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Freedom To Kacmaz Family

Abduction of the Kacmaz Family I am writing this in order to bring the unlawful abduction of a Turkish family into your notice. They were under UNHCR`s protection, in Lahore, Pakistan. Kacmaz family was picked up from their home in the middle of the night by 15 unknown civil people. They were put in the vehicle by force, blindfolded, a sack put over their heads and handcuffed. This unfortunate incident occurred on 27th September, but since then there is no news. This abduction is the Pakistan branch of the political holocaust in Turkey. Like many victims of this `game of power`, their lives were devoured silently. A decade`s service to Pakistani community was overlooked. Moreover, `terrorist` label was found suitable for these innocent people. Let me introduce you to Kacmaz Family. Firstly, Mesut and Meral Kacmaz were Turkish teachers employed in Pakturk schools. Pakturk, is the name of chains of schools, run by Turkish staff, operating all over Pakistan and it is regarded as one of the best schools in Pakistan. Kacmaz family had come to Pakistan before ten years and had been in this institution since then. Their two daughters, Huda and Huma Kacmaz were ordinary students in Pakturk schools. Everything had started when the flares of catastrophic dictatorship in Turkey reached Pakistan. This first emerged as the arrival of the Turkish president to Pakistan and then he urged its authorities to deport Turkish teachers. Fortunately, the public were in favor of these Turkish teachers (employees and administrators of Pakturk schools in Pakistan): because they had witnessed that these teachers were people of candor. On the other hand, there hasn’t been any proof which showed that Pakturk staff was guilty. The first attempt to deport Turkish families in Pakistan (In December 2016) was unsuccessful because court ordered to stop this illegal act and UNHCR gave these families asylum certificate which gave them the right to stay in Pakistan for at least a year. They can still reside in Pakistan; however, they were not allowed to run Pakturk schools anymore. All the Pakturk families had to wait for their luck to turn good until they could start working again. This gave their souls an indescribable agony as their only pursuit in coming to Pakistan was to facilitate education. This whole year (almost) has been miserable for them, for they had to go through serious economic and emotional stresses. Almost a year had passed in the state of confusion. Kacmaz family was trying their best to cling on to their new life, which was full of ambiguous information about their future. There was no reliable news that showed a positive progress about neither replacement of their jobs nor there was any news about renewal of their visas. Due to security reasons, they had shifted their home thrice in that nine month period. Of course they went through financial difficulties and emotional instability, but they waited in Pakistan as they trusted UNHCR`s certificate. They stayed because they thought this showed their loyalty to their students, parents and other Pakistanis, due to their rigorous efforts in calling the government to take a just step about the order of deportation. On the other hand, Kacmaz family avoided leaving Pakistan to Turkey because they were afraid that they would be jailed as Turkish government linked Pakturk schools with `terrorism`. Huda and Huma`s schooling also prevented them from leaving, for Mr. and Mrs. Kacmaz did not want to hinder their studies. There hasn't been any news about them since 27th September. There have been non-violent protests and press conferences. Various governmental organizations and UNHCR have been called for help but there is no concrete result. We, the concerned people from Norway, are to requesting and calling the Pakistani Government to take an immediate action about this unjust act. They should not be illegally deported, but they should be released as they are innocent. Please keep in mind all the gratuitous services they have done to Pakistan and they haven’t committed any crime, because teaching is not an atrocity. No one knows how Kacmaz family is at the moment. Were these people worth the gratuitous maleficence? Couldn`t their children be kept apart from this abduction at least? Never mind, it`s silly to ask these questions to the unscrupulous doers. Somehow, I can`t keep myself from asking you to succor me through signing the given petition in order to raise your voices against this inhuman act! Here are some links for those of you who would like to research more in debt about this abduction.  

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Stop Cell Tower at Shady Side Elementary School

A Cell Tower is planned at Shady Side Elementary School.  Cell phone towers are being built on school property without regard to children's safety. There is a federal law (Telecommunications Act 1996) in place making it illegal to consider the health and lives of school children and nearby residents. New research has and is proving that such towers are causing cancers, leukemia, neurological disorders and other deadly health effects. The communications industry is planning to erect towers on school property across the country. The FCC regulations on cell towers were put in place in 1996, and based on studies done in the decades prior to that date. Much more recent science worldwide is proving the dangers of this type of radiation. The FCC's guidelines and safety assurances are based solely on thermal radiation, but important non-thermal effects are being discovered, and proving deadly. The FCC states on it's website about non-thermal effects: "It is generally agreed that further research is needed to determine the generality of such effects and their possible relevance, if any, to human health." The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports more research into how cell phone exposure affects human health long term, particularly children's health. Based on recent scientific studies, 16 other countries have reduced their standards hundreds to thousands of times lower than the current FCC standards. Our standards are now among the least protective to human life in the world. Scientists, researchers and biophysicists around the world are currently sounding the alarm about this type of radiation danger. Guidelines put in place 21 years ago are inadequate to protect us today. Sign to stop this and future towers at school sites.

Shady Side Residents
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