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Petition to Human Rights Council, Juan Méndez,

UN Human Rights Council. Investigate India for Human Rights Violations in Kashmir

For decades, the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir have suffered persistent human rights violations at the hands of the Indian authorities and the Army. Over the years, numerous leading human rights groups like Amnesty International have been heavily critical of India. Media stories/reports are featured here. A documentary made by Channel 4 can be seen here. In April 2016, a US report stated "There were few investigations and prosecutions of human rights violations arising from internal conflicts.”  The abuses range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech. Nothing has been done about the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which is used to kill innocent civilians without trial or judgment. India cannot continue to hide behind the AFSPA anymore. Thousands of lives have been lost.  Moreover, the population are demanding the right for self determination as mandated by the United Nations resolutions. There appears to be a dictatorship as opposed to a democracy at present. The Indian government continues to suppress the freedoms of opposition parties. Civilians are brutally punished if they are seen to challenge or campaign against the oppressive occupation. Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India has taken to shutting off internet services intermittently, so that civilians cannot communicate with the outside world.  It is for all these reasons that India must be held accountable for these human rights violations. Civilians have suffered since the 1990s without any assistance from international bodies. We would therefore like the Human Rights Council to take account of the evidence with a view to mounting an investigation into the serious oppression and human rights violations suffered by the people of Kashmir. Jan. 1989 to March 31, 2016Total Killings 94,332Custodial Killings 7,043Civilians Arrested 133,387Structures Arsoned/Destroyed 106,063Women Widowed 22,810Children Orphaned 107,556Women gang-raped / Molested 10,176Enforced Disappearances 10,000 + Update 2016.  Clashes broke out following the death of a Kashmiri freedom fighter. India placed Kashmir under curfew, removed all communications and shut down any opportunity for a international civil remedy. The local Civil Society made this plea to the United Nations for intervention. India has since blocked all intervention by the UNHRC. Please though support this petition for the people of #KASHMIR.  Update 2018 The UNHRC issues it's first ever report following this campaign . Please access it here Visit Us on Facebook Human Rights Violations in Kashmir. Twitter #KASHEXIT  Formal Complaint to the Human Rights Council against India  

Dr Rita Pal
26,362 supporters
Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for standards


Independent-Unionist, Councillor, Jolene Bunting, has been SUSPENDED from Belfast City Council for a period of 4 months, for daring to criticise ISLAM and defend "ANTI-ISLAMISATION" leaflets, distributed by a group, in South/East Belfast. Jolene, was democratically ELECTED to serve the good people of Court Ward (Great Shankill), Belfast, back in 2014. She works dam hard, not only for the people of the Shankill but for ALL citizens of Belfast, who contact her for help and advice with housing, bin collections, benefits, etc. Not only is Jolene, SUSPENDED for voicing concerns about Islam, but she could also find herself DISQUALIFIED from standing for re-election for 5 years, at the end of the Commissioner’s politically motivated 'WITCH-HUNT' It is absolutely APPALLING that anyone with a mandate to represent should be CENSORED, for simply expressing concerns raised with them, by their constituents. "Not to speak would be the great betrayal" Jolene, has NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE with the police, unlike some Councillors who sit in the same Council Chamber. Convicted, Bank robbers and Bomb makers sit in Belfast’s council chamber, yet, Jolene is the person accused of "Bringing Belfast City Council into disrepute", you couldn't make it up!!! Yes, like everyone, Jolene has made mistakes, the 'MEAN MEME' she Tweeted for example, once she realised it may have made light of the Irish potato Famine she took it down and later apologised on a live radio phone-in show. Maybe you know Jolene, maybe you don't. Maybe you like her or maybe you don't, but whether you support her opinion or not, she MUST be afforded the right to Freedom of Speech. Jolene, is a strong and courageous, young woman, however she cannot fight, the might of the forces against, alone. If you support Freedom of Speech you must SIGN and SHARE this petition: email it to your friends, share it on your social media accounts, please help get the word out every way you can. This is not about Jolene, THIS IS ABOUT DEMOCRACY, why in a democratic society, are we not free to talk about Islam? This case has made history, the action taken against Jolene is completely UNPRECEDENTED, no other Councillor in the United Kingdom has been reprimand for expressing an opinion, no matter how un-PC! Please SHARE this petition with your local elected politicians; Councillors, MLA's, MP's, MEP's, anyone with influence? Ask them, are they prepared to stand for Free-Speech, will they have the balls to support Jolene in her fight for FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY? Keep up-to-date with the latest developments: Facebook- @CouncillorJoleneBunting Twitter- @CllrBunting Other ways to contact Jolene: Phone- 07876743222 Email- If you would like to read more on the LUDICROUS complaints made against her by political opponents, you can do so at: Media coverage of Jolene's case: #JusticForJolene #StandForFreeSpeech  

Wayne Cummings
6,725 supporters
Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Daniel Ortega Saavedra, Didier Reynders, Mauricio Lautaro Sandino-Montes, Enrico Targa Sasso, Denis Ronaldo Moncada Colindres, Paul Oquist, Francisco Javier Díaz Madriz, Marla Castrillo Salvador, Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker, Leopoldo Guadalupe Castrillo Ramos, Luis Alberto Martinez, Harold Fernando Rivas Reyes

Free Amaya Coppens and other political prisoners in Nicaragua

Spanish | German | English | French Our dear friend, sister and daughter Amaya was kidnapped by the Nicaraguan paramilitary forces and is being detained in prison. Her crime? Speaking up against the government and its violent repression of peaceful protests. Amaya is a tireless human rights defender who led students with courage and generosity, while hundreds of fellow protestors were killed on the streets. It’s now our turn to fight for her. Please sign this petition and help us get Amaya free. Amaya’s story Amaya is only 23, but she has the heart of an activist. An outstanding and deeply empathetic student, she has championed peaceful nonviolent resistance and cares deeply about indigenous rights, women’s rights and the environment. As a teenager she won a scholarship and represented Nicaragua at a boarding school for global peace - United World College. Earlier this year Amaya was a 5th year medical student in León, Nicaragua. Top of her class, she was looking forward to finishing her degree so she could use it to help people. In April, mass anti-government protests broke out all over the country and the government responded with deadly force. Seeing this, Amaya chose to put her studies aside and stepped up as a local leader and spokesperson for the 19th of April Student Movement peacefully struggling for justice and democracy. On the evening of September 10th, Amaya was kidnapped by a paramilitary group while on her way home with a friend, Sergio Midence. The group was not from the police, and neither did they have arrest warrants. It took the police 48 hours to formally announce her detention.   The first week of Amays imprisonment, she was held at El Chipote, a prison known for human rights abuses such as the use of torture and sexual violence for interrogating prisoners. Amaya was detained without being allowed to speak to her lawyer, without being presented to a judge within the 48 hour legal limit, and without contact with her parents. As you can imagine, her friends and family were sick with worry. After a week, Amaya was presented to a judge and charged with acts of “terrorism”, “kidnapping” and “illegal possession of firearms”, amongst other accusations. She is now held at La Esperanza women’s prison and awaiting her trial. Many of Amaya’s friends and fellow students have also been arrested, some have been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison. According to The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights there are currently more than 345 political prisoners in Nicaragua. Every week, activists, students and other civilians are being taken by force on the street or in their homes. The Nicaraguan government has forbidden public demonstrations of any kind, in the hopes of repressing their opponents. They don’t hesitate to throw anyone in El Chipote – including children. We need all the support we can get. Please sign this petition to ask Nicaraguan authorities for the immediate release of all political prisoners detained on the grounds of the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and assembly. Please help us end political oppression and violence in Nicaragua. Help us to free hundreds of human rights activists. Help us to protect our dear daughter, sister and friend, Amaya. Sign and share this petition with all your contacts and follow our progress on our Facebook page.   Many international organisations have condemned the Nicaraguan government’s actions, and many support Amayas case. [Links below for more information] Amnesty International: Urgent Action call for Amaya and other political prisoners [Sept. 2018] Front Line Defenders: profile on Amaya United Nations OHCHR: report on Human Rights Violations and Abuses in the Context of Protests in Nicaragua, [18. April - 18. Aug. 2018.]  

Free Amaya Coppens
155,840 supporters
Update posted 17 hours ago

Petition to Sikh Council UK, Sikh Channel UK, Akaal Channel UK, Sangat TV, Guru Nanak Gurudwara Leicester

Ban racist Joginder Singh from Guru Nanak Temple (Leics) for refusing food to Non-Sikhs

xxxxxxx LATEST UPDATE xxxxxxx  PRESS RELEASE: Trustees used charity money to cover-up racism and blackmail newspapers (UK) To view the Press Release webpage, which also features images for media use, please click: STARTS Trustees used charity money to cover-up racism and blackmail newspapers (UK) 16th January 2018, Leicester (United Kingdom): Onkar Thandi, who is a member of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Leicester (UK charity number 254837), claims the trustees covered-up racism at the Temple, by using charity money to defame Onkar, exploit prominent personalities, blackmail three newspapers and pay for unjustified legal expenses. Onkar states, “Despite being aware of the trustees’ breaches of legal duties, the Charity Commission [regulator of charities] has refused to remove them, so I’ve applied to the High Court for permission to start charity proceedings, as the trustees must be removed to secure the welfare of charity beneficiaries and charity money”. Racism was practiced and condoned at the Temple Following the Sikh custom of serving ‘Langar’ (free food) to eligible visitors, the Temple runs a ‘free kitchen’ service, which often attracts non-Sikhs, who are vulnerable, needy and homeless. Onkar claims, “Between early 2015 and September 2016, the trustees recklessly ignored verbal complaints, a complaint letter, an online petition and four newspaper adverts, about a Temple employee named Joginder Singh, who frequently mistreated non-Sikhs, and refused to serve Langar to eligible non-Sikhs, which breached Articles 5(m) and 21 of the Sikh Code of Conduct”. The White woman incident Referring to an incident that took place on 1st July 2016, Onkar states, “That evening, Joginder called a homeless White woman a “dirty woman”, and told her that he doesn’t respect her, which made her cry, so I confronted him and filmed the incident on my phone. My video shows Joginder panicking and switching off the lights, before he lies twice and hides in a room. As we [the petitioners] were sick and tired of complaining, we uploaded the video onto YouTube to expose Joginder and the trustees”. The Trustees defamed Onkar in two newspapers In retaliation, the trustees used charity money to publish a dishonest statement in two national newspapers [Des Pardes andPunjab Times], in which they falsely identified Onkar as being a member of an anti-Sikh group, which was using the social media to cause problems at the Temple. Onkar asserts, “To counter the trustees’ serious harm to my reputation, and the unwarranted harassment that I suffered, I was forced to publish petition adverts in four newspapers, which had cost me over £3,000”. The Trustees exploited prominent personalities The trustees further covered-up racism, by using charity money to exploit prominent personalities from Leicester. Onkar explains, “On 1st September 2016, the trustees arranged a meeting at the Temple, which was attended by local councillors, religious leaders and the Chief Superintendent Andy Lee [police], who were all duped into thinking, that my allegations of racism were false, whilst they enjoyed refreshments that were funded by the charity, for this blatant cover-up exercise. In a statement submitted to the Birmingham High Court, [trustee] Amrik Gill claimed, “The unfounded attacks by the Claimant [Onkar’s allegations of racism] were roundly condemned [by the prominent personalities] and a motion passed that an attack [Onkar’s attack] on one religion [the Sikh faith] is an attack [Onkar’s attack] on all religions”. Essentially, Amrik has admitted that the trustees slandered me to the attendees, who accepted that I’d caused problems at the Temple, to attack the Sikh religion [Onkar is a member of an anti-Sikh group], which is untrue. Cunningly, the trustees invited the Mercury [Leicester Mercury newspaper] to photograph the meeting, and to unduly apologise for publishing my truthful petition advert, as they [the trustees] knew that this would trick Temple members into thinking my allegations of racism must be false, because the prominent personalities wouldn’t have taken a photograph with the trustees, and the Mercury wouldn’t have apologised, if the trustees were in the wrong. As intended by the trustees, the Mercury’s report [and photograph] turned Temple members against me, and I was insulted, ridiculed and harassed to the point that I had to stop attending the Temple, after which, I was compelled to create Panjabi podcasts and a Panjabi news report, in a last-ditch attempt to clarify the truth of the matter to Sikhs across Leicester, and salvage what was left of my reputation”. The Trustees blackmailed three newspapers In January and July 2017, the trustees used charity money to instruct Rich and Carr Solicitors to send baseless legal notices to three Panjabi newspapers that published Onkar’s petition adverts. Onkar explains, “the blackmail letters [legal notices] denied my true allegations of racism, claimed my petition adverts were highly defamatory, and threatened the newspapers with defamation proceedings, if they failed to publish front-page apologies and pay substantial damages. The trustees knew that my petition adverts were truthful, so they had no reason to demand the apologies and damages. Consequently, the trustees committed the criminal offence of blackmail, under section 21 of the Theft Act 1968, as they made unwarranted demands [for undue apologies] with menaces [threatening baseless legal action for defamation], with a view to make a financial gain [receive undue damages], which would have caused a financial loss to the victims [the three newspapers]. In February 2017, the three newspapers rightly refused to meet the trustees’ unlawful demands, but the trustees harassed them, by sending another legal notice in July 2017 and instructing their representative Gurmit Kang to send intimidating email threats. In Gurmit Kang’s email dated 11th August 2017, he boasted about consulting top defamation solicitors Carter-Ruck, attached an incomplete draft of a defamation claim, as well as, the proposed apology wording, to force the newspaper into apologising, but this didn’t work, as the newspaper stood its ground, refused to be bullied and put Gurmit Kang in his place, in it’s email response [to Gurmit Kang]”. The Trustees used charity money to pay for unjustified legal expenses In a statement submitted to the Birmingham High Court, trustee Amrik Gill clarified that since April 2016, the trustees have spent £4750 of charity money on legal expenses. Evidently, some of this money was spent on consulting Carter-Ruck [top defamation solicitors], with which, Amrik claims to have exchanged, “40 emails and telephone calls”. Onkar argues, “The trustees are the ones who first defamed me [in newspapers], which caused me to publish the truthful petition adverts [in the same newspapers], so on what basis did the trustees use charity money to consult Carter-Ruck, with regards to suing me for defamation, when they’re the one’s who defamed me? I firmly believe that the trustees had conspired to start a defamation claim against me, purely to teach me a lesson [for opposing and exposing the trustees’ wrongdoings], through causing me to suffer further financial losses”. In June 2017, Onkar started a High Court claim against the trustees, which sought their removal for breaches of duties. Onkar claims, “Instead of immediately resigning, the power-hungry trustees again instructed solicitors [using charity money], and drafted a dishonest defence, which shamelessly stated, “It is denied that Joginder Singh ever mistreated non-Sikh visitors”, which is untrue based on my video [footage] alone, because it proves that Joginder had mistreated the White woman, to the point of crying, on that day. By blackmailing newspapers, consulting Carter-Ruck and defending my High Court claim with a dishonest defence, the immoral trustees used thousands of pounds [of charity money], to pay for unjustified legal expenses, simply to cover-up racism and their gross mismanagement of the Temple". Five Trustees lied to the High Court to claim undue legal costs Onkar claims five trustees have lied to the High Court to claim thousands of pounds, in undue legal costs from Onkar, as he clarifies, “[trustee] Amrik Gill claimed that between April and August 2016, he’d spent fifty hours, on examining my videos and podcasts, for which he wants me to pay him £950. This is a lie, because my video [news report] and podcasts were released after 7th September 2016, so how could Amrik have examined them, before they were even released? Shamelessly, four other trustees have also claimed £2,280, for the exact same reason. I’ve fully disputed their bogus bill of costs, and I will expose their lies at the upcoming hearing”. The Trustees ‘re-elected themselves’ for another six years Onkar states, “In accordance with the Temple’s Constitution, an election was due to be held in June 2017, but anticipating that they [the trustees] would lose [due to their bad track record], the trustees held a ‘secret’ election at the Annual General Meeting, to which approximately, two-hundred pre-selected ‘voters’ [The trustees’ friends, relatives and supporters] were invited, to ‘elect’ the trustees, for a whopping six years [for two full terms, not the usual one term allowed by the Temple’s Constitution]. Evidently, the trustees are power-hungry people, who will do anything to retain control of the Temple and charity money”. The Trustees are unfit to be charity trustees Referring to the Temple’s President, Onkar states, “Despite being a local councilor, who is responsible for serving many non-Sikhs in his constituency, Ajmer Basra recklessly ignored the mistreatment of non-Sikhs at the Temple, over an eighteen-month period, which alone proves that he is unfit to be a trustee. The rest of them [the trustees] are equally bad, for dishonouring Sikh teachings and breaching the Sikh Code of Conduct, through covering-up racism and engaging in dishonest and immoral activities [harassment, defamation, blackmail, abuse of charity money and lying to the High Court], so they must be removed and disqualified”. Charity beneficiaries and charity money are at risk Onkar states, “If the trustees can stoop to harassing, defaming and claiming undue legal costs from me, which is what they have done, what’s stopping them from harming others [charity beneficiaries], who oppose their [the trustees’] wrongdoings and mismanagement in the future? Moreover, on 28th December 2017, the trustees announced in the Mercury [newspaper] that they plan to rebuild the Temple at a significant cost of £5 million pounds, most likely because they want to improve their well-deserved bad reputations. As the trustees have already squandered thousands of pounds of charity money [by paying for unjustified legal expenses], how can they be expected to manage a project of this scale? Also, I’m extremely worried that [trustees] Ajmer and Amrik will steal charity money to defend my ongoing defamation claim, which is against them personally [they’re not allowed to use charity money to defend the defamation claim]. Considering that Amrik has already tried stealing money from me [by claiming undue legal costs], and Ajmer had authorised the unjustified legal expenses from charity money, which in my view, equates to having authorised theft from charity funds, how can they, or any of the trustees for that matter, be allowed to continue handling charity money?” The Charity Commission is not an effective regulator On 30th September 2017, Onkar had sent a bundle consisting of over four hundred pages to the Charity Commission, which fully detailed and evidenced the trustees’ breaches of the Temple’s Constitution, the Sikh Code of Conduct and the Charity Commission’s regulations. In his application, Onkar had requested that the Charity Commission either removes the trustees, or gives Onkar permission to start charity proceedings. Onkar alleges, “Unbelievably, on 14th December 2017, the Charity Commission refused to remove the trustees and failed to authorise charity proceedings, for absolutely irrelevant reasons, which suggest that the case manager who’d dealt with my application, hadn’t even read the key material for consideration. Consequently, I’ve applied to the High Court for permission to start charity proceedings, and a hearing is due to take place shortly. Having completely mishandled my complaints, the Charity Commission has failed to ensure the trustees’ compliance with the charity’s governing documents, and therefore the Charity Commission is not an effective regulator”. ENDS For further information, please read the petition updates below.  Onkar Singh

Guru Nanak Gurudwara (Leics) Sangat
543 supporters