human rights

584 petitions

Update posted 14 hours ago

Petition to Premier of Alberta

Call a judicial inquiry into the High River Forced Entries

WHY A JUDICIAL INQUIRY IS NEEDED FOR HIGH RIVER: On February 12, 2015, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP released their long-awaited report of their investigation of the RCMP's actions during and following the emergency flooding in the Town of High River, Alberta between June 20, 2013 to July 13, 2013.  The Commission's investigation examined the RCMP's forced entries of "more than 754 homes", their unwarranted search of 4,666 homes (most on at least two occasions), damage complaints filed by more than 1,900 home owners, the RCMP's seizure of more than 600 firearms and the seizure and destruction of approximately 7,500 pounds (between 400,000 and 450,000 rounds) of ammunition.  The RCMP Complaint Commission's report starts with such lofty aims and ambitions by quoting British statesman William Pitt from his speech to the House of Commons in 1763: "The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter,—but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement."  Sadly, the report documented what we already knew: how the Queen's forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (with the help of  more than 300 Canadian Armed Forces personnel), did cross the thresholds of 4,666 High River homes, by kicking in doors, searching homes and seizing private property without warrant.  The report tries to justify the RCMP's actions in High River, overlooking the Alberta Emergency Management Act's plain requirements for the delegation of authority for unwarranted searches of buildings (which was clearly not followed), omitting or distorting important details, contradicting past public statements and documents; and, holding no one to account for systematic, organized egregious violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Alberta Bill of Rights and offences under Criminal Code and the RCMP Act. This is a story of police, bureaucratic and ministerial misconduct and cover-up that belongs in the third world, not in Canada. The entire story needs to be dragged out into the sunlight and those who were responsible need to be held accountable. We need an independent public inquiry if we are to have any hope of correcting this gross abuse of power. We believe a judicial inquiry will reveal the entire story as well as those responsible; in the same manner as the Braidwood Inquiry revealed the truth about the death of Robert Dziekanski and those who lied to cover it up. (Please read my letter to the Premier below) MARCH 31, 2015 - SO MANY QUESTIONS LEFT UNANSWERED BY HIGH RIVER INVESTIGATION  SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 - HIGH RIVER UPDATE                     Governments still hiding many facts and overlooking 4,666 Charter Violations!

Dennis R Young
2,439 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Board of the Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission, Don Anderberg, Town of Pincher Creek, Municipal District of Pincher Creek, Minister Shaye Anderson

Help love win for paramedic wives in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada

On July 1, 2017, paramedic-firefighters Sheri and Alyssa Monk were forced to resign from Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission after being told by management not to use the word “wife” for one another and to refrain from discussing their personal and family lives at work. They were told that some people would never accept their legal same-sex marriage and that those belief systems had to be respected. When they asked if the other four married (and heterosexual) couples who served on the department would be subject to the same rules, they were told no – because they weren’t the ones others had a problem with. They tried everything they knew how to keep their jobs, including writing letters, asking for diversity training for management, and policies that would apply to everyone equally. Their requests were ignored, and their letters remained unanswered. Eventually, the situation became so unbearable, the women no longer felt safe at work, especially considering the dangerous nature of it. They had no union, there was no HR department, no investigation, no exit interview – no recourse. As a result, this family has lost their savings, their dream house is for sale, and Sheri is commuting three hours away for work. Alyssa still hasn’t found a new full-time position. The worst of the damage is how a family was torn apart. Both moms work hours away from home for days at a time, and family time has become a rarity instead of the norm. The women filed a human rights complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission in August 2017, but there is a long backlog of cases and they may be waiting five years for a tribunal. Most EMS sites in Alberta are operated by Alberta Health Services (AHS), but Pincher Creek is independent, and only contracted by AHS. Alberta Health Services is a leader in diversity and inclusion, and was named as one of Canada's top 100 employers in 2018. Pincher Creek is a small town of fewer than 4,000 in Alberta, Canada at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It is the gateway to Waterton National Park and to Glacier National Park across the border in the United States. The community is known for its warm hospitality, hardworking ranchers and farmers, and borders some of the most pristine wilderness in Canada. The Town of Pincher Creek has tried to distance itself from Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission, but the mayor of the town, Don Anderberg, is the chair of the commission itself.  Someone must be held accountable for the mismanagement at Pincher Creek Emergency Services. The Monks deserve justice and a public apology, and the people of Pincher Creek and surrounding area deserve an emergency services department that represents the true, giving and inclusive spirit of the region. Please sign this petition to help these two women in love by asking for: 1.     That Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission issues a public apology and acknowledges harm that was done to the Monks; 2.     That those responsible to be held accountable for what happened; and, 3.     That diversity training and policies be instituted to protect future first responders from the same treatment.  

Tannis Silver
3,300 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Council of the European Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Fayez al-Sarraj, Justin Trudeau, United Nations, United Nations Security Council

End the Enslavement of African Migrants and Refugees

Slavery is the next thing to hell.  - Harriet Tubman On November 14, 2017 CNN released the results of an investigation in Libya, revealing that Black migrants and refugees are currently being held in detention centres, rounded up to be displayed at auctions — and sold. Their worth amounting to no more than a few hundred dollars. In exchange, they are used against their will for physical labour. They are demeaned. They are raped and exploited.   This is not only disturbing and painful news, it is beyond a stark reminder of how far we have yet to go when it comes to abolishing slavery. When it comes to hearing the voices of those who are currently being silenced and ignored in Libya. Put simply: the selling of Black women, children and men — of their lives and dreams — is unacceptable. We can change this. We can send a message that the eyes of the world are on Libya. That we are calling for, expecting and demanding the sale of children, men and women to come to an end. Immediately. Thank you a thousand times in advance for signing this petition; for being a solution and taking a stand against this injustice — "the next thing to hell."  And thank you for standing with Black migrants and refugees, trapped in Libya, in their call to be free. 

Becky Hagan-Egyir
16,361 supporters
This petition won 2 days ago

Petition to Shri U K Bandyopadhyay (Security Officer), Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 6, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -8, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 7, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -5, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -4, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 3, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 2, Shri Rahul Naferia, Shri A.K.S. Billawaria, Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Sh. Vishal Gagan, Sh. K.V.S. Rao, Dr. Vinod Aggarwal, B.S. Bhullar, J.S. Rawat, JDG, G. T. Selvan, K. P. Srivastav, Lalit Gupta, Shri. Jyoti Narayan

Enforce Disabled Friendly Screening Procedures at Indian Airports Security Check Points

I fly frequently for work, both domestically and internationally from several Indian airports. Each time I pass through the security check points at the airports, I am treated like a criminal because I use a prosthetic limb (artificial leg) for my mobility.  I am asked and many a times even forced to strip and to remove my prosthetic. The security staff then picks up my prosthetic limb and puts it on the x-ray machine as if it is a piece of luggage, while I am left immobile and in a state of agony praying that I receive my prosthetic undamaged. The international norms for checking prosthetic do not require amputees to strip, to remove their prosthetic/artificial limb; nor do they require wheel-chair users to stand up & to not use their own wheel chairs. Shouldn't that be equally easy to implement in India as well? I understand that the security staff/CISF is simply following the dictates of BCAS, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.  I therefore, protest against the human rights violation by BCAS not only on my behalf but also on the behalf of my fellow beings/PwDs, Persons with disabilities- for enforcing the most inhumane and insensitive screening procedures that PwDs are forced to go through at the cost of their physical safety, privacy, dignity and emotional trauma, at the Indian airports. The dictate of BCAS to the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) at Indian Airports to regard persons with disabilities including amputees like me who use/wear prosthetics such as artificial limb/limbs, a bigger security risk; to ask them to strip and remove their prosthetic and, to make the wheel chair users stand up for thorough checking & not use their wheel chairs - as they all may be carriers of explosives and weapons - is a violation of their human rights of life, liberty, fairness, respect, equality and dignity. The entire screening procedure for the persons with disabilities and medical conditions, and the insensitivity of the rustic security staff (CISF) at the Indian airports towards them need a makeover.  We are living in a human world.  These procedures and the rustic security staff got to have a humane face.  They need to be sensitized and humanized.  I am asking that CISF treats people with disabilities (including those with medical conditions and limited mobility) with dignity, respect, care & courtesy. I am not asking that the national security & the security of fliers be compromised. I am only asking BCAS to: 1) Enforce mine's and my team's manual- "Screening Guidelines to be followed by CISF Security Staff for Passengers with Disabilities at Indian Airports" and include the manual in the Standard Operating Procedure.  Doing so will go a long way in sensitising CISF. The manual abides by the world class screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions. It also abides by the language of CRPD and it was composed under the guidance of leading disability experts of India. I had personally handed over the manual to Mr. Ajay Kumar and Mr. O.P. Singh, senior CISF officers, in June, 2014. The manual was approved by the office of CISF in New-Delhi. However BCAS has not incorporated it in its SOP. 2) Install full body scanners (like in U.S.) at Indian airports. The scanners will ensure highest level of security while safeguarding the privacy, safety and dignity of persons with disabilities. 3) Enforce zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, discrimination and infringement of the privacy, dignity, respect and human rights of PwDs. My campaign's manager Smiti Bhatia and I have written several letters and emails to BCAS and CISF officials, PM Modi, Ashok Gajapathi and several others.  However we have not received any response from them. I am asking for a meeting with PM Shri Narendra Modi, Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, and the Director General of BCAS Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to discuss with them the difficulties faced by Persons with Disabilities and how we can resolve them.   Sign my petition to ask PM Modi, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to implement policies and procedures that will make security screening at Indian airports hassle free for Persons with Disabilities. Petitioner, Rajesh Bhatia      

Rajesh Bhatia
2,328 supporters