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Punish Saudi Arabia for Crimes Against Women
  • Petitioned President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama
President of the United States

Punish Saudi Arabia for Crimes Against Women

    1. Robert Austin
    2. Petition by

      Robert Austin

      Little Rock, AR

Saudi Arabia has just increased the punishment of a rape survivor from 90 lashes to 200 lashes, plus a six-month prison sentence, for the "crime" of speaking out in her own defense, through her attorney. One source for this may be found here:  http://www.examiner.com/article/victim-sentenced-200-lashes-by-saudi-court?cid=db_articles -- and others may be found with a Google-search for "Saudi Arabia rape 200 lashes," or similar search terms.

This is by no means the first crime against humanity -- in particular, the female majority of humanity -- committed by Saudi Arabia, a long-time ally of the United States.  The USA should not maintain alliances with any nation that commits such atrocities.

We call upon the Obama Administration to use executive orders, and/or propose legislation, to do the following things to punish Saudi Arabia for this particular act, and their atrocious record on human rights:  (1) end all foreign aid to Saudia Arabia, (2) suspend diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, and (3) levy economic sancions against Saudi Arabia -- until and unless Saudi Arabia begins to treat its women as what they are:  actual human beings.

In addition, we call upon the Obama Administration to improve the human rights record of the United States, for the simple reason that it is the right thing to do.

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Update: Because of public outcry over this case, the king of Saudi...

      Robert Austin
      Petition Organizer

      ...Arabia did issue a pardon to this particular rape survivor. However, he maintained that the pardon did not reflect any lack of confidence in the Saudi justice system or the initial verdicts, and in fact the King trusted "that the verdicts are just and fair." (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qatif_rape_case and the sources cited there.) In other words, the LAW was not changed -- and that is what is needed to protect women in Saudi Arabia.

      Until these unjust laws are changed, and women's rights are upheld there, sanctions against Saudi Arabia remain an appropriate response from the US government.

    3. Reached 10 signatures

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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 5 months ago

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      I am contacting you to receive your assistance in eradicating US Army toxic leaders. I need your assistance in educating all commanders and SJA's, Judges about this matter. Many leaders hide or destroy the fact they were abusive towards a soldier and just have them court martialed. Many soldiers that are court martialed requested assistance via IG and other leaders but it was not received.

      My case is currently in the appeals process; however I need your support in having my case re-heard or complelty dismissed. Please read my petiton on CHANGE.ORG (Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership) and send a letter to my attorney of support. If you wish to speak to me directly please call 803-477-7687.

      Attorney information:

      AMY E. NIEMAN

      MAJ, JA

      Chief, Branch 1

      U.S. Army Defense Appellate Division

      Phone: 703.693.0652/ DSN 223.0652

      Email: amy.e.nieman2.mil@mail.mil

      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground. Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/barack-obama-and-aaron-schock-and-u-s-senate-eradicate-us-army-toxic-leadership

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      The favorite practice of Islamic countries seem to be torturing, killing, maiming and enslavement of women, girls and female children. This needs to be outlawed and ended worldwide!

      “Humankind is made up of two sexes, women and men. Is it possible for humankind to grow by the improvement of only one part while the other part is ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains that the other half can soar into skies?”

      ― Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

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    • Sandie Bouchard MONTREAL, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      This is none sense... Forcing raped woman not to talk, protecting the criminals and also making sure no lawyer would talk against the crooked laws and judges. So unfair. The rapists should get 500 lashes on their dicks.

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    • amy herrera CONCORD, CA
      • 9 months ago

      The backwards thinking that we all know is happening in the middle east needs to end. Punishing women for the simple fact that they are women is atrocious behavior, and doesn't belong in a country that wants to be taken seriously.

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    • havad saroyan SF, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Why aren't I seeing a million signatures by now? How new is this petition? The pressure should also be to to fire/jail the judge, reinstate the revoked license of the lawyer, and even get her renumeration. This is unspeakable

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