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turkey

12 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to President of the United States, United Nations, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Tell the U.S. to Hold Turkey Accountable for Genocide Against Armenians, Kurds & Others!

Please call on THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, U.S. CONGRESS, and the UNITED NATIONS to recognize and condemn the deadly and aggressive history by Turkey and their pattern of committing the crimes of Genocide and Human Rights Violations. Today the Kurdish People in Syria are being ethnically cleansed by Turkish forces backed by Turkish President Erdogan. He has ordered the Turkish military to cleanse the Kurds of Syria (most recently on Mach 18, 2018 in Afrin, Syria) by the use of airstrikes, artillery, and execution. After hundreds of civilians were mercilessly slaughtered (including women and children), a Turkish flag was raised.  This extends a pattern of Genocides by Turkey (and by extension, the Turkish Ottoman Empire). They have committed genocides against Kurds, Greeks, Assyrians, Bulgarians, and one of the most notable genocides, against Armenians. Nobody spoke up against these genocides, and even today many governments do not recognize Turkey's crimes against humanity. One example is the Armenian Genocide. In 1915, the Ottoman Turks systematically slaughtered 1.5 million Armenian Christians, nearly wiping them out. Armenia was the first nation to accept Christianity in the year 301 A.D., and the Turkish Ottoman Empire did not accept that they would not convert to Islam. As a result, they committed a Genocide against Armenians as well as other Eastern Christian peoples. To this day, while 48 U.S. states recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the U.S. Federal Government does not. Every year when the U.S. President speaks on ending genocides around the world, they always fall short to recognize the Armenian Genocide, Greek and Assyrian Genocides, or the ongoing Kurdish Genocide all committed by Turkey.  PLEASE URGE THE U.S. PRESIDENT, U.S. CONGRESS, and the UNITED NATIONS TO STOP PANDERING TO TURKEY AND TO RECOGNIZE AND CONDEMN THEIR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND PUNISH THEM FOR THE GENOCIDES THEY HAVE COMMITTED AND STILL ARE COMMITTING.

Robert Weitzner
10 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Government of Turkey, Council of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education

Nuriye and Semih are on hunger strike! Reinstate them to their jobs!

Nuriye Gülmen, an academic, and Semih Özakça, a primary school teacher, are two among tens of thousands of public employees who have been arbitrarily and unlawfully dismissed by decree law from their positions since the imposition of State of Emergency rule in Turkey on July 20, 2016. Demanding their jobs back, they began their sit-in protest on Yüksel Street in central Ankara in November 2016. Following several police attacks and detentions, on March 11, 2017, they began their hunger strike. Today, May 9, 2017, is the 62nd day of their hunger strike. The government continues to remain indifferent to their rightful demands. Their hunger strike has entered a critical stage, and Nuriye Gülmen had to be taken home yesterday, when her blood pressure dropped severely (https://twitter.com/seyrisokak/status/861630239323156481). It is imperative that we lend our voice to their rightful demands, and support Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça to secure their reinstatement to their jobs. Several Academics for Peace have already initiated a hunger strike on a rotating basis to display their solidarity with Gülmen and Özakça, and make their voice heard. At this critical stage, time is of absolute essence. TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE! It is time for the international community to raise its voice for the struggle of Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça! Sign the petition and tell the government of Turkey to reinstate Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça to their jobs. If you are in a position to do so, ask your local Member of Parliament to bring up this urgent matter in your national parliament, or at international platforms your country is a member of. On social media, support the hashtag #NuriyeAndSemihAreNotAlone to spread the news, call for solidarity, and ask the government of Turkey to listen to their demands! You can also contact the Turkish embassy in your country. To find the contact numbers and addresses of the Turkish embassies visit: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/yurtdisi-teskilati.tr.mfa  

Friends of Nuriye and Semih
3,085 supporters