Childhood Statelessness (Prisoner) should be declared Torture- A child deserves to be FREE
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Stateless = Loss of freedom UnStateless = Freedom
Which side are you on in a civilized world?
Why Contact You?
I believe you are a loving parent with a conscience for children. I want to be clear we are speaking out against an ideology ongoing for centuries and not any individual. For those in India, one may recall the Nirbhaya case and if strangers can rally around her because it calls out to our conscience, we appeal to the conscience of the same like-minded individuals to rally around girls (and boys) forcibly made stateless and caused loss of freedom and denial of rights. If we have a difference of opinion which I respect, but we can agree FREEDOM is still paramount in a civilized society. Regardless of how a child becomes stateless, the child DID NOT choose to be this way. Once a child is born, now what? Do we continue to punish innocent children in statelessness or do we move forward and help innocent children to live freely?
What is the Issue?
Some children, in millions, lack proper legal birth paperwork and are rendered stateless and cannot get a legal identity which directly causes them to lose their freedom and several other rights like access to education, health care, normal life, etc and not to mention loss of dignity, respect and no due process as there is no legal identity. This is a "human-made" issue and therefore it can also be solved by humans in the spirit of words of Madiba. This is where we need your help to become a voice for the voiceless children. Childhood statelessness has been around for centuries and has been even recognized as torture by a sitting US Supreme Court Judge and Human Rights groups but yet no international body will declare it as torture.
We ask the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (UNSRT) to declare childhood statelessness as torture.
UN already has the "I, Belong" program, the USA has laws like Girls Count Act (also boys), India has Save the Girl Child, and almost every civilized country has a similar program. In spirit, we are asking for the SAME things which these laws are asking within their own nations but we want the same protections across international borders for any child.
Why are we asking your help?
Today, I call upon you to act from your conscience and all I ask is does every child deserve to be FREE? If you agree, please support by signing the petition as a first step to FREE millions of innocent children including mine. If as a global community, we support the Kimberley Process for "conflict-free" blood diamonds, should there be an equivalent process for "conflict-free" stateless and international Surrogacy born children?
Who are we asking help from?
White-collar, educated, majority (birth based discrimination historically works this way - be it slavery, women's rights, civil rights, and so on - they all have one thing in common) - discrimination based on how a person is "born" and we have to stand up to the status quo.
The solution is a matter of "stroke of a pen" from a person of authority.
Childhood statelessness has been around for centuries and fundamentally its about taking away FREEDOM. In a civilized and free world, we all value FREEDOM regardless of our individual beliefs. It's TIME to end this draconian act which goes against everything we stand for as a civilized society - especially the lives are at stake of innocent children who are also the future.
Personally, I have been fighting infertility and it's consequences on innocent children for 19 years now, going from one trauma to the next in dealing with questions like Why no child? How to have a child? Where to have a child? Who is responsible for the child? When to have a child? but never in a million years I thought that having a child is a crime and the innocent children will be punished by stealing their freedom instead of celebrating them as symbols who helped solve infertility in their own way - being born. What Braille is to a blind child, what hearing aids are to hearing impaired child, passport (freedom) is to a stateless child.
Fight WE must or be dust, we humbly ask you to be a part of the solution and let us unite to ensure every child deserves to be FREE, free to live, free to get education, free to health care access, free to travel, freedom to be free.
If you agree, please support by signing the petition as a first step to FREE millions of innocent children including mine and share with family, friends, any like-minded individuals because in the spirit of the words by Gandhiji (Be the change you want to see in this world) together us the common human, the mango people, CAN effect change - maybe over time but it's important to take the FIRST STEP today for a better tomorrow.
Thank you for taking the time - have a blessed FREE day.
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