human rights defenders
Petition to Emmanuel Macron, Council of the European Union, European Parliament
Demand the immediate release of human rights defender Salah Hamouri
Palestinian-French former prisoner, Addameer's field researcher and advocate for Palestinian prisoners’ rights Salah Hamouri was arrested by Israeli occupation forces in a pre-dawn raid on his home in the neighborhood of Kufr Aqab on Wednesday, 23 August. Later, Hamouri was taken to Al-Moskobyeh (Russian Compound) interrogation center, where his detention has been extended until Sunday, 27 August 2017, for further interrogation. Salah Hamouri, 32, is a Palestinian-French dual citizen and former Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails. Hamouri was released in Wafa al-Ahrar exchange deal in 2011 after spending seven years in Israeli occupation prisons. In addition, he was banned from entering the West Bank by an Israeli military order until September 2016, and his wife Elsa Lefort is currently banned from entering Palestine. As a lawyer and legal advocate working with Addameer, Hamouri continues to campaign daily for rights and freedom for Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association strongly urges you to take an immediate action against the continuous targeting of Salah Hammouri, which is part of the continued attack on Palestinian human rights defenders and civil society organizations. It also constitutes one arrest in the context of continuous arrest campaigns against Palestinians. In French: Demande de libération immédiate pour le défenseur des droits de l’homme Salah Hamouri Salah Hamouri, ancien prisonnier franco-palestinien, chercheur pour l’association Addameer et représentant des droits des prisonniers palestiniens a été arrêté par les forces d’occupation israéliennes, lors d’un raid de nuit, à son domicile de Kufr Aqab, ce mercredi 23 août. M. Hamouri a ensuite été emmené au centre d’interrogatoires Al-Moskobyeh (quartier russe) qui a décidé de prolonger sa détention et les interrogatoires jusqu’au dimanche 27 août. Salah Hamouri, 32 ans, est un binational franco-palestinien, ancien prisonnier palestinien des prisons israéliennes. Il a été libéré lors de l’échange de prisonniers de Wafa al-Ahrar, après avoir passé 7 ans dans les prisons de l’occupation israélienne. En plus de cela, il a été interdit d’entrer en Cisjordanie par un ordre militaire israélien jusque septembre 2016 et sa femme, Elsa Lefort est aujourd’hui empêchée de se rendre en Palestine. En tant qu’avocat et représentant légal de l’association Addameer, Salah Hamouri accomplit au quotidien un travail de plaidoyer pour les droits et la liberté des prisonniers palestiniens et du peuple palestinien. Par cette pétition, l’association Addameer de soutien aux prisonniers et aux droits de l’homme vous demande d’agir immédiatement contre les attaques répétées qui ciblent Salah Hamouri, attaques constitutives du harcèlement continu contre les défenseurs palestiniens des droits de l’homme et les organisations de la société civile ; sachant que cette arrestation a lieu dans un contexte permanent de campagnes d’arrestations par les Israéliens.
Petition to Rex Tillerson (US Secretary of State), European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Demand the Release of Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin
Addameer calls for the immediate release of Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin, who were arrested in pre-dawn raids by Israeli occupation forces on 2 July 2017. On 9 July 2017, Saafin was issued a three-month administrative detention order, without charge or trial. On 12 July 2017, Jarrar was issued a six-month administrative order. Saafin and Jarrar’s trials are both based on secret evidence; therefore, their legal representatives are unable to fully address the prosecution’s argument, which asserts that Jarrar and Saafin pose a security threat. Jarrar is a Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member and a member of the Board of Directors of Addameer. She has been the head of the Prisoners Commission of the PLC since 2006, and was appointed to the Palestinian National Committee for the follow-up to the International Criminal Court. Jarrar has been targeted by Israeli forces in recent years. She was released from prison in June 2016 after serving over a year, including one-month under administrative detention. Saafin, president of the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees has spoken internationally and participated in many worldwide events, including the World Social Forum, linking women’s struggles internationally with the struggle of Palestinian women for national and social liberation. This practice of arbitrary detention is a grave violation of international laws and human rights standards, specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention. Both women are prominent civil society leaders and additionally, their work meets the United Nations definition of a human rights defender. It is our belief that Jarrar and Saafin are being illegitimately targeted and punished by Israeli military authorities as a result of their significant human rights work. Addameer reiterates its call for Jarrar and Saafin’s immediate release, as their detention constitutes an attack on Palestinian civil society leaders. Please take action now!
Petition to americanbar.org
Approve Online Law Degree Programs to be Accredited by the American Bar Association.
The American Bar Association does not approve of online universities as being accredited in order to sit for the Bar Exam and become a lawyer to practice law in all of the 50 states. This outdated system of approval in a technological modern society is a form of Class and racial discrimination that disables the financially disadvantaged, the geographically challenged individuals and working class adults which include minorities from pursuing an education with fair options. The ABA policies of accreditation approval contribute to class discrimination which follow systems of policies, and practices that are set up to benefit the upper class at the expense of the lower class. If the ABA approves specific online universities as being accredited, this would permit women and other minorities to access the ability to pursue a law degree and become licensed as lawyers/attorneys. Please sign the petition for the ABA to change current policies and approve more online Law and Paralegal degree programs. Thank You.
Petition to The APCSP Students
Don't Put the Last Exam on Infinite Campus!
We all know that last test sucked, maybe you bombed, maybe you did okay. Disregarding your grade, although this is for the people who did terribly, it is time that we, the students, take reign of our own grades and petition for that last exam not to go into Infinite Campus. APCSP students should be a united front.
Petition to Fairfax County Youth Football League, FCYFL
Urging more leaniant penalties for players defending themselves when attacked
While in the heat of a game Player A decides to take their anger and frustration out on Player B when he/she is playing by the rules and physically assaults Player B. Both players are then, based on the current league rules, forced to sit out two games. Regardless if Player B is in the regular season or off-season, whether Player B defends himself/herself when physically attacked only one of two penalties need be enforced: 1. Player B sits out for three plays during the game (cool down period) 2. Player B sits out for one entire quarter. (Upon officials decision of the severity of the incident). If the incident occurs at the end of the game, Player B would sit out the first quarter of the next game. This petition was created in regards to an incident which happened to a female youth football player in the FCYFL on 10/29/2017. The female football player, on offense, pushed her opponent (male)10+ yards into the end-zone to create a pathway for her runner to run through. She pushed the male player down (within the rules of the game), her opponent then initiated an attack by pulling her hair, dragging her to the ground by her hair, and began to swing down at his opponent (video evidence). The female player defended herself, however, both players were ejected from the game with no option to return to the field for the remainder of the game (incident occurred in the 1st qtr of the game). The male and his team's season ended in a loss that day of 40-0 as the female's playoff bound team rallied around their fallen "sister" and won the game for her. Per FCYFL league regulations, both the female and male were at fault and both are facing two consecutive two game suspensions on top of the already missing time from the game they were ejected from. The female is going to the playoffs and championship facing being unable to play with her team this season as per the leagues "ejection=immediate suspension" rules and the male aggressor is facing both of his suspensions to occur next season (as again, his and his team's season is over). IF, that is, he decides to play next football season he will miss the first two games in the regular season. This punishment does not fit the crime and both players should not receive the same treatment. Both players, per FCYFL guidelines are not facing the same punishment as one is facing a two game suspension going into the playoffs and the other MAY receive a punishment if he chooses to play next season. This cannot be allowed and we MUST sign this petition for the sake of our kids. Our kids cannot be punished for defending themselves so much so that they miss out on a great opportunity. We cannot allow this injustice to continue. Are we not supposed to teach our children to defend themselves? Are we subjected as parents to sit back and watch as our children are treated unfairly? We are building leaders of tomorrow so let's come together and be an example! Please sign and share this petition with ALL of your family and friends! Signed, HER Football Coach and Father
Petition to Lee Vining
Allow people of all sexual orientations to donate blood
The FDA bans gay or bi-sexual men from donating blood, if they have had sex within the last 12 months. This practice is outdated and perpetuates institutional discrimination. If this ban was lifted it is estimated that 1.8 million lives, a year , could be saved. It's 2017 and we finally have marriage equality in America but we still discriminate against those who want to save the life of a stranger. Please sign this petition and help end this antiquated and prejudicial practice. The live you save could be your own.