criminal justice

3 petitions

Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Dr. Franziska Giffey, Christine Lambrecht, Franziska Giffey, Christine Lambrecht, Federal anti-discrimination agency, Federal Constitutional Court Germany, State constitutional court of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Legal recognition that the term "Neger"* is racist! (*"Nigger/Negro")

EN DEThe state constitutional court of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)  ruled on Thursday, 19th of December, that sanctioning the leader of the AfD group in the state parliament, Nikolaus Kramer, over the use of the N-Word amounted to a restriction of his right to free speech. Kramer even admitted, that the usage of the N-Word was well-considered, and used it again in a speech. The state constitutional court of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)  ruled on Thursday, 19th of November, that sanctioning the leader of the AfD group in the state parliament, Nikolaus Kramer, over the use of the N-Word is a restriction of his rights to free speech. Kramer even admitted, that the usage of the N-Word was well-considered, and used it again in a speech. The German state constitutional court of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania says the following: “The court admits that "Neger" is generally understood as derogatory according to the current usage of language. However, whether it was meant in this way, could only be judged from the context. The call to order had thus violated the delegate in his rights to speak.” Let us stand up for the fact that the term gets classified as racist in Germany and that the usage of the word should no longer be part of the norm. And certainly not in a state parliament! The N-Word is always derogatory and deeply insulting! The usage is blatant racism. Only people who are affected by this term and who find it to be highly derogatory and dehumanizing can decide whether it's racist or not - Black People. We are a part of this society, and like every other citizen, we have a right to human dignity and equality, both are attacked by this judgment, which gives racism in Germany even more scope for expression. Blacks associate the term with much suffering, discrimination, violence towards them, inequality and dehumanization! We must not tolerate that people who know what it feels like to get called the N-Word decide whether the term (no matter in what context) is racist or not. And if they don’t know, it’s their duty to gather all information, to make a solid judgement.  Every Anti-Racism organisation's website gives information on the N-Word.  If we keep silent on this, what will they do next?  Let us collectively express our resentment and anger! Racism must not be given a place in our society. This judgement is a slap in the face of all of us and cannot be accepted! This term can and will NEVER have a positive connotation.    

Charlotte Nzimiro
160,049 supporters
Started 2 years ago

Petition to Reinhard Röttle

Please prevent discontinuation of my rapecase despite DNA-evidence

EN DE Almost six years ago, in the night of 19 April 2013, my life changed very suddenly. The evening that started with a nice party together with my friends in a well-known club in Munich ended with rape in the park opposite the club. I still have a 2-hour blackout and have no clue how I got into the park. Someone put a rape drug in my drink and made sure I was easy prey. I vaguely remember some hazy images when I slowly came round – some bushes and two men sexually abusing me. On my way home in the tram, tears ran down my face, I felt miserable, I didn't know what had happened. When I was examined by a forensic doctor about 10 to 12 hours after the crime, no traces of the rape drug could be found any more, but there was still an elevated alcohol level in my blood and they found the DNA of one of the perpetrators. Unfortunately, there was no match in their database. The police didn’t believe my story. 10 months later the case was closed because gaps in my memory meant I wasn’t able to provide a precise description of the perpetrator. The German victim support organisation “WEISSER RING” believed my story. I received support and a lawyer. Thanks to him, I could appear as a joint plaintiff and get access to the files. He told me back then that it was possible that the perpetrator would be found and identified on the basis of his DNA in the years to come. For several years, nothing happened and at some point my hopes died that the perpetrator would ever be found. I started to get involved in publicizing the subject. I gave interviews for newspapers, took part in television programmes and campaigned - especially on behalf of the numerous other victims who are too traumatized to speak out themselves. Then suddenly - at the same time as the German TV programme “37 Grad” in which I took part was broadcast last May – the police found a match in the database. I was very excited and called the prosecutor's office in Munich. In a half-hour phone call the prosecutor encouraged me. She told me how much she admired my participation in the TV programme, because only in this way could something change in society and thus in the legal system. She assured me that there will be another thorough investigation. She gave me a feeling of solidarity and that she had my back. For a long time, nothing happened because the suspect could not be found. On 2 January, the prosecutor called me. After wishing me a happy new year, she informed me that the suspect was in custody (due to another offence) and was not giving any testimony regarding my case. She told me that she didn't see a chance for a conviction and would therefore close the case. And that she wanted to apologise in advance because the reasoning in her official letter might sound a bit harsh. Mainly it sounds very absurd and hardly comprehensible: "The DNA traces are indeed proof that physical contact between the victim and the suspect took place. However, since the victim cannot remember long periods of the night of the crime, it cannot be proven that the suspect is actually one of the two perpetrators. In particular, one cannot be sure that the victim had sexual contact with other men during the night of the crime. Under these circumstances, the suspect is more likely to be acquitted than convicted. There are therefore no grounds for filing a lawsuit." My lawyer has a very different opinion. He talks about an absolutely scandalous procedure. Due to the fact that the forensic doctor’s report clearly proved that the DNA was identical, he - in contrast to the prosecutor - foresees a very good chance of a conviction. And he is very angry because this is not the first case that this particular prosecutor has rashly closed. He has filed a complaint against the suspension. When he received the requested file in order to justify his complaint, he found that the prosecutor had removed 5 pages from the file and put them in a separate volume. Only following a further request and after waiting a long time did he finally receive this special volume. It contained the report by the forensic doctor in which, among other things, typical rape injuries on my upper arms were documented. A very weird way to handle a case, if you ask me. Now, I would like to ask all of you for your support so that the General Prosecutor's Office will grant my lawyer's complaint and that similar cases will no longer be so rashly dismissed by prosecutors in the future. Dear Attorney General Reinhard Röttle, I ask you to reopen the case so that a judge can decide whether or not to convict the suspect. Your website states that, together with the ten public prosecutors' offices in your district, you are committed to ensuring effective prosecution and execution of sentences in order to make sure we and you are able to live safe lives. "We take this responsibility given to us by the legislator very seriously." I appeal to you to stand by your statement and give me back the hope of justice. Thank you in advance for your support! Nina Fuchs

Nina Fuchs
107,365 supporters
Update posted 3 years ago

Petition to Governor Ralph Northam

Support Clemency for Chad O`Handley

I am starting this petition to gain your support for Chad O'Handley's clemency efforts. Chad is serving 70 years for second degree murder and robbery. Chad has already served 18 years for the crimes he was present for but maintains he did not commit. This is not an effort to establish his innocence but to reduce his punishment. We are looking for your support to reduce a sentence that feels like a life sentence and grant a second chance to a truly remorseful man. Through his incarceration he has come from a misdirected young man to a polite, affectionate, well rounded and very responsible individual. He has worked diligently on making mature decisions when dealing with daily stress and I know he has committed to himself and his family the will to become a productive and law-abiding member of society. He has come to understand the impact he had on the victims and is remorseful for his actions. He has identified what led him to his illegal activity and created a very thorough plan to avoid these situations. Most importantly, he has learned how wrong his actions were and vows to never harm another. Chad is a commendable inmate who is well respected and liked by the staff and his fellow inmates alike. He has worked hard throughout his incarceration and participated in all the programs he was offered in different facilities. He has worked as an electrician, on the paint crew, he was a tutor teaching other inmates and is currently working on the plumbing crew. He mentors and teaches other inmates and encourages them to lead a better and sober life. He has stayed out of trouble during his time and was never involved in any illegal activities or violence. On the contrary, he spends his free time productively. He is a very talented artist and contributes to the Prison Art Foundation. For the past eighteen years, Chad has witnessed the release of many offenders convicted of more severe crimes who fell under the old law granting parole and served far less time than him. There is no parole for Chad. I am asking you, Governor Northam, to please give Chad a second chance. Please have mercy and reduce his sentence. Don’t let him grow old and die in prison. As Christians we believe that God offers hope, healing, and a new purpose for each life. Even the most broken people and situations can be made whole again. Through an amazing awakening to new hope and life purpose, those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, and the cycle of crime is replaced by a cycle of renewal. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you and blessings to you and your families.  

Jenny Richter
324 supporters