Petition to United Nations
Change of UN Headquarters in Response to Trump's Xenophobic Discourse
While it is true that the land occupied by the United Nations Headquarters in New York is under the sole administration of the United Nations through an agreement of extraterritoriality, in exchange for basic services, the United Nations have agreed to acknowledge and abide by the federal laws of the United States. The United Nations were founded to "to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom." Just one week after being sworn President of the United States, Donald Trump has opened leash to a xenophobic policy that goes against all the intrinsic values of the UN Charter. As cited by the UN "[d]ue to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more." In his capacity of POTUS, Trump's hatred speech against women, the environment and all the people who were not born in the United States goes against everything the United Nations stands for. That is why the United Nations should respond. That is why we ask the United Nations to relocate their NY headquarters in a symbolic act that shows that the values upon which the United Nations were founded are still alive and shall be respected regardless of the xenophobic actions of the current President of the United States. We cannot trust humanity's basic human rights be derailed by a volatile and impulsive goverment that overviews process and promotes xenophobia. The United Nations were created to promote peace among the nations and that's what they should still fight for.
Petition to Alan Jara (Director de la Unidad para la Atención y Reparación Integral a las Víctimas), Juan Manuel Santos, Paula Gaviria, Miguel Samper, Carlos Alfonso Negret Mosquera, Juan Fernando Cristo
Support ASOTRACAMPO one year after the eviction of El Tamarindo
Para la versión en español, haz clic aquí. The 10th of December is International Human Rights’ Day and, ironically, coincides with the displacement of our partner organization, ASOTRACAMPO, violently displaced from their lands one year ago today. One year after the displacement, ASOTRACAMPO remains in conditions of total abandonment. The past 10th of December, ironically on International Human Rights Day, our volunteers accompanied the members of ASOTRACAMPO in the displacement of the Humanitarian Space El Mirador, the only space remaining from the El Tamarindo settlement in Barranquilla. Despite the untiring struggle of the members and the political accompaniment carried out by FOR Peace Presence and others, 62 families that make up ASOTRACAMPO continue to remain, one year later, in conditions of extreme vulnerability, completely forgotten by the state. The only offers of compensation have been made by private individuals claiming the land, interested in the value acquired after it was declared part of the International Free Trade Area of the Atlantic Department. These families, vulnerable farmers displaced by violence and victims of the armed conflict, have not received even the slightest attention from Colombian State institutions, while the State seeks to construct peace in Colombia following a signed agreement with the FARC. For members of ASOTRACAMPO, peace in Colombia will be built when effective restitution for victims can be provided and guarantees against repetition can be assured; these cannot compete with economic interests. Please support members of ASOTRACAMPO in their struggle for dignity by signing this letter of concern directed at Colombian State entities by the 10th January 2017. Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic Paula Gaviria, Presidential Office for Human Rights (Consejera Presidencial para los Derechos Humanos) Miguel Samper, National Land Agency Director, (Director Agencia Nacional de Tierras) Alan Jara, Director of the Unity for Attention and Integral Reparation for the Victims (Director de la Unidad para la Atención y Reparación Integral a las Víctimas) Carlos Alfonso Negret Mosquera, National Ombudsman (Defensor Nacional del Pueblo) Juan Fernando Cristo, Ministry of the Interior 10th January, 2017 Concern regarding state abandonment of ASOTRACAMPO, El Tamarindo, Barranquilla, one year after their displacement. Dear Sirs and Madam, Through this letter we would like to express our profound concern for the lack of State attention for the members of ASOTRACAMPO, Association of Land Workers (Asociación de los Trabajadores del Campo), one year after the displacement of the last remaining plots of the El Tamarindo settlement, the Humanitarian Space El Mirador, which occurred on the 9th, 10th, 18th, and 23rd of December 2015. No State institutions have assumed responsibility for this case and, to date, State entities responsible (UARIV, National Land Agency [Agencia Nacional de Tierras], and the Presidential Office for Human Rights [Consejería para los Derecho Humanos]) have not acted effectively, exposing 62 member families of ASOTRACAMPO to conditions of complete vulnerability. Neither the meeting carried out on the initiative of ASOTRACAMPO with the UARIV, INCODER, and the Ministry of Agriculture in May 2016, nor a subsequent meeting with the UARIV in Barranquilla in October 2016, have resulted in any concrete guarantees of protection and dignified living space for the families of ASOTRACAMPO. Formed in 2012 by the population residing in the 120 hectares of the El Tamarindo settlement in Barranquilla, ASOTRACAMPO was formed with the collective purpose of subsistence farming. However, since 2000, they have faced several eviction proceedings, threats (pamphlets and intimidation, amongst other tactics), attacks, the assassination of the vice-president of the settlement’s son, and four displacements (2012, 2013, 2014, and the most recent in December 2015). Economic interest in the zone has increased since 2007 with the creation of the International Free Trade Area of the Atlantic Department and the Ruta del Sol highway project began between Barranquilla and Cartagena. El Tamarindo was nominated by Amnesty International as an emblematic case noted in their November 2014 Report “A property title isn’t enough: for a Sustainable Restitution of Land in Colombia”. In times of transition towards a lasting peace, we find it incongruent that the victims of multiple displacements from the armed conflict, and farmers in vulnerable conditions due to structural causes of the conflict with inequitable land distribution, have again become victims of displacement due to economic interests, with no guarantee of protection of their basic rights from the state at all levels. The only land grant was issued for private individuals (10 hectares in the municipality of Luruaco, Bolívar), after the displacement in December 2015. Therefore, we urge: That the President assure coherence between the politics of economic investment and the restitution of victims and the guarantees of no-repetition, preventing and avoiding a surge of new victims of displacement due to economic interests. That the Presidential Office for Human Rights and the Ministry of Interior to effectively and immediately assume their role as intermediaries between institutions to guarantee attention, as much for the victims as for vulnerable farming families. That the UARIV to treat the case as a priority, as promised by Paula Gaviria in her directorship of the UARIV, resolving the situation of reparation for each of the victim member of ASOTRACAMPO, and taking into account the proposal for collective relocation. That the National Land Agency, in close collaboration with the UARIV, to adjudicate a terrain with sufficient plots for families from ASOTRACAMPO which correspond to the needs of the farming families for their subsistence. That the Ombudsman, to watch over and supervise the protection for the rights of the population in a dignified and effective relocation. We look forward to your support and response, Sincerely, [Signatures]
Petition to President Juan Manuel Santos, Pres.-Electo Iván Duque, United Nations Human Rights Council
Stop the killing of community leaders in Colombia
So far this year, well over one hundred community activists and leaders have been brutally killed throughout Colombia, presumably by illegal armed and paramilitary groups, this despite the historic peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC guerrilla group. Many of the victims are campesinos, Afro-Colombians, indigenous people, demilitarized FARC members, human rights activists and local political representatives. In 2018, one community leader has been murdered about every three days. The perpetrators of these crimes remain free and unidentified. Following the heated presidential election of June of this year, and the election of Iván Duque from the right-wing Partido Centro Democrático party, a party affiliated with former Pres. Álvaro Uribe, over leftist candidate Gustavo Petro, a notable rise in threats and assassinations have been documented in small towns and rural areas throughout the country. The response from the government has been mostly silence and inaction. How many more civilians must die?
Petition to Ricardo Rosello, Governor Ricardo Rosello, PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR CHIEF OF STAFF
GOV. RICARDO ROSELLÓ: REMOVE ANGELIMARIÍ RODRIGUEZ PABÓN, NOW!
**ENGLISH BELOW** Estimado gobernador Ricardo Roselló: Ha llamado la atención de sus electores y de la diáspora que uno de sus empleados está pidiendo el exterminio del pueblo de Puerto Rico. Esta persona parece pensar que si las personas usan su derecho de enmienda para expresar su opinión contra los males que han sufrido durante el año pasado, deben entonces, los mismxs, ser exterminados. Sabemos que su administración enfrenta muchos problemas, pero ser llamado Hitler no debería ser uno de ellos. Arregle esto destituyendo a esta persona, Angelimarí Rodriguez Pabón, de su cargo laboral en su administración. Este es su momento para hacer algo bien y enviar un mensaje a todos que usted no avala este tipo de retórica. Mientras lo hace, asegúrese de enviar un mensaje a la Policía de Puerto Rico sobre el abuso de poder que estuvo en despliegue el último 1ro de mayo durante las protestas y marchas. #billofrights #humanrights #civilrights Sinceramente, Sus constituyentes y sus aliados. *** Dear Gov. Ricardo Roselló: Dear Governor Ricardo Roselló: He has drawn the attention of his constituents and the diaspora that one of your employees is asking for the extermination of the people of Puerto Rico. This person seems to think that if people use their first amendment right to express their opinion against the evils they have suffered during the past year, they should then be exterminated. We know that your administration faces many problems, but being called Hitler should not be one of them. Correct this by removing this person, Angelimarí Rodriguez Pabón, from her position in your administration. This is your time to do something right and send a message to everyone that you do not endorse this kind of rhetoric. While doing so, be sure to send a message to the Puerto Rico Police Force (Policía de Puerto Rico) about the abuse of power that was displayed by them during the last May 1st. protests and marches. #billofrights #humanrights #civilrights Sincerely, Your constituents and their allies.
Petition to El Nuevo Dia, El Vocero, Primera Hora, Puerto Rico Daily Sun, The San Juan Star, NotiCel , Metro PR
Awareness Over LGBT Rights in Puerto Rico
Despite the recent bombing attempt at a gay night club in Puerto Rico, there hasn't been a single convincing nor relevant journalistic piece of writing speaking about the matter, aside from various, minor articles and posts found on the Internet. It seems the news has been overlooked, and it doesn't help that awareness over the LGBT population in Puerto Rico has never been too noticeable. Conversion therapies are still legal to perform over our children, and LGBT anti-bullying laws have yet to be reinforced in our country. I strongly believe newspapers like 'El Vocero' or 'El Nuevo Dia', for example, could place more emphasis over these kinds of topics, in order to raise awareness over the queer folk of Puerto Rico.
Petition to Intendente Claudio Orrego, Presidenta Michelle Bachelet, Congreso Nacional
Please rename Chile's capital city as Pelotillehue
Given the importance of Condorito's for chilean history, more than Santiago (the saint whose name was given to the city) we must claim our right to give a proper name to our capital, political and economic center of our country. There's absolutely no doubt that the majority of the population agree with this change, and that at least 8 million people want to be Pelotillehueans. So, why don't we make our country great and happy?Please support our cause. You know it's the right choice.