human rights

10 petitions

Update posted 1 week 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
212 supporters
Update posted 2 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.

100,163 supporters
Update posted 2 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
104,986 supporters