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south africa

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Petition to H.E. MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES, Adama Dieng, Farhan Haq Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General haqf>at, Cyril Ramaphosa

END FARM MURDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

PETITION TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UN, H.E. MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES TO END FARM MURDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA 26 October 2017 His Excellency, Mr Antonio Guterres, my name is Louis Michael Green and I am a pastor and a concerned citizen from Kraaifontein, Cape Town, South Africa. I am appealing to you to use your influence in the UN and throughout the world to help us in South Africa to end the scourge of farm killings in our country. We must end farm murders in South Africa before it is too late. Farmers throughout South Africa produce our fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat and without them, our nation will starve. At first, when I started this petition, I had one signature, my own. I was aiming for 100,000 signatures for this petition when I started but as a result of the fantastic response, i.e. 115,000 signatures in 6 days, I have decided to increase the target to 200,000 supporters. The huge response to my petition to STOP FARM MURDERS is an indication of the urgency of the matter and the public outcry in South Africa. At first, I intended to take the petition to the State President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, and our Minister of Police, but after much prayer and thinking, and after receiving hundreds of messages from farmers, family members who lost loved ones and many petitioners, I have decided to take our petition directly to you at THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK, the USA, and ask for an audience with you, the SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, H.E. Mr Antonio Guterrez. Many of my petitioners believe it would be a waste of our time to take the petition to the State President, Mr Jacob Zuma, because he has done nothing about the farm murders since his election and he continues to do nothing. It would be a similar waste of time to take the petition to the Minister of Police, Mr. Fikile Mbalula, because he has been critical of the mass action on Black Monday, 30th of October, 2017, and he has not released the specific statistics of farm attacks and murders. We have great confidence in you as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, that you will be able to place our petition on the international agenda. If it is possible to have an independent commission of inquiry from the Commissioner of Human Rights violations into the FARM MURDERS in South Africa, we would also greatly appreciate this. We would, in the meantime, also petition our own government to demand an independent commission of inquiry into farm murders to investigate the root causes of such murders and a response from the present government (from the Ministry of Police) on what will be done to stop these murders with immediate effect. We will, however, not hand over the names of the 125,000 petitioners to the state for fear that the petitioners would be intimidated. However, we could say in our petition to our government that we refer to the 125,000 petitioners as verified by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and that the record is kept at the UN that would verify the veracity of the amount of our petitioners. I was encouraged when I saw what a young South African, Talitha Basson was doing when she mobilized thousands of farmers almost on her own using Facebook to mobilize them to united action in a march to Cape Town on 30th of October, 2017.  We are mindful that all murders everywhere in South Africa are reprehensible and should be stopped. Every murder, irrespective where it happens, is regrettable. However, the murder of farmers in our country does not only impact the loss of life but also has a snowball effect of robbing our nation of its food security. I am planning to follow the correct Parliamentary procedures to get this letter and the petition to the Speaker of Parliament, so I will seek out the help of an M.P. who bears the same burden, to also submit our petition to our own Parliament in South Africa. This matter has been debated in Parliament on several occasions without any effect. This is the reason why I felt we should appeal to international organs, like the UN. Perhaps, our government will give this matter its most urgent attention when our petition reaches your office and if it can be arranged our South African delegation coming to see you in New York would love an opportunity to discuss our report with the dossier containing our claims of human rights abuses with the UNHCR. I and all my petitioners trust God for a positive outcome to all our endeavours. Be Blessed Kind Regards Senior Suffragan Bishop Louis Michael Green A concerned South African Citizen Affiliated to The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, South Africa

Bishop Louis Michael Green
157,985 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to President of South Africa

Amnesty for Wilhelm Pretorius and the Boer Political Prisoners in South Africa

Boer Political Prisoners have been incarcerated for over two decades. Some endured cruel injustice during their trials, some were entrapped by intelligence agencies and provocateurs; some were tortured or even left disabled with broken bodies; some a combination of all of these. They daily endure the cruellest human rights violations in prison with the minimum contact allowed with their loved ones. With the support of the international community the ANC and its many affiliations succeeded in toppling the system imposed on South Africa during the apartheid years. However, despite the commitment by post-apartheid (new) South Africa to the culture of human rights, the Boer Political Prisoners (such as the accused in the Boeremag Trial, some incarcerated since 2002), together with many other political prisoners, still are on the receiving end of injustice and the extreme violation of their human rights. The post-apartheid (new) South Africa claims to be a country upholding human rights, equality to all people and the mutual recognition of diverse cultures. The South African Constitution states its aim to “Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.” The coat of arms’ motto is: “United in diversity.” Let the people from South Africa and from all over the world, unite in our plea for human rights and fairness. Let us unite in petitioning the president of South Africa to give meaning to the words South Africa as a democratic country claim to be. Our plea is for amnesty to all the Boer Political Prisoners. Sign the following petition also please:  https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Free_the_Boeremaglede/?axECTkb Watch the 2 min video, BOEREMAG INJUSTICE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLloX3Z7mGU&index=2&list=PLg_Mmj7cY2izOMiqdPJA_u20b-C0b_tJf Visit the Facebook Page, FREE WILHELM PRETORIUS AND THE BOER POLITICAL PRISONERS IN SOUTH AFRICA: https://www.facebook.com/AmnestyforWilhelmPretorius/ To learn more about the Boer Nation's Political Prisoners visit www.boervin.org and follow @Boer_VIn on Twitter https://twitter.com/Boer_VIn and like the Boervin Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BoerVinBoerevolksvryheidsinisiatief/?ref=br_rs AFRIKAANS:Sommige Boerevolk Politieke Gevangenes is in opsluiting vir meer as twee dekades. Sommiges moes wrede onreg verduur gedurende lang hofsake; sommiges was in lokvalle mislei en gevang deur intelligensie agentskappe en provokateure; sommiges is gemartel en selfs gestremd en verlam as gevolg van die marteling; sommige verduur ʼn kombinasie hiervan. Hulle het tot op hede van die wreedste menseregte skendings moes verduur in tronke met minimale kontak toegelaat met hul geliefdes. Met die ondersteuning van die internasionale gemeenskap het die ANC en sy vele affiliasies daarin geslaag om die stelsel wat gedurende die apartheidsjare aan Suid-Afrika opgelê is, omvêr te werp. Ten spyte van die toewyding van die na-apartheid Suid-Afrika aan die menseregte-kultuur, is die Boere-politieke gevangenes (soos die beskuldigde in die Boeremag-verhoor, sommige sedert 2002) ook saam met baie ander politieke gevangenes steeds aan die ontvangs einde van onreg en die uiterste skending van hul menseregte. Die na-apartheid Suid-Afrika beweer dat dit nou 'n land is wat menseregte, gelykheid teenoor alle mense en die wedersydse erkenning van diverse kulture bewaar. Die Suid-Afrikaanse Grondwet verklaar sy doel om "die verdelings van die verlede te herstel en 'n samelewing te vestig gebaseer op demokratiese waardes, sosiale geregtigheid en fundamentele menseregte." Die leuse van die wapen is: "Verenig in diversiteit." Laat die mense van Suid-Afrika en van oor die hele wêreld, verenig in ons pleidooi vir menseregte en regverdigheid. Kom ons vra die President van Suid-Afrika om betekenis te gee aan die woorde wat Suid-Afrika op aanspraak maak as 'n demokratiese land. Ons pleidooi is vir amnestie aan al die Boere Politieke Gevangenes. Teken die volgende petisie ook asb:  https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Free_the_Boeremaglede/?axECTkb Kyk die 2 min video, BOEREMAG ONREG:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMjgm1ZeGtE&list=PLg_Mmj7cY2izOMiqdPJA_u20b-C0b_tJf&index=8 Besoek die Facebook Blad, FREE WILHELM PRETORIUS AND THE BOER POLITICAL PRISONERS IN SOUTH AFRICA: https://www.facebook.com/AmnestyforWilhelmPretorius/ Om meer uit te vind van die Boerevolk se Politieke Gevangenes, besoek www.boervin.org en volg Boervin op Twitter by https://twitter.com/Boer_VIn en hou van die Boervin Facebook Blad: https://www.facebook.com/BoerVinBoerevolksvryheidsinisiatief/

Riëtte Pretorius
10,127 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Presiding magistrate

Protect LGBTI people! Revoke Bongile Joni's bail!

On New Year’s Day, Noxolo Xakeka was stabbed to death for being a lesbian. Her alleged attacker was granted bail, partly because Noxolo Xakeka fought back when she was attacked! Please help us convince the presiding Magistrate that Joni's bail is a threat to LGBTI people. Triangle Project, Free Gender and others will present your voices in court on April 12th! We, the community of concerned organisations and citizens are outraged by another crime perpetrated against a lesbian.  We the people are also keenly aware that violence against the LGBTI community in Strand has been an issue and a concern, with several incidents of hate crimes having been committed. In order to begin addressing this issue, the South African Police Service need to be sensitive to the handling of crimes of hate against LGBTI persons and, when these cases are reported and go to court, that justice must not only be done but also seen to be done.  This is not the experience of LGBTI people generally.  A previous murder of a lesbian in the same area was not adequately investigated and therefore did not go to court.   The release of the accused has disturbed residents, by undermining public peace and security, particularly the security of those from the LGBTI community.  The fact that the victim of the crime fought back when being attacked, should not have been one of the grounds considered when releasing him on bail.  As this is not the first murder committed in this area and given that the accused has been granted bail, sends a strong message to vulnerable groups that their lives do not matter and justice is not done or seen to be done. The perpetrator resides in the same area as those who were present on the night and those who are friends of the deceased.  There is a great likelihood for the accused person in this matter to attempt to intimidate the potential witnesses and others who are providing support to those impacted by this crime. 

Triangle Project
1,065 supporters