Petition to U.S. Congress
Tell Congress: Protect foreign aid funding
The president's proposed cuts to foreign aid - nearly ⅓ - would be disastrous for those living in extreme poverty. Millions suffering from famine would be denied life-saving food aid. Girls wouldn’t be able to go to school. Kids wouldn’t be able to receive vaccines. Congress can stop these cuts - but only if we speak out. Tell Congress right now that we can’t approve these disastrous cuts to foreign aid.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Marie-Claude Bibeau
Support Syrian Children’s Right to Education
(Une version française suit) Why this is important? A message from Muzoon, a Syrian refugee, education advocate and Malala Fund ambassador. I am Muzoon. When Malala came to visit the Syrian refugee camp in Jordan where my family was relocated after fleeing the war, she encouraged me to continue raising my voice on behalf of Syrian children like me who are trying to get an education despite the conflict that has forced us to leave our homes or shut our schools. On February 4th, leaders from some of the most powerful countries in the world will meet at a conference in the UK to make commitments to do more to help the millions of Syrians who have been affected by the conflict, including the 3.5 million children whose education has been interrupted or is yet to start. Malala and I will be there to demand that leaders give each of these children the chance to learn, but we need your support. Join us to demand the Syrian Conference finds the $1.4 billion a year needed to make sure all Syrian children affected by the conflict get an education, starting in 2016. If this commitment is not made and more money provided this year, we will only be able to educate one in five Syrian children whose education has been affected by the conflict. This is not good enough. Every child has a right to education, in war and in peace. People fear that we will become a “lost generation” but today we are #notlost. We are the greatest hope for Syria's future and we must make sure the world invests in that hope through education. Please stand with Malala and I and challenge the world’s leaders to commit at least $1.4 billion to education on February 4th. We are #notlost. We are here and we are ready to build our futures and that of Syria. We need the world’s leaders to give us the opportunity to do so. --- Pourquoi est-ce que c’est important? Un message de Muzoon, une réfugiée syrienne nommée Ambassadrice de la Fondation Malala faisant la promotion de l’éducation Je m’appelle Muzoon. Quand Malala est venue visiter le camp de réfugiés en Jordanie dans lequel ma famille avait été relocalisée après avoir fui la guerre, elle m’a dit de continuer à parler au nom des enfants syriens comme moi qui tentent de recevoir une éducation malgré le conflit qui nous a forcés à quitter nos maisons et à fermer nos écoles. Le 4 février, les dirigeants des pays parmi les plus puissants du monde assisteront à une conférence au Royaume-Uni afin de déterminer comment ils en feront davantage pour aider les millions de Syriens qui ont été affectés par le conflit, dont les 3.5 millions d’enfants dont l’éducation a été interrompue ou n’a pas pu débuter. Malala et moi-même serons là pour demander aux dirigeants qu’ils offrent à chacun de ces enfants la chance d’apprendre, mais nous avons besoin de votre soutien. Joignez-vous à nous pour demander que la Conférence sur la Syrie recueille les 1.4 milliards$ par année qui sont nécessaires pour assurer une éducation à tous les enfants syriens affectés par le conflit, en commençant cette année. Si cet engagement n’est pas pris et l’argent n’est pas trouvé dès cette année, seul un enfant syrien sur cinq affecté par le conflit recevra une éducation. C’est clairement insuffisant. Tout enfant a le droit à l’éducation, que son pays soit en guerre ou en paix. Les gens craignent que nous deviendrons une « génération perdue » mais aujourd’hui nous ne sommes pas perdus (#notlost). Nous sommes le meilleur espoir pour le futur de la Syrie et nous devons nous assurer que le monde investisse dans cet espoir par le moyen de l’éducation. S’il vous plaît, appuyez notre campagne et demandons ensemble aux dirigeants mondiaux de trouver 1.4 milliards$ par année pour l’éducation le 4 février. Nous ne sommes pas perdus. Nous sommes là et nous sommes prêts à construire notre futur et celui de la Syrie. Nous avons besoin que les dirigeants mondiaux nous en donnent la chance.
Petition to President of the United States, United States Department of Defense
Make the US Government Apologize for the Laconia Incident of 1942
Upon reading an article the other day, a certain story stuck out that if finally resolved and handled correctly, could greatly improve US - European relations. In war, many crimes are committed, that comes with the practice. When the Allies found out what atrocities the Nazis had committed to Jews, and the Japanese treatment of American POWs, the American people were outraged. However, with the war ending, many events which are also war crimes were left in the shadows when these large cases came to light, and some have yet to be acknowledged or apologized for. One such crime were the actions made by the United States following the sinking of the British Ocean Liner, the RMS Laconia. The Laconia was sunk by a German navy U Boat (submarine) captain since it was carrying mounted weapons on the decks. The ship at the time was carrying Axis prisoners of war, specifically 268 British soldiers, 160 Polish soldiers (who were on guard), 80 civilians, and 1,800 Italian prisoners. Surfacing to aid any of the few survivors he would have expected from a cargo vessel, captain Werner Hartenstein surfaced to find several thousand people in the water, many of whom were civilians. He immediately requested any nearby ships in the area to aid in picking up survivors on an open radio frequency, as well as eventually draping red cross flags over his sub to avoid air attack and protect the survivors. Another submarine soon arrived and assisted, but eventually a United States Air Force B24 Liberator bomber soon loomed overhead. The pilot, Lieutenant James D. Harden, saw the scene and radioed in the situation; despite the messages, red cross flags, and even the signaling in morse code of an RAF officer standing with the U boat crew on the conning tower, the bomber was ordered by Captain Robert C. Richardson III to attack and made multiple attack runs, dropping bombs and depth charges around the submarines. Several life boats being towed behind the U boats were hit with bombs, killing dozens of Allied sailors and civilians. Aware that this would not end as long as he was visible, captain Hartenstein ordered survivors off his submarine and back into the water, while slowly submerging to avoid further attack. The plane was reported to have sunk the submarine, but in reality they had missed. This event caused the German Admiral Karl Doenitz to prohibit the rescue of any survivors of sinking ships for fear of more attacks on submarines. At Nuremberg in 1946, American prosecutors indicted Doenitz of multiple war crimes, including the Laconia order, but this backfired into embarrassment when American Admiral of the Pacific US Fleet Chester Nimitz made a statement denouncing that specific charge on the ground that the American navy had operated under unrestricted submarine warfare in the Pacific since war was declared in 1941. To sum up this mess, the United States Army Air Corps (now the USAF) had attacked a rescue operation of both allied civilians and sailors as well as countless Italian prisoners of war. According to International Law Studies, both Robert Richardson and James Harden should have been charged and convicted of war crimes. That is why I am urging the United States government, specifically the Department of Defense or President Trump, to offer an apology to all parties who suffered casualties that go against the rules of conventional warfare. I believe that this would not only bury a long over due hatchet and gap in history books, but also help better relations between the US and its European Allies, specifically England, Poland, Italy, and Germany (the nationality of those attacked), some of which have been disturbed by the comments made by Mr. Trump concerning the UN and NATO.
Petition to Hjörtur Bragi Sverrisson
Grant the Sabre Family Asylum in Iceland, their daughters Zhala is 17 & Zhakau is 20.
Kaera Hjörtur Bragi Sverrisson, Sabre dæturnar og foreldrar þeirra eru Kúrdar, þau eru hælisleitendur frá Írak. Þessa stundina búa þau á Íslandi. A mánudag fengu þau skilaboð um að umsókn þeirra um hæli á Íslandi hafi verið neitað. Þau hafa eina viku til þess að áfrýja. Ef þau fá ekki hæli þá verða þau send aftur frá Íslandi til Noregs og í Noregi er líklegast að þau verði send aftur til Íraks. Zhala Bejan er 17 ára og Zhakau Bejan er 20. Þau hafa minna en viku til að áfrýja þeirra síðust höfnun á umsókn um hæli hér á landi. Dæturnar kunnu nú samt smá ensku og hafa lýst hve mikill léttir væri fyrir þau að vera á Íslandi, örugg frá öllu ofbeldinu í heimalandinu og þeim hættum sem leyndust á langa og erfiða ferðalaginu hingað. Fjölskyldufaðirinn Bejan hefur miklar áhyggjur af ástandinu og stríðinu í Írak og sérstaklega um öryggi og framtíð dætra sinna þurfi þau að snúa aftur þangað. Í gær fékk hann Bejan Shakr Sabre þær upplýsingar að umsóknin þeirra um hæli hér á Íslandi hafi verið hafnað. Þeirra Kúrdíski umboðsmaður, hann Arann Taha Karim sem búið hefur á Íslandi síðustu 20 ár, kom mér í skilning um hve skelfilegt það verður fyrir þau að verða send aftur til Íraks. Á þessum stutta tíma sem fjölskyldan hefur búið á Íslandi hefur Bejan lagt sig allan fram við að læra ensku og kann núna grunninn í henni, og dætur hans hafa frá fyrstu stundu stundað nám í skóla. Við krefjumst þess að fjölskyldan fái hæli á islandi hið snarasta og þeim verði ekki gert að yfirgefa landið. The Sabre family and their daughters, Zhala who is 17 & Zhakau who is 20 are Kurdish refugees who fled from Iraq. They are currently staying in Iceland. On Monday the 24th they received a negative verdict for their request for asylum in Iceland. They are permitted one final appeal within 7 days from their verdict. If they are denied asylum they will be deported to their original port of entry in Norway. Norway will most likely deport them to Iraq. Their friend and Kurdish liaison Arann Taha Karim who has been living in Iceland for the past 20 years informed me of the grave consequences they will most likely face if they are deported to Iraq. They understand that there are Syrians and Afghans in the same predicament with the same fears for their families and children. In the short time that Bejan Shakr Sabre has been in Iceland he has learned an elementary level of English, and his daughters are attending school. I have no doubt that the Sabre family would integrate smoothly and quickly into any culture and country that invited them. We are collecting signatures for their appeal. This is the story of how we became friends.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-ingredients-of-friendship_us_5900f986e4b06feec8ac92f4
Petition to Congress
Tell Congress: Reject extreme cuts to humanitarian aid
Right now, lifesaving assistance to tens of millions of people is on the line. The President’s fiscal year 2018 budget request slashes humanitarian aid by almost 50% during a time of unprecedented global needs. In the coming months, it will be up to Congress to decide whether they will accept these indefensible cuts or stand up in support of U.S. assistance for the world’s vulnerable families. International aid makes up only about 1% of the federal budget — yet it provides lifesaving assistance to tens of millions of people in need. Now is not the time to make cuts to U.S. foreign aid. So much is at stake: This funding helps communities recover from devastating shocks like drought and flooding, and prevents the spread of disease and conflict. It can help some of the 65 million people who are displaced globally, and the millions more who are in need of emergency food assistance — including 20 million people at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, and Somalia. It is needed now more than ever. You can help. Please — demand that your Member of Congress makes a stand for foreign aid, and remind them that cuts to U.S. foreign aid will jeopardize years of smart, non-partisan commitments to building a safer and more stable world. Congress must continue to fund the overall aid budget at the previous year's funding levels, especially for humanitarian and development programs. Your signature can help protect funding that is a lifeline for so many families at the very end of all hope. Urge your member of Congress to make a stand for foreign aid today.
Petition to Angela Merkel (CDU), United Nations, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, Elizabeth Warren, Malcolm Turnbull, Theresa May MP
Support Peace in Syria: #noflyzone4rojava
To the Global Coalition against Daesh and the International Community, We, the undersigned, hereby demand the following: 1. An immediate No-Fly Zone to be enforced over the airspace of Rojava-Northern Syria; 2. An immediate cessation of Turkish military aggression in the territories of Rojava-Northern Syria and Shingal Mountain; 3. An immediate end to the economic embargo on the territories of Rojava-Northern Syria, and the allowance of humanitarian aid to civilian populations in these territories. The blatant military aggression by the Turkish regime against Rojava-Northern Syria and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), beginning with the thirteen airstrikes against a YPG and YPJ General Command Center in the Qarachox area of Cizire Canton as well as numerous strikes against the Yezidi community in Shingal during the night of 25 April 2017, has already resulted in high numbers of casualties, both civilian and combatant. The Turkish regime is attacking civilian populations indiscriminately, in an attempt to weaken Rojava-Northern Syria through fear tactics and a complete disregard for basic human rights and the sanctity of human life. These attacks have come as the YPG, YPJ, and SDF have begun to successfully liberate the city of Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State, and its surrounding areas from IS control. The Turkish regime has stated that the YPG must be pushed back in Syria, claiming that combating the terrorist group IS should not be the international community’s top priority. This clear attempt to paint the YPG and YPJ as an extremist militia will only serve to support the Islamic State, demonstrating that the Turkish regime is willing to side with the most extreme terrorist group in modern history in order to strike at Rojava-Northern Syria. The forces of Rojava-Northern Syria cannot – and will not – continue to battle IS alone, while consistently being undermined and attacked by the Turkish regime. The international coalition must put an immediate end to these blatantly illegal aggressions by Turkey and support the YPG, YPJ, and SDF, which have unfailingly been the most effective forces in repelling the terror and extremism of the Islamic State in defense of freedom and democracy. In signing this statement, we call upon the international community and our governments, and especially the governments of the international coalition, including but not limited to: the United States, the Russian Federation, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt, to take immediate action in order to enact the above demands. Yours faithfully, Signatories
Petition to President of the United States
TPS Extension For Haitians
The TRANSGENERATIONAL REPRESENTATION FOR A UNIVERSAL TREATMENT OF HAITI (T.R.U.T.H) NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO CALL UPON PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO EXTEND THE TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS OR TPS FOR HAITI.