Boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
  • Petitioning Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper

This petition will be delivered to:

Prime Minister of Canada
Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hon. John Baird

Boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

    1. Enrique Lopez de Mesa
    2. Petition by

      Enrique Lopez de Mesa

      Toronto, Canada

On June 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law legislation that contains a provision that allows the government to arrest and detain gay (or "pro-gay") foreigners for up to 14 days before they would then be expelled from Russia.

In 2014, Russia is to host 2014 Winter Olympics; many LGBT Canadian athletes, and their family and friend will be in attendance and must not be placed at risk. These citizens will not benefit from the same protections afforded Minister John Baird.

Indicative of the atmosphere greeting our LGBT athletes, supporters and John Baird; an attempt to obtain a Pride House was struck down by the Russian Ministry of Justice, which refused to approve the registration. The ban was upheld by Krasnodar Krai Judge on the basis of inciting "propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation which can undermine the security of the Russian society and the state, provoke social-religious hatred, which is the feature of the extremist character of the activity”. It would be inconceivable that Canada would attend games that criminalize or subject Jews or blacks to such treatment.

Canada has a glorious history of LGBT advocacy and fittingly was the pioneer as the hosts of the first Pride House at the last Winter Olympics. In London last year, Minister Baird again took to the moral high ground before an audience of leaders, on the issue LGBT stating "We don't compromise on basic rights,"

Given the legacy and the words of our minister, Canada must boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

To:
Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Hon. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Dan Delcher GRAVESEND, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      can everyone also sign this petition aswell https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/zynga-continue-omgpop-com

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    • trina echols ELKHART, IL
      • 5 months ago

      im gay

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    • Daniel McWarren BOSTON, MA
      • 5 months ago

      Hi Enrique, will you help me get the word out about a fundraising campaign I created to support the Russian LGBT movement? The campaign is on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site, and we offer rewards for campaign backers (designer t-shirts and other things). Contributions to the campaign go to the Russia Freedom Fund, managed by the Arcus Foundation in NYC. Please check out the campaign, make a donation to help the Russian LGBT community, and receive your rewards. The campaign weblink is http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/russian-lgbt-rights-and-equality-t-shirt/x/6309466

      Perhaps you could share this message with all the people who signed your petition through the Change.org message system?

      PS - I have a friend who spread the word about my campaign to all 1,700 people who Friended her on her Facebook page. Would you do the same? Thanks! Daniel

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    • Joris Wechsler BERN, SWITZERLAND
      • 5 months ago

      Because i think that its not fair to boycott those people...

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    • fred de bakker PEER, BELGIUM
      • 5 months ago

      Vitaly Milonov is a delusional moron.

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