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Petition to the citizens, government, members of the opposition, and members of the international community.

Anti-Racism Law in Trinidad and Tobago

The Oxford English Dictionary defines racism as "Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior." In Trinidad and Tobago, there is a plethora of creeds alongside races, allowing for a melting pot of cultures, which is demonstrated particularly each year during our Carnival festivities as well as other national holidays. Our national anthem declares that "Every creed and race find an equal place" which implies that people from all walks of life are to be respected regardless of their ethnic background. Certain recent events shared on social media have negatively impacted on our history and common values which have brought us together and racism poses a serious and extreme threat to upholding our unity and harmonious living in every way possible. The implementation of such legislation would thus reflect shifting attitudes in a country that has long been at the crossroads of different religions, cultures and ideas whereby protecting people of all races should be a priority. Similar to that of other countries, such as Bolivia (in 2010) as well as Tunisia (in 2018), this new law should stipulate that "any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour (or) ancestry is prohibited, as is any other form of discrimination that leads to disturbances, an obstruction or privation." In Tunisia, "those convicted of using racist language can face one month in prison and a $350 fine, while those convicted of inciting hatred, making racist threats, spreading and advocating racism or belonging to an organisation that supports discrimination could be imprisoned 1-3 years or fined as much as $1,050." The law must be such that individuals who use racism and hate-speech against others would know that there are consequences for such behaviour and will not be tolerated by those against racism in Trinidad and Tobago. If you, a family member or friend had experienced racism, would you have opposed it or walked away? You have nothing to lose; please sign and share to help end the nonsense once and for all. For further information, check out: #StandAgainstRacism #TogetherWeAspire #TogetherWeAchieve #ProPluralism #WeBleedTheSameColour #StrengthInNumbers #AllLivesMatter #PeaceAndLove

Shivaughnn BANFIELD
4,661 supporters
Started 1 year 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.

1,191 supporters
Started 1 year 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, 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)
601 supporters