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genocide

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

Justice for Yazidis - Ask Congress to Act Now

In 2014, Islamic State (ISIS) attacked the Yazidi people of northern Iraq, committing mass murder, crucifixions, beheadings, rape, torture, enslavement, trafficking, and the kidnapping of women and children. The United Nations in 2016 reported "almost unimaginable horrors” perpetrated on the Yazidis in a formal report, and the U.S. and the UN declared the attack a genocide. In August 2017, the U.S. Secretary of State stated that protection of minority groups who suffered genocide and crimes against humanity at the hands of ISIS is a "human rights priority" for the United States.Nearly all of the survivors of this genocide were displaced from their homes. For more than three years, the members of this ancient ethno-religious group have been forced to live in camps for Internally Displaced Persons under substandard conditions. Basic services such as sanitation, electricity, and water are often lacking. Residents are jobless, severely traumatized, and lack access to proper treatment. Returning to their old villages and towns, where non-Yazidi neighbors often collaborated with Islamic State or did nothing as Yazidis were taken away to be executed and enslaved is not an option for many survivors. Over 3,000 Yazidi women and children are still held by Islamic State.H.R. 379, Justice for Yazidis Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to alleviate the suffering of these innocent victims, and we the people call on the U.S. Government to pass this essential legislation now. H.R. 379, Justice for Yazidis Act, calls for: (1) establishment of a new classification for Yazidi survivors as refugees of special humanitarian concern; (2) an expedited system of processing for Yazidi applicants; and (3) other forms of support for Yazidis in need, including protocols for the rescue of those still enslaved.Supporting the survivors of this genocide is one of the clearest messages the United States can send that we as a nation will not be passive bystanders when an innocent people are targeted for extermination, and that we respect and value human rights for all. By standing with the Yazidis and other victims of genocide, we uplift ourselves as we uplift others. Ensuring that innocents targeted by violent extremists like Islamic State can live good lives with the aid of the global community sends a message loud and clear to extremists all over the world that they will not win. And we maintain our nation's historic commitment to assisting those around the world who deserve justice. Please sign this petition today to ensure that members of the U.S. Congress hear the people's mandate to pass the bill H.R. 379, Justice for Yazidis, without delay. Thank you.For more information on the Yazidis and the genocide perpetrated by ISIS, please visit www.justiceforyazidis.wordpress.com.

Justice for Yazidis
403 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to CNN, NEW YORK TIMES, United Nations Security Council, United Nations, President of the United States, Donald Trump, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, European Commission, Angela Merkel (CDU), Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Rand Paul, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of State, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Tulsi Gabbard, UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Boris Johnson MP, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, BBC

Prevent Further Cholera Deaths - Help Us Open The Air, Land & Sea Ways To Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in July that the cholera epidemic in Yemen was spiralling out of control, reaching a milestone of over 300,000 suspected cases. More than 1,600 people have died. Children account for nearly half of all suspected cholera cases in the country, according to the UN’s children agency. There is currectly a severe clean water deficiency in Yemen, thus making Cholera more at home in those unclean waters, therefore resulting in more cases of illness for every new day that passes. Sana’a-based Taha Yaseen, from the Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights, said obstacles that stand in the way of controlling and containing cholera today in Yemen, include, but are not limited to, the ongoing war. “During [the war] almost all health facilities and healthcare services reached a point of thorough collapse and thus are unable to respond to the increasing need to address fatal diseases and civilian victims. Many hospitals [have] shut down and many others were hit either by air or ground strikes, occupied by militias or used as military barracks,” he said. When children stand to either die of starvation or a cholera outbreak, political discourse somewhat lose their appeal. Why argue a future that is being robbed away from Yemen’s children’s chest? As world nations watch on idle, stuck in those hateful binary narratives their thirst for geopolitical control commanded they abide by, it is a people, and a civilisation stretching back centuries we are forfeiting … Yemen is dying under layers of million abominations and all we have offered are miserable whispers of condemnation. More at: http://en.shafaqna.com/weapons-war-yemens-cholera-epidemic-spirals-control/

Grace Lee
374 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ambassador Elbio Rosselli (Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations), Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Ambassador François Delattre, Ambassador Nikolay Afanasevsky, Ambassador Nikki Haley, H.E. Mr. Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz, Mr. Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, H.E. Mr. Koro Bessho, H.E. Mr. Tekeda Alemu, H.E. Mr. Kairat Abdrakhmanov, H.E. Mr. Fodé Seck, H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, H.E. Valeriy Kuchynsky, H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Sidiki Kaba

Justice for Darfur Campaign- Don’t let President Bashir Get Away with Murder

Petition Background From July 12th-July 17th, Darfur Women Action Group invites you to join us to call upon the international community to fulfill their responsibility in pursuing justice for the horrendous crimes committed in Darfur. July 12th is the seventh anniversary of the ICC arrest warrant against al-Bashir and his genocidal campaign and July 17th is International Justice Day.  Pretext of the Crisis Since 1989, Omar al-Bashir has been President of Sudan, after coming to power in a military coup. He has ruled the country with an iron fist, and was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2009 for the world's most reprehensible atrocities; genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Above all, this has continued to occur in Darfur, where the eyes of the world have been drawn away while al-Bashir remains a free man allowed to continue his genocidal policies in the region, as well as other regions of Sudan. Because of inaction by the world’s leaders Bashir’s campaign continued to go unabated. Beginning in 2002, the government of Sudan initiated its genocidal campaign against the indigenous people of Darfur. Arab Janjaweed militiamen, along with the Sudanese arms forces jointly continue to carry on scorched earth strategy in order to terrorize, murder, rape, and displace the Darfuri population. In the first two years, over 300,000 people were killed, while another three million were forced out of their homes. 13 years on, millions continue to live in makeshift camps, and over four million Darfuri men, women and children depend on aid assistance. Consequently, this horror has resulted in forcing humanitarians agencies out and restricted access for lifesaving aid needed to ease suffering. Sustained Violence and Resurgence The conflict shows little sign of abating for more than a decade. The genocide continues and further escalated in the last 4 years more than ever before. Over 460,000 Darfuris were displaced in 2013, while another 500,000 were displaced in 2014, and over 233,000 people were displaced in the first quarter of 2015. In one day alone on October 31st, 2014, 221 women and girls were raped in Tabit village and the perpetrators have suffered no consequences. Regrettably this is not an isolated incident, it is the systematic tactics and deliberate policies of the regime, which continues to use rape as a weapon of war in Darfur including within the displacement camps. Other ways people are targeted include college students who dare speak out against the regime’s policies, who are abducted, imprisoned and sometimes killed. On December 18th and 19th, 2015, 700 Darfuri refugees who had fled the country to escape the genocide were suddenly and forcibly deported from Jordan back to Sudan to face the very regime that they had fled. In a statement released in the same month, the Sudanese Vice President Hassabu Mohamed Abdalrahman declared the government’s plan to end displacement by 2017. Its not the end of the conflict but it indicates the government intend to wipeout even the most helpless diplaced in their camps. At the beginning of 2016, a new surge of violence, using the same strategy of the Sudanese government’s “scorched earth” campaign had begun again. With a renewed determination, Bashir has made it his goal to exterminate the Darfuri population through intensive air bombing and ground troops attacks against civilians as it has been witnessed in areas of Jebel Marra and in West Darfur states. Information Control, International Amnesia and Darfur's Isolation The lack of action and attention in Darfur is compelling enough to create this petition. Omar al-Bashir has continuously expelled humanitarian organizations working to save lives and forbidden them from reentry. Media blackouts occur at the same time, in order to ensure that Darfur remains isolated from not only the outside world, but the rest of Sudan. Journalists and reporters are banned from entering the conflict zones, while UNAMID forces sent in from other countries to help quell the violence have been undermined in their mission by being strictly controlled and restricted by the Sudanese government in carrying out their duties. The Importance of Your Voice This July marks the 7th anniversary of Bashir's second indictment by the International Criminal Court for the crimes of genocide. He has successfully blocked access to information in Darfur, enabling him to get away with his past atrocities, which only reveals the possibility of it occurring again and again. This petition will be sent to all members of the UN Security Council, in order to obligate them demonstrate commitment to the international criminal justice and accountability for Bashir of Bashir's genocideal policies. By signing and spreading this petition to your friends, family, neighbors’ and strangers alike, we can bring much-needed attention to a horrible situation that has gone on for far too long. Exposing Bashir's crimes is one thing, bringing attention to world leaders failure to act with our collective outrage about how they have responded to the 13 year crisis is another opportiunity. Our leaders possess all the resources and the power necessary to bring about a legally-binding actions to bring Bashir to justice, and if we can all speak together the will of global citizens like yourself cannot be ignored forever. We must make it clear to Bashir and people like him that impunity for genocide crimes is not an option, and that they will be held accountable for their crimes. July 12th is the seventh anniversary of the ICC arrest warrant against al-Bashir and his genocidal campaign and July 17th is International Justice Day. These two dates are highly significant for the victims of Darfur and for those fighting for justice like you and I. Please help us make our voice louder and tell our leaders that in the face of genocide they must not look the other way. They have the responsibility to pursue justice and make criminals liable, as well as the power to do so. We should not let this opportunity pass.

Niemat Ahmadi
10,007 supporters