Topic

persecution

3 petitions

Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to The Board of VOM USA, Jim Dau

Investigate Why Voice of the Martyrs Funded the Abuse of Nigerian Orphans

In January 2016, while on a mission trip to Nigeria, we were told by some people there of great wickedness that was being perpetrated in Voice of the Martyrs work in Nigeria. Voice of the Martyrs is a ministry that purports to help persecuted Christians. In Nigeria, there were many victims of Muslim persecution, and it was one of their highest profile countries for fundraising. There were several projects in Nigeria, including the Stephen's Center - a home for children effected by persecution, Basic Response - which arranged for care of attack victims, and a prosthetic clinic - to provide limbs for those who had lost them.  We have returned twice after that initial trip to investigate, and are convinced that instead of helping the people of Nigeria, Voice of the Martyrs has been harming people in tragic and shameful ways. For the full story, please watch the video we've posted online, Persecuting the Persecuted. The wickedness we have uncovered includes the following: Isaac Newton, the director of the Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria, has been accused by many credible witnesses of habitually sexually assaulting girls in the Stephen's Center Isaac continued this abuse by threatening the victims and their families with expulsion from the school or the removal of Voice of the Martyrs monetary assistance Isaac has retaliated against anyone who confronted him or tried to end his wickedness Isaac had stolen much of the funds that was provided by Voice of the Martyrs The children in the Stephen's Center have been mistreated and not provided with the food and supplies that they need Financial corruption has been rampant through Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria Many victims have not received the money that was specifically raised to help them Through our conversations in Nigeria and more than a year spent urging Voice of the Martyrs to act, we discovered wrongdoing closer to home. It seems that Voice of the Martyrs had reason to know what was going on, and their actions have covered up the evil that was done instead of fighting to end it. There are Voice of the Martyrs ministries in many different countries that although separate, often collaborate. VOM USA is the largest by far and gave most of the funding, and had the most oversight over Nigeria. In our video, you can find a more complete story of our interactions with VOM USA. But to summarize: VOM USA investigated these allegations years before we heard of them. They said their efforts uncovered nothing, yet in just a few days we could assemble a story from many witnesses and while it should not be sufficient for a court, it should have been sufficient to start a real investigation. We know that the allegations of molestation were reported to VOM USA in 2015, yet they did not investigate, but insisted that the abuse had been done by an employee who had died. VOM USA promised to have multiple outside investigations done, but no investigators ever contacted us for any information and we never heard about it again. VOM USA supported Isaac in his efforts to fire two employees who were reporting his abuse, without caring to investigate those allegations of abuse. Even when they eventually defunded Isaac, VOM USA gave land and goods worth over $100,000 to him - someone who they had every reason to believe was abusing those who he claimed to be helping. In our conversations with VOM USA we have on many occasions been told false or contradictory information. VOM USA seems to have been working to delay and distract us to avoid dealing with the issue. VOM USA has repeatedly denied any responsibility for what went on by claiming that VOM in Nigeria was a completely separate organization that they just funded. Yet that obscures the reality that they were far more involved and intertwined, VOM USA having managerial authority over Nigerian employees, making hiring and firing decisions.  Voice of the Martyrs has repeatedly failed to investigate serious wrongdoing when given the opportunity. They have sided with the oppressors instead of the victims. They have repeatedly proven themselves untrustworthy.  We believe that Voice of the Martyrs needs to bring in independent, outside investigators from a well-respected third party to conduct a full investigation and publicly release their findings. Donors need to understand why VOM USA did not fight to end this evil when it was brought to their attention. We need to understand who was involved in allowing this to happen, and how we can have confidence that it will never happen again in VOM USA.    "To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke" - Isaiah 58:6b  "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light." - Ephesians 5:11-13 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." - John 3:19-21  

Reformation Baptist Church
387 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Mr. Narendra Modi, Donald Trump, Mr.Peter Thomson

Harassment/Atrocities-Threatening, Abusing Christian Minorities-Mr. KA Swamy–Telanga India

TO SRI K. CHANDRASHEKAR RAO Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana, Office: 040-23452933; 23455205; 23456698; Fax: 23452498 Email: cm@telangana.gov.in Dear Sir, Sub: Harassment/Atrocities- Threatening, Abusing Christian Minorities - Mr. KA Swamy – Secunderabad, Telangana, India Ref Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOvyFMi_Fwc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQIJBgDq6Zg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOih1_L7r9g  Additional Hospital videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yHIPg_7mBs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stQ6IUqvgYg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjpr-rye0yk With reference to the videos, on the 21st of January, Mr. KA Swamy, a professor of commerce suffered a brain hemorrhage after he was threatened and by a mob of persons who falsely accused of trying to convert people. The mob forced Swamy to put his Bible on his head and swear that “he will not distribute Bibles again”. After rigorous questioning, the mob took Swamy along with them to the Mahankali Police Station in Secunderabad. Subsequently, there to the police grilled Mr. Swamy about his antecedents before finally releasing him around 4 PM IST FIR no .19/2017 booked under Sec IPC 295. However soon after being released, due to the stress of being threated and harassed, Mr. Swamy suffered a brain hemorrhage on his way home and he went into a coma. The doctors at Khamenei Hospital where he was rushed diagnosed that there was a brain hemorrhage and right side of his body was paralyzed. Mr. Swamy could not speak and he showed signs that he could not see. Since Swamy was admitted, he has not opened his eyes. Since then, he has surgeries and is still in critical condition. No. of surgeries - 1 Hospital Address: Kamineni Hospital , LB Nagar, Hyderabad . Telangana . Current health condition of Dr.Swamy as on 3rd Feb 2017 8am IST - Still in Kamineni Hospital in coma under observation  The videos, circulating on social media, of Mr. Swamy being threatened and ridiculed by the mob, which was seemingly shot by members of the mob, has sent shock waves throughout the minority Christian community in India and all over the world.  We are grateful for the compensation announced by Telangana government to the family of Mr. Swamy and also to the police for taking strict action against one person who were part of the mob. However, this is not an isolated incident. According to various human right agencies, over the last two years there have been over 28 such incidents where Christians have been beaten up and threatened in the guise of “conversion”  We would however urge you to take the following action: 1.     Guarantee the security of Christian religious minorities: There should be a clear signal, from central, state governments and police, that the protection of the safety and security of religious minorities is vital aspect of the ethos of India. We request that strict action is taken against all members of the mob who threatened and intimidated Mr. Swamy  2.     Implement a process of education and training on rights of religious minorities among police and judicial officials. This will help to prevent these incidents happening in future  3.     Address the root causes and drivers of violence and discrimination against religious minorities through educational programs, public awareness-raising campaigns, and cultural platforms to celebrate the contribution of religious minorities to the country, freedom to worship based on Fundamental rights– Article 25-28 (Right Freedom of Religion) Yours truly, All Christian Minority Groups from all over India & across every Nation from all over the world  CC: 1. His Excellency, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India 2. Mr. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India 3. His Excellency, Mr. Donald Trump, Hon’ble President of USA 4. Mr.Peter Thomson, President, United Nations

Christ for World Ministries
827 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Guilford County, North Carolina 18th District Judges, Marty Lawing, Heather Skeens

Set the Court Date for Dec. 14 so the Blevins Family Children can Come Home for Christmas

Our children were illegally seized and separated on 9/26/16 into two different cities. The incident put me as their mother out on the streets for six days, in a shelter for two months, and finally we have an apartment for the children to return home to. But that isn't Guilford County's intention and never was with not a single attempt to reunify and ADOPTION as their 'second choice' on a permancy plan they tried to request of a judge to force me to sign. Risk factors for maltreatment, human trafficking, and sexual abuse stack up the longer our children remain separated and in DSS non-secure custody, ESPECIALLY with a special needs child placed in a temporary shelter for runaways with NO regards whatsoever to his special needs either at the shelter or his school. Out of 166 children released by Guilford County, NC, in the last year: - 0 were adopted by extended family members - 25 were restored to their biological families - 111 were adopted to total strangers I need YOU to help me voice concern for the trauma our family is going through because no one through the DSS here is willing to! - First public defender quit when I refused to stand down and just 'go with' the corruption I was pointing out. -Present public defender thinks it is funny if they put 'take ur kids' on his knuckles and flashes them at parents in court. Out of 500 cases he boasts of this year, only 5 kids made it back to their families. -I have never had a criminal record until I moved here to NC less than a year ago. Now I have contempt of court charges and jail time with the experience of full body chains for 'talking too long'. -The GAL of our children has only spent a few hours with them and that does not produce a sufficient amount of representation! HELP BRING OUR CHILDREN HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!!! SIGN this petition to A) request that our next court date be rescheduled from the 13th of January to the 14th of December and B) demand that our family be restored immediately on the 14th!

Sarah Blevins
49 supporters