Petition to António Guterres, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Stéphane Dujarric, United Nations
Humanitarian corridors for civilians and wounded in Mariupol!
EN / UA We, the undersigned activists, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, politicians and celebrities, call on the United Nations, and in particular the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and regional leaders from around the world to launch an urgent "extraction" procedure, namely: 1 To resume the eleventh special session of the UN General Assembly for consideration of the humanitarian situation in Mariupol resulting from the aggression against Ukraine. 2. We demand that the General Assembly adopt a resolution obliging the Russian Federation, the aggressor country, to ensure the evacuation of all people to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government or to the territory of third safe countries. 3. We call on all world leaders to take all necessary measures to ensure and implement the resolution, and to act as guarantors of security. The civilian population, as well as the soldiers defending the city, are experiencing inhumane conditions: a number of world leaders have already recognized the actions of the aggressor's country as genocide of the Ukrainian people. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue to violate the rules of war, which is already partially reflected in the UN General Assembly Resolution of April 7, 2022 on the suspension of membership rights of the Russian Federation in the Human Rights Council. The enemy violates the rules of warfare, uses non-traditional weapons, regularly and purposefully attacks the locations of civilians, wounded servicemen, the bodies of fallen servicemen. Despite the inhumane conditions, the Ukrainian military controls the territory of the Azovstal plant, which, in particular, serves as a shelter for civilians and the wounded. Such conditions are a real humanitarian catastrophe, artificially created by the Russian Federation. There is a significant shortage of food, medicine, hygiene and personal protective equipment in the city. Due to the total damage to infrastructure and housing, the city of Mariupol no longer exists. Now the time is running out, the occupiers have partially broken into the territory of the Azovstal plant, every minute of delay could cost huge losses to all those who found shelter on the territory of the plant. We call on the United Nations, the UN Secretary-General, and regional leaders around the world to begin an immediate "extraction" procedure of the evacuation of civilians, all wounded, the bodies of the fallen and Ukrainian servicemen from blockaded Mariupol. With the immediate help of international figures, we still have the opportunity to save people's lives.We call for decisive action by the international community to: • provide an urgent ceasefire with guarantees from both sides in Mariupol; • organize immediate monitoring of compliance with the ceasefire by a third party; • organize the maritime evacuation of civilians and Ukrainian servicemen to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government or to the territory of a third intermediary state. Maritime evacuation may be accompanied by a land humanitarian corridor for civilians and the Ukrainian military to territory controlled by the Ukrainian government or to a third intermediary state.
Petition to Joe Biden, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, European Union, Swift
BLOCK RUSSIA FROM SWIFT
With the ongoing tension over Ukraine we saw well that EU and US are doing nothing over Russia - Ukraine, conflict where innocent people die every second now, once again we witnessed that they do nothing to protect world from dictators like V. Putin. They're literally scared of Russian and this was second time they DID nothing to prevent Russia from killing innocent people. (Russia Annexed Georgia in 2008) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupied_territories_of_Georgia Banning Russia from SWIFT will be one of the best weapons against Russian Oligarchs and people who are hiding behind V. Putin. We must try to make them uncomfortable with all means we have. We mush show them the power of people and force them to do something, WHEN THEY DO NOTHING TO PREVENT IT. IF "US" AND "EU" DOESN'T TAKE DRASTIC MEASUREMENTS AGAINST RUSSIA, WE WILL LITERALLY ONE DAY WAKE UP IN SOVIET UNION. PLEASE SHARE THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN SO WE CAN GATHER AS MANY SIGNATURES AS POSSIBLE.
Petition to Marius L. Vizer
Lifetime ban of Vladimir Putin from honorary presidency of International Judo Federation
Dear Mr President,Dear members of the Executive Committee, In the light of the recent invasion of the free and sovereign Ukrainian democracy by Russia, we address you this petition to request the immediate removal of Vladimir Putin from the position of Honorary President at the International Judo Federation. As members of the global judo community, we are shocked by the lack of clear and responsible reaction of the organization representing our beloved sport. Judo is a martial art founded on the basis of defence against attack, mutual respect and honor, but also one of the main sports at the Olympics. We acknowledge that since several years the first honorary member of our great and united family is a man who embodies the exact opposite of our values. Maintaining the presence of Vladimir Putin on this honorary position dangerously links our sport to the political interests of the Russian state and to what is happening on the Ukrainian battlefields. Judo is about peace, not terror. with kind Regards, Michał Legień, Adam Brysz, Jean Kostrzewski
Petition to Ukrainian government
Mariupol: Требуем открыть все возможные эвакуационные каналы / Open All Evacuation Routes
* The English version is posted below * Мы, родственники и близкие людей взятых в заложники в городе Мариуполь, Украина, требуем от действующей власти немедленно открыть эвакуацию по всем возможным направлениям, включая территории Украины и России. Мы хотим увидеть наших родственников живыми, не лишайте наших любимых шанса спастись. Для многих людей уже нет разницы куда их будут эвакуировать, что действительно важно - это когда, так как времени думать и торговаться у нас больше нет. Ситуация в городе критическая. На данный момент отсутствует ВОДА (!), еда, электричество и газ. На улице мороз, на каждом шагу мародеры. Люди, будучи обезвоженными, обречены умирать в нечеловеческих условиях. Постоянные обстрелы над головой не позволяют искать новые укрытия и средства к существованию. Все это продолжается не первую неделю, и конца этому ужасу не видно потому как неудачных попыток вывезти людей на нейтральную украинскую территорию было уже множество. Мы требуем от президента Украины, Владимира Зеленского, и от украинского правительства, немедленно разрешить и организовать все возможные пути эвакуации для местного населения Мариуполя, включая направления на/через территории Украины и России. Дайте людям шанс выжить. Отложите политику и воспользуйтесь дипломатией. Мы все, Украинцы, доверили ВАМ нашу жизнь. Просим - спасите наших близких, иначе наш город-герой рискует остаться без героев, а жизни миллионов людей будут разрушенны. --- We are relatives and friends of the people who are currently taken hostage in the city of Mariupol, Ukraine. We demand from the Ukrainian Government to immediately open all possible evacuation routes including the ones through the territories of Ukraine and Russia. We want to see our loved ones alive, please don't take the last chance of survival from their hands. It doesn't matter anymore where to evacuate, what matters is - how quickly we can act to save people's lives. Please, give your desperate people a chance. The current situation is critical. At this moment, there's no WATER (!), food, electricity, gas, or heat available in the whole city. The weather is very cold, so it makes things much more complicated. The constant bombardment that destroyed most of the city does not let people look for shelter and resources. This humanitarian crisis is going on for two weeks, and there's no clear solution on how to stop this disaster. There were multiple attempts to evacuate people to Ukrainian territories, but all of them, unfortunately, failed. Dear Mr. President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the Government of Ukraine, we ask you directly - please open all possible evacuation routes for the people of Mariupol, including routes to/via the territories of Ukraine and Russia. Please, give people a chance to live. Please leave the politics aside, and turn your efforts to diplomacy. We, the people of Ukraine, have trusted YOU with our lives. We beg you, please, save our loved ones! Otherwise, the hero-city Mariupol may remain without its heroes, and millions of innocent lives will be destroyed forever.
Petition to Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders
FREE UKRAINIAN PARAMEDIC JULIA PAEVSKA (TAYRA)
Ukrainian paramedic Julia Paevska (aka Tayra) & Serhiy Chernobrivets, her ambulance driver have been detained by Russians in Mariupol on March 16, 2022, where Tayra was helping to pull out people from under the rubble. Ms Paevska is well known in Ukraine as she has been saving lives since sniper shootings on Maidan in 2014. Tayra is a Hero of Ukraine, a member of the National Team of Ukraine at the Invictus Games for athletes who received injuries fulfilling tasks or duties in wartime, and she is protected under Geneva conventions both as a medic and as a non-combatant (she was decommissioned from military service due to her injuries and asthma.)Russian occupants made a propaganda film about Tayra (aired on NTV in mid-April) titled "Tayra, A Beast Woman" where they misrepresent this courageous and kindhearted person as a "Nazi" who allegedly "tortured people" and similar outrageous lies. In the video, Tayra looks aged several years compared to her last photo taken in March (probably already in captivity), but conducts herself with the same dignity, courage, and compassion as always. The occupants forced her to address her brothers in arms in Azov battalion asking them to "seize fire." All She said was, "Please hear me: there are suffering civilians in Mariupol; I hope measures will be taken to help them." Further, the occupants scroll through Tayra's text messages on her phone, hypocritically saying as if she "volunteered" to breach her privacy (obviously under torture, mental or physical) and they make cynical remarks about her private life. These and other lies already get viral and even translated in other languages, like Italian, to spread the lies.Russians have projected all their sick and sadistic fantasies onto their captive. Holding Tayra in captivity, they deprive hundreds of people of her paramedic services and hope to break the spirits of Ukrainians by tarnishing her name to promote their lies about "Nazis" in Ukraine on Russian TV channels and throughout the world.Our hearts are bleeding at this disgusting abuse of one of the best humans on earth. Please add your name to FREE JULIA PAEVSKA-TAYRA from the hands of Russian executioners and restore truth and justice.THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPASSION.
Petition to Kareem Daniel, Bob Chapek, Susan Arnold, Aaron Laberge
Sell The Walt Disney Company CIS or move headquarters out of Russia
Ever since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine there has clearly been a humanitarian crisis. Russia has clearly been accused of war crimes and therefore US companies started pulling out. This company was one of them. The Walt Disney Company owns The Walt Disney Company CIS that is headquartered in Moscow. It is responsible for all of the streaming content like Disney+, the Disney Channel among other content and product licensing such as any Disney Cruise Line activities, National Geographic magazine and tours, and productions including movies in Russia. I am calling on The Walt Disney Company and Disney Media And Entertainment Distribution do the right thing and cease any activity for good and consider selling the division.
Russian DJ Nina Kraviz: Denounce Putin’s War in Ukraine
Ukrainians of Metro Detroit are asking DJ Nina Kraviz to renounce her support of Vladimir Putin and #StandWithUkraine. Movement Festival is welcoming Nina Kraviz to perform in Detroit despite her past pro-Putin views and lack of denunciation of the war. Metro Detroit is home to nearly 50,000 Ukrainians, many of whom have been directly impacted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Below is a message metro Detroit Ukrainians have for Ms. Kraviz, and we hope to garner support of other Ukrainians, concerned neighbors, and other members of the global community who are against the horrors inflicted upon Ukrainians daily. Dear Ms. Kraviz, Ahead of your appearance at Movement Detroit, we are asking you today to renounce your past support of Vladimir Putin and stand with Ukraine. No doubt you’re aware of the ongoing atrocities committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine: mass graves; innocents tortured and summarily executed; widespread rape; cities such as Mariupol razed to the ground; and millions of refugees forced to flee from their homes in order to escape being sent to “filtration camps.” You have previously expressed open support for Putin, including via statements made shortly after his annexation of Crimea in 2014, and in subsequent social media posts. You continue to tour and perform, profiting in democratic countries, while Ukrainian civilians suffer and die daily at the hands of the Russian Federation for the same freedoms that allow your livelihood. You have spoken of the evils of racial injustice and the need to combat climate change, yet remain silent on the murder of thousands of Ukrainians carried out by your countrymen. Your vague Instagram video posted in February depicting the word “peace" ignores that Russia bears full responsibility for this war. Metro Detroit is home to nearly 50,000 Ukrainians, many of whom have been directly impacted by Russia’s invasion: their families torn apart, loved ones murdered and hometowns destroyed. Numerous Michiganders are overseas fighting for Ukraine’s freedom. Southeastern Michigan has already taken in hundreds of Ukrainian children and families displaced by this invasion. Many of them have lost everything. We cannot stand by while our community, Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians alike, mobilizes to help those suffering in Ukraine, yet welcomes someone whose behavior has helped enable Putin. We ask that you speak out for the victims of this war given your platform and millions of fans. Silence only breeds more injustice. We await your timely response. If you won’t offer a clarification of past comments, we ask Movement and the City of Detroit to consider whether your past pro-Putin views reflect the values of our community, and re-evaluate their invitation to welcome you to the City. Respectfully, Ukrainian-American Crisis Response Committee of Michigan Ukrainian-American Congress Committee, Michigan Chapter Ukrainian American Civic Committee of Metropolitan Detroit Ukrainian New Wave
Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Honorable Antony Blinken, Rob Portman, Senator Dick Durbin, Honorable Kathy Hochul, Phil Murphy, Jared Polis, Governor Eric Holcomb, Jay Inslee, Ron DeSantis, Bob Menendez
U.S. Needs to Accept Ukrainian Refugees IMMEDIATELY
*UPDATE: April 21st, 2022* A HUGE THANK YOU and congratulations to everyone who has signed, shared, and promoted this petition! Your efforts have helped to build pressure toward changing policies to help Ukrainian Refugees in need. On April 21st, President Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine, a New Streamlined Process to Welcome Ukrainians Fleeing Russia's Invasion of Ukraine. Uniting for Ukraine is a streamlined process for Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced by Russia’s aggression to apply for humanitarian parole in the United States for a period of up to two years. Click here for the full announcement and information on how to apply starting on April 25th. We will continue to watch as refugees begin to apply and seek shelter in the United States to ensure that they are able to make it here to safety soon. Additionally, given that 5 million people have left Ukraine, 100,000 will only make a small dent in the overall resettlement support needed. We hope that the Administration will monitor for future needs as the crisis in Ukraine continues. _________________________________________________________________ My name is Ashley Testa and my family is in crisis. On the morning of February 23rd, my family woke up to the sound of explosions followed by artillery fire. They quickly fled and piled into the car. Despite the fact that my husband, Misha, has U.S. citizenship, our family was not allowed to seek refuge in the U.S. At present, there is NO official Ukrainian Refugee Program in the U.S. for Ukrainian families to come to the United States—even for those who have immediate family members as U.S. citizens or residents or official sponsors. Misha’s mother, sister, sister-in-law, and our four nieces and nephews, ages 5-12, left everything behind. Most tragically, they had to leave their fathers, husbands, sons behind. We do not know if or when they will be reunited. Our family drove towards Poland while bombs went off in the background. They had to share blankets to stay warm in the frigid weather and ration their limited food and gas. After 5 days of driving, they reached the border. They planned to board a plane to the U.S., but realized that since only one family member had a U.S. green card, they could not go to the U.S. as a family. We were shocked. Luckily, since then, 7 of our family members have received visa approval. However, this is incredibly rare. Only 7 Ukrainian refugees resettled in the U.S. from March 1 - 16. Appointments for Ukrainians to interview for a U.S. visa are booked out through September. Most will also not be approved. Other options such as the Family Reunification immigration process currently have a wait time of about 15 years! President Biden has made several statements over the past week stating that he would “welcome Ukrainian refugees with open arms,” but has yet to do something about it. Lawmakers have proposed solutions, such as offering Humanitarian Parole, and are waiting for action. We beg you to allow Ukrainian families to come here. We’re on our hands and knees. They’ve been through enough. They’ve lost everything. My hope is to reach 500,000 signatures in order to demonstrate the passion of the American people to help refugees to resettle here to President Biden.