity of our democracy and erodes public trust in the electoral process. It is, therefore, imperative that INEC takes proactive measures to ensure that our elections are free, fair, and transparent. In addition to rejecting electoral fraud in all its forms, INEC must also take decisive action to reject false results from polling units. False results can occur as a result of vote rigging, ballot box stuffing, manipulation of voting machines, and other forms of electoral malpractice. We also call on INEC to ensure that those found culpable in perpetrating electoral fraud are held accountable and prosecuted in accordance with the law. This will serve as a deterrent to others who may be considering engaging in such illegal acts. As citizens of this great country, we have a collective responsibility to safeguard our democracy and ensure that our electoral process remains credible and transparent. We, therefore, urge INEC to take decisive action to reject electoral fraud and uphold the sanctity of our electoral process. Nigeria is already Africa’s most populous country and its population is expected to overtake the U.S. by 2050, to become the world’s second-largest democracy. A credible election would position Nigeria as a global democratic leader and bolster Africa’s position as a source for democratic momentum. With 76% of new voters under the age of 34, youth are key to this transition. They are already playing a central role in a democratic awakening; in 2020, it was the youth-led #EndSARS movement, a reference to Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that energized millions of people fed up with police brutality, corruption, and broader government dysfunction to become new voters. These voters expect democracy to deliver better than it has, given rising poverty and pervasive violence, which the government has used to justify the erosion of human rights. More than 10,000 Nigerians were killed by bandits, jihadists, separatists, police, or the army in the past year alone. Nigeria's democracy has faced recent headwinds, and Nigeria Youth is ready to usher in a global democratic renewal. A New Nigeria is Possible. ACT NOW
Save Afghan Minesweepers
A unit of Afghan counter-IED specialists, the National Mine Reduction Group, quite literally cleared the way for the Army Green Berets they partnered with. Their technical expertise and familiarity with Taliban tactics was indispensable as they detected and disabled IEDs (usually by hand) in advance of US forces. Many American Special Operators and Green Berets, myself included, are alive today because of the NMRG. The vast majority of the NMRG were not fortunate enough to have been on the flights out of Kabul: Including their families, there are more than 2,000 of these allies of the US still in Afghanistan - and are persistently hunted by the Taliban for their service in advancing US objectives. As if their affiliation with the US military was not dangerous enough, roughly half the NMRG are Hazara - an ethnic minority that has suffered extensive persecution at the hands of the Taliban. It's difficult to imagine a higher-risk group in Afghanistan. It is a moral obligation to provide for the health and welfare of our Afghan allies and assist wherever necessary to see them through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) application process. They volunteered to do the most dangerous job in Afghanistan to further the interests of a nation they've never known. And did so purely on faith: Faith that we would be there for them when times got hard. We must ensure that their faith in us, as Americans, was not misplaced and fulfill our moral obligation by providing the NMRG refuge in the United States. Sign to insist that Secretary of State Blinken and members of congress fulfill America promise and provide safe haven to our Afghan Allies With or without the US Government's support, we are doing everything we can to provide aid; check out our efforts at 1208foundation.org or donate to Our Fundraiser or GoFundMe. We are providing point-to-point aid to help 300 NMRG families survive famine, evade persecution and immigrate to the United States. We take no salaries in this endeavor.
Free Alexei Navalny
Alexei Navalny is a Russian opposition leader, politician, jurist and anti-corruption activist. He came to international prominence by organizing demonstrations, and running for office, to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Putin's government. Navalny has been described as "the man Vladimir Putin fears most" by The Wall Street Journal. Putin avoids directly referring to Navalny by name. Navalny is a Russian Opposition Coordination Council member, the leader of the Progress Party and the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK). In 2020, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. On 20 August 2020, Navalny was hospitalized in serious condition after he was sickened with a nerve agent during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. He was medically evacuated to Berlin and discharged on 22 September. Russian prosecutors have refused to open a criminal investigation into the matter. Though the Kremlin denied involvement in his illness, the EU and the UK responded by imposing sanctions on six senior Russian officials and a state chemical centre. On 17 January 2021, he returned to Russia, where he was immediately detained on accusations of violating terms of a suspended jail sentence. Navalny is currently held in jail for the next 30 days. Petition your Congressional Representative to pressure Vladmir Putin to release Alexei Navalny at once!!
Cierren Pornhub e investiguen a los ejecutivos por ser cómplices de tráfico sexual
US / AR / IT / GER En los últimos meses, ha habido varios casos impactantes de tráfico sexual y violación tanto a mujeres como niños y niñas alojados en el sitio Pornhub. Una chica de 15 años, que había estado desaparecida por un año, fue finalmente encontrada cuando le informaron a su madre que aparecía en videos del sitio. Se encontraron 58 videos donde abusaban sexualmente de ella. También fue noticia reciente el caso de 22 mujeres que fueron engañadas y coaccionadas por Michael Pratt, dueño de GirlsDoPorn, para realizar actos sexuales en una película que después sería subida a Pornhub. Estas mujeres denunciaron a GirlsDoPorn y ganaron una demanda por $12.7 millones de dólares contra la compañía. De acuerdo con una demanda federal, Pratt y sus co-conspiradores filmaron contenidos de violación y abuso sexual de niñas y traficaron con una menor. Pornhub es cómplice de tráfico y abuso sexual, tanto de estas mujeres y menores de edad como probablemente de muchas más. Pornhub tiene ingresos millonarios por publicidad y membresías con 42 mil millones de visitas y 6 millones de videos subidos por año. Sin embargo, no tiene ningún tipo de sistema para verificar la edad o el consentimiento de las personas que aparecen en los videos pornográficos que alberga y de los cuales obtiene ganancias. De hecho, lo único que se necesita para subir pornografía al sitio es un e-mail. No piden un documento de identidad, ni siquiera para tener cuenta "verificada" con su marca azul, que genera la confianza de que todo está bien. Sólo toma 10 minutos crear una cuenta y subir un video, que está disponible para reproducirse al instante. Cualquiera puede tener una cuenta verificada por Pornhub, sólo se necesita enviar una foto de uno mismo sosteniendo un papel con tu nombre de usuario. Sí, eso es todo. De hecho, Pornhub admitió públicamente que verificó la cuenta de la chica de 15 años que fue abusada sexualmente en 58 videos que aparecían en el sitio. Su cuenta oficial de twitter escribió en respuesta a la noticia de la chica, admitiendo que había sido un miembro verificado. Al darse cuenta que estaban admitiendo ser cómplices de tráfico sexual, la cuenta borró los tweets inmediatamente. Pero la evidencia todavía existe. Uno de los términos más buscados en Pornhub es pornografía “teen” o “adolescente”, de hecho ha sido uno de los diez términos más buscados en el sitio durante seis años consecutivos. De este tipo cada vez hay más videos, que se agregan más rápido de lo que podría ver una persona. Muchos de estos muestran chicas que parecen tener 13 años como mucho, con brackets, colitas, sin estar desarrolladas, sosteniendo osos de peluche y comiendo una paleta mientras son agresivamente penetradas. Pornhub no tiene un sistema fiable para verificar que las chicas que aparecen en los videos no son víctimas de trata que están siendo violadas, esto por la falta de una real verificación y control de los videos. Lo que todo esto significa es que en este momento, podría haber cientos, o tal vez miles de videos de menores víctimas de tráfico sexual en Pornhub. Ya tenemos pruebas que son sólo la punta del iceberg. Es hora de cerrar Pornhub y que sus ejecutivos rindan cuentas sobre su complicidad en el tráfico sexual de mujeres y niñas. Para contactar a Laila Mickelwait: firstname.lastname@example.org
STOP the Israeli forces assault to Coptic monks & preserve Coptic heritage -Deir El Sultan
#CopticDeir #دير_السلطان_قبطي Current Situation Israeli soldiers and police officers are using unacceptable and excessive use of force on Coptic monks and deacons as they lawfully protested the execution of an order that contravenes a standing Israeli Supreme Court ruling on property in favor of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. "Coptic clergy, accompanying His Eminence Archbishop Antonios, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem, were peacefully demonstrating at the Sultan Monastery in Jerusalem’s Old City, officially the property of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Urgent restoration work has been needed for some time, and the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate had offered on numerous occasions to carry out the required work itself, but was refused. This work is now being carried out by Israeli authorities on their own terms, without the approval of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, and while preventing Archbishop Antonios access throughout. According to the 1971 Israeli Supreme Court ruling, the Coptic Orthodox Church was given sole rights over the Sultan Monastery, but to-date Israeli authorities have failed to implement the ruling, giving rise to unnecessary dissatisfaction, confusion, tension, and violent and forceful behavior against the Coptic community on numerous occasions. This can be alleviated with the execution of the aforementioned standing Supreme Court ruling of 1971 in favor of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem." -Bishop Angelos A Brief History The Coptic Monastery of the Sultan in Jerusalem dates back to the reign of Sultan Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan (684-705 AD), who gave it to the Copts and therefore it was named Deir El-Sultan (i.e. Monastery of the Sultan). The Coptic Orthodox Church’s ownership of Deir El-Sultan was confirmed during the reign of Sultan Salah ad-Din in the twelfth century. Deir El-Sultan is part of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. The Monastery is located on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and has an entrance leading into the Church. It covers an area of 1,800 square meters. In the middle of the outer courtyard it contains the dome of the Church of Saint Helen. It also contains two ancient churches on the southeast side of the monastery, the first is the Church of Archangel Michael and the second is the Church of the Four Living Creatures. On the eastern side of the courtyard there are rooms where the Copts host some of the Ethiopian monks alongside the Abbot’s room where a Coptic monk resides. In the latter half of the seventeenth century, the Ethiopians turned to the Coptic Church to find a temporary shelter because the ownership of their Churches was transferred to the Roman and Armenian churches in 1654. This occurred because the Ethiopian Church was unable to pay their taxes. The Coptic Church in Jerusalem hosted the Ethiopian monks temporarily as guests in Deir Al Sultan. On October 17th, 1820, the Coptic Church renovated Deir Al Sultan, and this required all residents, both Copts and Ethiopians to temporarily vacate the Monastery. The Ethiopian monks were allowed to return to stay as guests in the monastery in 1840 as members of the Coptic Church. Some persons representing foreign governments spread seeds of discord between the Copts and the Ethiopians and they urged the Ethiopian monks to repeatedly attempt to seize the monastery. This occurred on: - November 1850, the Ethiopians tried to seize the key of Deir El-Sultan, but it was returned to the Copts according to an official document by the Ottoman Empire on February 3rd, 1851. - In 1862, they once again attempted to seize the key, but the key of the monastery was returned according to an official document by the Ottoman Empire on March 9th, 1863. - In 1888, the Copts made renovations to one of the churches of Deir Al-Sultan with the official permission of the Jerusalem Municipality. The Ethiopian monks tried to prevent the Copts from completing the renovations. The Copts filed a lawsuit to the Ottoman Ministry of Justice in Istanbul on December 2nd, 1891. The Ottoman Sultan decided on January 18th, 1894 that the Copts had the right of ownership of Deir El-Sultan, obliging the Ethiopians to stay away. - In 1906, the Ethiopian monks requested to renovate the monastery as an initial step in the attempt to seize it. Therefore, the Coptic Church hastened to file a request for renovation, which was approved by the concerned official authorities in 1910, confirming the Copts’ right to manage Deir El-Sultan. - In 1945, during the British mandate, the Ethiopians painted one of the rooms in which they lived. The governor of Jerusalem sent a letter to them confirming that this work may not be considered in the future as a presumption supporting any of their rights in Deir El-Sultan. He sent a copy of this letter to Coptic Bishop in Jerusalem. - In February of 1959, the Ethiopians misled the Jordanian administrator of Jerusalem, convincing him of their right to Deir El-Sultan. The Jordanian government handed Deir El-Sultan over to the Ethiopians by force on February 22nd, 1961. The Patriarch, Pope Cyril VI, sent a delegation of Archbishops to meet with His Majesty, the King of Jordan. They provided the King with documents proving the Coptic Church’s ownership of the monastery. His Majesty issued a decision on April 1st, 1961 to cancel the previous decision and to form a ministerial committee to study the documents submitted. Accordingly, the committee issued a decision annulling the previous decision issued on February 22nd, 1961, and confirmed the right of the Copts in the ownership of Deir El-Sultan and the need to return the keys to the Coptic Church. - On April 25th, 1970, during the Holy Resurrection Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Israeli government sent military forces who enabled the Ethiopians monks to seize Deir El-Sultan and change the locks. They gave the new keys to the Ethiopians. When the Coptic monks knew this, they rushed to Deir El-Sultan to recover their property, but the Israeli forces forcibly prevented the Bishop of the Copts and all those with him from entering Deir El-Sultan. The Bishop of the Copts immediately filed a lawsuit in the Israeli Supreme Court, which unanimously decided, on March 16th, 1971, to return the keys of the Monastery to the Copts. However, the Israeli government has refused to implement the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court since 1971 to the present day. - On September 22nd, 2017, as a result of renovations on the roof of the Greek Orthodox Church adjacent to Deir El Sultan, a small stone fell from the roof of the Church of Archangel Michael, one of the two churches in Deir El Sultan. This led to the closure of the church by the Dangerous Buildings Department of the Jerusalem Municipality until the completion of renovations and the repair of the damage to the roof of the church. For some strange reason, all the preliminary consultations and inspections of the damage were done without notifying the Coptic Church, the owner of the property. We therefore contacted the concerned departments and authorities to express our dissatisfaction at this complete disregard of our ownership of the property. We asked in writing to have the necessary repairs done at our own expense. The request was refused, and the government offered to do the repairs as a neutral party. We gave them some conditions in order for us to accept this and we also sent a letter stating the conditions. As we did not receive any reply, we sent several other letters to confirm our readiness to complete the repairs at our expense. We sent the engineering report, the blueprints, and the Contract Agreement to the engineering office assigned with the renovations of the archaeological sites in order to start the necessary repairs, but we have yet to receive any written response. On the evening of Thursday, October 19th, 2017, the government-appointed engineer tried to admit the equipment to begin repairs without notifying us in writing. All of us, as monks, deacons, sub-deacons, led by our Archbishop, rushed to perform a peaceful protest in front of Deir Al Sultan’s gate to prevent the entry of any equipment for repair. Some officers from various parties tried to convince us to allow the equipment to enter the site, but we refused this without prior coordination in order to preserve our rights. The Egyptian Embassy intervened in this matter, and this led to the delay of the work until coordination in writing is made with us. It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry firmly supports the Coptic Church in its legitimate demand for its right to restore a Coptic Egyptian monument, on the basis that Deir El-Sultan is a matter that concerns Egypt and not only the Church. We call upon all parties concerned to support the Coptic Church in preserving its property in the Holy Land.
Condemn Ethiopian State Violence and Demand the Release of All Political Prisoners
Sign this petition to demand, alongside the Oromo Community, the immediate release of all political prisoners in Ethiopia without any preconditions and an end to Ethiopian state violence. Sign this petition to also demand that the Ethiopian Government stop its extrajudicial killings across the country, lift the internet shutdown and stop the censorship of media and journalists. BACKGROUND: On June 29, 2020, prominent Oromo artist-activist Hachalu Hundessa was gunned down and murdered in Finfinne (Addis Ababa), Ethiopia. The Oromo Community across the United States and around the world is shocked, devastated and pained by the assassination of Hachalu. Hachalu was a living legend, our hero, and the voice of the Oromo people. He was an artist who was able to musically capture the Oromo culture and aspirations for freedom, human rights and equality for the Oromo people in Ethiopia. Hachalu’s music had been the soundtrack to the 2014-2018 Oromo Protests Movement, which led to the resignation of former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desagln and the toppling of the TPLF authoritarian regime. Hachalu had the unique capability to capture the Oromo struggle for equality and human rights in Ethiopia--a struggle that is now unfortunately still ongoing due to the continuation of extrajudicial killings, military command posts in the western and southern areas of the Oromia region, political imprisonment and the indefinite postponement of elections under current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Prime Minister Abiy has failed to usher in democracy, respect for human rights and peace in Ethiopia. Hachalu criticized Prime Minister Abiy’s human rights abuses just one week before his assassiation. We believe Hachalu was targeted because of his identity and for sharing his criticisms and point of view unapologetically. We have not only lost Hachalu. Our community continues to experience senseless killings and violence. Following Hachalu’s murder, the Ethiopian security officers shot and killed protestors who were mourning Hachalu and detained many Oromo political opposition group leaders and members, such as Bekele Gerba, Jawar Mohammed, Dejene Tafa, Dr. Shugux Galataa, Mikael Boran, Kennasaa Ayyaanaa, and dozens of journalists, activists, and civilians. Two U.S. citizens who were visiting Ethiopia from their home state of Washington, Redwan Aman and Yusuf Beshir, were also illegally detained. The Ethiopian government also shut down a prominent media network and internet access across the country. Oromos have experienced a long history of systemic marginalization, abuses, killings, imprisonment, all documented by human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The Oromo Community is asking: when will these senseless killings stop? When will Ethiopia and its government recognize and value the human rights of Oromo citizens? Sign this petition to demand, alongside the Oromo Community, the immediate release of all political prisoners in Ethiopia without any preconditions and an end to Ethiopian state violence. Ethiopian government must stop all extrajudicial killings, lift the internet shutdown and stop the censorship of media and journalists.