Human Rights Violation

48 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to United Nations, Council of the European Union, World Bank


Government policing free speech is never a good sign. It represents a descent into anarchy, autocracy, dictatorship and all the other kinds of ideologies that have always been associated with creating bad conditions where the human rights of citizens is trampled upon without having the ability to speak up against it which makes us less human.  Recently the National Assembly of Nigeria started discussing a bill which they called Protection from Online Falsehoods & Manipulation. This bill is merely masquerading itself with the facade of a bill that would protect the rights of citizens to not be maligned intentionally online, when in fact it is a ploy by the Nigerian government to introduce a bill that will make it possible for them to legally arrest and prosecute outspoken dissenters. A real analysis of this bill shows it was plagiarized off the government of Singapore which ranks 151/180 in the World Press freedom index. Combine this with the government's penchant for disregard of the Rule of Law and violation of court orders and we have a situation whereby citizens can be whisked away at the wish of the government for expressing their displeasure with any of its actions or policies. This is unacceptable. The Nigerian government has always feared international backlash and to an extent, this has helped keep it at bay when it comes to issues regarding mass violations of the human rights of its citizens.  It once sponsored a smear campaign against AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL because they represented a mouth piece for those whose rights were continually trampled upon by different agencies of the government. Simply put, the government hates anyone and anything speaking up against it.  We have also recently witnessed a string of arrests of journalists and protesters including but not limited to Agba Jalingo, Omoyele Sowore, Olawole Bakare, Ibrahim Dan-Halilu, Samuel Ogundipe, Jones Abiri. Numerous unarmed protesters have been met with lethal force by the police and other security services who should protect the rights of individuals instead.  When we look at the full picture, as will be compounded by the citizens inability to express their dissatisfaction with the government if the bill is signed into law, this will create an authoritarian environment which is a danger to our basic human right as citizens of a democratic nation. A democracy well won and fought for with the blood of our heroes who died so we might have the same rights that the government is now attempting to take away. We must all come together to reject this abhorrent bill. It is inimical to our safety and right to Freedom of Speech which is guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 Article 19 and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. Our rights to free speech is non-negotiable. #SayNoToSocialMediaBill 

Youths Lead Now
42,752 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to United Nations, United Nations Security Council, António Guterres, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives, UK Parliament, Boris Johnson, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, European Commission, Human Rights Campaign, Justin Trudeau

Stop Zambia's illegal occupation and free Barotseland leaders. Justice for the Barotse.

In 1964, Her Majesty's Government transferred its treaty obligations over the Protectorate Kingdom of Barotseland to the novice State of Zambia through a tripartite treaty dubbed the Barotseland Agreement 1964 signed by Britain, Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia on 18th May 1964 in London, to safeguard the continued self-government and autonomy of Barotseland our country. However, in 1969 the Zambian government unilaterally abrogated the said treaty and effected an illegal annexation and military occupation of Barotseland and thus subject Barotse people to untold misery, vis-a-vis crimes against humanity, statutory rape, genocide, torture, kidnapping, sudden disappearances, illegal detention, torture and extrajudicial killings (as it was on 14th January 2011) and incarceration. Those in are lucky are in exile or refugees in some countries. Most of them are permanently disfigured and handicapped but the illegally occupying state denies any compensation. In the run up to 2011 Zambia general elections, then opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front campaigned on the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 and further promised to honour it within 90 days of his assuming office, allow for the creation of the government in Barotseland, etc but later changed his mind after winning the presidential poll. In 2012, Barotseland accepted the termination of the treaty by Zambia and resolved to revert Barotseland to her pre-1964 status at an extraordinary Barotseland National Council summit held on the 26th-27th March, 2012 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church grounds in Limulunga with Zambian officials, diplomats and reigning Princes and Princesses in attendance. After the 2012 BNC road map, the United Nations' representative to Zambia visited Barotseland to confirm for herself our non-violent approach towards disengaging with Zambia but to the contrary, the president of Zambia declared war against us in the presence of the UN! The transitional constitution of Barotseland was made and approved by well over 20,000 signatures of Barotse Nationals. The government-in-waiting was instituted in Barotseland. On 13th August 2013, Mr. Afumba Mombotwa, Administrator General and head of the Royal Barotseland Transitional Government was sworn into office to lead Barotseland to peaceful reversion under His Majesty the Litunga of Barotseland. He formed his cabinet and announced it the following day. Following this inauguration, thousands of Barotse Nationals were brutally arrested for simply peacefully celebrating the fulfilment of their aspirations. They maintained their identity as non-Zambians but Barotse Nationals. After a hundred days in prison, they were released on nolle prosequi but some of them later died of suspected food poisoning from prison. Meanwhile, on 5th December 2014, the leaders of the Royal Barotseland Transitional Government, vis-a-vis Mr. Afumba Mombotwa(60), Mr. Pelekelo Likando (64) and Mr. Sylvester Kalima Inambao (57) were arrested on trumped up charges by Zambia and are still serving jail sentences in Zambian prisons where they are subjected to untold inhumane treatment. We petition the international community to stop Zambia from illegally occupying Barotseland and respect our sovereignty and humanity. Loss of life and gross human rights violations should be stopped. We further appeal to the British government to seize the opportunity and solve the problem they helped create. The United Nations should mediate between Barotseland and Zambia before the situation worsens: for we cannot live in our own Barotse country as aliens. We request UNESCO to reverse the process of declaring Barotse Flood Plains a World Heritage Site because Zambia has no right to declare our home as such without our consent. Our livelihood depends on the plains and therefore it must be reversed. We petition Survival International, Amnesty International and all human rights organisations to come to our aid. 

Christian Lubasi Luzongo Kalaluka
705 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Department of Health and Social Care, RT Hon Matt Hancock MP

Give Antonia the medication, nutrition and care she needs

 We need to make an atrocious situation public and get some action. It’s a life and death situation that should not exist in 2018 in a civilised country like the UK. A mother is doing anything and everything humanly possible to fight for the life of her beautiful, amazing 21yr old EDS suffering daughter. Antonia Payne-Cheney has survived many years of constant pain with no quality of life. She has recently, with the aid of some amazing public support and donations, received life-saving spinal and brain surgery in Barcelona that the NHS we unable to provide. Now, having spent time rehabilitating she has returned to the UK and she looked amazing. We had never seen our dear friend sit upright on her own, in a normal armchair, never seen her stand up unsupported, nor walk a few steps and there she was doing all of these things and looking forward to getting stronger day by day.Unfortunately here we are a few weeks later, Antonia is now being refused the painkillers and nutrition (through a line directly into her heart) that she was given following the surgery. The discharge document from the wonderful clinic in Barcelona is being ignored and Mother Victoria and brother Samuel have to stand by and watch the deterioration as she receives only some of the same medications that she was being given before the surgery which were clearly not sufficient for her very complex conditions.Victoria is Antonia’s carer 24/7, she is exhausted and yet faces whatever every new day throws at her, whether it be a seizure, respiratory failure, sepsis, anything at all.As close friends we are trying to find a way to get some action, some help and expose the situation for what it is, totally unacceptable.Unfortunately, unless something is done very soon, Antonia could be yet another in the long list of EDS patients who lose the battle for life.It is absolutely appalling that nothing has been learnt by those who have already been lost by means of suicide, failure to diagnose or understand the illness. We treat self inflicted illness and injuries caused by smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs without thinking twice. We prosecute people who treat animals badly but we are treating, or not treating in this case, a British citizen who deserves a life with quality. Thank you for your time.  Please show your support and sign the petition, Now!

Suzanne Milden
18,656 supporters