Petition to Barack Obama
Tell President Obama to Consent to Independent Investigation of Kunduz Hospital Bombing
(Photo by Andrew Quilty) In the early morning hours of October 3, a U.S. gunship repeatedly bombed a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan. The attacks killed 30 people, including 13 MSF staff members, 10 patients, and 7 others who have not yet been identified.* More than three dozen patients and MSF staff were injured as well, and the hospital itself was destroyed, leaving several hundred thousand people without access to emergency trauma care. Survivors have recounted it as a horrifying experience. Beyond that, attacking a protected site such as a hospital is a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions. The precise GPS coordinates of the four-year-old MSF hospital in Kunduz were provided to U.S. and Afghan authorities in Washington and Kabul in the days prior to the bombing, and the hospital contained nearly 200 patients and staff at the time of the attack. Investigations have been launched by the U.S., NATO, and the Afghan government, but it is impossible to expect the parties involved in the conflict to carry out independent and impartial investigations of acts in which they themselves are implicated. It was for that reason, and in the name of our killed and wounded colleagues and patients—and for all of our staff and patients worldwide—that MSF called for an independent international investigation into the events of October 3 by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC), the only permanent body set up specifically to investigate violations of international humanitarian law. Now that the call to mobilize the IHFFC has been answered, we are calling for the United States and the Obama administration to consent to the IHFFC investigation into the Kunduz hospital bombing, as it must before a truly impartial truth-seeking investigation can be launched. PLEASE SIGN NOW! By signing this petition, you can add your voice to these calls and demand that parties to this conflict—and parties to conflicts the world over—respect the statutes of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions. The preservation of health facilities as neutral, protected spaces depends on this. If not for the recognition of these principles, MSF and other humanitarian organizations could not work in conflict zones and other places rife with violence. We could not deliver the medical care so many people so desperately need. That is why our call is not only about Kunduz and not only about the United States. It is directed at all nations, and all parties to conflicts, and it is an opportunity for all to reaffirm their commitment to International Humanitarian Law, to reaffirm the right of organizations like ours to provide medical care independently and impartiality in conflict zones, and to reaffirm the effort to bring some humanity to the worst of circumstances, now and into the future. Please add your voice, and call on people in your networks to add their voices, to our call on the United States and the Obama administration to consent to the IHFFC investigation into the Kunduz hospital attack. Because even wars have rules. #independentinvestigation #evenwarshaverules READ: FACT SHEET ON THE BOMBING OF MSF'S HOSPITAL IN KUNDUZ * Please note, the number of people killed in the attack was updated on October 24 to include additional people whose identities were confirmed and some whose bodies were found in the wreckage but have not been identified to date, due to their condition.
Petition to Peter Salovey, James A. Levinsohn
Stop Gen Musharraf at Yale
We the undersigned are of the considered opinion the invite to Butcher of Balochistan, Pakistan coup leader and dictator, General Pervez Musharraf, by the Yale School of Management is highly unethical and immoral. By assassinating Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, former governor and chief minister, Gen Musharraf started a genocidal war in France-sized Balochistan , which is continuing to this day; the General overthrew an elected government through a military coup; the general launched the Kargil war against India that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of nuclear war; the general openly admitted he supported the Taliban terror against the most beautiful people of Afghanistan; the general and his top brass, including his right hand Gen Nadeem Taj, provided safe sanctuary to Osama bin Laden at Pakistan's West Point in Abbottabad, while taking billions of dollars from the US in the name of fighting terror; and the general said women in Pakistan stage rape dramas to emigrate to the West. Given these aforementioned facts, we request Professor Peter Salovey, A.B., ’86 Ph.D., President, Yale University; Professor Edward A Snyder, Ph.D., Indra K. Nooyi Dean and William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management, Yale School of Management, and Professor James A. Levinsohn, PH.D., Director, Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University, to rescind the invite to Gen Musharraf to speak at the event entitled "The Future of U.S.-Pakistan Relations: A Conversation with General Pervez Musharraf, Former President of Pakistan" on April 24 at the Yale School of Management. The School of Management can definitely find better scholars to address the issues than a dictator and coup leader. The invite to Gen Musharraf rubs salt to the wounds of tens of millions of victims of Pakistan army and ISI terror in Balochistan, Afghanistan, and India. An Ivy League school like Yale University should not invite such villains and felons of history on the campus and insult his victims even further. We the undersigned hereby request that the invite to Gen Musharraf be cancelled.
Petition to Department of Defense, Donald Trump, Tammy Duckworth, Bradley Schneider, Randy Hultgren, Dick Durbin
bring Rambo Three home from war
I served in OEF-Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009 with the 33rd Brigade Combat Team. During that time, I had several interpreters assist my unit in eradicating the Taliban and setting up training for the Afghan National Army and Police. In my 2012 war memoir, "I am Danger; I am Prisoner," I talk about my rich relationship with the interpreters, particularly with a Terp named “Rambo Three,” codenamed to protect his identity. Rambo Three was my best friend; I was closer to him than I was to any of the U.S. soldiers I was serving with. Since I've left Afghanistan, my interpreters were given a bounty on their head, causing them to flee their own nation. All but one of my interpreters successfully fled the country – “Rambo Three” remains. Shedding the codename, Behruz is still stuck in Kabul. He has applied for a Special Immigration Visa (SIV COM NVCSIV2016179015), but is trapped in a long line of SIV applicants as the Taliban continues to track down former interpreters. After serving NATO forces for just south of 5 years, Behruz is as hot a target as any for his service. Behruz is from Farah province, but he cannot even return home due to the threat level in that province. As such, Behruz is living in Kabul, essentially a foreigner in his own country. It’s time to bring Behruz home. The United States Army instilled in me the ethos of never leaving a battle buddy behind, and up to this point, we’ve failed Behruz. I recognize there’s a long list of SIV applicants, but I’m asking that this one not fall through the cracks. Let’s get this one right. Please.
Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State
Save my Afghan interpreter
When I served as an Embedded Combat Adviser in Afghanistan, my interpreter, Janis Shinwari, saved my life. Now I need you to help me save Janis’ life. In 2008, Janis and I were caught in the middle of a firefight. He took swift action when a combatant shot at me. But beyond that specific incident, Janis served a critical role for me and all of the other troops serving in Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals. However, because they are so visible in their communities, many interpreters have become targets for violence. Janis knows for a fact that the Taliban has added his name to a kill list and he is in constant danger. For the moment, he is living safely on an army base, but he needs to leave the country immediately to ensure his safety and that of his family. The US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters like Janis are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are weeks away from expiring unless Congress takes action to renew them. Janis began his application for a US Visa in 2011. Today, he is still waiting for the US Embassy in Kabul to issue him the visa he has earned. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Janis leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. I know first hand how critical interpreters like Janis are to our troops serving overseas. It’s time that the US do the right thing and help Janis escape the dangerous situation he’s in because of the work that he did for our country. Please join me in calling on the US Embassy in Kabul and the State Department to help save Janis life by issuing his visa immediately.
Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State
Help save Ehsan, the interpreter in Afghanistan who helped US troops
Thanks to a previous Change.org petition, I was able to help Janis Shinwari, my interpreter while I served as a base intelligence officer in Afghanistan, secure a visa to resettle in the US after he was stuck for years in bureaucratic red tape. Now I need your help again to save my other interpreter, Ehsan. While serving in Iraq in 2008, I learned that the help of local Afghan nationals like Janis and Ehsan was critical to our effort. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals. It wasn’t until after my service, when I learned that Janis’ life was in danger as he was placed on a Taliban kill list because of his work to help US troops, that I truly understand how much these brave individuals put on the line. Every day, many of these interpreters live in fear that they or their families will be harmed in retaliation for their efforts -- a very real and deadly threat. Like Janis, Ehsan is an amazing man. During our time together, Ehsan helped my unit and I interdict over 7 tons (millions of dollars worth) of drugs used by the Taliban to fund their attacks. The Taliban know this and as a result placed him on their kill list. Without our help, he could die. Luckily, the US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are set to expire in the coming months unless Congress takes action to renew them. When my previous campaign took off, Janis’ application started moving faster and now Janis has his visa to safety. I don't think I've ever heard him as happy as when he finally received his visa. Ehsan, my other interpreter, heard all about our efforts to help Janis and contacted me begging that I do for him what I did for Janis. Ehsan submitted his application to the US Embassy in Kabul in June 2012 but he’s still waiting for his visa. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Ehsan leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. Together, we can help make that happen.