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genocide

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Started 6 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

The US government should designate the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar a Genocide

For decades the government and military of Myanmar, also known as Burma, have been carrying out systematic violence against the Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority group, with the goal of removing them from Myanmar to create a “pure” Buddhist nation. The UN human-rights chief has called the current violence a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” The United States Holocaust Museum has published a report saying there is “mounting evidence” of genocide in Myanmar. As with past genocides, the groundwork for the current violence was laid in the 1982 Burma Citizenship Law that refused to recognize the Rohingya, who are a Muslim minority in a predominantly Buddhist country, as citizens. Stripped of their citizenship, they have been the target of many episodes of violence by military and civilian groups. The current violence unleashed upon Rohingya civilians by the Burmese military has reached shocking proportions. As of Wednesday, 11/15/2017, The Guardian reports that “Close to one million Rohingya have been pushed out of their homes in northern Rakhine state into neighbouring Bangladesh following “coordinated” attacks on villages that included mass killings, gang-rape and arson.” Entire villages are being destroyed: civilians are trapped inside buildings that are set ablaze, burning them alive; sexual violence is a widespread and deliberate tactic to terrorize, humiliate, and destroy; mothers are forced to watch in helpless horror as their children are murdered in monstrous ways. Those who escape are fleeing across the river border to Bangladesh with nothing more than the clothing they wear and bearing injuries that testify to unspeakable violence and suffering. Most of these refugees are women and children. On November 15, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed the press alongside Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Tillerson called for a full and independent investigation into the situation in Rakhine state, saying ”We are very concerned by reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar security forces… What we know occurred in Rakhine state ... has a number of characteristics of crimes against humanity," he added. "Whether it meets all the criteria of ethnic cleansing we continue to determine ourselves." We declare that this is not enough. For a people who have been called the "world’s most persecuted minority" suffering from "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” time is running out. As citizens of the most powerful nation and leader on the global stage, we call upon our senators and representatives to respond to the “mounting evidence” of genocide in Myanmar by formally designating it as genocide in accordance with U.S. law, the GENOCIDE CONVENTION IMPLEMENTATION ACT OF 1987. We further call upon them to lead the international community in designating this as genocide and acting to stop it. After the Holocaust we vowed to never again sit idly by while a genocide happened. It is happening again. Now is the time to act, before it is too late. For information on how close the U.S. government is to using this kind of legal designation, see Vox's article: "The US is on the verge of calling out Myanmar for ethnic cleansing": https://www.vox.com/world/2017/10/30/16554544/myanmar-rohingya-ethnic-cleansing-suu-kyi Follow the latest news on Twitter #rohingya: https://twitter.com/hashtag/rohingya

Lucy Brumbaugh
88 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, United Nations

Pressure the UN to class the Rohingha crisis in Myanmar as Genocide and take action.

According to the UN's Human Rights Chief, the situation in Mynamur "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" - yet no world leaders or the United Nations are intervening. Rohinga Muslims are being forced to flee their homes by the Mynamurs security forces.  There is "a targeted and widespread campaign of systematic murder, rape, and burning".  Entire villages have been destroyed.   Yet the UN will not call the mass killings Genocide because if they did it would require the 147 nations signed up to the UN's Genocide Convention to stop it, including use of force if necessary. Under Article I of the UN's Genocide Convention it says "the contracting parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in a time of peace or in time of war, is a CRIME, under INTERNATIONAL LAW, which they undertake to PREVENT AND PUNISH".   So the world leaders are standing by watching, donating money here and there, when what is needed is action.  And they justify their inaction by refusing to classify the crisis as genocide and give it the title "ethnic cleansing" instead.   Please sign this petition if like me you are horrified at what is happening, disgusted that the world will not help or stop it and feel ashamed of the so called United Nations when seeing the images on the news or in the media.  Call on the UN to reclassify the crisis for what it is - Genocide and to take action now and ask Theresa May to back this petition on the behalf of the UK.  

Julie Smith
9 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

For the United Nations to class the Rohingya Crisis as Genocide.

Many of you will be aware that the Myanmar Army are systematically raping and slaughtering Rohingya Muslim babies, children, women & men. This is causing thousands upon thousands to flee to Bangladesh resulting in a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. The United Nations define Genocide as : (A) Killing members of the group;(B) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;(C) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;(D) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;(E) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group They are not classing this crisis as Genocide because in doing so they would be OBLIGED to intervene, including by force if necessary. Instead they are stating this is 'Ethnic Cleansing'  Aung San Suu Kyi, the Incumbent State Counsellor of Myanmar was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize yet she does not condemn this or intervene to prevent the Mynamar Army from carrying out unspeakable acts on these persecuted people. Babies are being left behind on the beach to die as their parents know they cannot feed them. Children are being gang raped by Myanmar Soldiers, becoming pregnant and already starving their baby will be born to a fate worse than death! The heinous acts of abhorrent, inhumane cruelty are too many to describe. I am calling upon the UNITED NATIONS to class this as Genocide (because without doubt it is) and to intervene in any way necessary to help these people. The Rohingya people need help now, too many have died already. Camps in Bangladesh are squalid, over populated and do not have enough food and medicine to help. Please join me in imploring the countries of the United Nations to help now?! Thank you very much   

Karen Stevens
29 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Council of the European Union, UK Parliament, European Parliament, President of the United States, European Commission, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Justin Trudeau

Ban beef and all leather products from India

We, on behalf of Council for Protection of Civil Rights, UK, urge you to demand Government of India to bring an immediate end to mob-lynching and give justice to the victims by punishing the culprits and giving compensation to the family of each victim. We sincerely urge immediate ban on beef import from India and import of all leather products from beef by the United Kingdom, European Union, United States of America, Canada and all civilised nations of the world. Cows are held sacred by Hindu community in North India but big business houses involved in the beef trade are instigating hatred against the minority community in the name of beef, and they continue to make huge profits by exporting beef. We have to show our resentment on genocide and hate crimes being committed in India by the right wing fascist party and its allied terror organisations. We urge issuance of urgent travel advisory against travel to India in light of lynching on suspicion of eating beef and carrying beef.We demand a total ban on right wing terror organisations from collecting donations in USA, European Union, Canada and Great Britain.In already reported cases, more than twenty Muslims have been killed in various parts of the country. Most of them were killed for allegedly eating or storing beef. Some of them have been killed by rumours that they were transporting cows to slaughter houses or for being potential cow-thieves. In none of these cases, the culprits have been brought to book. More alarmingly, in most of the cases, the victims themselves have been implicated in false charges and continually harassed. To cite just one example, Muhammed Akhlaq was lynched in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh on 28th September 2015 for allegedly storing beef. Rather than bringing the culprits to the book, what unfolded in later months at Dadri was more horrifying. A case was filed against the family for allegedly killing a calf, and the family was continuously harassed. They had to finally flee the village and now are living in Delhi.What is more troubling about recent mob-lynching incidents is that these killings are not just about the cow. On 23rd June, a 16-year-old Hafiz Junaid was lynched by a mob in the train while he and his friends were travelling from Delhi to Ballbgarh, Haryana after Eid-shopping. They were attacked by a mob calling communal slurs, pulling their beard and throwing down their skull-caps. What is more horrifying is that neither the co-passengers nor even those on the platforms admitted to seeing anything. In another terrifying incident, Muhammed Salman was shot at by the local police just outside his house. The police have not been able to give any satisfactory explanation for the shooting so far.Here we are attaching a list of people who have been lynched so far; some names might still be missing as they were not reported by mainstream media. 1. 2 June 2014: Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh, 24 years, beaten to death in Pune.2. 5 March 2015: Syed Sarif Uddin Khan, lynched by the mob for alleged rape in Dimapur, Nagaland.3. 30 May 2015: Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi, 60 years, a government contractor for cow-carcass disposal lynched in Rajasthan. 4. 28 September 2015: Mohammad Akhlaq, 50 years, lynched in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh5. 9 October 2015: Zahid Rasool Bhatt, 16, died in a bomb attack on his truck in Udhampur.6. 16 October 2015: Noman Akhtar, 28 years, lynched in Himachal Pradesh for transporting cows.7. 2 November 2015: Mohammed Hamsad Ali, 55, lynched by villagers in Manipur over allegations of calf-theft8. 19 February 2016: Muslim cops thrashed and forced to chant `Jai Bhawani' in Latur, Maharashtra9. 18 March 2016: Suspected "cattle traders" Mohammad. Majloom, 35 years, and Inayatullah Khan, 12, hanged in Latehar, Jharkhand.10. 1 April 2017: Pehlu Khan died of injuries after being attacked in Alwar, Rajasthan11. 15 April 2017: Suspected cattle traders Abu Hanifa and Riazuddin Ali Killed for allegedly stealing cattle in Assam12. 2 May 2017: Ghulam Mohammad, 45 years old, killed for allegedly "helping" an inter-faith couple in Bulandshahr13. 6 May 2017: Salman Abdul, 25 years, beaten and run over by a vehicle at Bhopal.14. May 2017: assault on Muslim youths in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh.15. 22 May 2017: Munna Ansari, 39 years, lynched in Jharkhand on "child lifter" rumour16. 26 May 2017: Two traders thrashed in Malegaon, Maharashtra for allegedly storing beef.17. 7 June 2017: Muslim man attacked in Dhanbad, Jharkhand on suspicion he was taking beef to an Iftaar.18. 12 June 2017: Tamil Nadu animal husbandry dept. officials transporting cattle in trucks attacked in Barmer.19. 16 June 2017: Zaffar Hussein lynched in Pratapgarh Rajasthan for trying to protect women.20. 23 June 2017: Hafiz Junaid lynched, 3 thrashed over beef rumours in Ballabhgarh, Haryana.21. 23 June 2017: Nasirul Haq, Mohammed Samiruddin, Mohammed Nasir lynched by a mob in West Bengal, 23 June22. 23 June 2017. Mohammad Salman, 25 years, shot dead by local police outside his house.23. 27 June 2017: Usman Ansari, thrashed and his house set on fire when a dead cow was found outside his house. 24. 29 June 2017: Aleemuddin (also known as Asghar Ansari) lynched by a mob affiliated to Hindu right-wing on the allegation of carrying beef in his car in broad daylight in BJP ruled state, Jharkhand. This gory list is growing every day and brutal lynchings in the name of cow protection show no sign of stopping. Also look at the story done by journalist Asad Ashraf, where Bajrang Dal Members are confessing to killing Pehlu Khan in Rajasthan. These groups are enjoying political patronage from right-wing BJP government of India. We are alarmed at the insecurity and threat to Muslims' lives in various parts of the country through lynch-mobs. The organisations like these should be put on the list of terrorist organisations. We urge you to put pressure on Government of India take meaningful steps to bring in stringent laws to rein mob-lynching and give justice to the victims. We demand that the culprits behind this targeted violence be immediately brought to book and be given severe punishments. Peaceful demonstrations in India have not been effective in getting the government in combatting and controlling violence and hate crimes. These hate crimes and a climate of fear are considered politically beneficial to the ruling party and if steps are not taken in time to control, it may result in a full-scale genocide of Muslim minority of India. These aims can be achieved by immediately banning all beef and beef-related products from India and also all related leather products.    

Council for Protection of Civil Rights, U.K.
21,293 supporters