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humanitarian aid

42 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

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  

michelle bird
1,270 supporters
Started 1 month ago

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.

Mercy Corps
42,069 supporters
Started 2 months ago

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

Aviva stein
64 supporters