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Petition to Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Gilad Erdan, Mr. Michel Forst, Mr. S. Michael Lynk, UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Unconditional Release of Palestinian Social Worker Munther Amira

Munther Amira is a Palestinian Social Worker and Human Rights activist. Munther has previously served as the Secretary-General of Palestinian Union of Social Workers & Psychologists (PUSWP). Meet Munther - Munther was arrested on the 27th December in the Occupied West Bank by Israeli Forces while peacefully protesting to defend the rights of Palestinian children and youth currently detained in Israeli military prisons, such as Ahed Tamimi. Munther's arrest - Story here - Munther suffers from high blood pressure and is currently detained in Ofer prison, located in the West Bank, in bad conditions.  Munther Amira was sentenced on March 12 to six months in prison and five years’ probation by Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank. Amnesty statement (March 12, 2018): Amnesty UK statement (March 12, 2018):  Social Workers are human rights defenders, they stand up for peace, human rights and social justice. Munther Amira was standing up for basic social work values and principles. He was conducting his protest in a peaceful and non-violent way and should not have been arrested for his basic democratic right to free speech and to campaign for human rights concerns. Statement by the International Federation of Social Workers - Human Rights Commission - IFSW update concerning detention of Munther Amira (15th January 2018) - Munther Amira in The Guardian (March 7, 2018) - We, Social Workers and Human Rights activists from all over the world, demand the unconditional release of our colleague Munther Amira.

Filipe Duarte
14,170 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Paul Reifenstein, Lucian Ionescu, Daniela Marin, Bronwyn Blakley

Lease Violation - St. Patricks Day Petition Against The Marq Student Housing

As a current student of Wilfrid Laurier University, I made the decision to lease an apartment at The Marq on Ezra Street as well as many other students. The building chose to implement a new rule specifically for St. Patricks Day. This means that in no way did we, the tenants, know about this rule when we first signed our leases.  The following email was sent from The Marq Waterloo last week to all tenants: "To align with the goals of the City and to reduce potential issues related to the fire code and potential overcrowding in the building, there will be a limit of one guest per person, up to 35 guests in each building." Regardless of the assumptions that The Marq may make about potential fire hazards, this contradicts how many people were allowed into the building during previous years and even the 2017 homecoming. This story should be reported because I believe it is not only a violation of our lease agreement because in no way does it specify the number of guests we are allowed to have, but it is a violation of our rights as tenants. This implemented policy violates Section 22 of the Tenancy Act, the Landlord and Tenant Act of Ontario AND they are breaching their own lease by not stating this policy before having students sign it. The Marq is committing an illegal act and they are well aware of their actions as I and many other students have reached out to them.  I have spoken to an attorney and he has instructed me to start a petition to take to the property manager of The Marq Building.  Our goal as students currently living in Waterloo is to enjoy our time here especially on popular events such as St. Patricks Day. All I ask is that we all come together to support this issue and fight for our rights as tenants. If you currently live in one of The Marq Buildings and support this petition, after signing, please leave a comment of which building you live in.  Thank you for reading this petition; let's have a fun St. Patricks Day! 

Paris Kiani
1,051 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate, Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Call for Diverse Jewish Voices on Ontario Anti-Semitism Committee

We the undersigned Jews from Ontario, Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and allies applaud the establishment of the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate (OARD) and its Anti-Semitism Committee. However, we are extremely troubled by the exclusion of the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) and Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) from this committee. We believe that this exclusion rests on an unwillingness on the part of the OARD and their partners in the institutional Jewish community to include voices that are critical of Israel and supportive of Palestinian rights. We take this opportunity to point out that criticism of Israel’s government or policies is not inherently anti-Semitic, but that equating the two has been used to ostracize and silence many voices. We are concerned about the current rise of anti-Semitism and we believe that Jews and allies must stand united, not fractured, as we address all forms of bigotry and racism. All Jews are vulnerable to anti-Semitism, regardless of their political opinions.  The Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate will increase its credibility and effectiveness by expanding the Anti-Semitism Committee to include a greater range of Jewish voices, including those who are critical of Israel.We urge the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate to invite the United Jewish People's Order and Independent Jewish Voices to join the committee.For more background, visit these links:NOW article by Rachel Epstein, Executive Director of UJPO: by IJV to the Anti-Racism Directorate:

United Jewish People's Order Toronto / Independent Jewish Voices Canada
910 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Randy Lennox, Doug Murphy, Hubert T. Lacroix

Unsubstantiated claims against Hedley, Reinstate Airplay #istandwithhedley

Let this petition speak for all fans in support of Hedley. In light of the recent unsubstantiated allegations regarding Hedley, We are calling on Randy Lennox President of Bell Media, Doug Murphy President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment and Hubert T. Lacroix President and CEO of CBC Radio Canada to lift the ban of this Canadian rock band's music on your radio stations. We as fans are pleading with you to reverse your decision. The claims made on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have yet to be proved and are unsubstantiated. The individuals making these claims have not gone to the police or have given any proof whatsoever.These allegations are just that, allegations with no substance and or police involvement. As stated in Section 11 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as citizens we have, "The right to be presumed innocent,Section 11(d) provides that: 11. Any person charged with an offence has the right (d) to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal." The Canadian Bar Association states, "Defamation is communication about a person that tends to hurt the person's reputation. It causes the reader or listener to think less of the person. The communication must be made to other people, not just to the person it's about. If defamation is spoken, then it is called slander. If it is written, it is called libel. It can also be a gesture, which is a type of slander." This is beginning to ruin the lives and well being of the members of Hedley and their families. They are tax paying citizens. The claims being made are unsubstantiated and a defamation of their character. This will ruin them emotionally, physically and financially. It needs to stop.   Below are some quotes taken from the Hedley Fanpage on Facebook. "I just want this to be over and for them to be okay. Their music is so uplifting and calms me. When the world is crazy, I have Hedley. I HATE that this is happening to them. #istandwithhedley" "I swear to god, if you stay in our lives, I promise to stay in yours." Posted from Santana Hza on facebook. "I just want this to be over and for them to be okay.Their music is so uplifting and calms me. When the world is crazy, I have Hedley, I HATE that this is happening to them. #istandwithhedley " "They have saved me so many times and been with me through the good and bad through their music. I followed Jacob on Canadian Idol (Loved the blue suit) For the nights I can't remember was released when I had my first daughter and heaven in our headlights was released when my second daughter was born. When my youngest got sick last year with influenza A and was hospitalized at sick kids in Toronto they got me through that with storms and we are unbreakable among many others. I can imagine my life without them." Posted from Amelia on facebook. "#istandwithhedley no person/band/human should be put on trial by social media cowards who come forward with stories and no facts. Where were the police involvement when all “these stories” happened?! Innocent until proven guilty!! I guess no male bands are safe from this, and that is not fair. Social media is too easy to tell stories, it’s not a fair place for a trial! Stay strong Hedley !!!" We plead that these stories no longer be shared by the media until someone comes forward and files a police report, and we ask that you lift the music ban of Hedley on your stations. It would also be a nice gesture to report about all the support there is pouring in for the band. Links of interest: jacob-hoggard-finds-meaning-in-giving-back/article32349106/   Email  Petition profile photo courtesy of Erica Anderson  

Kathy Brewer
3,130 supporters