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Petition to Sergio Mattarella, Jean-Claude Juncker, António Guterres, Emmanuel Macron, Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Putin, Donald Tusk, Angela Merkel, Angela Merkel (CDU), David-Maria SASSOLI, Boris Johnson MP, Ska Keller, Ursula von der Leyen

Solidarity with Catalonia - for the right to peaceful self-determination!

deutsch / català / castellano / português / italiano / français  / românesc / english / lingua Europaea / 中文 / русский / 日本語 / العربية  / български / tiếng việt / فارسی / ქართული / ελληνικά / türk / magyar / hrvatski / polski / हिन्दी / 한국의 / తెలుగు / svenska / српски / dansk / nederlands / norsk / Catalonia is the largest non-state European nation. The Catalans are aware and proud of having a history of more than a thousand years. The splendid Catalan literature and culture is an essential part of Europe. The Catalan language is the mother tongue of millions of Europeans. In 1934, the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia declared Catalonia's independence from Spain. In 1936, General Francisco Franco began (with the help of Germany) his coup d'état and the Spanish civil war that provoked the suppression of the Catalan nation and its language for many years. In the 21st century the Spanish army should not be allowed to be thrown against the Catalans who want to achieve state independence by peaceful means. Europeans from all countries and nations should do their utmost to ensure that the conflict between the central government of Spain and Catalonia is resolved this time peacefully. The right to free, peaceful and democratic self-determination of nations is above the legal limits of a state that wants to impose its legal system on millions of people which feel treated as second-class citizens because they are catalans. Catalonia is unconditionally part of Europe. The European Union and all European countries should clearly state that any use of military force in the current conflict is unacceptable and that, if in fact a new Catalan state was created, it would be so welcome to the European Union as it was until now the region of Catalonia with the metropolis of Barcelona and as will continue to be Spain. ************************************************************************* Official statement of the Independent Expert of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas, on the violations of Human Rights of the Catalan people by the Spanish State: Official statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Expression, Prof. Dr. David Kaye, on the legal persecution of Catalan politicians by the justice of the Spanish State: The Independent Expert of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas: RECOMMENDED APPLICATION OF THE «PRACTICAL NOTES FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF ACTIVITIES AND ALLEGATIONS RELATED TO THE PEACEFUL AND DEMOCRATIC EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION OF PEOPLES» IN RELATION TO THE CATALAN PEOPLE United Nations / Human Rights / Office of the High Commissioner / Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: ************************************************************************** News (there are more updates in the German version of the petition): 72. «The executive president of Catalonia, Quim Torra, challenges Spain!» (11. 9. 2019). 71. «‟The charges are unfounded” — Last word from Dolors Bassa, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Government of Catalonia, in the political show trial at Madrid on 12 June 2019» (7. 8. 2019). 70. «‟The Catalans are not sheeps” — Last words of Jordi Turull, Member of the Spanish Congress, in the political trial of Madrid on 12 June 2019» (7. 8. 2019. 69. «‟Catalonia is a nation” — Closing remarks of the Minister of Economy and Science of the Government of Catalonia, Santiago Vila, who resigned on 26. 10. 2017, in the political show trial of Madrid on 12. June 2019» (1. 8. 2019. 68. «‟Censorship must not enter Parliament” — Closing Remarks of the legitimate President of the Parliament of Catalonia, Carme Forcadell, in the Madrid political trial of 12 June 2019» (27. 7. 2019). 67. «‟The dignity of having defended legitimate and noble ideas” — Closing remarks of Josep Rull in the Madrid political trial of 12 June 2019» (27. 7. 2019). 66. «"Catalonia is a nation!” — Closing remarks of the legitimate Minister of the Interior, Public Administration and Housing of the Catalan Government, Meritxell Borràs, in the political show trial at Madrid on 12 June 2019» (23. 7. 2019). 65. «‟Even through a thousand repetitions, a lie does not become the truth!” — closing remarks of the legitimate Minister for Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency of the Catalan Government, Raül Romeva, in the political show trial at Madrid on 12 June 2019» (22. 7. 2019). 64. «‟It is better to suffer an injustice than to commit it” — Closing remarks of Jordi Sànchez, Member of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, in the political process of Madrid on 12 June 2019» (11. 7. 2019). 63. «‟This trial is the result of a political failure” — Closing remarks of the legitimate Minister of Justice of the Government of Catalonia, Carles Mundó, in the political trial of Madrid of 12 June 2019» (21. 7. 2019). 62. «‟The reality of the facts exposes your lies!” — Concluding remarks of the legitimate Minister of the Interior of the Catalan Government, Joaquim Forn, in the political show trial of Madrid on 12 June 2019» (21. 7. 2019). 61. «"We'll do it again!" — Closing remarks by Jordi Cuixart in the Political Show Trial on Madrid» (21. 7. 2019). 60. «Closing remarks by MEP Dr. Oriol Junqueras in the political show trial on Madrid on 12 June 2019» (16. 7. 2019). 59. «2. Decision of the UN-Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on political prisoners in Spain» (4. 7. 2019). 58. «The European Union is turning away from its fundamental values and denying elected Members their seats in Parliament!» (3. 7. 2019). 57. «Major demonstration in Strasbourg on 2 July 2019!» (24. 6. 2019). 56. «Shame on ‛Franco-country’!» (22. 6. 2019). 55. «Working Group on Arbitrary Dentention of the UN on Political Prisoners in Spain» (28. 5. 2019). 54. «"Proportionality in the Catalonia conflict" — German Bundestag to debate Catalonia» (18. 5. 2019). 53. «There will probably be deaths in Catalonia» (25. 4. 2019). 52. «Spanish parties continue to disregard Spanish constitution» (22. 2. 2019). 51. «Spexit: Spain's legal vendetta against Catalonia has begun» (12. 2. 2019). 50. «No one in the European Union will be able to wash their hands of it and say that they did not know» (9. 2. 2019). 49. «Documentation of the show trial of the Spanish judiciary against the political prisoners accessible» (30. 1. 2019). 48. «Spanish barbarians and liars in the 21st century» (25. 1. 2019). 47. «The Trivialization of the Crimes of Rebellion and Sedition» (30. 12. 2018). 46. «Letter of political prisoners in Spain (Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Turull)» (2. 12. 2018). 45. «Shameful double standards of the German government in the Catalan question» (13. 10. 2018). 44. «What does not fit is made fit — the promotion of the Spanish judge Pablo Llarena» (23. 9. 2018). 43. «Scandal in Spain: contents of the official chat channel of the Spanish judges are known» (19. 9. 2018). 42. «Spanish foreign minister gets involved in contradictions in BBC interview» (16. 9. 2018). 41. «The false story of the non-existent — documentation on the lies of Spanish propaganda» (20. 8. 2018). 40. «Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas: ‘Self-Determination and Catalonia’» (28. 6. 2018). 39. «Noam Chomsky and other academics around the world demand the release of political prisoners in Spain» (20. 4. 2018). 38. «‘The right of self-determination is fully integrated into the Spanish legal system’» (20. 4. 2018). 37. «‘With Catalonia’s leaders in jail, Spain hits the grassroots’» (14. 4. 2018). 36. «German police investigating statements of Federico Jiménez Losantos against Germany and the Germans» (10. 4. 2018). 35. «‘The European Union’s response to suppression: ‘Keep paying your dues and we’ll look the other way’» (9. 4. 2018). 34. «UN expert urges Spain not to pursue criminal charges of rebellion against Catalan politicians» (7. 4. 2018). 33. «"An Astronomic Slap in the Face for the Spanish State"» (6. 4. 2018). 32. «Minister Jordi Turull: ‘There is no separation of powers in Spain‘» (3. 4. 2018). 31. «Independent UN expert against the extradition of the 130th Catalan president to Spain» (2. 4. 2018). 30. «Puigdemont’s arrest in Germany: A shameless show of contempt for the rights of individuals & peoples» (31. 3. 2018). 29. «Interview on Catalonia on the website of the German magazine «stern»» (30. 3. 2018). 28. «The Parliament of Portugal criticizes in a resolution the suspension of human rights in Catalonia» (29. 3. 2018). 27. «The voice of a decent Spanish about the national shame in Estremera prison» (28. 3. 2018). 26. «UN accepts Puigdemont's appeal for protection of his political rights» (27. 3. 2018). 25. «New petition against extradition of 130th president of Catalonia on» (26. 3. 2018). 24. «German police arrest the current 130th President of the Generalitat de Catalunya» (25. 3. 2018). 23. «Spain's self-destruction continues» (23. 3. 2018). 22. «650 lawyers from Catalonia and Spain denounce Human Rights violations» (18. 3. 2018). 21. «The European Court of Human Rights once again condemns Spain for violating human rights!» (13. 3. 2018). 20. «Aidan Hehir : «‘Self-determination is legal under international law’» (6. 2. 2018). 19. «Sky News has released new documentary on the brutal use of the Spanish police on October 1, 2017» (20. 1. 2018). 18. «The Catalan Process: Sovereignty, Self-Determination and Democracy in the 21st Century» (9. 1. 2018). 17. «Catalonia Regional Elections 21st December 2017 — Interim Report / Irregularities» (7. 1. 2018). 16. «Catalonia’s Legitimate Right to Decide: Paths to Self-determination» (7. 1. 2018). 15. «Declaration: European Call for Democracy in Catalonia» (24. 12. 2017). 14. «The Catalan right of self-determination in the light of the human rights» (24. 12. 2017). 13. «A people that can no longer be enslaved!» (21. 12. 2017). 12. «Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas: Four questions and four answers on Catalonia and Spain» (18. 12. 2017). 11. «The ex-leader of Podemos Cataluña calls to vote against the "corrupt government of Mariano Rajoy"» (17. 12. 2017). 10. «Jordi Cuixart: "I’m in prison for defending Catalonia’s rights. Spain must free us immediately"» (5. 12. 2017). 9. «We can’t trust Madrid to oversee Catalonia’s election — the EU must step in!» (3. 12. 2017). 8. «How the right is bent in Spain: Legal opinion of Prof. Dr. Joan J. Queralt» (17. 11. 2017). 7. «Spain's false propaganda: an interview with Spain’s Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis» (17. 11. 2017). 6. «‘I am a Catalan’ - a new video from Catalonia» (4. 11. 2017). 5. «OPEN LETTER TO UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW IN THE EUROPEAN UNION» (3. 11. 2017). 4. «UN independent expert urges Spanish Government to reverse decision on Catalan autonomy» (3. 11. 2017). 3. «Welcome Catalonia! A new state is born» (29. 10. 2017). 2. «Spain ready to take military actions against Catalonia!» (27. 10. 2017). 1. «Help Catalonia! Save Europe!» (24. 10. 2017). **************************************************************************

Prof. Dr. Axel Schönberger
491,319 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Bundestag, Bayerischer Landtag

Success Johnson and Diana Namusoke will stay!

EN DE Hello, my name is Success Johnson and I escaped from my country of origin Nigeria because I am persecuted there as a lesbian woman. Now the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees has rejected my second asylum application and wants to deport me to Nigeria! There I have to fear for my life! Diana Namusoke is in the same situation as me. She is also supported by the lesbian councelling center LeTRa in Munich and has just received her final rejection. The Federal Office doesn't believe us that we are lesbian. Right now, I am single, but in Dianas case even her partner would be ready to testify for her as a witness. Now I am in the danger to be deported to Nigeria and Diana to Uganda. Both are countries where lesbians, gays, queers, trans- and inter*people have to fear for their lives. We are expelled from the societies in which we grew up. The governments of our countries of origin do not protect us. On the contrary, in some Nigerian states the death penalty is based on homosexuality, in Uganda people like us are imprisoned and abused. More information on LGBTIQs in escape can be found in this petition: After all what we have experienced, it is not easy for us to talk about our homosexuality. When we came to Europe, we also had little information about what this is like and whom we can trust. After 11 years of escape I just want to arrive, find a partner and live a life in freedom and without fear. Diana and her friend want to get married. Therefore Diana and I demand in co-operation with the lesbian councelling center LeTRa an immediate stop of our deportations!

Success Johnson LeTRa Lesbenberatungsstelle
68,132 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Sheikh Chalifa bin Zayid Al Nahyan, Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayid Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Please release my son from UAE prison #freechristian

My son  is held in the prison of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates since October 2017. He hasn’t been told what the charges are. We don’t know why he’s there. Before his imprisonment Christian, was working as an IT teacher at a local school. He’s a dual national, British and German. The conditions in Al Ain are cruel. He’s barely being fed and has lost 18 kilos of weight. There are rats running around and cockroaches in the food. Being there he developed pneumonia and was denied adequate medical care. His blanket has not been changed for four months. He was put under pressure and sleep deprivation. The light was switched on for four weeks when he was in pre-trial detention. During the day it is too hot in prison and during the night it is too cold. He was denied a lawyer for 52 days and could not contact anyone outside prison until Christmas. This was the first time I could actually have a surveilled phone call of just 5 minutes with him. Up to today we do not know the criminal charge is. He mentioned “electronic insults” and says this could be something like sharing the wrong post on Facebook. My son has been struggling to survive for four months. Please support me and family with your signature so that my son  will be released. We ask for the immediate closure of this case and appeal to the government of the United Arab Emirates: Please release my son from prison!Please support via Paypal:

Christine Wilke-Breitsameter
277,140 supporters
Started 3 years ago

Petition to António Guterres, Gerd Müller (CSU), Guy Ryder, Jean-Claude Juncker

Enough with “Can you go any cheaper?” – It’s time for a global minimum wage!

DE / FR / ES / IT / PT It is still true that more than one billion people on the planet earn less than one dollar per hour. Today, however, we are at the verge of a historic breakthrough. We now have a chance to finally establish a humane global minimum wage. With one simple step. What has happened? What still needs to be done? Two-and-a-half years ago, we used this petition and our book “The 1-Dollar Revolution” to demand the introduction of a global minimum wage of at least 1 dollar per hour. At the time, the minimum wage for textile workers in the worst-paid industry in Bangladesh was 30 cents, and even this rate was often fallen short of. Now, it is precisely the textile workers in the worst-paid industry that have brought about a miracle: Their minimum wage has increased nearly 4 times in only two-and-a-half years – from 30 to 110 cents, or 1.10 dollars. This pulls the rug from under the last argument as to why the enforcement of a global minimum wage of one dollar is a fanciful utopia! We are now standing at a crossroads – either we can continue with the “Can you go any cheaper?” mentality and the associated wage wars, or we can achieve a historic breakthrough with an orderly and competition-neutral global minimum wage. The one path will continue the “status quo” with “free” cutthroat competition for the lowest wages, where buyers haggle over every cent by asking the same question: “Can you go any cheaper?” But today – even from an economic perspective – does it truly still make sense to keep slave laborers? Doesn’t it make much more sense for all of us if they are freed from this misery – as is the case for hundreds of millions in China – to become much better paid workers and thus consumers with higher spending power? What effect would it have in Europe if there were humane wages throughout Africa? It would be a win-win concept for everyone. The spell has now been broken: It has now been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that a legally prescribed minimum wage even above that of our previously “utopian” demand is indeed possible. At the same time, after the long-lasting protests and street blockades by the textile workers in Bangladesh, we have to realize that the patience of all who are de facto slave workers will eventually run out and that they will resort to fighting if we do not provide them with another better and more sensible perspective. So the following question is unavoidable: Is the absolutely spot-on goal of a humane global minimum wage only achievable through struggle? Or will we pause and think about a much wiser way to achieve the same goal? Whether or not we as consumers would have any disadvantages due to a global minimum wage for today’s slave workers can be answered by asking ourselves one simple question: Did anyone even notice that the hourly wage for textiles from Bangladesh went up so much recently? No, we didn’t notice – because, in spite of the minimum wage, these wages only make up a fraction of the overall costs from the production sites to the stores in our countries. With fair minimum wages all around the world and with the end of poverty that would follow, one of the main factors that causes of the flow of refugees, environmental destruction, and wars and that plays into the hands of extremists would disappear. The UN, the ILO (International Labour Organization), the EU, the governments, and the companies should consider now whether they will take the initiative for a vastly more sensible and simpler solution: the introduction of a globally binding and thus competition-neutral global minimum wage for all companies in the world. This would equally affect all companies, and therefore none would need to fear being at a competitive disadvantage any longer. The UN could and should declare a global minimum wage as an inalienable human right. The ILO should set and enforce a binding global minimum wage of 1 dollar per hour or more. The European Union could and should simply issue an EU regulation that would only permit products to be imported for which wages at or above the global minimum wage of 1 dollar per hour had been paid. The EU has already issued many regulations on health and ecological standards that all products sold and imported in the EU need to fulfill. Companies operating on a global scale have submitted to these standards because they cannot afford to forego the European market. In our book “The 1-Dollar Revolution,” we describe a system for establishing and monitoring this. In addition, the book also describes in detail the enormous advantages of such a competition-neutral solution for everyone. This is by far the shortest, most effective, and most realistic way to enforce the basic human right to a global minimum wage. Inhuman “Can you go any cheaper?” haggling when competing for rock-bottom exploiter wages would finally come to an end. And normal collective bargaining can apply for everything above the minimum wage level – as is the case here now as well. Therefore: Support this petition for a global minimum wage as a minimum requirement for the idea of human rights and as a very effective measure, for a minimum wage will result in 100 percent of the money reaching 100 percent of those affected. And support this petition as a test case as well: Will we manage to tackle the overdue major corrections to our global economy and global society with sufficiently large steps? This is a test case for our newly launched “Economy to Weconomy” initiative – from an economy with human rights abuses for billions of people to a humane economy in global solidarity, one we have coined Weconomy.(See

Peter Spiegel und Georgios Zervas
53,577 supporters