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1. Stop poisoning our water

If you are to boil water down to nothing anywhere in the world that water will show you its true nature. water in many places of the world is filled with sodium fluoride, chlorine and other harmful additives.

Fluoride is the main ingredient in rat poison.
fluoride consumption permanently decreases your IQ.
and many other negative effects.

This should not be in our drinking water
help get poison out of our children drinking water.

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2. Free US Citizen Zack Shahin, Imprisoned in Dubai 6 Year Without Upheld Conviction

Zack Shahin, 49, is the former CEO of Dubai-based Deyaar realty. In the span of a few short years, Shahin successfully converted this small cap development business into a multi-billion dollar global competitor in the commercial and residential real estate market. An American citizen, Shahin is married and the father of two.

Before the financial crisis struck global economies, both large and small, Zack Shahin, former CEO of Deyaar Realty, successfully converted this small cap development business into a multi-billion dollar global competitor in the commercial and residential real estate market. However, when markets began to feel the effect of such downturn, the highly successful career of Shahin, a U.S. citizen working in the Middle East, came to an abrupt end following his arrest and detention by Dubai security services on March 23, 2008. Amid allegations of corruption against various directors and officers of Deyaar, Shahin has been wrongly singled out as having participated in draining the company of equity.

He has been imprisoned without trial by the Dubai Government under inhumane conditions for over six years suffering violations of his due process rights under the laws of Dubai. Although various charges have been filed, no resolution of any of them has taken place. Some cases have even been dismissed on the eve before trial, just when Shahin was about to present his defense to the claims against him.

Shahin’s mistreatment has been raised by the highest levels of the U.S. Government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder, during bilateral discussions with top U.A.E. officials. During Secretary Clinton’s meeting with her U.A.E. counterpart, Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed, she addressed how Emiratis accused of comparable crimes have been treated far more leniently than Shahin. These U.S. Government concerns have been raised by the U.S. Ambassador and Consul General during multiple meetings and phone calls with U.A.E. law enforcement officials as well. Still, nothing has changed, Shahin’s due process rights continue to be violated, and no end to his suffering is in sight.

Prior to becoming CEO of Deyaar Development, Shahin was retail vice president and head of sales for service and distribution at MashreqBank in United Arab Emirates and Qatar. At MashreqBank, Shahin led the sales, service, distribution and retail operations of both the Retail BankingGroup & Osool Finance Company (subsidiary of the Bank) and was responsible for a total staff of 845, operating 45 branches in the UAE and Qatar. Under Shahin, retail Banking profits grew by 52% in 2001 and 62% in 2002 with absolute revenue in excess of $ 80 million. Shahin previously worked for Pepsi Cola International in United Arab Emirates, most recently as a franchise director. At Pepsico, Shahin was assigned to an under-performing franchise. Under his leadership, share loss was halted and the franchise regained market leadership. Shahins franchise expanded production capacity by 45 percent to meet potential local market and export growth thanks in part to the introduction of an additional canning line.

Shahin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting finance from the Lebanese University, and a BAI graduate degree in retail banking from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Retail Banking.
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REUTERS: MARCH 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renewing their call for greater involvement in the case of wrongfully imprisoned U.S. citizen Zach Shahin, attorneys for Shahin cite specific examples of American involvement in placing greater emphasis on foreign citizens' rights, while ignoring the wrongful detention of American citizens.

"While the interests of human rights and freedom of expression are conceded as an important facet of global concern, the greater interest of protecting Americans abroad should not be given a lesser importance in the scheme of American foreign policy," stated Eric J. Akers, attorney for Shahin.

To prove his contention, Akers points to three instances, which involve foreign dissidents, and one involving an American citizen held captive by a country with whom the U.S. seeks to appease.

"It is extraordinary that our government would 'strike a deal' with the Chinese government to bring the blind Chinese dissident Chen Guanqcheng to American soil, after giving him refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing. Yet, it took a hunger strike to finally have the American Embassy in the U.A.E. request bail for Zack Shahin in 2012," added Akers.

Recently, the press has been filled with reports of the release of ex-Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko: "It is again surprising that the media reports on U.S. State Department comments regarding Tymoshenko's release, but where has the State Department commented on Zack's acquittal on one case, and his continued detention for six years without an upheld conviction?" asked Akers.

"It is also interesting that, in January of this year, the U.S. State Department joined Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in condemning the detention of dissidents in Cuba to keep them away from a summit of hemispheric leaders meeting in Havana, when, again, no mention for the past two years have been made of Zack's case."

"Finally, Kenneth Bae is being held captive by a repressive government, only for the reason that he is not a 'political bargaining chip.' However, and again very important, his imprisonment is highlighted merely because the U.S. State Department is attempting to parley his captivity into a greater goal, which is stabilizing relations with a rogue government. What matters more than the life of Zack Shahin, an American citizen in a 'friendly' country is the non-interference by the U.S. with an unfriendly government. How sad our foreign policy has deteriorated to," added Akers

On Thursday, March 6, Akers renewed his request for assistance in addressing Shahin's situation in letters directed to both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. "On behalf of Zack and his family, I respectfully but urgently implore you to bring to bear the considerable power of your offices in securing Zack's release," wrote Akers

About Zack Shahin's Plight Since His March 2008 Arrest and Imprisonment:

On March 2, 2014, Zack Shahin declared a hunger strike to protest the U.S. government's unwillingness to intervene on his behalf and demand that Dubai authorities release him after six years in jail without an upheld conviction

March 23, 2014, will mark the six-year anniversary of Zack Shahin's arrest. Except for the brief period following his release on bail in July 2012 and return that September, he has remained imprisoned without an upheld conviction. In early 2013, Zack was acquitted on the first of four criminal cases against him, all of which stem from the same baseless accusations concerning his tenure as CEO of Deyaar, a Dubai-based real estate company. The prosecutor unsuccessfully appealed this decision and the not-guilty verdict was upheld. In March 2013, Zack and co-defendants were found guilty of embezzlement and received a 15-year sentence. Zack immediately appealed the conviction and the Dubai Court of Appeals overturned the court's decision.

Despite an appeals court overturning Shahin's guilty verdict and a cassation court upholding another not-guilty verdict, after four years of court appearances and continuances, and an obvious strategic maneuver by the Dubai government to deny U.S. citizen Zack Shahin his due process right to a trial, Washington continues to tread lightly.

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3. For women, economic justice is a civil rights issue

I am doing this for a project. It is to promote women to get more jobs and equal pay.

We should do this because women are essential to each household, business and the economy at large.

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4. Deepak for Social

Last year a certain school hosted a school social where a particular member, Deepak Selvraj, offered to be DJ. He was accepted and did a wonderful job. The same social will be taking place again, however, the only difference is that Deepak is no longer invited because the president of the Social committee, Cameron Poultney, says he is "black".

I believe that this is against our human rights and in order to balance the awesomeness we need him, because he is awesome.

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5. Stop WAR! Talk! Petition for more peace & togetherness in the world

International conflicts and aggressions are increasing all over the world and are at the verge of escalating. Ukraine, North Corea, Iran, Afghanistan ... just to cite some of them.

Actually unrests are going to increase to open conflicts between USA, Russia and Europe, between the continents, between economic power authorities.

If you don't believe the mass-media and look behind the facade in most of the cases the main reason for those conflicts are not human rights or bad presidents loosing it, mostly it's about oil, gas, money and strategic important territory.

Ask your neighbour, if he wants to have war, he will say "no". If anybody in the world asks any neighbour in the whole world, all of them will give the same answer: "no".

That means: Humans don't want to have war and aggression, humans want to have peace and harmony. But the people who fight about oil and gas, are not the ones who are standing at the front line of a war. At the end, the people who are fighting at the front, are the people who don't want war and will never have oil, even if they survive.

If everybody in the world wants to have peace and harmony, it should be possible to find a way of living together in a nice way, even if cultures and races are different. For saving and caring about our interests we have presidents and authorities, so we think, they should do it and work out a way for peace and togetherness.

With our bavarian flashmob in India (watch at www.flashmob4peace.com), where hundreds of people from all over the world spontaneously started dancing together an bavarian song (nobody could understand anything at all), we prooved one fact:

"All nationalities can dance together, even if they sometimes don't understand each other".

War is the result of fear ...
- fear of loosing territories
- fear of loosing influence
- fear of loosing richness and prosperity 
- fear of loosing privelegs.
In short ... it's all about materialism and "being better or better situated than others".

Since thousands of years the concept is "getting more and being better than somebody else" neglecting the fact, that true richness and satisfaction is harmony and togetherness.

The main problem: The world population is growing, resources and energies are getting less. So every nation tries to get as much influence as possible, to save and raise their economic standards (fear of Looping).

But imagine an international alliance of all nations, which works on a way of togetherness on the whole earth, which creates worldwide peace-contracts and concepts for equality and global collaboration.

Imagine if all people on earth would take all the money, which is actually invested into armament (around 1500!! billions US$ per year!!!) and militaries, and work together on solutions for new sustainable energies, for making uninhabitable land inhabitable, for living together in harmony...

The earth would have enough sustainable resources for the whole population.

We think, in the 21th century - after thousand of years of "against" - it's time to recap the past, to reconsider and to start changing the system into "with each other", because that's what you and your neighbours want (if you neglect the fear of loosing something).

Media, authorities and presidents all over the world are promoting fear and the "against"-concept by forwarding unilateral story lines furthering the own nationalistic idea. Of course they do this, otherwise the folks, which don't want war, would not share the idea and authorities without the people behind them would not have any power.

But do we need political power to live together in peace and harmony? If we continue following the "against"-idea: Yes!
... If we start to change something and work on the "together" idea: No!

We know, that changing this will not be easy and for sure it will take a long time, but it's worth starting and trying to change the concept of thinking now.

Its time to make a concept not only on behalf of some people in the world, but in everyones interest all over world. Even a small change is a beginning!

Please sign this petition and share our
 flashmob-video: www.flashmob4peace.com.

Thanks!

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6. Support for Euthanasia

I recently received a letter in the mail detailing that our MP Jim Hillyer intends to vote against legalizing euthanasia/assisted suicide. Being informed on this issue is of utmost importance as it will affect all, or at least most, Canadians at some point in our lives.

In the document mailed out Mr. Hillyer improperly defines euthanasia by claiming it is: “when someone other than the person to die makes the decision”. The person dying would often be a part of the decision-making process. Euthanasia should be defined as: a deliberate act undertaken by one person to relieve that person’s suffering where the act is the cause of death.

In Canada’s current system to allow a person to die we withhold treatment, meaning we take out the feeding tubes and hold the intravenous fluids until the infant or adult starves to death. This process can take days and the suffering endured is not to be taken lightly. There must be a more humane way to end a life; euthanasia must be made legal to assist with this process.

The emotional burden on the health care workers to witness a death like this, the economic burden on the health care system, as well as the suffering imposed upon those waiting for death to come are all immeasurable.

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7. Establish and support the International Tribunal of Reparation

This petition is conceived as the logical next step to several initiatives that the Organization of African Unity, currently African Union, United Nations, Republic of Haiti, Caribbean Community (Caricom), and civil society have undertaken to eliminate the impact of slavery, racism, discrimination and related exclusion.

On the borders of certain countries (e.g., Israel and United States) fences are built to socially isolate, exclude and/or separate targeted communities formed of individuals that are deemed illegal by national laws. In most of those cases, significant numbers of people (e.g., Somalis, Congolese, Syrians, etc.), due to religious, ethnic, and racial conflicts, are forced to resettle in refugee camps and/or faraway countries where they have no previous ties. While the factors underlying such cases vary; by and large, the results are seizures of land, property, resources, and other possessions of these families that are displaced. For instance, the recent decision of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic (case number 168-13) to render thousands of Dominicans Stateless on the basis of their African ancestry calls to question the Cultural Heritage of the Island of Ayiti, which African Studies, as well as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), recognize as the Nation where Africans rose to affirm their humanity in the New World.

These alarming situations do not mean the whole world is facing a new phenomenon, However, they do indicate widespread systemic impunity, and denial of due process. In a general sense, specific attention should be focus on the plight of Africans who for more than a century have presented a valid case for Reparations from Slavery. While this request continues to be formulated, no court of law has deemed it necessary to adjudicate their claim. However, Reparation is not such a controversial issue; for instance, the U.S. government formally apologized for the internments of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans that were forcibly relocated and confined by the U.S. military following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, by signing into law the Civil Liberties Act on August 10, 1988. This law also granted reparations to surviving internees and their families.

The case for Restitution and Reparation is considered beyond dispute by many thinkers, policymakers, and advocates who cite negative health outcomes from Slavery and Racism among significant segments of the world’s population. In a seminal report, the Boston Public Health Commission published in 2005, the researchers found racism to be a leading contributor to Health Disparities among Blacks and Latinos. Such findings are easily corroborated by other reports such as the UN’s annual Human Development Index (HDI) that shows most Africans on the continent and abroad occupy the lowest echelon for life expectancy, income, and education (http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/hdr2013_en_summary.pdf).

Therefore, the most effective manner to address those egregious cases, such as the thousands of Dominicans rendered Stateless, is to convene a judicial process for the victims to seek redress to their grievances based on this common accord: “National laws are subservient to International Courts” (The Economist, December, 2013).

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8. Free Russian Political Prisoner Denis Lutskevich, Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Labor Camp

Born in 1992 Denis Lutskevich. is a student, former marine infantry. He was arrested for participating in the mass anti-Putin protests on Bolotnaya Square, Moscow, on May 6, 2012. He was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months in prison.

Lutskevich was beaten by the Special Unit policemen during the 6th May demonstration, for which there is photographic evidence. He was arrested on June 9 and has been kept in the No5 pre-trial detention prison.

Lutskevich has been accused of participating in mass riots (paragraph 2, article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code) and of using force against a representative of authority (paragraph 1, article 318 of the Russian Criminal Code). He is facing up to thirteen years in prison.

He was accused of pulling a helmet off a Special Unit policeman’s head, as well as throwing pieces of asphalt at the policemen. The accusation is based on the testimony provided by the injured party, Troerin.

Denis Lutskevich’s lawyer Dmitry Dinze presented numerous positive character references at the court, for example, from Lutskevich’s work, university and neighbours.

Commenting on his conviction, Denis said: "I don't agree with the sentence, but I expected a harsher one. I think an external factor played a role there: the Olympic games and the crisis in Ukraine.

"I am very grateful for the support I have received. Of course the number of those detained (for the Bolotnaya protests) is colossal. When the judge announced the verdict, one could hear slogans from the crowds outside on the street. I plan to launch an appeal, to ask that this verdict be overturned. I will not appeal for clemency."

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9. Immediate release of Saudi blogger Raef Badawi

This letter will be sent to the President of the United States Barack H. Obama the April 1, 2014.

You can add your signature to letter through this petition.

Sign and share widely! Thanks!

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10. Free Rouhollah Tavana, Iranian Sentenced to Death for "Insulting the Prophet" In a Private Video

FEBRUARY 20, 2014: Mashhad Intelligence agents arrested Rouhollah Tavana, 34, at his home in Mashhad in October 2011. According to a court documents, Intelligence agents confiscated a private video recording of Tavana on his personal computer, in which while under the influence of alcohol he allegedly uttered a phrase the judge interpreted as insulting the Prophet of Islam, a crime under Iranian law. However, the same law explicitly notes that insulting the Prophet is not a crime punishable by death if the person is drunk.

We have asked all authorities for a pardon and for forgiveness for him. My son has repented. My son wrote a letter in prison and expressed remorse, but nothing happened. We can’t rely on anything. They are going to hang him just like that,” Tavana’s mother Fakhri Jamali said.

Branch 5 of the Razavi Khorasan Province Criminal Court sentenced Rouhallah Tavana to death, and an appeals court later upheld his death sentence. On February 14, 2014, Branch 14 of the Iranian Supreme Court also upheld his death sentence, which can now be carried out at any time.

According to Article 262 of the new Islamic Penal Code, “Whoever insults [the Prophet Mohammad] . . . shall be sentenced to death.” However, Article 263 of the Code states, “If the individual accused of [insult] claims that his statements were made reluctantly, negligently, unintentionally, or while drunk, or angry, or were verbal blunders, or were said without attention to the meaning of the words, or were quoting another individual, he will not be considered a insulter of the Prophet.” A note on this article further adds, “If the insult is uttered while drunk or angry or quoting someone else, and is considered an insult, it will be punishable by up to 74 lashes.”

Jamali said judicial authorities refused to accept a letter the family wrote requesting a retrial, saying that they only receive letters from families of those on death row for drug-related crimes, not for other crimes. She added that the basis for the death sentence is a private video Tavana recorded of himself at his home, joking privately with his brother while under the influence of alcohol. In addition to “insulting the Prophet,” Rouhollah Tavana was charged with “producing alcoholic beverages.”

In an interview with the Campaign, Fakhri Jamali appealed for help to save her son’s life. “They said they will serve the lawyer and my son with his death sentence ruling at Vakilabad Prison in Shiraz in the next two weeks. My son has no idea that the Supreme Court has confirmed his death sentence. He keeps calling from prison and asking about it, and all we do is to give him hope. We are now forced to give interviews to the media. Up until now, we were afraid my son’s situation would worsen if we gave interviews, but we have no choice anymore. We ask everyone to help stop my son’s death sentence,” she said.

Describing what led to her son’s arrest and his death sentence, Tavana’s mother told the Campaign, “Three years ago, one of my son’s friends called the Mashhad Intelligence Office and told them that my son had information at his home that was ‘anti-revolutionary’ and ‘against the Supreme Leader.’ Forces from the Mashhad Intelligence Office raided my son’s home suddenly, searching through all his books, personal items, and his computer hard disk. On his computer there was a video that my son and one of his brothers had made of themselves on the night of his birthday.

According to Jamali, “In this video, my son, who was having a drink, said a sentence that cannot even be a direct insult to Prophet Mohammad. He was holding the knife he was going to cut the cake with and he said, ‘Put this knife up your prophet’s butt.’ But this film was private and other than himself and his brother, there was no one else in it. My son was kept in solitary confinement inside the Intelligence Office for three-and-a-half months, and then they transferred him to Vakilabad Prison in Shiraz.”

Judicial authorities leveled the charge of producing alcoholic beverages against Tavana based on another personal video confiscated from his home. Rouhollah Tavana did not share these videos with anyone else at any time. “He had a file on his computer which the Intelligence forces found. Rouhollah had videotaped himself when he was all alone, concocting an alcoholic beverage in a pressure cooker in the kitchen. [In the video] he was jokingly describing the directions for making the alcoholic drink. But all of these were private files. The Intelligence forces themselves took the files and put them on CDs and entered them into his case,” Jamali said her son’s other charges.

Tavana’s mother also said that the family has a letter from the Medical Examiner’s Office confirming that Rouhollah Tavana suffers from Cluster B Personality Disorders and needs treatment.

After his arrest, Tavana spent 3.5 months in a solitary cell inside the Mashhad Intelligence Office. He has expressed remorse for cursing. His family visits him once a week.

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11. Support Ukraine's Freedom Fighters

In November 2013, President Yanukovitch withdrew, at the eleventh hour, from signing a trade agreement with the EU which would have helped loosen Ukraine’s economic ties to Russia and moved it one step closer towards EU membership. However, the subsequent protests were not a fight for EU membership, but for basic political rights.

The President’s armed troops, the ‘Berkut’, violently dispersed a peaceful student demonstration in Kiev on November 30th, causing the people to take to the streets en masse to defend not only their right to peacefully demonstrate, but to speak out freely, and to demand a government with its country’s best interests at heart.

On 16th December 2013, the Ukrainian parliament passed a series of laws through a spurious raising of hands, rather than electronic voting, which made it illegal to travel in convoys of more than 4 vehicles, to publicly gather in groups of more than 10 people, and to wear protective gear such as helmets in public places: effectively, making protesting and fighting against the government illegal.

More people flooded into Maidan, setting up camp and strengthening the barricades enclosing and protecting the makeshift village in Kiev’s city centre. More Berkut troops were then deployed to try and storm Maidan yet again, meeting resistance from the people. In response to the Berkut’s use of water cannon and rubber bullets, the protesters began retaliating with Molotov cocktails, improvised cobblestone, log missiles, and firecrackers. The protesters remain entrenched on Maidan, demanding that Yanukovitch resign, without which no positive change can occur in Ukraine.

However, on February 17th, after the protesters ignored the deadline Yanukovitch set for them to clear the Square, the President commanded the Berkut to begin using excessive force to storm and reclaim Maidan.

Since that night, the official death toll escalated to circa 50 people, increasing at this very moment after a sniper was installed following the so-called truce, although people reported to have been burned alive in the opposition’s HQ, the Trade Union Building, do not seem to have been figured into the total. The Berkut is kidnapping the injured being brought into Kiev’s hospitals, forcing the people to construct makeshift hospitals in cathedrals and hotels around the city instead.

Protesters have been abducted and returned with their mouths sewn shut, being seated on crates full of firecrackers which were ignited beneath them, and after being crucified. You will hear reports of a ‘truce’ between Yanukovitch and the opposition’s leaders. This means nothing. We repeat: no truce made with Yanukovitch as president is legitimate. People are dying, being massacred, being humiliated – it will have been worth nothing if Yanukovitch is allowed to remain in power. People are laying down their time, their health, their lives, to give Ukraine another chance to flourish into the sophisticated nation it has the resources to become, none of which can happen with a leader who robs his own country’s coffers and runs to Russia when he gets low on cash.

You will hear the media hint that the protesters are rebel rousers, gratuitously inciting violence – when you do, remember this: there are 100 year old women on Maidan. There are poor villagers eating soup and staying warm by oil barrels by the side of oligarchs. There are young children rolling tyres to Maidan to use as decoys and as barricades. There are people who cannot afford to abandon their businesses who travelled across the country to set up residence in the cold for months to fight for freedom. There are women, mothers, preparing boxes of Molotov cocktails.

Please, do not be indifferent. Help Ukrainians obtain what they should never have had to fight for by signing this petition. We do not tend to pay attention to the crises in countries not our own, but while turning away form a news report is understandable, ignoring a direct appeal is irresponsible. We are real people. We are losing those we love. This is no longer just about politics.

We the Ukrainian people address you, the people of the EU, because this is now also about the very dignities which make us human.

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12. Appeal against unfair Minecraft plot clearing

On Minecraft, I spent two months building a plot. I was told by people of a much higher rank that it was really good. I submitted it for evaluation and was denied because it was "not realistic". It was a realistic building as people immediately knew what it was and loved it. I need your help to get compensation.

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13. STOP Gender-Based Violence and Hate Crime in Ilocos Sur.

STOP Gender-Based Violence and Hate Crime in Ilocos Sur. Uphold and Respect LGBT Rights as Human Rights.

Investigate incidents/reports of violence committed against LGBT people.

Uphold and Respect LGBT Rights as Human Rights. Investigate incidents/reports of violence committed against LGBT people.

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14. Bizzle's "Same Love (A Response)" needs to be Stopped

Christian rapper "Bizzle" has taken the beautiful human rights song "Same Love" and made it in to an anti-gay protest.

The protest is founded in his belief that being gay is a choice and a sin in the eyes of god. As a Christian and also a supporter of gay and human rights, I think it is an insult. He is attempting to undo what human rights activists have been working on for years.

He is also slandering the name of the song and the people who made the song. This is not an attack on Bizzle or his beliefs.

Comparing homosexuality to pedophilia is not something that should be tolerated in today's world. While he says the song is not about hate, it clearly is meant in a very negative way. The link for the is listed below.

http://youtu.be/Eg4je2qd8X4

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15. IMZA AT, QAYNAR XƏTT YARAT

Yanvar ayının 24-ü tarixinə Azərbaycanda 24 gəncin intiharı qeydə alınmışdır. Onların əksəriyyəti cinsi azlıq üzvləridir. LGBT aktivist İsa Şahmarlı tərəfindən baş tutan intihar isə cəmiyyətdə rezonans doğurdu. Bu intihar hadisəsi cəmiyyətə simvolik protest və mesaj idi. Cinsi azlıqlara qarşı azərbaycan cəmiyyətində tüğyan edən nifrət səbəbi ilə cinsi azlıqların psixoloji durumu getdikcə kədərli nəticələrə gətirib çıxarır.

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During 24 days of January, 2014, 24 young people committed suicide in Azerbaijan. Most of them are sexual minorities. A suicide committed by, LGBT activist, Isa Shahmarli was a symbolic protest and a message to the society. Hatred of Azerbaijani society against sexual minorities worsens psychological situations of the sexual minorities which leads to sad consequences.

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16. To Call for the release or a fair trial of Dr Al-Jaidah

PLEASE NOTE WE JUST WANT FELLOW DOCTORS TO SIGN THIS LETTER.

After a hearing on February 3rd, verdict is reserved until 3 March SO IT IS VITAL WE GET AS MANY DOCTORS TO SIGN BEFORE THEN.

If you are not a doctor, there are other things you CAN do by going to this Amnesty page: http://goo.gl/5C7aOG

FROM AMNESTY: Qatari medical doctor, Mahmood al-Jaidah, was arrested by plain clothes United Arab Emirates (UAE) security officials while in transit at Dubai International Airport on 26 February 2013. Held in solitary confinement for 210 days, he told his family in sporadic visits that he had been subjected to beatings, sleep deprivation and forced to ingest unidentified liquid. Denied routine access to a lawyer, he is due for trial on 4 November.

Father of eight children, Dr Mahmood al-Jaidah continues to be held in an unknown place by the UAE’s State Security, or Amn al-Dawla. It is believed that he is accused of providing 100,000 UAE Dirham (US$27,225) to members of the now-banned al-Islah (the Reform and Social Guidance Association), formerly a UAE-based organization loosely modeled on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. It remains unclear whether he has been charged and what the exact charges contemplated or brought against him are.

He was not permitted to contact his family for 11 days after arrest, during which time he was not allowed to contact the UAE embassy for consular assistance. In April, Qatari lawyers and members of his family sought to meet him after the Qatar ambassador facilitated a meeting. The lawyers from Qatar were not permitted to meet with him.

In April 2013 Amnesty International wrote to the UAE authorities seeking information about Mahmood al-Jaidah and expressing concern over his fate but, has not received an a response. Since April 2013, members of his family have been able to visit him at least once a month. During these visits he told them of the verbal abuse and torture and other ill-treatment he said he faced. It is believed that he will stand trial with several UAE nationals on 4 November.

Since his arrest, Dr Mahmood al-Jaidah’s due process rights, including the right to a lawyer of one’s own choosing and his right to challenge the lawfulness of his detention, have been flouted.

SADLY ON 3/3/14 Dr Al-Jaidah was sentenced to 7 years with no right of appeal, so this petition has been closed.

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17. Scottish government should investigate the matter of James Duff's estate

For an independent inquiry into the illegal court process that had taken my father, James Duff's estate which involved fake police reports, to prevent investigation and prosecutions.

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18. Libérez le Docteur Masood!

Âgé de 72 ans, Masood Ahmad - médecin britannique - est injustement emprisonné depuis 57 jours au Pakistan pour avoir récité un passage du Coran.

Il appartient à la minorité ahmadie, un mouvement religieux qualifié d'hérétique par les autres musulmans et reconnus comme non musulmans par la Constitution du Pakistan, ce qui les expose à des persécutions et des mesures discriminatoires. Le simple fait pour eux de se revendiquer musulman peut leur valoir une accusation de blasphème.

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19. Stop Texas Life Support Law

My name is Robert Copeland, President of the Atheist Community of Wilmington, and the Atheist Community of North Carolina!

I am very involved in arguing and debating logical, rational decisions based on the evidence presented, experience, and adaptation.

I mainly discuss the topics of Abortion (Pro-Choice stance) and Religion (Atheism stance).

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20. Support Hamed Javanmardy's asylum case

Iranian asylum seeker and Kurdish political activist Hamed Javanmardy is in dire need of an appropriate action to be resettled in a safe country.

Due to his political view and having affiliation with Kurdish dissident parties of Iranian regime Mr. Javanmardy was subjected to prosecution and constant harassment by Iranian security forces which eventually left him no option except fleeing from Iran.

In 2004 he left Iran to avoid any probable arbitrary arrestment and intimidation with a strong prospect to save his live from imprisonment and chastisements, but unfortunately since 2004 he has been through lots of harder circumstances in Turkey. His refugee eligibility was denied and his asylum claim was rejected by UNHCR. It’s been 10 years that he is waiting for reconsideration and reopening his case and changing above mentioned unfavorable decision. He also has been suffering from many problems which have paralyzed his daily life including: health and psychological problem, intensive anxiety of being deported to Iran, and unpleasant life conditions which all refugees in Turkey encounter. Above all aforementioned afflictions his asylum claim and rejection decision by UNHCR as well as Turkish police negligence to reopen and address his case, has put Mr. Javanmardy’s life in an infinite abeyance.

Although we deeply respect Turkey’s UNHCR prior decisions and conclusions, we consider that there are much more new elements and developments has taken place since the last rejection decision; and these elements combined with the previous elements will create danger, risks and threatening situation that are amount to persecution according to 1951 Refugee Convention if Mr. Jabvanmardy eventually is deported to Iran. More importantly, during these years of living in Turkey; in collaboration with Iranian regime opposition parties Mr.Javanmardy constantly continued his political activities as an Iranian regime dissident.

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21. Free Iranian War Veteran and Green Movement Activist Behzad Arabgol

Committee of Human Rights Reporters - Behzad Arabgol, war veteran, presidential campaign activist and Ashura detainee, was transferred to Evin prison today April 30th, to serve his 4-year prison sentence.

According to CHRR, this Green movement activist and Iran-Iraq war veteran who still carries shrapnel in his body from the war, was arrested during the Ashura protests following the disputed presidential elections in 2009, and endured 6 months behind bars in Evin prison under difficult conditions and harsh interrogations.

This Green activist who has never used his veteran's benefits, was handed a 6-year prison sentence by the notoriouis Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court: five years on the charge of “illegal gathering,” and one year on the charge of “mutiny.” The sentence was later commuted to a total of 4 years in prison by the court of appeals.

Following several intimidating visits by agents to his home, in March 2010 Behzad Arabgol presented himself at the Ministry of Intelligence in order to spare his family from further harassment. He was held in solitary confinement at Evin prison for extended periods of time and faced intense interrogations before being released on 100 million Tomans bail on July 7, 2010.

Behzad Arabgol is a father to a 4.5-year old and a 7-year old, and supported his family through his job as a construction worker.

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22. عريضة داعمة لحقوق السجينات في لبنان - Petition Supporting the Rights of Women Prisoners


نحن الموقعون/ات أدناه
نؤمن بمبادئ وقيم حقوق الإنسان، وبأن المساواة والعدالة الكرامة حق وبأن حقوق النساء جزءُ اساسيُ لا يتجزأ من حقوق الإنسان،
ونعلن عن تضامننا مع حقوق السجينات في السجون اللبنانية لكون السجون هي حلقة من حلقات العدالة التي لا يمكن أن تتحقق إلا عبر التمتع بابسط الحقوق الإنسانية،
ونطالب الدولة بتعزيز الجهود الوقائية ومعالجة الممارسات والمعايير الاجتماعية التمييزية على أساس النوع الاجتماعي (الجندر)، وبذل الجهود الدؤوبة لضمان معاملة السجينات بما يوافق معايير حقوق الأنسان في جميع مراحل الإعتقال والمحاكمة والحكم والسجن والإنخراط في المجتمع، وإيلاء الاهتمام لخصوصية المرأة من حمل ورضاعة ورعاية الأطفال، من خلال وضع إطار داعم من التشريعات والممارسات.



We, the undersigned below, believe in the principles and values of human rights, and that equality, justice, and dignity are rights, and that women rights are essential and integral part of human rights.

We declare our solidarity with the rights of women prisoners in Lebanese prisons, because prisons are part of justice that cannot be achieved without the application of the simplest human rights.

We call on the state to enhance prevention efforts – to change the gender discriminatory practices and social norms – to make unremitting efforts to ensure the treatment of prisoners, in accordance to human rights standards in all stages of detention, trial, sentence, imprisonment and engagement in the community – and to highly consider the special needs of women from pregnancy, breast-feeding and child care, through the development of a supportive framework of legislation and practices.

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23. Call For Aid Against Uganda's Anti-Gay Laws

Uganda's Govenment has just passed an Anti-Homosexuality (Anti-Gay) Bill that gives life imprisonment to anyone who is or expected of being gay and made it a punishable offence not to report these suspicions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25463942

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24. Abolish Exiling Prisoners to Prisons in Remote Locations

The practice of combining prison sentences with exile is an illegal practice of Iranian judiciary system commonly used for political prisoners in the past few years. This practice on one hand punishes families of the prisoners by forcing them to travel long distances to visit their loved ones, and on the other hand inflicts intense psychological harm on the prisoner as he or she worries about the family members' safety and health while going through long distance travels.

Such was the case of Amir Reza (Peyman) Arefi who was first arrested in March 2009, a couple of months before the election in June 2009 on charges of supporting a monarchist group. Even though he was in prison at the time of the protests following the disputed June 2009 presidential election, Arefi was put on trial on charges of interfering in the 2009 elections after he made confessions under torture about his involvement in the protests. The Revolutionary Court first sentenced Arefi to death, however the appeal court reduced his sentence to 15 years of prison in exile at a prison in Masjed Soleyman, a city in the Southern Iran province of Khouzestan.

Arefi lost his mother and his wife in a car accident on December 19th, 2013 as they were heading back to the nearest train station to return to Tehran from visiting him at the exile prison. Ironically his wife, Ziba Sadeghzadeh, in one of her last facebook status updates had pointed out that Peyman has been asking her not to visit him in exile, because he was afraid that something happens to them in one of these trips which would make him eternally miserable.

Regardless of one's political views, one cannot stand the burden of the silence that is indifferent to the denial of the most basic human right of a man or woman to grieve his or her family members' loss by attending their funeral and saying goodbye to them for the last time.

UPDATE:
December 21st 2013: Peyman Arefi was released on 1 billion Tomans bail for a week-long furlough to participate in the funerals of his late mother, Nahid Rahmani, and wife, Ziba Sadeghzadeh. At the end Ziba Sadeghzadeh was finally able to get her husband a furlough - one that was caused by her and her mother in law's tragic deaths.

Every prisoner in exile goes through tremendous psychological stress as he or she awaits the hours before his or her family arrives safely from long distance trip to his or her visit. Denying the prisoners the right to contact the family members amplifies the impact of the psychological harm of the exile on the prisoners who cannot be sure of the safe arrival of their loved ones to their home returning back from visiting the prisoners in exile.

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25. Podržavam znanstvenicu Luciju Tomljenović u apelu za ukidanje prisilnog cijepljenja

Trebalo bi biti svima jasno da uistinu dobrom proizvodu nisu potrebne totalitarne i radikalne mjere da bi se pučanstvo tobože “uvjerilo” u njihovu “neupitnu” dobit.

Argument prisilnog cijepljenja uz prijetnju novčane kazne nema nikakvu znanstvenu ni etičku bazu.

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26. Rescind Prison Sentence Against Verveer Avanessian, Seriously Ill Iranian Priest

December 15, 2013--Verveer Avanessian, arrested last year while serving as the priest of an Iranian house church, and who is severely ill and requires intensive medical care, has been sentenced to three and half years in prison.

According to Mohabat News quoted from Radio Zamaneh, Iranian judiciary announced the prison sentence of Verveer Avanessian on Thursday, December 5 2013.

The court announced the charges against him as propaganda and collusion against Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as action against national security.

He has been given a 20-day deadline to appeal the court's sentence.

Verveer Avanessian’s trial was held on September 7, behind closed doors.

The Court ordered him to avoid any contact with other Christians before pronouncement of the sentence.

Verveer Avanessian was arrested while attending a Christmas gathering, with a group of new-Christians on December 27, 2012.

Verveer Avanessian served as a priest for more than 17 years in Armenian and Iranian churches, and is currently retired from clerical duties due to serious health issues including kidney ailments and severe heart failure, diabetes and the aftermath of multiple surgeries.

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27. SEJUTA UMMAH TOLAK COMANGO

Kerajaan Malaysia perlu menyekat terus aktiviti 54 NGO yang termasuk dalam gabungan Comango kerana telah melakukan fitnah yang boleh menghancurkan negara.

Mereka bukan sahaja menghasut rakyat supaya bersikap anti establishment, bahkan mereka juga melobi negara-negara anggota PBB supaya menekan Malaysia mengiktiraf perkara-perkara yang bercanggah dengan agama Islam dan perlembagaan negara. Antaranya termasuklah:

1) Membenarkan kebebasan untuk murtad
2) Mengiktiraf budaya hidup LGBT (budaya zina dan liwat)
3) Menuntut hak keistimewaan orang Melayu dalam perlembagaan dipinda
4) Mengiktiraf ajaran sesat Syiah di Malaysia
5) Menuntut agar mana-mana ibu bapa yang memeluk Islam tidak diberi hak penjagaan anak
6) Mendesak penghapusan hukuman syariah

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28. Free Iranian Human Rights/Childrens' Rights Activist Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi

Imprisoned Human Rights and children rights activist, Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi, is in dire need of an urgent back surgery.

According to Kaleme, this political prisoner who was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison, has been serving his prison term in Ward 350 of Evin prison since about a year ago. Three of his vertebra have been displaced due to the impact and trauma, and he was scheduled and supposed to be transferred to a medical center outside of the Evin prison to have an MRI scan, but his medical examination and treatment outside of the Evin prison has been denied by the prosecutor and the prison authorities.

Also, he has been suffering from damagees to his cornea of both eyes which has significantly compromised his vision.

Prison authorities and the prosecutor have denied him of family visitation throughout his imprisonment in the past one year.

In desperation, Mr. Yousefpour Seifi has now launched a hunger strike. He has already suffered two minor strokes while in prison, but has been denied necessary medical care.

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29. Ptsd Support & Global Awareness Campaign

INVISIBLE NO MORE!

We are an International community of advocates working together to educate and create global healing.

We are committed to being the force behind movement to stop the traumatic cycling of Ptsd, through education awareness and advocacy and we need the world to stand with us.

The enormity of PTSD's pervasiveness Internationally most certainly makes it a Global Crisis that can no longer be ignored.

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30. End the use of trafficking to fuel pornography

Human trafficking by organized criminal gangs is a major provider for servicing prostitution in the UK. Girls abroad are lured with promises of lucrative jobs as dancers or entertainers, or in related industries.

The reality is a life of enslavement and degrading abuse from which they cannot break free. It damages them physically, mentally and emotionally.

A lesser known fact is that sex trafficking is driven by online pornography. Trafficked victims are used to produce explicit and often ‘illegal’ pornographic images and films for distribution via the internet. This material is in turn used as a training tool for trafficked victims – teaching them what to expect and how to respond.

Many men then go to prostitutes with the expectation they can experience firsthand the more extreme pornographic scenarios they have seen online, and which their regular partners would reject.

Victims of trafficking, women, children - and even pornography addicts and male users themselves - are all alike damaged by the production and easy availability of hardcore pornography.

In a morally responsible society, the right to sexual freedom can never include the right to inflict harm or degradation on another human being.

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