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Petition to European Parliament, European Commission, Council of the European Union

Respect, promote and protect freedom of informed vaccination consent throughout Europe

Français  Italiano  Deutsch  Polskie   Hrvatski  Português  Norsk  Slovene  Svenska The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states clearly: ‘Free and informed consent must be respected in the fields of medicine and biology’[1].   Approximately 40% of EU citizens[2] do not however have this basic right when faced with the medical act of vaccination.  This is a breach of our Universal Human Rights.  In 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are ‘unavoidably unsafe’[3], so mandatory vaccination as imposed on these citizens is not medically or ethically acceptable, especially where medical, religious or philosophical exemptions are not allowed. The EFVV (http://www.efvv.eu), a group representing some 20 European countries (both EU member states and non-EU members) is therefore demanding: 1.     That compulsory vaccination be abolished throughout Europe as it is a breach of our Universal Human Rights, 2.   That mandatory vaccination never be introduced in any country where vaccines are only recommended at present. 3.     That the Precautionary Principle be applied in the case of vaccination in Europe, 4.     That European citizens benefit from freedom of fully informed vaccination choice and consent, 5.     That an effective, independent European Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting (VAER) system be established to monitor vaccine safety. One million signatures from at least seven EU countries will guarantee a debate in Brussels.  Whatever your own government’s policy, please unite by signing and then sharing this petition far and wide. In 2016, it is estimated that nearly 400 million Europeans in EU member countries enjoy freedom of informed vaccination choice but approximately 258 million do not [4].  Vaccinations are mandatory in Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia[5] and potentially other countries if new members, e.g. Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia or others join the European Union.  We therefore call on all Europeans to stand together in a demand for a united vaccination policy based on freedom of informed choice and consent.  We also demand the formation of an independent and effective vaccino-vigilance unit with transparency and public availability of results.  We believe that mandatory vaccination must be abolished and an effective Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting (VAER) system established because: Any involuntary or enforced medical treatment is a breach of:        o   the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights,       o   the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,       o   the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child,       o   the European Council’s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine,       o   the European Charter of Patients’ Rights,       o   the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,        o   and even the Nuremberg Code (a set of research ethics principles for medical experimentation on humans set as a result of the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials at the end of the Second World War). In detail: The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states clearly: ‘Everyone has the right to respect for his or her physical and mental integrity’[6].  It also states: ‘Free and informed consent must be respected in the fields of medicine and biology’[7] and lastly: ‘The prohibition of eugenic practices and of making the human body and its parts as such a source of financial gain must be respected’[8].The European Council’s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine states clearly: ‘The interests and welfare of the human being shall prevail over the sole interest of society or science’[9].  It also states: ‘An intervention in the health field may only be carried out after the person concerned has given free and informed consent to it.  This person shall beforehand be given appropriate information as to the purpose and nature of the intervention as well as on its consequences and risks.  The person concerned may freely withdraw consent at any time.’[10]The European Charter of Patients’ Rights states clearly: ‘Every individual has the right of access to all information that might enable him or her to actively participate in the decisions regarding his or her health; this information is a prerequisite for any procedure and treatment, including the participation in scientific research (4 – Right to Consent)[11]’.  It also states:  ‘Each individual has the right to freely choose from among different treatment procedures and providers on the basis of adequate information (5 – Right to Free Choice)’[12] and also ‘Each individual has the right to be free from harm caused by the poor functioning of health services, medical malpractice and errors, and the right of access to health services and treatments that meet high safety standards (9 – Right to Safety)’[13].The UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child states clearly: ‘Parents … have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child. The best interests of the child will be their basic concern’[14].The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states clearly: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes… freedom … to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance’[15].The Nuremberg Code states clearly: ‘The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.’[16]Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs), which would include Vaccine Adverse Effects (VAEs), are reported to be the fifth-leading cause of death in the EU[17] but this could be even higher since there is gross under-reporting of these events, as acknowledged by David Kessler, head of the FDA during most of the 90s[18], and in the case of vaccines, failure to acknowledge a causal link is a further problem.The US Supreme Court has ruled that vaccines are ‘unavoidably unsafe’[19].According to the German Criminal Code [20], vaccination is an invasive medical act causing bodily harm and as such, it requires the informed consent of either the individual being vaccinated or his/her carers.  It has however been acknowledged officially that there are still enormous gaps in current scientific knowledge regarding vaccination, so the provision of full and comprehensive prior information is simply not possible.  Vaccine package inserts[21] list many possible adverse effects, sometimes including death.  As long as there is risk involved in a medical procedure, if safety cannot be guaranteed and if comprehensive prior information cannot be given, the Precautionary Principle must be applied.It has been shown in regions with freedom of informed vaccination choice that high WHO-recommended levels of vaccine uptake are achieved without mandatory vaccination [22].Each European country sees legal responsibility for vaccine damage differently but in the main, medical and political authorities as well as the vaccine manufacturers are not fully accountable, leaving victims with no compensation or support.No significant research has yet been done to compare the health of vaccinated vs unvaccinated children but there are an increasing number of studies suggesting that unvaccinated children enjoy far greater health than their vaccinated peers[23].  This is an area where further research is needed. Given all of the above, we demand: 1.  That mandatory vaccination be abolished in all European countries, 2.  That mandatory vaccination never be introduced in any country where vaccines are only recommended at present, 3.  That the Precautionary Principle be applied in the case of vaccination in Europe, 4.  That European citizens benefit from freedom of fully informed vaccination choice and consent, a universal human right, 5.  And that an independent vaccino-vigilance unit be established where Vaccine Adverse Effects (VAEs) will be reported and the number and severity of VAEs in Europe will be easily accessible to all.  Footnotes: [1] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf, Article 3, page 9 [2] Calculated using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_population and http://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dynamic/EE/V17N22/DAncona_tab1.jpg [3] Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011), http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-152.pdf [4] Calculated using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_population and http://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dynamic/EE/V17N22/DAncona_tab1.jpg[5] http://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dynamic/EE/V17N22/DAncona_tab1.jpg[6] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf, Article 3, page 9[7] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf, Article 3, page 9[8] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf, Article 3, page 9.[9] http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/en/Treaties/Html/164.htm, Article 2 – Primacy of the Human Being[10] http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/en/Treaties/Html/164.htm, Article 5 – General Rule[11]http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_overview/co_operation/mobility/docs/health_services_co108_en.pdf, page 5[12]http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_overview/co_operation/mobility/docs/health_services_co108_en.pdf, page 5[13]http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_overview/co_operation/mobility/docs/health_services_co108_en.pdf, page 6[14] http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx, Article 18[15] https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/UNTS/Volume%20999/volume-999-I-14668-English.pdf, Article 18, page 8.[16] http://history.nih.gov/research/downloads/nuremberg.pdf, Item 1, page 1[17] Arlett, Dr. Peter, Setting the Scene: New European Union Pharmacovigilance Legislation, November 2012, slide 6 - (http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Presentation/2013/01/WC500137839.pdf) and also http://who-umc.org/DynPage.aspx?id=105196&mn1=7347&mn2=7489&mn3=7248&newsid=11241[18] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16689555 [19] Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011), http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-152.pdf [20]http://www.impfkritik.de/upload/pdf/Koerperverletzung/Koerperverletzung-IfSG-Erdle.pdf: §§ 20-22 (§ 223 in the German Criminal Code)[21] http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/package_inserts.htm [22] For example, uptake is at 97% in Scotland: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Child-Health/publications/index.asp [23] http://www.vaxchoicevt.com/science/studies-comparing-vaccinated-to-unvaccinated-populations/, http://www.efi-online.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/VaccineFreeChildrenHealthier.pdf and http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/quick-compare-2/

Secretary European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance (EFVV)
71,117 supporters
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Petition to Yakubu Dogara, Adamu Adamu, Justice Abubakar Malami

Justice for the Queens College Girls who died due to negligence of the school management

We the Kings College Old Boys Association 02-08 set request your help to sign this petition. The petition is to the Honorable Speaker and Members House of Representatives and Minister of Education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria expressing our dissatisfaction with the treatment and non-attention given to the issues surrounding the needless death of three young girls (named below) and the hospitalization of over a thousand students due to the obvious negligence of the management of Queens’ College, Yaba, Lagos - Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Education which is the supervising ministry for Queen’s College Lagos. 1. Praise Sodipo, 14 Years Old, Died March 30, 2017 - SS1 2. Vivian Osuinyi, 13 Years Old, Died February 15, 2017 - JS2 3. Bithia Itulua, 12 Years Old, Died February 22, 2017 - JS3 Source: http://saharareporters.com/2017/06/19/thecable-how-queens-college-students-died-tragically-years-corruption-and-negligence https://www.thecable.ng/investigation-queens-college-students-died-tragically-years-corruption-negligence Our Demands We demand a public hearing in the Federal House of Representatives on the matter and the interrogation by Federal House of Representatives of all principal actors in the debacle that led to the loss of 3 young lives and the hospitalization of over a thousand students to shed more light on the incident in order to prevent a repeat of such an incident. We demand that a public inquiry be made as to why no one has been brought to book since the first, second and the third death and the hospitalization of thousands in the same institution. We demand a full investigation and eventual prosecution of all persons who have by their actions or in-actions contributed to these painful deaths. We demand that an apology be tendered (in a National Newspaper and other media outlets) by the Minister of Education and the management of Queens College who dismissed reports made before any of the deaths about the despicable state of affairs in Queens College.

Ibukunoluwa Adebyo
52 supporters
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Petition to Theresa May MP, Brandon Lewis MP, Amber Rudd MP, Teresa Pearce MP, Yvette Cooper MP, Sarah Jones MP

STOP THE DEPORTATION OF TANZANIAN GAY MAN BENJAMIN .E. NYELLAH FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM

Benjamin Elibariki Nyellah (pictured in white above ) from Tanzania and known in his community as a gay man is to be deported back to Tanzania as early as midnight Wednesday 26/07/2017 and not later than midnight Thursday 17/8/2017 where the country’s president Magufuli has this year launched a nationwide witch hunt for gay people and their sympathizers because the home office has failed to believe that he is gay and he is currently in detention at the Verne ,immigration removal centre in Dorset. Benjamin Elibariki Nyellah(37) H/O REF N3000244/002 is an openly gay man and known by a large section of the LGBT community in London and in Abbeywood (SE London ) including the Croydon Area Gay society(CAGS),Out and Proud Diamond group  (OPDG) and is supported by Rainbows Across Borders (RAB) a Croydon based LGBT support group  where he is a member  with his partner Julius Mworozi. He is a regular singer with the LGBT choir the rainbow singers across borders where awareness is raised about homophobia through music and dramaand has toured extensively with the choir. Only last Sunday he was at the Bernard weatherill(croydon council building) rehearsing for the common and kind project to take place at the union chapel on 25th July 2017 in memory of Jo Cox. He was attacked and beaten while in Tanzania due to his sexuality but the homeoffice has failed to believe his account despite evidence of his injuries including a broken arm and evidence of counselling for the traumatic experience because he did not mention this at the screening interview. By locking Benjamin an LGBT asylum seeker in a detention centre   government has systematically broken its own rule that torture survivors generally should not be incarcerated and indeed Benjamin has been receiving counselling for his mental wellbeing and risk of self harm and the home office is aware of this .Crucially the medical practitioner at the detention centre has provided their findings  to the home office which collaborates  the history of torture Benjamin’s counsellor mentioned in her letter although it is not unusual for authorities to ignore specialist advice on mental health issuesyet in the case of asylum seekers it  impacts on them  and society in the long run.   According to a UKLGIG research people who have been persecuted because of their sexuality are facing home office officials who refuse to believe them, use explicit questioning and make stereotype assumptions. For instance a judge in his appeal case ruled that photographs he submitted do not show that he is gay.Benjamin was detained when he went to sign on and the officer questioned how he can be both gay and a Christian and when he tried to challenge this he was silenced despite having reconciled his beliefs and sexuality over time when he attended the Metropolitan community church in Camden and Croydon Unitarian churches in search for the truth. In a striking homophobic rant Tanzanian president Magufuli recently slammed foreign NGO’s that campaign for gay rights and Tanzanian LGBTQ activists saying “those who teach such things do not like us brothers, they brought us drugs and homosexual practices that even cows disapprove of according to - AFP Benjamin is scared for his life if removed to Tanzania because he has been living openly in the UK.Homosexuality in Tanzania attracts  a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Please Sign this petition to urge the Home Secretary  to stop Benjamin’s deportation and immediately release him to allow a review of his case considering the level of support from those who know he is gay, the unfortunate history of torture due to his sexuality in Tanzania, his current mental health and the nationwide  wave of homophobia rife in Tanzania where he cannot exercise his rights as a gay man. Also share with friends and  UK minister of state (Home Office ) immigration Rt Hon  Brandon Lewis email public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk   QUOTE home office reference N3000244/002 Thank You

RAINBOWSACROSSBORDERS CROYDON
407 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Rt Hon Theresa May MP, the British State including the Monarchy, Parliament and the Government

STOP THE MAANGAMIZI: WE CHARGE GENOCIDE/ECOCIDE

STOP THE MAANGAMIZI: WE CHARGE GENOCIDE/ECOCIDE(PETITION RECOGNIZING GENOCIDE/ECOCIDE BY THE BRITISH STATE AGAINST AFRIKAN PEOPLE WORLDWIDE) We the Undersigned Make the Following Heartfelt Declaration: • The immoral, inhuman and degrading treatment inflicted on Afrikans by the institutionalisation of the Yurugu thought and behaviour of European elites has never been addressed; • The intergenerational white supremacist racist mind-set which fueled the Transatlantic Traffic in Enslaved Afrikans (TTEA), Maangamizi (Hellacaust of chattel, colonial and neo-colonial enslavement) from the 15th century to the present day has not been terminated; • The lack of accountability by those responsible confirms the ongoing, Global Apartheid, Anti-Black and Afriphobic racism which creates disproportionate detriment to the offspring of the millions of men, women and children that were stolen from Afrika; • Today the offspring of the stolen Afrikans encounter direct and indirect racial discrimination daily. This results in impoverishment, lack of education, unemployment, imprisonment and ill health; • The damage that continues to be done to Afrika; which threatens our very survival and compromises our future, also needs to be addressed in a structured and effective manner; • The blood, sweat and tears of our Ancestors financed the economic expansion of the United Kingdom. Therefore it is just and fair that reparations be made to their offspring including measures of restitution, compensation, rehabilitation satisfaction, guarantees of non-repetition according to the tenets of international human, humanitarian and people’s rights law; • Voluntary Rematriation/Repatriation to our Motherland Afrika, as a specific measure of restitution, should be a viable option for any Descendant of Afrikans captured, enslaved exploited by white supremacist power, its state bodies and various other institutions, corporations and agencies such as the Royal African Company, Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations (UK) and their European counterparts; • The immoral and illegal acts inflicted on Afrikans against their will cannot all be undone. However, the perpetrators, their descendants and all other beneficiaries, ought to be compelled to address the harm that has resulted from these actions; • Now is the time for the victims of these inhumane atrocities to demand, effect and secure holistic, adequate, comprehensive and intersectional reparations for the wrongs that continue to be inflicted on Afrika, Afrikans on the Continent and in the Diaspora.   We Petition to Reaffirm That: Whereas we, the undersigned, recognise the continued, internal occupation, colonisation, destabilisation, terrorisation and oppression of Afrikan heritage communities, the proliferation of guns, the distribution and sale of drugs and the resultant Black on Black self-annihilation has reached epidemic proportions, causing harm to Afrikan heritage communities within and beyond the United Kingdom; prolonging the (Maangamizi) against Afrikan people all over the world; We recognise this harm can only be described as acts of Genocide/Ecocide by the State through its agencies of the police, armed forces, security and intelligence agencies and other organised as well as unorganised manifestations of structural, systemic and institutionalised racism of the white supremacist order of Global Apartheid. Genocide as defined in Article II of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted on December 9, 1948 explained that “genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily harm or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” In addition to the acts of Genocide/Ecocide perpetuated through various instruments of the British State and its European superstate; acts of Genocide/Ecocide can also be attributed to the British Government’s misuse of resources extorted through taxes from people in the United Kingdom and Afrikan people’s stolen legacy plundered from Afrika and other peoples, communities and nations subjugated to the oppression and exploitation of the British Empire and European Imperialism. This is evidenced by the following: The (1) dismemberment of Afrikan People’s sovereign peoplehood, in familyhood with our kith and kin in other Afrikan heritage communities throughout the continent and Diaspora of Afrika (2) enduring legacy of epistemic, physical, structural and racial violence, including reproductive and sexual violence against women and children and the totality of all that we see as Maangamizi violence; (3) denial of Black and Afrikan ‘Mother Earth’ (Nana Asase Yaa), human and peoples’ rights to national self-determination as an oppressed People; (4) expanding health/medical, prison, psychiatric, economic, development, academic and military industrial complexes, which are making political prisoners of increasing numbers of Afrikan people in their diverse ways of engaging in resistance to the Maangamizi; ( 5) brutality by police and security agents including deaths in custody; (6) unemployment and mal-employment; (7) mentacide of Afrikan heritage youth and adults through the state mis-education system; (8) racist immigration patrols and policies (9) extractive industries, abuse of our natural resources, free trade agreements and privatisation schemes, including private finance initiatives (PFI’s), public-private partnerships (PPP’s), and Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA’s) of the European Union (EU) being forced on Afrikan, Caribbean & Pacific countries; (10) proliferation of HIV/Aids, ebola and other bioweapons of mass destruction (11) denial of genomic, food and seed sovereignty by enforcing GMO products resulting in nutricide (12) crimes against humanity inherent in the wars of aggression and proxy wars committed against Afrikan and other Majority World Peoples. The results of these conduits of power disparities and inhumane public policies and practices continue to cause devastation to Afrikan heritage communities within and beyond Britain. Out of these have also arisen impoverishment, cognitive and environmental injustice, ignorance and anti-Black racism, including its specific form Afriphobia continue to be perpetuated; resulting in the destruction of generations after generations of people of Afrikan heritage, all amounting to geno/ecocidal Crimes Against Humanity for which we demand reparations, including voluntary Rematriation/Repatriation as a matter of reparatory justice. According to the United Nations Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to A Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law an essential aspect of reparations include, among other measures: investigation of the facts, official acknowledgement and apology, receipt of answers; an opportunity for victims to speak in a public forum about his/her experiences and to have active involvement in the reparative process. We as members of the Afrikan Heritage Community (AHC); rejecting forced assimilation and seeking forms of national autonomy and self-determination, therefore advocate the need for honest dialogue between legitimate representatives of Afrikan heritage communities, the British Government, Parliament and other interested state and non-state bodies within and beyond the UK, on how best to redress the harmful legacies of enslavement. We urge that this dialogue takes place by establishing an All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice to: acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of the imposition of The Maangamizi (Afrikan Hellacaust of chattel, colonial and neocolonial enslavement) within and beyond the British Empire; examine subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against Afrikans and people of Afrikan descent; examine the impact of these forces on living Afrikans and Afrikan descendant communities, as well as all other peoples; make recommendations to Parliament and similar bodies at local, national and international levels, including the European Parliament, and; determine appropriate methods of dissemination of findings to the public within and beyond Britain for consultation about proposals for redress, repairs and for other purposes. We call upon the UK Government to live up to its declarations of commitment to global respect for universal human rights, good governance and democracy in acknowledging and addressing the social and economic legacies of enslavement on contemporary generations of Afrikans and people of Afrikan heritage. We believe that establishing the All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice will go a long way towards institutionalising a reparative truth-seeking process that will contribute to healing and restoring the descendants of the enslaved and facilitating racial justice and equity between the descendants of the enslaved and the enslavers as well as in the wider society. However, such “repair” of the relationship between people of Afrikan heritage and the rest of society cannot take place without public acknowledgement of the crimes against Afrikan people and their descendants over five centuries and counting, and without UK governmental action to enable redress and reparation for the brutal injustices committed in the past which still continues into the present. We call upon the British state to honour the need and right of the descendants of the enslaved to speak in a public forum, provide testimony and evidence of how the legacies of enslavement are resulting in continued human and peoples’ rights violations, impaired quality of life and the ensuing destruction of the essential foundations of life for Afrikan people today. On every 1st August, collections of this petition will be submitted to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II through the Prime Minister’s Office of Her Majesty’s Government of 10 Downing Street, London. The petition will also galvanise grassroots work towards establishing glocal sittings of the Peoples International Tribunal for Global Justice (PITGJ) as part of a series of actions which will put a full stop, by way of holistic and transformative reparations, to all acts of Genocide/Ecocide against Afrikan people.

STOPTHEMAANGAMIZI WECHARGEGENOCIDEECOCIDE
2,018 supporters