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Petition to ATTORNEY GENERAL CHAMBERS, People's Action Party, K. SHANMUGAM, Ms April Phang Suet Fern, Ms Claire Poh Hui Jing

Singaporean couple TORTURES intellectually disabled woman to DEATH

SINGAPORE PROSECUTION IS ONLY SEEKING 14-15 YEARS OF JAIL FOR COUPLE WHO TORTURED INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED WAITRESS TO DEATH. From this article by the Straits Times, it is stated : Describing their acts as "an appalling case of abuse and cruelty", prosecutors are seeking 15 years' jail for Tan and 14 years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane for Pua. Tan Hui Zhen & Pua Hak Chuan is the Singaporean couple who tortured an intellectually disabled waitress, Ms Annie Ee Yu Lian for a period of 8 months with the intention to cause hurt which eventually led to her death. As stated from this article by Channel News Asia "An autopsy detailed the extent of the abuse she suffered: 12 fractured ribs and seven fractured vertebrae, a ruptured stomach and a body crowded with blisters and bruises. Below as taken from the same article by the Straits Times, is the abuse that the victim went through: - Tan and Pua beat her on her buttocks with a roll of shrink wrap measuring 51.5cm in length, 24cm in circumference and weighing 1.05kg- Tan kicked and stepped on her chest - Tan banged her head against a wall - Tan hit her on the palm and back with a wooden pole that eventually broke into two- Tan tried to strangle her - Tan whipped her back, buttocks and upper body with a plastic belt- Tan slapped her on the face with her bare hands as well as with bathroom slippers. She occasionally told Pua to take over when she became tired- Pua smashed a pedal dustbin on her shoulder, causing the plastic to crack- Tan psychologically abused the victim by undermining her sense of self-worth and questioning her daily. Tan told the victim she had a “pig brain”- Tan and Pua started recording “debts” that they claimed the victim owed them, which included “compensation” for making Tan angry- To repay the “debts”, Tan made her surrender her monthly salary of $1,200, from which she was given a weekly allowance of $50, which was later cut to $30 Quoted from The Straits Times article "The next morning, after discovering that she was dead, Pua tore off a layer of plastic from the shrink wrap and flushed it down the toilet to get rid of fingerprints. Tan then called her own brother to say Ms Ee had committed suicide but eventually called the police. When the officers arrived, Tan said the victim was a clumsy person who would often injure herself. She also claimed that Ms Ee often jumped up and landed on her buttocks for no apparent reason." NOT ONLY DID THEY TORTURED THE POOR GIRL TO DEATH, THEY TRIED TO COVER THEIR TRACKS WHEN THEY FOUND THE POOR GIRL DEAD. IF THIS SENTENCE IS PASSED, THEY WILL ONLY BE IN THEIR 50s WHEN RELEASED FROM JAIL. HOW CAN WE LET SUCH BEASTS ROAM FREE AND POTENTIALLY TARGETING ANOTHER VICTIM OF WEAKER MENTAL CAPACITY?      

Neo Chuan Yi
34,913 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Mme Hidalgo, Anne Hidalgo, Emmanuel Macron

Liu Xiaobo est mort, n'abandonnez pas Liu Xia !

[28 octobre, dernière mise-à-jour : Le Prix Nobel de la paix Liu Xiaobo, pour lequel j'avais lancé cette pétition en juillet (voir ci-dessous), est mort derrière les barreaux, abandonné de nos démocraties. Son corps a été incinéré le lendemain même, au mépris des coutumes funéraires chinoises. Ses cendres ont ensuite été dispersées en mer pour le priver, à jamais, de sépulture. La veuve de Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, reste l'otage de l'Etat chinois, qui fera tout pour la réduire au silence. Paris, capitale mondiale des Droits de l'homme, doit faire entendre sa voix pour qu'elle échappe enfin au cauchemar kafkaïen qu'elle vit depuis 2010. Littéralement séquestrée dans son appartement depuis 2010, longtemps privée même du droit de lire les lettres que Liu Xiaobo lui écrivait, Liu Xia, qui a perdu son père en 2016 et sa mère tout récemment, sans internet et sans téléphone, n’avait d’autre joie que de voir son mari une fois par mois à travers un guichet de verre après un interminable voyage jusqu’à la prison. Encore ne pouvait-elle lui parler de la vie de recluse qu’elle menait ou des persécutions qu’endurait son frère, condamné à une lourde peine de prison après un procès truqué… Elle ne les lui a révélées que peu de temps avant sa mort, bravant l’interdit des autorités au risque d’encourir de nouvelles brimades de leur part.   Enlevée par le pouvoir immédiatement après les funérailles de Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia a été portée disparue pendant les 49 jours du deuil rituel, exhibée dans deux vidéos de propagande, puis ramenée à Pékin où elle suppliait qu’on la laisse demeurer chez elle mais les autorités l’ont à nouveau contrainte à des « vacances forcées » à la veille du Congrès du PCC… On ne sait ni où elle est ni quel est son état de santé, sinon qu'elle reste depuis des années sous antidépresseurs et qu'elle a des problèmes cardiaques exigeant une surveillance médicale régulière. La détention de Liu Xia par le régime communiste ne repose sur aucun fondement juridique, pas même dans la loi chinoise. Comme l’affirme Jared Genser, l’avocat américain qui a entrepris de plaider sa cause à l’ONU, Liu Xia « a désespérément besoin de l’aide du monde entier pour recouvrer la liberté. » Mais la Chine, qui s’affirme désormais comme une puissance économique mondiale, a réussi à museler les défenseurs des droits de l’homme un peu partout dans le monde et les leaders mondiaux du G20 ont préféré saluer "le grand leader" qu'est Xi Jinping plutôt que d'exiger, d'une seule voix, la libération de Liu Xia. Il serait dramatique que Paris, après avoir abandonné Liu Xiaobo, garde le silence sur le sort qui est aujourd’hui réservé à sa veuve.  En exhibant les portraits géants de Liu Xiaobo et de Liu Xia sur la façade de la Mairie de Paris, Mme Hidalgo apporterait à cette femme courageuse un soutien inestimable et démontrerait, une fois encore, l'attachement de la Ville de Paris à la liberté et aux idéaux auxquels Liu Xiaobo a sacrifié son bonheur, sa liberté et sa vie. « Il y a des formes et des gestes très symboliques qui montrent l'engagement d'une ville », disait Mme Hidalgo en pavoisant l’Hôtel-de-Ville aux couleurs de l’arc-en-ciel pour défendre le droit d’aimer au-delà des frontières du genre. Nous  lui demandons, aujourd'hui, de ne pas l'oublier en agissant concrètement pour la libération de Liu Xia.  Liu Xiaobo is dead but his death must not prevent you from signing this petition. Liu Xiaobo's wife, Liu Xia, is still a prisoner of the chinese state. China will do whatever it can to silence her. Paris, the world capital of human rights, must speak out so that Liu Xia eventually escape the Kafkaesque nightmare she has been living since 2010.]  You'll find an English translation below A Madame Hidalgo, Maire de Paris                 Paris est, pour le monde entier, la ville de la liberté et le symbole de la lutte pour les Droits de l’homme. Vous l’avez montré, tout récemment encore, en pavoisant l’Hôtel-de-Ville aux couleurs de l’arc-en-ciel pour défendre le droit d’aimer au-delà des frontières du genre : « Il y a des formes et des gestes très symboliques qui montrent l'engagement d'une ville », expliquiez-vous alors. Nous vous demandons aujourd’hui un geste tout aussi symbolique pour la défense de Liu Xiaobo, le Prix Nobel de la Paix, qui se meurt en Chine, et dont la dernière volonté est de mourir « à l’Ouest »… Si mes souvenirs sont bons, la Mairie de Paris avait clairement affiché son soutien à Liu Xiaobo lors de la cérémonie au cours de laquelle le Prix Nobel de la Paix lui a été décerné devant une chaise vide. C’était en 2010. Les années ont passé et la Chine, qui s’affirme désormais comme une puissance économique mondiale, a réussi à museler les défenseurs des droits de l’homme un peu partout dans le monde. Il serait dramatique que Paris garde le silence sur le sort qui lui est aujourd’hui réservé. Liu Xiaobo, qui purgeait une peine de onze ans de prison pour avoir exercé son droit constitutionnel à la liberté d’expression en participant à la rédaction de la Charte 08, a été admis à l’hôpital de Shenyang, dans le Liaoning, pour traiter un cancer du foie en phase terminale. Mais, loin d’être « libre », comme on a pu le lire ici ou là, il reste sous surveillance étroite des autorités dans cette lointaine province, proche de la Corée du Nord. Sa femme, la poétesse Liu Xia, dont le seul crime est d’être l’épouse d’un dissident et qui vit depuis 2010 en résidence surveillée (un régime proche, en Chine, de la séquestration pure et simple), a pu se rendre à son chevet. Elle affirme que les autorités ont refusé à maintes reprises de lui transmettre le dossier médical de son mari. Bien que les autorités chinoises affirment que celui-ci a bénéficié une fois par an d’un examen médical approfondi et d’une visite médicale tous les quinze jours depuis son incarcération, Liu Xia se demande pourquoi le cancer n’a été diagnostiqué, officiellement, que le 7 juin, et pourquoi son hospitalisation a été aussi tardive. Alors que ce cancer, conséquence probable d’une hépatite B contractée en détention, ne peut être ni opéré, ni traité par les rayons ou la chimiothérapie, mériterait d’être pris en charge par les meilleurs spécialistes, Liu Xiaobo s’est vu refuser le droit d’être soigné à Pékin et les demandes des pays étrangers qui se disent prêts à l’accueillir, comme la France, sont restées lettres mortes. Le Prix Nobel de la Paix, dont toute la pensée politique est inspirée de la philosophie des Lumières, veut quitter la Chine pour mourir en homme libre. Mais il veut aussi libérer sa femme, Liu Xia, et le frère de celle-ci, lui aussi victime d’une féroce répression du seul fait de ses liens de parenté avec elle, du cauchemar qu’ils endurent. En militant pour les droits de l’homme dans son pays, Liu Xiaobo défendait les valeurs universelles qui sont les nôtres. Les prisonniers politiques chinois sont aussi prisonniers de notre lâcheté et de notre silence. Il serait inacceptable que Paris ne fasse pas entendre sa voix et ne fasse pas un geste pour Liu Xiaobo. Paris occupe une place toute particulière dans le cœur des Chinois. Ils sont nombreux à visiter la capitale mais bien peu savent le martyre du Prix Nobel de la Paix. Paris ne peut accepter cette conjuration du silence ! En affichant les portraits géants de Liu Xiaobo et de Liu Xia sur la façade de la Mairie, vous leur apporteriez un soutien inestimable dans la nouvelle épreuve qu’ils traversent et vous démontreriez, une fois encore, l’attachement de la Ville de Paris à la liberté et aux idéaux auxquels cet homme courageux a sacrifié son bonheur et, peut-être, sa vie.  En espérant que vous serez nombreux à signer cet appel et qu'il ne restera pas vain,  Béatrice Desgranges ENGLISH TRANSLATION To Mrs Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris Paris is the symbol of freedom and human rights all over the world. You lately gave evidence of that in displaying the rainbow flag on the Town Hall façade to support the right for all to love beyond gender boundaries: “there are symbolical forms and gestures that show the commitment of a city”, you said. Today we ask you to do a symbolical gesture to support the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Liu Xiaobo, who is dying in China and whose last will is to die in the West. From my recollection, The City Hall of Paris openly declared its support for Liu Xiaobo when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to him in front of an empty chair. It was in 2010. Years have passed and China has become the world's second-largest economic power and managed to silence human rights defenders in many places around the world. If Paris kept silent about Liu Xiaobo’s fate, it would be tragic.  Liu Xiaobo has used his constitutional freedom of speech when he participated in the drafting of the “Charter 08”, that is why he was condemned to serve an eleven-year prison sentence; diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, he has been granted medical parole to receive medical treatment. But far from being “free” as too many are writing, he is kept prisoner under close watch in a hospital affiliated with The China Medical University in Shenyang, far away from Beijing, in Liaoning, near North Korea. His wife, the poet Liu Xia, whose only crime is to be a dissident’s wife and who has been living under strict house arrest since 2010 (actually a form of mere sequestration in China), has been allowed to visit him and look after him. She stated that the officials refused to transfer her his medical record. Although Jinzhou prison authorities pretend they had given Liu annual health checks since he started his prison term in 2010, and that he was given medical consultations every two weeks, Liu Xia wonders why he was officially diagnosed with terminal cancer on the 7th of June, and he has been admitted so late to hospital. This liver cancer is likely a consequence of the hepatitis B he has contracted during his detention (either in camp or in prison); Liu Xia is stating this late phase cancer may not be cured either with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy and deserves to be handled by the best experts but Chinese officials denied Liu Xiaobo the right to go to a hospital in Beijing; as for foreign requests of the countries who say they are ready to host Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia, they went unheeded. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, whose whole political thought has been drawn from the Enlightenment Philosophy, wants to leave China and die as a free man. But he also wants to free his wife, Liu Xia, and her brother (who has been severely harassed by the power only because of his ties of kinship with Liu Xia) from the nightmare they are both living. Defending human rights in his country, Liu Xiaobo was defending the universal values which are ours. The Chinese political prisoners are also prisoners of our silence and cowardice. If Paris does not speak out for Liu Xiaobo, if Paris does not make a significant gesture for him, it will be tragic. Paris is dear to the heart of the Chinese people. They are many to visit the capital city but very few of them have ever heard of Liu Xiaobo’s martyrdom. Paris cannot bear the conspiracy of silence. In displaying giant portraits of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia on the Town Hall façade, you would provide them a tremendous support in the plight they are going through and you would demonstrate, once again, the commitment of Paris for freedom and ideals to which this courageous man sacrificed his happiness, and, maybe, his life. Hoping many of you will sign this petition and it won’t be in vain, Beatrice Desgranges

Béatrice DESGRANGES
641 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Sue Powell Simon Stevens NHS CEO (Islingon Manager LD), Nhs islington NHS England Simon Stevens, Simon Galczynski .... Simon Stevens NHS England., David Cameron MP, Ed Miliband

Bring my son Stephen home & care for him in our community #bringstephenhome

My son Stephen is 19 years old. I love him to bits but right now I am desperately worried for him. He has autism and finds it hard to communicate. For over a year now he has been living in a unit at St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from our home in London. He has learning difficulties but he is being kept under the mental health act at a psychiatric unit, with patients much older and with a range of different conditions. He has the sweetest smile but since he has been there I haven’t seen it once. It's not the right place for him - even his consultant agrees he should not be on the mental health register and should be moved somewhere more suitable. We have to travel miles each weekend to see him and sometimes we only see him for a few minutes, sometimes we travel all the way to see him, only to be told that we are not allowed a visit. And other times he has been put on so many drugs he just falls asleep. It's is heartbreaking to have to leave Stephen there. He is covered in bruises and has gashes all over his head from where he has hit himself from being anxious. Right now the local authority is reviewing where to place Stephen. They want to move him to another hospital in Colchester but that won't solve anything. We want Stephen to have a better quality of life; to be able to spend time outdoors, to be around his family more often. Ideally we want Stephen to live with us as a family with the support of carers. He should also be taken off the the mental health register, so he has more freedom for how he lives his life. Other families who have loved ones with autism have successfully fought to have them live in homes with specialist carers near loved ones. And the Government made promises that people with autism and other learning difficulties should be cared for in their communities with the help of their families but this promise is being broken for Stephen. Stephen is being let down by the institutions that are meant to be caring for him - locked up in a hospital and lost to a system that wants to tick boxes instead of care for my son. Stephen deserves to be allowed to live a life in safe place with carers who understand his needs and surrounded by people that love him. Please sign my petition and help my family but most of all help my son.

Stephen S A M
30,064 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Jesse Norman MP, Bill Wiggin MP

Increased funding for mental health services in Herefordshire

Getting increased funding for mental health services in Herefordshire would benefit the community greatly. I have been in a psychiatric unit for the last year due to the inability for the county to cope with children and adult mental health support. They do not have the resources needed to help the thousands of people who need support and treatment for their mental health issues. They are more willing to dispense medication to anyone then to try and help. When questioned about the lack of care being given to myself by my family members. The psychiatric consultant at the time said 'What do you want me to do.' This is appalling and if the county had more funding they could hire more staff, Enroll on more courses and have the ability to effectively treat and help anyone who needs the care from these establishments. This is the reason I want this more than anything, to stop anyone else and their families for going through the same hell as me and my family have done. This is going overlooked for to long, what has to happen for people to wake up and realise this is destroying thousands of people's lives.  With this funding we can work on the recognition and prevention of crisis and long term problems in the population If we get this extra funding or for the MP's and other parliament members to realise this is such an important issue in our society. It will be there for when you, or your family needs it in the future.

CJ Childs
29 supporters