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Petition to Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif

Release and Repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav

Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav a 46 year old Indian national and a former Indian Navy officer and currently a business man, travelled to the Chabahar Port area of Iran on a valid visa in or around February 2016 during the course of his business. This was not Mr Jadav's first visit to Iran; he had previously travelled to Iran on business. He has businesses based in Mumbai, India and in Iran. Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav failed to return to the place he was staying in Iran during this visit. It is believed that he was captured by a disperate group in the volatile region on the border between Iran and Pakistan. It is believed that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was targeted because he is an Indian national and formerly, an Officer in the Indian Navy. Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was most likely handed to the Pakistani authorities by these Iranian groups in exchange for a reward. This is an accepted practice in the region. Reports support that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped inside Iran by drug smugglers or by extremist group Jundullah with the support of Inter-Services Intelligence and handed over to Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence. The narco-terrorist networks are at play in the region and merit additional scrutiny which evidently, Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav did not have. Media reports suggest that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was received into the Pakistani authorities on the 3rd of March, 2016. He was accused of "espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan". This is a standard charge against Indian nationals who have strayed accidentally or by force into Pakistani territory. Following a summary trial in a closed Court (not in public), Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was convicted of the charges laid against him, namely of: "espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan". He was tried "through Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act PAA) and awarded the death sentence" according to Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations statement released on Monday 10th of April, 2017. No indication was disclosed in relation to the execution Concerns:Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution is imminent. By their own admission, there is lack of tangible evidence that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav is a 'spy'. This was admitted by the Pakistani authorities and their Foreign Minister Sartaz Aziz: Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was tried in a military court even although he is a civilian.  Since his detention, Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav has been DENIED: 1. Access to Consular service despite repeated requests by the Indian authorities. At least sixteen formal requests have been made by the Indian authorities; 2. Access to independent legal advice; 3. Immediate access to an independent medical examination and assessment of his mental and physical condition. Access to the Red Cross. Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav has not been seen in public for over a year. 4. Contact with his family since his detention in or around March, 2016; 5. Contact with his Government; 6. Disclosure of the alleged evidence against him; Disclosure of the Prosecution's case, copy pleadings and forensic reports in support of their case; 7. Evidence that the death sentence was made following a judgment rendered by a competent Court - ICCPR (international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) article 6, para. 2; 8. Fair trial; Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav's trial was conducted in Urdu - not the language spoken by Mr Jadhav; 9. Access to legal representation: Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav did not have legal representation and he was not provided with a copy of the case papers in relation to the case against him. The Pakistani media alleges that Mr Kulbhushan Jahdev has a 'right to appeal' and yet he has not been provided with the case papers and/or supporting evidence against him. Further, he has been denied access to an independent lawyer. So how can he be expected to assess and evaluate the case against him and exercise his alleged right to appeal without sight of the case against him?  10. His human rights, dignity and respect under international Conventions and law in relation to human rights. Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav is mostly likely to have been tortured as part of his interrogation by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. The undated video released by the Pakistani authorities in which Mr Jadhav 'confesses' to 'espionage' clearly indicates a confession obtained under duress. It is claimed that the video recording has been edited at least 127 times.  The Pakistani authorities have made much of Mr Kulbhushan Jadav's passport; neither his video or his alleged passport has been subjected to independent examination and/or forensic interrogation by appropriate experts  in accordance with the standards of evidence deemed to be admissible in Court. No further and/or recent video recordings of Mr Kulbhushan Yadhav have been released. His current physical and mental state is unknown. The Pakistani authorities must produce Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav in public and they must ensure that he has Consular access and facilitate his right to take independent legal advice. The case against Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav lacks facts and is solely based upon the Pakistani authorities' intense animosity and belligerency towards Indian nationals who have had the misfortune of entering Pakistani terroritory and  ended being detained. So far in this case, the Pakistani authorities have demonstrated a  blatant disregard and disrespect for the Rule of Law. We the undersigned urge the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to release and repatriate Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav to his family in India. Further reading:Kulbhushan Jadhav: India to do 'whatever it takes' to help 'spy'

Justice Upheld
190 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Martin Pakula, Graham Ashton

Issue Warrants for George Pell and Denis Hart for perverting the course of justice

The Victorian Police have been stymied in their investigations of crimes against Victorian children in Catholic Institutions and by Catholic clergy and staff by George Pell and Denis Hart since 1987.  IT'S ABOUT TIME THEY WERE CHARGED BY VICTORIA POLICE AND A WARRANT ISSUED FOR THEIR ARREST. George Pell and Denis Hart have removed evidence required for Police Prosecutions for crimes against children in the State of Victoria Australia. The evidence has allegedly been removed to Rome by the Papal Nuncio. As presented on ABC TV Lateline  on 17 March 2016 STEVE CANNANE, REPORTER: Do you still have the support of the Pope, Cardinal? GEORGE PELL, CARDINAL: Counsel, this was an extraordinary world, a world of crimes and cover-ups.A former pastoral care co-ordinator with the Catholic Church in Melbourne has called on the royal commission and police to subpoena all of the Church's secret files on sexual abuse by clergy. Helen Last has told Lateline that until all the secret documents known internally as the "red files" are made available, the public's only getting part of the truth about the scope of the crimes committed against children. She also says that former Melbourne Archbishop George Pell preventing her from helping victims of abuse in Doveton, a parish devastated by the notorious paedophile priest Peter Searson. child deserves a safe and happy childhood, that is the Terms of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse in Australia.I request that the Police bring George Pell and Denis Hart before the Courts in the State of Victoria to face the matters known at present, and that they seek a Warrant to gain access to materials and documents that may be required in the course of their investigations, wherever they may be. 

Helen Dawson
1,790 supporters
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Petition to The University of London, British Council, Mehreen Altaf

Petition to British Council to ensure Khadija's protection against alleged attacker

Khadija Siddiqi was allegedly stabbed 23 times by a man, son of a lawyer, last year, in Lahore, Pakistan. She now has to appear in external examinations of the University of London alongside him, at Royal Palm. Khadija Siddiqui, 21, a student of a private law college, had gone to pick up her younger sister when the attack took place. The man, who, evidence suggests is Khadija's class mate at her college, approached her on the street, wearing a helmet and stabbed her repeatedly in broad daylight. The courts have been reluctant to rule in favor of Khadija, presumably due to the influence of the man's father over the courts. The Sessions Court and High Court cancelled pre arrest bail twice, however, the same presiding judge granted him post arrest bail after hardly two months of imprisonment, rejecting Khadija's appeal of wrongful post-arrest bail and have further delayed the case for an additional four months, despite evidence to prove Khadija's claim. The fact that someone accused of such a horrendous crime is able to walk free, while his victim continues to live with the trauma of the event, and now has to appear in the examinations, knowing that her alleged perpetrator is present in the same room, without consequence, is unacceptable. We, as fellow students, who also have to take the exam, feel threatened and unprotected and fear for Khadija's safety, as well as our own. We would like to request the British Council or University of London to ensure the safety of its students by barring a man from taking his Bachelor of Laws exams in the same vicinity as his victim, and do whatever is necessary to protect Khadija and all other students during the examinations, so long as the case remains open.

Shezre Kamran
4,581 supporters