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Human rights violations

19 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to Ambassador Cheng Jingye, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Australia

Demand the termination of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China

  The Chinese government must take responsibility for their inhumane actions,  for breaching articles 2,3,5 and 18 of the UDHR and they must allow people to practice Falun Gong without fear of persecution Falun Gong is a spiritual practice originating in China which combines meditation and qigong techniques, with a philosophy revolving around the values of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance (tolerance) all in hopes of self-betterment/improvement. The modern qigong movement was born in the early 50’s and was supported by small Communist groups at the time and was promoted as a good way to improve health and later as a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Falun Gong/Dafa movement was formed in 1992 by Li Hongzhi towards the end of the ‘qigong boom’. The movement initially enjoyed a considerable amount of support and promotion from groups that officially supported traditional Chinese medicine amid the early years of its advancement, like the state-run Qigong Association, even many members of the Communist party had positive feelings/views towards it. However, things began to change in the mid-90s.  The Chinese government started placing stricter rules and regulations on various qigong movements to keep Falun Gong's increasing popularity at bay, and in 1995, when Li Hongzhi declined the Chinese Communist Party’s offer to strengthen relations with them and filed to detach Falun Gong from the state-run qigong association, tensions skyrocketed. In response to this, in 1996 Falun Gong began to come under increasingly high surveillance from the Chinese security network and criticism from the Chinese govt’s propaganda department, depicting Falun Gong as ‘feudal superstition’ and that the ideologies of Falun Gong went against China’s communist ideologies and agenda. The CCP was pushed to it’s breaking point in 1998, when surveys officially showed that there were more people practicing Falun Gong than there were members of the CCP, with 70-100 million Chinese people practicing Falun Gong, making Falun Gong possibly the largest independent group in China’s history. From then, under the authority of former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Jiang Zemin, who was hell-bent on ridding China of the Falun Gong movement, the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners began.  Falun Gong is now presented as a religious cult, it’s practitioners in China are  forced into prisons and labour camps to face torture and death, like 3 year detainee and Falun Gong practitioner Jintao Liu, who told news.com.au that among other methods of torture:  “The incident which marked me the most was when they, four of (the prison guards), stripped me of my clothes, and used the toilet brush to pierce my anus, saying that they would pierce until I turned homosexual,” “They pulled my pubic hairs and played with my genitals.” Some are used to supply the state's disgusting organ harvesting industry, something that Australian transplant doctors have controversially defended in the past, and many decide that they have no choice but to flee China. Li Hongzhi himself also fled, but he is now the subject of many propaganda stories and is presented as a superstitious fraud in China.  By simply signing this petition, you can help bring change to the lives of Falun Gong practitioners in China and end 18 years of persecution. Thank you Bibliography: ·      Palin, M 2016, ‘Extreme torture: Inside China’s correctional facilities’, News.com, 19 September, accessed 5 September 2017, <http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/extreme-torture-inside-chinas-correctional-facilities/news-story/7e4a796bc1401d593f5cc58d7fd32ecb> ·      ‘CHINA: FALUN GONG PRACTITIONER AT RISK OF TORTURE: QIN WEI’ 2016, Amnesty International, vol. N/A, no. N/A, 17 June, accessed 31 August 2017, <https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/4275/2016/en/> ·      Stop Organ Harvesting in China n.d., Stop Organ Harvesting in China, N/A, N/A, accessed 6 September 2017, <http://www.stoporganharvesting.org/what-is-falun-gong/> ·      Falun Gong 2017. Britannica School. Retrieved 8 September 2017,  ·      Swoop Films 2016, WHY IS FALUN GONG PERSECUTED IN CHINA?, N/A, N/A, accessed 6 September 2017, <http://persecutionoffalungong.com/why> · China Uncensored, N 2014, What is Falun Gong? | China Uncensored, online video, 14 April, accessed 7 September 2017, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_cURws4UaY> · Aubusson, K 2015, ‘China's gruesome live organ harvest exposed in documentary’, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 April, accessed 8 September 2017, <http://www.smh.com.au/world/chinas-gruesome-live-organ-harvest-exposed-in-documentary-20150407-1mgabb.html> - Swoop Films, N 2016, The Persecution of Falun Gong (OFFICIAL ENGLISH VERSION), online video, 24 January, accessed 3 September 2017, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiP-5MfA1Mk> ·       Fenley, R 2016, ‘Australian organ transplant doctors defend China ties’, SBS, 19 August, accessed 9 September 2017, <http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/08/19/australian-organ-transplant-doctors-defend-china-ties>      

Farhan Rezaul
36 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, To the Honourable Thomas George MP member for Lismore, To the Honourable Sarah Mitchell NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education, To the Honourable Brad Hazzard NSW Minister of Health

Help prevent NSW preschools from closing!

My partner and I both attended community based preschools in Northern NSW and got a good start in life. Under proposed 'No Jab No Play' legislation due to come before parliament in mid September, only fully vaccinated children will be allowed to enroll in preschools in NSW from January 2018. This legislation will impact both vaccinated children and non vaccinated children and their families. Because of the high rates of conscientious objector families in this area our local preschools will be under threat of closing or will only be able to operate in a severely limited capacity. This will impact the broader community, as children will lose access to early childhood education, parents will lose access to quality childcare, educators will lose their jobs.  All children have the right to access education and should not be discriminated against. Children should not be punished for the choices their parents make.  Australia ratified the United Nations Convention of the child, which means that in all actions concerning children the best interest of the child shall be a primary consideration! This proposed change is not in the best interest of the child! The NSW government would be breaching the United Nations Convention on The Rights of The Child -articles 2, 3, 12, 15 and 28. It is not in the best interest of the child to try increase one right (health) by denying access to another right (education). Using punitive measures to try to improve immunisation rates violates the core principles on the rights of a child. The amendment to this act will mean that some children will be disadvantaged by not being able to access early childhood education. Study after study has emerged in recent years showing that early childhood education in Australia is way behind many other western countries, and that quality education in the early years has a dramatic effect on the future success of children in primary education and beyond. The federal government has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the National Quality Framework which regulates early childhood education providers, and sets out the standards which these facilities must meet. If non vaccinated children are denied access to preschools we may end up with unregulated 'backyard' preschools, as families are forced to seek whatever care they can find for their children or give up work. This year legislation was enacted to exclude non vaccinated children from Daycare, resulting in many Family Daycares in the Northern Rivers closing with job losses and children missing out. If the proposed legislation goes ahead, then next year it will be preschools, then soon probably all schools. Where does it stop? If we lose these services, everyone misses out! https://www.unicef.org/crc/files/Rights_overview.pdf https://www.humanrights.gov.au/convention-rights-child  https://www.cela.org.au/2017/08/17/policies-collide-vaccination-universal-access/  

Sebastien Sledge
639 supporters