Topic

human rights

11 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Rumen Radev, ECHR, OHCHR, Guido Raimondi, Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, Pedro Agramunt, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International, OSCE, Freedomhouse , Inopress , Bbcnews , President of the United States, Emmanuel Macron

NO to Russian Repressions: Free yogi Mitradev!

14.07 the court of the Burgas city makes a decision on the Extradition of Yogi Mitradevanand Paramahamsa to the Russian Federation, thereby signing a death sentence to an innocent person! Mitradevananda Paramahamsa is a yogi of the tradition "Kaula Dharma", who posesses the outstanding abilities and performs severe ascetic practices daily. With the help of social networks, Mitradevananda shares experience in yoga practices, restoring health, achieving prosperity. At the same time, Mitradevananda , his wife and numerous active readers of information Kaula Dharma openly oppose the cult of poverty, the cult of Stalinization, propaganda in the Russian Federation, violation of human rights and freedoms, censorship. In 2014, Mitradevananda posted a video with the proposal of non-violent protest - an indefinite fasting against the current regime and against created living conditions of people which are close to the conditions of cattle lifestyle. The public activity became the reason of open persecution and extremism in relation to Mitradevananda from the side of the authorities of the Russian Federation. " Moscow has developed an elaborate and well-funded strategy in recent years of using - critics say abusing - foreign courts and law enforcement systems to go after its enemies." - "How Moscow Uses Interpol to Pursue Its Enemies" Andrew Higgins, The New York Times, 06.11. 2016 Four months after Mitradevananda and his family and friends legally left the territory of the Russian Federation and moved to Bulgaria, a trumped-up criminal case on murder was opened in Moscow. Despite the fact that the alleged murdered person regularly shoots a video that he is alive and well, the criminal case is not being closed. Six months later, the Russian Federation's Investegation authorities seeks to get Mitradevananda , his wife Kseniia Khodyreva, Tatiana Severtseva and other yogi's friends on international wanted list. Thanks to an obviously absurd fabricated case, Interpol, which is called to serve justice, becomes a weapon of reprisal against dissent in the hands of the Russian authorities. 29.05.2017 the arrest of Mitradevananda Paramahamsa and Tatiana Severceva is being carried out . Preventive punishment is the imprisonment of a yogi! All applications for changing the measure of restraint are rejected. All the persuasions to take into account that Mitradevananda, who is leading yogi lifestyle, can not consume prison food and needs special bioadditives are not taken into consideration. In spite of everything, Mitradevananda performs daily ascetic practices, including a three-hour shirshasana, in the most terrible conditions of imprisonment! By the end of the official imprisonment of 40 days Russia sends documents on a new criminal case and a request for the extradition. The criminal case of the murder had to be closed, because there had never been any murder. But the time dragged on deliberately, in order to have time to compile and open a new criminal case. But despite all attempts to prove that there is no FAIR trial in the Russian Federation and there are a lot of evidences of this, the court issues a decision to Extradite. In a country where people are arrested for the propagation of yoga, where criminal cases are opened without evidence and where the defendants are tortured and killed in cells where they are imprisoned for posting and reposting information in social networks - in fact there can not be a fair trial.  We ask President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev to cancel the extradition of the yogi and to grant Mitradevananda a political asylum in Bulgaria. We demand that Mitradevananda be given the right to a fair trial in the court, as stipulated in the European Convention on Human Rights and for this we appeal to the ECHR. We demand Interpol to admit that this is a politically motivated persecution and to remove Mitradevananda and the rest from Interpol's base. We ask numerous human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Freedomhouse and others, where we used to apply many times before, to admit that Yogi Mitradevananda is being persecuted by the Russian authorities and to influence the situation by not allowing extradition and continuing the repression of an innocent person. Finally, we ask the world community to pay attention to the problem of persecution for dissent in Russia and to recognize the Russian Federation as a dangerous totalitarian state. The facts of the persecution of Yogi Mitradevananda Paramahamsa , violations of rights and freedoms, torture and repression of their citizens by the Russian authorities and much more can be found on the official pages of information Kaula Dharma on Facebook, Youtube and on the official site http://kaula-dharma.com/ We hope that you will not remain indifferent, because tomorrow the ruler of the nuclear power country - the Russian Federation - may consider that YOU are threatening the current authorities!

Kseniia Khodyreva
217 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Ihtior Abdullaev, Adham Ahmedbaev, Salil Shetty

Release Khumoyun Rakhmonov / Освободить Хумоюна Рахмонова

Release Khumoyun Rakhmonov / Освободить Хумоюна Рахмонова Disabled prisoner has been unlawfully arrested for 7 years now and his family is in danger. Uzbekistan is a country where the rights to freedom of expression and of association remain severely restricted. Hundreds of people suspected of being in opposition to the government or of being a threat to national security have been secured by the authorities and sent to prisons and detention centres, where torture and other ill-treatment by law enforcement officials is very common. There is credible information that the police and National Security Service (NSS) officers routinely use torture to force suspects, detainees and prisoners into confessing crime or incriminating others. Sentences of 25 years is not uncommon. Certain categories of prisoners, such as human rights defenders and government critics, are often subjected to severe punishment regimes. The authorities also use threats against relatives of prisoners to prevent families from exposing human rights violations and seeking help from human rights organizations at home and/or abroad. As a result, human rights defenders continue to face routine harassment and violence. Khumoyun Rakhmonov and his brother Abdusami Rakhmonov had spoken out and criticized the Uzbek authorities for its repression of prisoners of conscience, their use of torture and their practice of extending prison sentences. Khumoyun Rakhmonov was a lawyer and human rights activist who worked for the rights of students and farmers. And although Abdusami was able to escape to Russia in August 2010, and later to the Czech Republic in 2016, Khumoyun was unlawfully arrested in 2010 a few days after his brother's departure. He was supposed to be released last summer, but he was sentenced to a further 3 years and 10 days for allegedly violating prison rules. Arbitrarily extending a prisoner’s sentence is the usual practice in Uzbekistan. As of 2017, his health has already deteriorated dramatically and he might go completely blind. He is unable to receive visits or send letters, and any information about him is unavailable. His family has already been threatened and his father has been beaten and told that he could disappear. Their family home has been broken into by armed officials multiple times and their electricity and heating was turned off last winter.  With great international pressure, a few prisoners in Uzbekistan have been released, but many are still in prison for more than 25 years. Please help now by signing this petition to put pressure on the Uzbek authorities to release Khumoyun Rakhmonov and to ensure that his family is no longer in danger.

Aika Idinova
230 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Grindr , Hornet App, Grindr

Grindr and Hornet, help us keep your Russian users safe

On March 27 in St. Petersburg a 54-year-old journalist Dmitry Tsilikinin was killed in his apartment. The killer turned out to be 21-year-old student Sergey Kosirev, who whilst under interrogation explained his reason for committing the murder. He said it was a special mission to clean the world of homosexuals. Still, under Russian law the murder was not classed as murder motivated by hatred.On May 3 in Moscow another well-known journalist Alexander Rubtsov became a victim of murder. And again -- he was killed in his apartment.It may sound crazy, but these men and other LGBT victims in Russia most often meet their attackers through apps such as Hornet or Grindr.Public monitoring shows that almost everyday an LGBT person is being attacked in Russia. Already this year over 100 serious homophobic crimes have been committed in Russia.In most cases what happens is that criminals posing as gay use apps like Hornet, Grindr and others to easily find victims, lure into their territory, beat them up, humiliate, blackmail them, threaten outing them, then plunder their houses and apartments to steal large amounts of money.Evidence of these crimes are often posted on social networks afterwards.  Most bisexual and homosexual people do not think or know about the possible dangers they face when they use these apps. They don’t know how to behave in these situations, who and where to seek help and how to protect themselves.That’s why we are appealing to Grindr and Hornet and asking you to set up automatic alerts to your Russian users notifying them about the attacks and giving them tips on how to stay safe.We, the authors of the petition and other human rights activists, would be happy to help you draft the necessary tips and guides for users' safety for you, Grindr and Hornet, to distribute.

Морозов
100,163 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Kevin Tsukihara

Tell Warner Bros. to Ensure Harry Potter Chocolates are Slavery Free

In the cocoa fields of the Ivory Coast, child slavery is ‘normal.’ It’s routine. It’s accepted. Children as young as 7 are sold – deprived of their childhood, ripped from their families, and subjected to routine abuse – to work long, backbreaking days picking cocoa. And it all stems from our love of chocolate. While many chocolate brands have made public commitments to find the best solution, Warner Bros. is lagging behind: 1. An independent investigation into their supplier Behr’s Chocolates led to a failing score of 1 out of 48 possible measures to ensure their operations are slavery-free; 2. Warner Bros. dismissed the findings of the investigation, simply stating that they were ‘satisfied’ that fair labour practices were being used in the production of their chocolates; 3. Given the conflicting information, outraged consumers asked Warner Bros. what steps were taken to ensure there was no slavery in Harry Potter Chocolates. Warner Bros. refused to respond. As we head into one of the busiest times of the year for Warner Bros. theme parks. Children excited to experience the world of Harry Potter will be asking their parents to buy these chocolates. That’s why taking a stand right now will make a big impact. Ask Warner Bros. what steps they’re taking to ensure Harry Potter chocolates are slavery-free.

Freedom United
104,995 supporters