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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, Lord Nazir Ahmed

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.
23,570 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, The Honourable Chrystia Freeland | Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sanction Daniel Ortega, Rosario Murillo, their families and their officials, for genocide.

Dear Honourable Chrystia Freeland,  There's a genocide taking place in Nicaragua by the hands of President Daniel Ortega, VP Rosario Murillo, and their officials. More than 145 people have been killed in less than 53 days, and over 1,000 others have been injured. While it took Venezuela's President Maduro 3 years to reach 130 dead protesters, President Ortega surpassed that number in less than 2 months... and the death toll keeps rising each day. The majority of victims are/were youths. They are being kidnapped on the streets, tortured, raped, and killed. Universities, Hospitals and random homes are being raided and terrorized with violence by national officials & police. This all began on April 18th, 2018, when Seniors/pensioners took to the streets to peacefully protest in opposition to pension cuts (a law that passed the same day) and were met with violence by police. The next day, outraged by hearing seniors being beat up for protesting, University students joined the pensioners in their peaceful demonstrations. Since then, throughout the country, peaceful protesters are dying over freedom of speech/ freedom of expression, as the Ortega-Murillo government undermines the country's democracy. Basic human rights are being grossly violated by the Ortega-Murillo regime. While they sent their own children abroad to enjoy the monetary benefits and benefits of freedom of other countries (like Canada), they continue to deny those same rights to their own people.  We understand that Canada is pro-human-rights across the globe. As our Foreign Affairs Minister, we the people request that you put in place sanctions against the genocidal Daniel Ortega, Rosario Murillo, and their officials. We Canadians request a freeze on their assets and to place travel bans on these human-rights abusers. We trust your quick and sound judgement.  Thank you.     

Acee O
48 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Dr. Lee George Lam, Peter Yan, Cyberport Collaboration Centre

Cyberport Hong Kong: Stop Supporting Israeli Businesses!

Dr. Lee George LAMChairman of Board of Directors,Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited100 Cyberport Road, Telegraph BayHong Kong Island, Hong Kong SAR Mr. Peter Yan King-shunChief Executive OfficerHong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited100 Cyberport Road, Telegraph BayHong Kong Island, Hong Kong SAR It has come to our knowledge that the Israel Innovation Forum, co-organized by CEL-Catalyst China Israel Fund and Hong Kong Cyberport, is scheduled to be held on 30 May 2018 at Cyberport. We are writing to urge you to please cancel this event, in line with your publicly stated CSR pledge. “We organized and supported a wide range of community activities and campaigns to contribute to society and help people in need.”Cyberport (CSR Annual Report 2012-13) Since March 30 2018 when the Palestinians launched their “Great March of Return” campaign to demand the right of return after 70 years of expulsion and ethnic cleansing as recognized by the United Nations, Israeli forces have killed at least 110 unarmed protesters, including dozens of children and injured more than 12,000 civilians. In fact, at least 30,000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli government and illegal settlers since the illegal expulsion of indigenous Palestinians 70 years ago. Meantime, millions of innocent Palestinians in Gaza (known as the world’s largest open air prison) are subjected to the daily persecution perpetrated by the Israeli government. At the same time, millions of Arab Israelis living inside Israel have to endure apartheid-era discriminatory policies that are well documented by human rights groups from B’Tselem to Amnesty Int’l and many others. From extra-judicial killings, illegal detention to severe restriction in movement let alone separate dilapidated roads for Arab Muslim and Palestinian Christians compared to modern infrastructure exclusively for Jewish Israeli citizens and illegal settlers of the country, the list of wrongs far outweigh what is right with the country, Israel today. These are only a small handful of basic facts, easily verifiable from third-party independent sources including human rights groups, the United Nations, the mainstream news media and first account witness statements, widely accessible online. It is therefore important we do not fall victim to the disingenuous PR-spin machinery backed by the powerful Israeli lobbyists and industry bodies anchoring these companies and their suppliers from Israel, who are proud supporters of the Israeli government and yet dishonestly claim the separation of politics and business in Israel. As Asia’s world city, we understand the need for Hong Kong and Cyberport to play the role of an intermediary bridging China and the world but to hypocritically claim distant conflicts are of no concern to Cyberport is to demonstrate the equivalent moral depths we in Hong Kong are willing to sink to turn a profit. Given such, our continuing support of such a rogue regime will no doubt leave an indelible blight on the long-term reputation of Hong Kong, when our actual goal - given our adherence to higher business standards and absolute rule of law - is to differentiate ourselves from other cities across the Pearl Delta region. As Chairman of the BOD and Chief Executive Officer therefore, the decision of whether to stand with or against the continuing genocide in Palestine lies with you. Your immediate decision will make a difference in the voiceless lives of millions of Palestinians as well as give hope to tens of millions of victims of war crimes everywhere, differentiating the business community of Hong Kong ourselves for its moral values, rather than being complicit in the oppression of innocent people for the sake of prestige and wealth, which Hong Kong does not lack. It is for these reasons, that we as people of various faiths and nationalities living in Hong Kong call on you to: Cancel promotional activities related to the Israeli Innovation Forum and send a strong message of support to humanity in pain. Build your partnerships with Israeli businesses contingent on the fulfillment of all the United Nations Security Council resolutions in relation to Israel and Palestine. We hope that good sense will prevail and you will make use of your executive power to lessen global suffering and bring peace in the world by canceling the event and abiding by your CSR pledge. We are happy to meet to discuss this and will just as much appreciate your kind response to this letter of petition via - United Humanitarian Front in Hong Kong for Peace in Palestine.   ----- Background The Palestinian Occupied Territories consist of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The former has been under land-sea-air blockade since 2007. Despite numerous international calls to let in humanitarian assistance, Israel has repeatedly failed in its responsibility as the occupying power. The West Bank has seen increased illegal settlements encroaching on Palestinian Territory, which are illegal according to UN Security Council Resolution 2334 as well as the Fourth Geneva Convention. The latter is affirmed even by the United States, the staunchest ally of Israel to date. On 30th March 2018, Palestinians launched their “Great March of Return” campaign, demanding their Right of Return as defined under the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194. Attended by thousands of ordinary Arabs, it has been largely peaceful, but greeted with shocking hostility from the Israeli armed forces, which have shot and killed innocent children, elderly, disabled, women and youth. Of those shot, included medics and journalists. This is the conduct, of the so-called ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East and the PR-spin machinery dubbed ‘most moral army in the world’. These are acts of desperation for a people who have lost all hope. With the United States unilaterally opening its embassy in Jerusalem while halting aid to Palestinians as a bid to force ‘peace’ on them, celebrating it as a religious victory for Jews and evangelical Christian alike while coldly infusing religious tensions in the city holy to all Abrahamic faiths, the Palestinian people have nowhere left to turn. With Jerusalem off the table, peace is further than ever before. “I have visited the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. I have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinian men, women, and children … and this humiliation is familiar to me and the many black South Africans who were corralled and regularly insulted by the security forces of the Apartheid government.” -Archbishop Desmond Tutu

United Humanitarian Front in Hong Kong for Peace in Palestine
1,614 supporters
Started 7 months 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": Follow the latest news on Twitter #rohingya:

Lucy Brumbaugh
491 supporters