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human rights violations

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Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Douglas A. Silliman, John Kerry, Joey Hood

Father and Disabled U.S Veteran wrongfully Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Kuwait

My name is Karina Mateo and my fiancé is Jermaine Rogers. We have a beautiful six-year-old daughter, Kiahuren. Kiahuren adores her daddy. In her eyes, he’s more than a father; he is a hero. Her daddy bravely served his country and after his enlistment became an expat in Kuwait to aid our U.S. Troops. Each night my daughter tearfully asks why her daddy has not called and when is he coming home. How do I explain to our daughter that the love of our lives has been sentenced to death by hanging? How do I break my daughter’s heart? How do I tell her that her hero saved others, but nobody’s willing to save him? My heart breaks to think of him in such a horrible predicament and it breaks even more to think that one day I may have to tell our child a story that will break her heart, too. You’ll never hear Daddy’s voice again and Daddy isn’t coming home. Please read and share the story below. We need your help to bring Jermaine home! We cannot survive this nightmare without your help!  We cannot sit by quietly while Jermaine, a devoted father and a loving man is murdered.       On October 6, 2015 Jermaine Rogers was arrested in his apartment in Mahabula Kuwait, the warrant the CID had was issued for an individual named Mohamed not Jermaine, also the address on the warrant was issued for Block 1 street 1, Mahboula (Jermaine's Address was Block 1 street 2, Plaza bldg. 18 Mahboula) different from Jermaine’s address. The CID officers gathered evidence from Jermaine’s apartment and sent them to the Kuwait drug testing laboratory the first test resulted in seventeen (17) different items all tested and all seventeen (17) items came back without drugs found or detected. When Jermaine’s lawyer presented the court the test result from the laboratory than two days later a second lab report was requested by CID and instead of seventeen items it contain eighteen (18) items adding seven (7) grams of cocaine. This was a direct indication that the investigation is flawed also the CID tried to hide the first lab results as indicated by the lawyer.     On September 18, 2016 Jermaine attended his sentencing court hearing; his lawyer provided evidence as well as testimony from the arresting officer proving he was not caught selling drugs, importing drugs or even having drugs in his possession proving without any doubt his innocence.  Seven days later he was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for importing and manufacturing 7 grams of cocaine. The Death Penalty is carry out in Kuwait by public hanging.     After sentencing, his lawyer sent me multiple audio messages (in Arabic) which were translated to English. Per the Lawyer: “I felt so confident Jermaine would be found innocent and released the day of the hearing I sent my Paralegal in my place. I was shocked by the verdict. The substances did not convict Jermaine as the substances were not illegal substances. A bag of cocaine was planted in the police files while at the CID office after initial test showed no drugs or illegal substances found so a second lab report was sent 2 days later with now a bag containing the 7 grams of cocaine. completely new charge was given instead of possession it became manufacturing cocaine...Jermaine’s conviction is unjust as well as a travesty to the laws of Kuwait”. (Audio messages available upon request)         Jermaine Rogers is a United States Citizen and Military Disabled Veteran who has worked as a contractor in Kuwait-Camp Arifjan. For over 11 years he has worked diligently to support our United States Military. The United States Embassy in Kuwait has no legal jurisdiction over Kuwaiti legal system therefor they can’t assist.      Jermaine's; family, his children, myself and friends, we implore you to support our efforts to FREE Jermaine Rogers.      Jermaine has spent over 13 months in Kuwait prison and despite all evidence and the laws of Kuwait showing his innocence, he has been sentenced to death by hanging, Jermaine has suffered both mental and physical abuse at the hands of Kuwaiti authorities. He has not been allowed phone calls or visitation; and his family especially in regards to Kiki I am unable to explain to her, why the phone call she anticipated each Saturday morning no longer arrives. Jermaine needs medication for multiple, combat related medical condition which he is not being provided. This has resulted in his health conditions deteriorating and requiring multiple emergency medical treatments at a Kuwait hospital.      Kuwaiti prisons refuse to provide adequate food or clothing for Jermaine. Everything he needs fall on the support from family just so he's able to have proper drinking water or soap, to bath with and the living conditions are unsanitary. Jermaine Rogers is a U.S. Army Veteran unjustly being held as a prisoner in Kuwait's central Prison in the Death Row Ward. The same prison that recently had one death and 55 injuries due to a fire cause by negligence’s.      I beg you to support us in this fight with a sense of urgency. Jermaine Rogers is not a criminal. He is a victim of the Kuwaiti justice system, policies and procedures that twist and change the laws as they see fit.  If we do not fight to save his life, then he will become a victim of the United States policies as well.     Even though this is a legal matter we ask that you help us focus on Jermaine’s human rights and the rights of all people unjustly prosecuted and left to die. A United States Citizen, Military Veteran, and above all a “father’s life” depend on YOUR immediate action!   The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Kuwaiti Constitution (articles 5, 10, 11); Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of 1984; and the Geneva Conventions of 1949—empty promises or promises to be kept? All tyranny needs, is for people of good conscience to remain silent. (Thomas Jefferson)   

Karina Mateo
3,754 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Joseph Biden, Dick Durbin, Anderson Cooper, Joe Kennedy, Adam Schiff

The people will Impeach Donald Trump & Company

Donald Trump has violated the Constitution.  He is the President of the United States, but is not protecting our country or the American people.  He has put us in harms way and is trying to destroy America forever The first three words of the U.S. Constitution  "We the people" which confirms that the U.S. government does exist to serve it's citizens, and thus the people's equality and liberty are to be upheld through their elected representatives who listen to the people's petitions and put them into law. No where in the Constitution does it state that the elected representatives views over-ride the views of the people.Donald Trump is in violation of more than a few Constitutional violations, and we the people are petitioning to remove him and his cabinet and staff from office, while  awaiting trial after a new emergency committee chosen by the people in a national special election is appointed.Donald Trumps Oath of Office: :—"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."He has not preserved, protected, or defended the Constitution of the United States, He has made up his own rules, publically defended Russia and stated "America is not innocent", and thrown out the Constitution of the United States. Here is proof that Donald Trump emphatically did not  keep his oath to preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The first ten amendments contain the Bill of Rights.The first amendment protects religious freedom by prohibiting the establishment of an official or exclusive church or sect. Free speech and free press are protected, although they can be limited for reasons of defamation, obscenity, and certain forms of state censorship, especially during wartime. The freedom of assembly and petition also covers marching, picketing and pamphleteering. Donald Trump clearly banned the press, but not for defamation, obscenity, and it is not wartime. He banned the press because he does not want to be questioned on the way he is doing his job. If he wanted to claim defamation or obscenity, then he has to be banned himself for stating that he just likes to grab women by the Pussy, as well as, many other things. He claims locker talk.  Women claim defamation and obscenity! The first Amendment means that the government cannot restrict  expression on the basis of its ideas message or content. Donald Trump is now guilty of violations of: A. First Amendment: 1. Intimidating critics. 2. Restricting the freedom and independence of the press, because no one was threatening him, they were doing their job. I have seen Senators and Representatives swearing at people and yelling at them in sessions and nobody bans them. He had no reason to ban them. He banned them; because, he did not like that they disagreed with him, and give their opinion. No one was threatening him. He is not the owner of a corporation here.  He is the President of a country that is supposed to support the people.  So far, he has never supported any of the people. B. Federal Regulations1. Promoting Ivanka Trump's clothing line on public TV, even talking about it in public is a direct violation of the Federal Regulation.2. Not securing the Mara Lago or Trump Towers according to Federal Regulations, possibly allowing security leaks. C. Colluding with a foreign power against the interests of the U.S. ,1. On public TV slamming America by stating our country was not so innocent and defending Putin (Russia) over America.2. Steve Bannon stated and Trump concurred "The Trump administration would deconstruct administrative state. Bannon thinks they own America".“If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken,” Bannon said in reference to the media and opposition forces. “Every day, it is going to be a fight.” This statement definitely states that Trump and possibly Bannon, as well as, his entire Cabinet thinks he owns America and it is one of his Real Estate Deals.3. Trump's China trademark, definitely gives him a gift from China. Plain and simply unconstitutional!!! Last, but not least:  DONALD TRUMP'S CABINET PICKS AND CONGRESS. I believe the 1st Amendment is another constitutional throw-away for Donald Trump. Almost all of them have manipulated with their financial power favors to hold the most sacred posts in the history of America. Not only has Donald Trump's pick Steve Bannon, for Chief Strategist, and a role on the National Security Council, and Jeff Sessions for Attorney Genera been endorsed and members of the KKK,, Donald Trump, himself, has been endorsed by the KKK, and there are other staff picks with the same types of hate crime groups affiliations, which is a direct violation of the First Amendment, which reads, protects religious freedom by prohibiting the establishment of an official or exclusive church or sect. Betsy De VOS-Wants Guns in Schools, America would like Guns out of Schools.  Our children have died enough!  Direct safety issues for all parents to choose with a referendum on a Federal Special Election.Betsy De VOS also wants the Federal Government to use vouchers for public schools, this opens the door for the State Government to force Americans to pay taxes to support religion, other than the Parents Religion in the school, as decided by legislation in both state and Federal levels, is a direct violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty. In America, all religious activities should be supported with voluntary contributions. The first Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Also known as separation of church and state, it effectively means that the government cannot endorse religion in general or favor one religion over another. Today’s “separation of powers” is no longer between the three original, constitutionally created, branches of government; but rather a branch consisting of the president, his supporters in Congress and their mutual supporters on the federal bench; with a huge majority gained by gerrymandering for many years.  Everything is rigged to turn America into a Dictatorship.  We are trying to believe our Judges will defend the constitution without bias, and bring our country back to the two-party equal balance of power, with the Judiciary branch as the partisan balance of the two-party system.  This election was won with power, money, and constitutional fraud.  We cannot let America be a one-party system. We are not a corporation, we are a country!  We will not be sold off to the highest bidder or to a country who is attempting to overthrow our United States of America. Donald Trump is in violation of more than a few Constitutional violations; and, We the People, are petitioning to remove him and his cabinet and staff from office, as well as, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, VP and any other republicans or democrats who voted for any of Trumps nominations, staff, and Cabinet while awaiting trial after a new emergency committee chosen by the people in a national special election is appointed with the intent of removal, inquiry through emergency committee above, impeachment, and Grand Jury indictment.  None of these above named individuals should be in office until found guilty or not guilty.  It will be up to the people to vote at a special election just how to fill the vacancies left in our government.

je Walsh
148 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Government of Turkey

Free Artist Zehra Dogan, sentenced to jail in Turkey for exposing the horrors of war

The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province, a Kurdish region in Turkey. “I was given two years and 10 months [jail time] only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, [the Turkish government] caused this. I only painted it,” Doğan said. Art has always been a bastion of independent critical thinking It has help us, as a society, to overcome some of the most terrible times in history. Since Goya and the "Horrors of War" the voice of the artist has been one of life affirming against the inherent nihilism of war. Zehra Dogan has been truthful to that lineage of brave artists. She, alone with her brush, depicted the destruction caused by Turkey in a Kurdish village and in response to her bravery the Turkish government decided to throw her in jail. I ask anyone, artist, gallery or whatever you are, anyone who enjoys some basic freedoms such as the right to speak truth to power to help us raise awareness of her situation before she falls into oblivion. The world needs women like Zehra and we as "the world" need to help her to save that what dignifies us as human beings: bravery, honesty and compassion. Please sign.    

Menduina Schneider Art Gallery
34 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP

We request immediate and unconditional release of Violette Uwamahoro from Rwandan custody.

Mrs. Violette Uwamahoro, a mother of two young children and citizen of the United Kingdom who dedicated her life working with youths from Leeds, has vanished from Rwanda. Mrs. Uwamahoro flew to Rwanda on 02/07/2017 to attend her father’s funeral. On her way back home to the UK, Mrs. Uwamahoro was abducted by the Rwandan government secret services and is now being held in Rwanda police custody in an undisclosed location. Violette Uwamahoro, who has lived in Britain since 2004, has not been seen since February 14, 2017. According to her husband Faustin Rukundo, he lost contact with his wife Uwamahoro on the 14th on her way to the main bus station where she was supposed to board a bus to Kampala. Her phone went dead and she suddenly disappeared. Mrs. Uwamahoro’s husband along with British diplomats in Kigali contacted the Rwandan authorities to inquire about her, as always the Rwandan authorities denied any knowledge of Violette Uwamahoro’s whereabouts. On March 1, 2017 a British newspaper reported that "It is understood that Rwandan officials have told British diplomats that they do not know the whereabouts of Mrs Uwamahoro, who has two sons aged 10 and eight. Former Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn, who is Mrs Uwamahoro’s MP, has tabled a parliamentary question asking Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson what contact has been made with the Rwandan government concerning her disappearance.” https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/husband-british-mother-two-missing-rwanda-fears-may-abducted-security-services/ Under pressure, on March 3rd 2017, the Rwandan police announced that Violette Uwamahoro was in police detention where she had been held incommunicado for more than two weeks. Suddenly, Rwandan authorities are reporting that Ms. Uwamahoro is being accused of attempt to national security. According to the Rwandan National Police: ”Violette Uwamahoro was apprehended by Rwanda National Police based on a tip off that she is involved in criminal dealings constituting serious crimes, including attempts to recruit people into a criminal network.” http://ktpress.rw/2017/03/british-woman-arrested-in-rwanda-faces-prosecution/ Dr. David Himbara, a very well respected Rwandan scholar and  former President Paul Kagame's economic advisor and familiar with Rwanda security system reacted to the Rwandan Police’s statement. He stated that "This, of course, is pathetic. In the first place, how do you hold anyone incommunicado for two weeks? Where can such a thing happen except in a totalitarian police state? Keep in mind that the Kigali regime is notorious to kidnappings, fabricating false allegations to whoever disagrees with President Kagame.” This young mother, who is still mourning the death of her beloved father is being persecuted because of her husband’s political views and association to the Rwanda regime opposition party the Rwandan National Congress (RNC) party. Mr. Faustin Rukundo is a vocal and active official of the RNC the party in exile, that has been reporting on President Kagame and his regime crimes and human rights violations. We strongly urge the British government to put pressure on President Kagame and his government in requesting an immediate release of this young mother, a victim of President Kagame's tyranny. Mrs. Violette Uwamahoro belongs to her young little children and her loving husband and not in President Kagame's prison. We are fighting to save Violette Uwamahoro who is currently extremely distressed as a result of spending 17 days in undisclosed area illegally and we need your help to do so. Will you please sign this petition to help save Violette Uwamahoro?

Chris Kamo
350 supporters