6 petitions

Started 8 months ago

Petition to Rolf Jongendijk, Jurgen van Houdt, Sigrid Kaag, Stef Blok

Enschede: Boycott Johny Messo & End Assyrophobia, Racism, Xenophobia!

The Enschede Municipality Council in the Netherlands plans to endorse and finance the Dutch translation and publication of Johny Messo’s 2017 book Arameans: The Making of Assyrians. The controversy surrounding the work is due to various claims made by the author with respect to the ethnic identity of the Assyrians. The author fails to treat Assyrians as political equals and denies them the right to be guarantors of their very existence. Messo has tapped into selective passages from antiquity in an effort to persuade the academic community that the modern Assyrian identity is artificial and that this community should be regarded as "Arameans"— a nomenclature rejected by the community itself. Furthermore, Messo has exhausted every effort to dispossess Assyrians of their right to an identity and has exposed them to racial discrimination, vilification, cyber-bullying and dangers by portraying this ethnic minority as tools of western missionaries, diplomats and colonial powers. We call upon the Enschede Municipality Council to formally withdraw its support and send a clear and direct message- Assyrophobia is not welcome in modern society. Those signing this petition aim to spread awareness that prejudices against Assyrians will not be tolerated. The outright denial of the Assyrian identity is contributing and amounting to cultural genocide (ethnocide) and a violation to international law. Furthermore, misrepresentation of indigenous Assyrians under the misnomer “Aramean” is to be ceased indefinitely as it is in the highest degree deplorable, discreditable, and disadvantageous to the Assyrian identity. Having endured the ravages of terror organisations such as Islamic State (IS) in 2014, the world will not stand idle and tolerate historical revisionists attempting to erase the identity of this ancient people from the pages of history. In 2007, the Netherlands, being a member state of the United Nations General Assembly voted in favour of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (=UNDRIP). The declaration addresses both individual and collective rights emphasising on and is not limited to; culture, identity, education, health, employment, and language. Furthermore, the declaration outlaws discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them. Article 33.1 guarantees “indigenous peoples have the right to determine their own identity.” Earlier this year, Dutch politician Sigrid Kaag argued that human rights are under pressure around the world and that respect for human rights and the rule of law is a prerequisite for stability and security. Whilst in Geneva, the foreign minister expressed her wishes that the Netherlands would re-join the United Nations Human Rights Council during the 2020-22 term. We encourage the Netherlands Government to adhere to its commitment in combating human rights violations and instil an environment that is welcoming, where people are treated with dignity and respect.

870 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Angela Merkel (CDU), Angela Merkel, Michel Temer, Juan Carlos Varela, Enrique Peña Nieto, Theresa May MP, António Costa, Paul Kagame, António Guterres, Moussa Faki, United Nations, Mariano Rajoy Brey, JUAN MANUEL SANTOS, EVO MORALES, Mark Rutte, Michelle Bachelet, Aleksandar Vučić, Donald Trump, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Lenin Moreno, Sergio Mattarella, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Juan Orlando hernandez, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Luis Guillermo Solís, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Mauricio Macri, Tabaré Vazquez, Muhammadu Buhari

Recognize & Support International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)

Why should you and I along with our governments sign this petition? Please listen to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada explain, "What is the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD)?" and why it's important for ALL of us to join in solidarity to support. IDPAD was declared by the United Nations, to be observed from 2015 to 2024, as a period for it's member states, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities (UN Resolution 69/16) in the spirit of RECOGNITION . JUSTICE . DEVELOPMENT In support of the decade, we calling on ... 100 Million People Worldwide, 100,000 Institutions, 10,000 Corporations, 1,000 Most Influential, 100 Governments, 1 Queen (of England) and YOU to help make the world a better place!

Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD)
475 supporters