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Petitioning President Malawi

Stop the ritual murders of children with albinism

Ritual killings are on the rise in Malawi, in Africa. People with the genetic condition albinism, particularly kids, are at grave risk of being hunted for their bones, which are then sold for ritual uses. Tell the President of Malawi to offer urgent and effective protection for people with albinism.

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Demand a safe home for people in Syria

As the war continues to rage into its sixth year, the people of Syria are still desperate for a safe home. They long to raise their families in a secure and nurturing environment, free of the daily horrors of life under attack. You can help. Join Amnesty and demand a safe home for people in Syria.

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1,301 supporters
Petitioning Burkina Faso Government

Stop forced marriages in Burkina Faso

At 13, Maria was forced to marry a 70-year-old man. When she resisted, her father told her “If you don’t go to join your husband, I will kill you”. In Burkina Faso, thousands of girls like Maria are forced into early marriage. Tell Burkina Faso’s government this has to stop. Join Amnesty today.

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Petitioning Attorney General, (Louisiana, USA)

Albert has been wrongfully trapped in solitary for 40 years. Help him get out.

Albert Woodfox has spent 40 years in solitary confinement, locked up alone for 23 hours a day. His conviction of murder has been overturned 3 times, and despite this the Attorney General won’t let him go free. Help get Albert out of solitary. The UN says his treatment amounts to torture. Albert was convicted in 1973 for the murder of a prison guard, but says he’s an innocent man and believes his conviction was politically motivated because he was a member of radical black rights movement, the Black Panther Party. There was no physical evidence linking Albert to the crime. His conviction relied on the testimony of another prisoner who received a pardon in return. Decades of isolation have taken an appalling toll on Albert: “I do not have the words to convey the years of mental, emotional and physical torture I have endured.” The legal process was so flawed that Albert’s conviction has been overturned three times. In June 2015, a federal judge ordered his release, but his freedom has been blocked at every turn by Louisiana’s Attorney General, who is waging a campaign of vengeance against him. “They might bend me a little bit,” says Albert. “They might cause me a lot of pain. They may even take my life. But they will never be able to break me.” Justice is long overdue. Call on the Attorney General to release Albert now.

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Petitioning Minister of Justice, (El Salvador)

Teodora was locked up because her baby was stillborn. Sign the petition to free her

Teodora suffered a stillbirth in 2007, after the rapid onset of serious pain while she was at work. Police arrested her as she lay in a pool of blood. She is now serving 30 years in prison for ‘aggravated homicide’. Help Teodora get justice.  Teodora was presumed guilty of ‘abortion’ rather than the victim of pregnancy complications. She has spent more than eight years in jail, and has not seen her 11-year old son for over a year, due to extremely limited financial resources. In El Salvador, women who miscarry or suffer a stillbirth during pregnancy are routinely suspected of having had an ‘abortion’. Under El Salvadorian law abortion in any circumstance is a crime, even in cases of rape, incest, or where a woman’s life is at risk. This makes women afraid to seek help with pregnancy-related problems, leading inevitably to more preventable deaths. Teodora’s trial was deeply flawed. As in all similar cases in El Salvador, she was presumed guilty and, being from a poor family, could not afford an effective legal team to represent her. Her only option now is to appeal for her sentence to be changed so that she is released immediately. Call on El Salvador’s Minister of Justice to release Teodora immediately.  

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Petitioning Burkina Faso Government

Stop forced marriages in Burkina Faso

At 13, Maria was forced to marry a 70-year-old man. When she resisted, her father told her  “If you don’t go to join your husband, I will kill you”.  In Burkina Faso, thousands of girls like Maria are forced into early marriage. Tell Burkina Faso’s government this has to stop. Join Amnesty today.

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Petitioning AG John Elferink

Stop NT’s paperless arrest laws from claiming more lives

Indigenous Elder, Kumanjayi Langdon died in police custody for what would normally result in a $114 fine. The NT paperless arrest laws mean police can lock up anyone for 4 hours, without any paperwork or access to court. Demand the NT repeal it now.   The NT Government’s paperless arrest laws has handed police the power to arrest an adult or child without any paperwork for things that would normally only result in a fine. Police can use it if they suspect you are about to drink alcohol in public or play a musical instrument in an annoying way. These laws are reckless, have been used to unfairly target Indigenous people and show contempt for proper legal process. One person has already died and more are sure to come. Since coming into power at the end of last year, police have used this power 1800 times, with at least 70 per cent of those taken into custody being Indigenous people. The Northern Territory Coroner has called for these laws to be repealed because they are "manifestly unfair" and target disadvantaged Aboriginal people. His comments came after an Indigenous Elder, Kumanjayi Langdon died in custody after police arrested him for drinking in a public space – an offence that normally carries a $74 fine and a $40 victim’s levy. While the Coroner found that Kumanjayi was very sick and was likely to have died anyway, he said that the Warlpiri man had the right to die a free man. The coroner also warned that "more disadvantaged Aboriginal people are at risk of dying in custody" if the Government’s paperless laws are not repealed urgently. Take action now. Call on Attorney-General John Elferink to urgently repeal these laws before they claim more Aboriginal lives.

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