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1. Stop Amendments to the Migration Act of 1958

The Australian Government says that it wishes to stop "people trafficking" and consequently the number of deaths that have occurred at sea, due to this illegal practice. But in fact the Government seems more intent on punishing those who have fled persecution in the face of torture and death, in what more and more evidence is pointing at, modern concentration camps under the guise of detention centers.

The Government still continues to deny the inhuman conditions, the torture, beatings, threats, sexual abuse and deaths. The long term consequences of depression, mental break downs, self harm, attempted suicide and the slow suffocation of the human spirit. That is why they have no concern in sending toddler Ferouz Myuddin or 300 others waiting for the same fate, back...into what has been recorded as a condemned environment.

Scott Morrison says HIS amendments to the Migration Act will make it easier to send Asylum Seekers to other countries. If Cambodia, one of the recorded highest raking inhumane countries is not good enough, then Asylum Seekers with only a 49% chance of torture or death, should be sent back to face the consequences. He wants to raise the bar from 10% to 50% and no matter that our legal system is based on the premise "innocent until proven guilty", Asylum Seekers will now have to prove, NOT TO AUSTRALIA but to the Immigration Minister him or her self, AND TO THAT PERSONS OWN DISCRETION, that the Asylum seeker is in fact "who he says he is", a refugee. This is of cause without legal assistance. The changes will also see the removal of some procedural safeguards designed to promote certainty, consistency and fairness in protection status determinations.

These changes will apply to All Asylum Seekers processed in Australia whether they arrive by boat or Plane. The changes to the Bill will also remove provisions for family reunions for asylum seekers who have previously arrived in Australia by boat, this is aimed at discouraging family members of protection Visa holders from arriving in Australia. Scott Morrison thinks that he has the answer.

The Human Right Lawyers, the Law Council of Australia, the United Nations, International options and several thousand Australians are all under miners of his own self righteousness. Do not pass this inhumane and dangerous Bill, especially into the hands of some one who does not have the ability to hear.

Please sign not only this petition but contact your own Federal Member to vote against this Bill.

You can also contact the Prime Minister on www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm Thank you

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2. We want Canadian Titleholder Property Rights

All Canadians want Property Rights identical to Aboriginal Canadians as in the Supreme Court’s historic judgment in the Tsilhqot’in First Nation case.

http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2014/06/26/supreme-court-grants-land-title-tsilhqotin-first-nation/

The Supreme Court says (Aboriginal) Crown Land Grant Titleholder gives “the exclusive right to decide how the land is used, and the right to benefit from those uses.” but Titleholders “title is not an absolute right.”; “There’s a balancing act going on.” All Canadians Interests (vs) an Individual or Group of Canadians Interests. Government “can infringe (aboriginal) Titleholders title, for the general economic development for prosperity and the benefit of all Canadians could justify infringement of the Titleholder rights by The Federal and or Provincial Governments; but in order to do that they, “must consult adequately”, and “must get the consent of titleholders”, “must justify the projects under clear criteria”, “must have a substantive and compelling legislative objective”, must meet a “PROPORTIONALITY TEST”.  That test requires three things: (a) a government must establish is necessary to achieve a “compelling and substantial” public goal; (b) the law must go no further than necessary to achieve it; and (c) the benefits “that may be expected to flow from that goal are not outweighed by adverse effects on the titleholder (aboriginal) interest.”

Today Government Officials power and lack of accountability has turned them into bullies that actually has resulted in seniors being thrown out on to the street homeless, hard to believe but it happened to my family.

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3. Immediate & Unconditional Release for Omid AliShenas

Omid AliShenas, social activist and children's rights activist was arrested by security forces on Thursday 4 September 2014.

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4. #Free_Zied

Arrêté le vendredi 20/09/2014 chez- lui, rue Sanhaja à Khzema, gouvernorat de Sousse, Zied Younes âgé de 25 ans, doctorant en ingénierie mécatronique a été obligé sous la menace d’un pistolet pointé sur sa tempe de mener l’unité antiterrorisme venue l’intercepter chez ses parents vers le domicile de Mohamed Nacer Hadj Béchir appréhendé lui-aussi dans la même affaire et avec lequel Zied jouait parfois au foot. La maison de Zied Younes n’a pas été fouillée, les agents de la brigade antiterrorisme se sont contentés de saisir son ordinateur portable et celui de sa mère qui fut à l’occasion jetée à terre et piétinée pendant que son fils essayait de montrer aux agents de la brigade ses médicaments contre la tension et le diabète dans l’espoir de la protéger des violences policières.

Une fois Mohamed Nacer arrêté Zied fut jeté dans une voiture de police la tête couverte de son Qamis, ses vêtements de dessous très fins dissimulant à peine son corps Menotté derrière le dos et la tête toujours recouverte il se rendit quand même compte de l’arrestation bruyante et violente de plusieurs autres suspects à Sousse puis à Monastir. Ceci ayant encombré les voitures de la brigade antiterrorisme Zied dût par la suite faire le chemin de Monastir à Gasserine dans le coffre d’un 4*4 avec Mohamed Amine Sassi et Kamel Nakai. Arrivés à Gasserine ils furent accueillis par des gifles, des claques et des coups de pieds dispensés dès leur descente de voiture par les mêmes personnes qui les ont arrêtés. Il a pu distinguer l’un d’eux, brun, moyen de taille et portant une casquette et se souvient qu’un autre portait une barbiche en forme de zéro. Zied se rappelle distinctement avoir vu Mohamed Nacer recevoir une très forte claque sur la nuque suivie par un ironique : ” attends je vais te faire un massage” prélude à une pluie de gifles. Interrogés ensemble et sans procès-verbal, Zied et Mohamed Nacer menottés dans le dos et debout subirent les sévices de cinq enquêteurs tortionnaires qui se les renvoyaient comme des balles à coups de poing et à coups de pieds à un rythme tellement rapide qu’il était impossible de prévoir la provenance du coup. Puis ils furent dénudés et obligés de se regarder l’un, l’autre totalement nus et subissant une bastonnade à l’aide d’un bâton et de barre de fer. Puis avec des tuyaux et un ceinturon. On les a suspendus en poulet rôti ce qui a été difficile concernant Zied vu sa taille et sa carrure. Entre temps les enquêteurs les sommaient d’avouer avoir détenu des armes et avoir comploté des actes terroristes. Ils nièrent en bloc.

Menotté dans le dos depuis sans arrestation, Zied souffrait énormément car il avait subi antérieurement une chirurgie lourde au niveau du biceps droit suite à un accident remontant à plusieurs années. Et malgré supplications, il ne put obtenir d’être menotté les mains devant lui. Et passa d’ailleurs par la suite 90% des six jours de sa période de garde à vue menotté dans le dos. Au bout de plusieurs heures, ils furent emmenés à Tunis dans une véhicule cellulaire très encombré et non climatisé. Ils faillirent être asphyxiés. Zied y a vomi. Mohamed Nacer n’était plus avec eux.

Ils passèrent la nuit à Bouchoucha dans la puanteur et l’encombrement indescriptible, n’eurent rien à manger et ne purent pas dormir. Le lendemain (deuxième jour de garde-à vue) ils furent transférés à Gorjeni et y passèrent le reste de la période de garde à vue. Accueillis par les gifles et les claques, ils furent jetés dans la geôle de Gorjeni . Zied fut obligé à s’agenouiller menotté dans le dos durant une très longue période s’est évanoui au milieu d’une mare de sueur on lui versa de l’eau sur le visage pour le ranimer puis on le força à se remettre à genoux avec les mains levées en l’air jusqu’à ce qu’il s’évanouisse de nouveau. Il a été empêché de dormir, privé d’eau, empêché de faire ses besoins naturels à cause des menottes. Dans la geôle pleine comme une boite de sardines, un gardien a entendu du bruit. Il a alors décidé de punir tout le monde, il a ordonné d’enlever tous les matelas puis les détenus ont été obligés de s’agenouiller et ont reçu pêle-mêle des coups de partout pendant 2h et demi. Zied a été jeté à terre dans une position douloureusement inconfortable et toujours menotté dans le dos et a reçu des chocs électriques au niveau du cou et de la main. 6 gardiens de geôle frappaient indistinctement dans le tas humain jeté devant eux en même temps. Il en a distingué un qui a une crête de cheveux tirant vers le blond. Il n’osait pas trop les regarder. Il a été témoin de la torture inouïe dans sa violence d’un dénommé Oussama 19 ans originaire de Gasserine.

Zied a subi constamment des menaces d’être descendu à la cave pour être traité” comme il le mérite”. Le mercredi il a entendu des cris de femmes. Plus tard dans la journée il a vu 4 femmes : 2 voilées, une niqabée et une sans voile ramenées par les gardiens.

Les trois premiers jours, il a énormément souffert de la faim et de l’interdiction de dormir. Le 4ème jour on leur a donné des sandwichs mais son estomac a refusé la nourriture Il a entendu la voix de Mohamed Ali Jaballah et celle d’un enquêteur qui l’a torturé à Gasserine le 1er jour et qui a dit à l’occasion s’appeler Walid. Il a pu voir Mohamed Ali Jaballah avait l’œil très enflé et l’a entendu continuer à proclamer son innocence sous les coups de plusieurs personnes qui le frappaient en même temps en criant :” lève la tête”.Il a entendu l’un d’eux dire ‘’ et son œil ?’’ et l’autre répondre ‘’ frappe-le encore là-dessus ‘’. Vers minuit on lui a dit qu’il allait être interrogé à nouveau. Zied avait peur et très faim. Il a dit aux enquêteurs tortionnaires : ‘’je suis prêt à avouer tout ce que vous voulez mais ne me frappez plus je suis une ferraille humaine. J’ai subi une opération chirurgicale lourde vous risquez de me rendre handicapé.’’ Ignorant totalement ce qu’on lui demandait d’avouer Zied a demandé à l’enquêteur-tortionnaire de lui dire ce qu’il fallait avouer puis a signé le procès-verbal qu’on lui a présenté sans le relire après environ 7h d’interrogatoire à propos d’armes et d’attentats terroristes au sujet desquels il affirme ne rien savoir en réalité.

Le cinquième jour, il a été emmené à un hôpital (il croit que c’est l’hôpital Habib Thameur mais il n’est pas sûr) .Il a pu voir un médecin : une doctoresse qui lui a fait une injection de Dogmatil. Il lui a montré les bleus et écorchures qui parsemaient son corps mais ne sait pas si elle a consigné ce qu’elle a vu .Il a pu par la suite manger.

Le sixième jour il fut amené devant le juge d’instruction qui a reporté son interrogation quant aux accusations portées contre lui et l’a mis en détention provisoire en attendant. Ses avocats ont insisté pour faire consigner dans le procès verbal ses déclarations relatives à la torture et le détail des traces violacées sur ses poignets, sa nuque et ses chevilles. Ses avocats ont aussi demandé l’annulation de tous les travaux de l’enquête préliminaire en raison de la torture subie par leur client et sa mise en liberté et insisté pour qu’il subisse un examen médical immédiat avant la disparition des traces visibles de la torture. Leurs demandes furent toutes consignées dans le procès-verbal. Zied Younes est actuellement incarcéré à Mornaguia et sera interrogé par le juge d’instruction le 08 Octobre prochain.

Il a reçu la visite de son avocate au cours de son premier jour de détention à Mornaguia et lui a raconté tout ce qui précède.

Maître Ines Harrath
Avocate

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5. Immediate & Unconditional Release Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani, children-rights-activists

Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Release Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani, children-rights-activists.

does addressing the miserable and wretched situation of poor children of Iranian society in accordance with the Islamic republic laws consider a crime?

Mr. Saeid Shirzad, children-rights-activist, was arrested on 2nd June 2014 at his working place in Tabriz. Back in August 2012, he already faced judicial problems; he was forced to prison by state officials to handing numerous people in East-Azerbajdan being affected by a big earthquake. He was bailed-out after 19 days and later charged for a year on probation. Reporters of Harana informed, that Saeid currently is about to be sentenced once against to court as a danger to national security.

He did not appear at his last hearing in court because he refused to put on the unhygienic and disgraceful official prison clothes. As a punishment for that, the visitor’s right of his family was withdrawn.

For the beginning of the school term, Saeid wrote a note from prison where he appeals to children of feeling with him and being in solidarity with him.

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Another Iranian prisoner is Mrs. Atena Faraghdani who is children’s rights activist and painter that has been arrested in August for unknown reasons. Her house was investigated by security guard of regime. She is not in favorable conditions and her tendon was injured in an accident that needs surgery for fifth time.

A source who wanted to remain unknown, informed Harana’s reporter that there is no any information about her sentence and allegations and reason of arrestment.

This source informed, “we suppose Atena is kept in ward 2-Alef in Evin prison.

We, the undersigned, strictly oppose the arrest and sentence of Said & Atena, children-rights-activists, and demand their freedom now and without conditions.

—We request that the international human rights community investigate the cases of prisoners of conscience in Iran, and especially the cases of Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani.


درخواست آزادی فوری و بدون قید و شرط سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی؛ از فعالان حقوق کودک
آیا رسیدگی به وضعیت بغرنج و اسف بار کودکان محروم جامعه ایران، طبق موازین حقوقی جمهوری اسلامی یک جرم است!؟
سعید شیرزاد، فعال حقوق کودک روز دوشنبه 12 خرداد ماه 1393 (2 ژوئن 2014) در محل کار خود در تبریز بازداشت شد.
سعید در تاریخ جمعه 31 مرداد ماه 1391(21 آگوست 2012) نیز در حالی که برای کمک به مردم زلزله زده آذربایجان شرقی رفته بود، بازداشت و پس از 19 روز با قید وثیقه از زندان آزاد شد. او در شعبه 26 دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی، به دلیل این پرونده به تحمل یک سال حبس تعلیقی محکوم شده بود.
بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، سعید شیرزاد که در زندان اوین به سر می برد، قرار است روز سه شنبه 15 مهرماه 1393(7 اکتبر 2014) به اتهام اجتماع و تبانی علیه نظام جمهوری اسلامی مورد محاکمه قرار گیرد.
مسوولان قضایی جمهوری اسلامی ایران از انتقال سعید شیرزاد، به دلیل ممانعت او از پوشیدن لباس فرم غیر بهداشتی، غیر قانونی و توهین آمیز زندان، به دادسرای شهید مقدس اوین برای ارائه آخرین دفاع خود، ممانعت کرده اند.
سعید به دلیل امتناع از پوشیدن لباس فرم زندان بنا به دلایل فوق، از داشتن ملاقات حضوری با خانواده خود نیز محروم بوده است.
او به مناسبت آغاز سال تحصیلی جدید در ایران نیز یادداشتی را در راستای ابراز همدردی و همبستگی با کودکان، از درون زندان خطاب به آنها نوشته است.
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دیگر فعال حقوق کودک که اکنون در زندان به سر می برد،آتنا فرقدانی؛ فعال حقوق کودک و نقاش است که در شهریور ماه 1393 بدون هیچ گونه توضیحی بازداشت شده است.
ماموران امنیتی پس از بازداشت آتنامنزل او را نیز مورد تفتیش قرار دادند. او از شرایط جسمانی خوب برخوردار نیست و با توجه به پارگی تاندون دست اش، برای پنجمین بار نیاز به عمل جراحی دارد.
یکی از نزدیکان آتنا که نخواسته نام او فاش شود، به هرانا گفته است: هیچ گونه اطلاعی در مورد حکم و اتهام آتنا در دست نیست و گمان می رود که او در بند 2 الف زندان اوین نگهداری می شود.
ما امضا کنندگان متن بالا، بازداشت سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی و محکومیت آنها را تحت هر عنوانی در زندان های جمهوری اسلامی محکوم کرده و خواستار آزادی بدون قید و شرط و فوری این فعال حقوق کودک هستیم.
از جامعه حقوق بشر بین المللی نیز خواستار پیگیری پرونده زندانیان سیاسی وعقیدتی در زندان های جمهوری اسلامی و به ویژه پرونده سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی هستیم.

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6. Stop Female Genital Mutilation; Promote women reproductive rights

Today, more than 20 million people die each year due to inequalities in global health. More tan 150 million people face unaffordable health care costs each year. And more than 100 million people each year are plunged into poverty.

About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is concentrated.

If current trends continue, as many as 30 million girls are at risk of being cut before their 15th birthday. It’s no longer enough for any one group or country to take action. What we face is a global crisis that needs a global movement to end Female Genital Mutilation and promote women reproductive health.

The Barefoot Grannies are leading efforts to promote reproductive health, promote girl-child education, end Female Genital Mutilation and fistula. More information and videos here http://www.rockethub.com/projects/48599

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. In some cases, girls bleed to death or die from infections. Later in life, FGM can lead to complications in childbirth and increase the risk of the mother and/or baby dying. The practice also violates women's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death. Its our duty to protect and observe women rights, end the social, cultural and political causes of Female Genital Mutilation and promote women’s reproductive rights.

WE CAN NOT IGNORE THE CALLS:
Join us. #InspireChange.
Tell East Africa Governments to promote health equity for all, make firm commitments to end Female Genital Mutilation and hold promoters of this practice accountable.
The Barefoot Grannies works on a completely volunteer basis in order to change their communities. These are the women and grannies on the frontlines of change working to strengthen women’s rights, improve girls education, increase economic opportunity for women, and promote human rights in their communities. Join the by signing the petition and supporting their work and campaign. Copy and paste the following link is your browser http://www.rockethub.com/projects/48599

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RUN ONE MILE FOR HEALTH EQUITY
Join us on October 25 for the Day of Action: We are running one mile, JUST one Mile to remind our selves, our communities, our governments of their obligations to promote health equity and to make firm commitments to end Female Genital Mutilation. Invite a a couple of friends and Run One Mile for Health Equity , share the campaign on facebook

Please send us feedback, contact us: nationaloffice@icodactionnetwork.org

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7. Stop Execution Videos On Youtube Now

Youtube is globally known as a platform for entertainment, fun and information. What most people do not realize is, that there are masses of extremely cruel videos such as videos of execution. These videos are in most cases neither censored nor blocked for users under 18 years. And even if they are blocked, the preview pictures are usually disturbing enough.

Here are some numbers that you find on youtube when you search for these keywords:
"execution": 1.320.000 videos, 48.200 channels, 77.000 playlists
"beheading": 142.000 videos, 2.160 channels, 11.300 playlists
"decapitation": 138.000 videos, 2.590 channels, 17.200 playlists

Of course we have to keep in mind that some results have documental background, some are obvious jokes and some might not even be connected to the subject at all. But the biggest percentage shows the cruel reality of what is going on in some parts of this world. It is not only about people being who were sentenced to death by the law. It is also about public hangings of gay people, the decapitation of women and the shooting of people with a different religion.

Sure, some of you might say, that it's your own fault if you type in those keywords, but please keep this in mind:

1) What if you just search for facts about a recent event or if you make a research about execution methods in a certain century? Do you really want to see the preview pictures of bloody corpses?

2) Think of the younger people - kids and teenagers often search for things out of pure curiosity or because someone else saw the video and told them "it's a fake" and they want to check it out. These kids do not really understand what they might bringt up with a search like that! And once they see these disturbing pictures they can not be made "unseen".

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8. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Arash Sadeghi

Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Release of Iranian Prisoner Arash Sadeghi.

Arash Sadeghi and his wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee were arrested by security forces on the evening of Saturday, 06 Sep 2014.( On Sept. 27th 2014 his wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee has been released on a 80 Mill Iranian Tuman bail) Arash was released from prison almost one year ago. Arash has been arrested several times by Iranian security forces—the last time he was kept in prison for nearly two years, during which he spent long periods in solitary confinement.

Sadeghi, a human rights activist and former student activist, was arrested at his workplace. During a previous arrest, agents of the Ministry of Intelligence raided Arash Sadeghi’s home at 4AM on 30 Oct 2010 in order to arrest him. Arash’s mother suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of the shock of the raid.

Arash has had extremely difficult experiences in prison—both psychologically and physically. He currently suffers from a broken rib and shoulder as a result of torture inflicted in Ministry of Intelligence detention centers, and he needs effective and urgent medical care, including surgery on his injured shoulder.

More than a year since the beginning of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, expectations of improvements to the human rights situation in Iran have not been fulfilled. Rather, arrests of citizens on charges that amount to the exercise of their fundamental rights continue, and the number of executions has increased dramatically.

In this context, considering that these people have not carried out any illegal action and Rouhani’s state came to work with promises of "human rights";

- We, the undersigned, condemn the arbitrary detention of Arash Sadeghi and call for his immediate and unconditional release.

- We request that the international human rights community investigate the cases of prisoners of conscience in Iran, and especially the case of Arash Sadeghi.

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9. Save Hassinah Bukenya, a Ugandan lesbian from deportation

A 22 year old lesbian, Hassinah Bukenya fled her country Uganda to seek refugee in The Netherlands. On 3rd September 2014, Hassinah's request for asylum was turned down.

She was then detained and sent to prison by the Dutch immigration officials where she will be tried to see that she is forcifully sent back to Uganda, a country which is homophobic.

Hassinah lives an open life as a lesbian, participates is gay events and she likes to live a free life. See her facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/hassinah.bukenya for her pictures

This kind of life is a traumatic experience for someone who left her country to seek protection in a safe country like Netherlands.

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10. Freedom For Derrick Muhanguzi

Derrick is a gay man from Uganda; a country where homophobia is at the highest peak. Everyday, newspapers oust members of the LGBT community, many have lost their homes and many linger on without a single sign of light at the end of the tunnel.

Derrick was detained by UK Immigration Officers and placed at their mercy at Harmondsworth Prison. He was quickly rushed into subsequent interviews with no consideration of his health.

His claim for asylum in the United Kingdom was refused and further appeals dismissed. Derrick had established a private family life and has a partner who is British. With no legal representative (assigned representative broke off all contact with him), he has struggled to produce all forms of evidence to support his claim whilst in detention. However, he has instead been issued with removal directions and his submissions not regarded by the officials.

He is numbering his days because he is a a high risk of being killed upon his forceful return to Uganda.

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11. Iran Out of ILO

Iran is a founding member of ILO, the International Labor Organization. Tehran has ratified 13 ILO conventions, committing itself to fighting against gender discrimination and elimination of forced labor and child labor.

Despite this commitment, the Islamic Republic of Iran violates these accords: gender equality remains a dream in the workplace, and the rate of child labor is dramatically high. Only recently Tehran municipality has decided to fire most of its women employees and to promote a gender segregation in their working places.

The Islamic Republic has ratified the ILO Conventions on child labor and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Despite this, the child labor situation in Iran remains appalling. An estimated 14% of Iranian children are forced to work, denied any kind of protection or insurance.

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12. Reinstate vet student for her degree

Jamie Scott originally attended Ross University because she was informed that she would not have to perform surgeries she considered unethical. However, the university mandated that she partake in the killing of animals in order to graduate. Jamie was threatened with being flunked out if she did not perform terminal surgeries, and was harassed and unfairly discriminated against because of her views concerning animals. Ultimately she was unjustly dismissed despite helping and saving numerous animals’ lives. Ross University requires students to operate on healthy animals who are then killed or “terminated” at the end of their surgical procedures.

Terminal surgeries involve anesthetizing healthy animals including sheep, goats and donkeys and subjecting them to procedures that they don't need, such as tracheostomies, gastrotomies, and joint taps.

Many veterinary schools have replaced such terminal surgeries with effective and humane teaching tools. These humane alternatives include willed body cadaver donation programs, anatomy models, and survival surgeries performed under close faculty supervision such as spays, castrations, and mass removals on animals who actually benefit from the procedures.

The school continues to ignore requests to reinstate Jamie, including disregarding signed letters of endorsement from three practicing veterinarians.

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13. Stop Ebola Now - Wake Up Australia

WAKE UP AUSTRALIA:

The worlds' most volatile disease is a global emergency and is not confined to African nations. This is no joke.

•The Spanish Flu killed 100 million people and had a fatality rate of 2.5%
•This nasty virus kills 25-90% infected and killed 52 humans in 2 days
•Ebola has a 2-21 day incubation period so people are like bombs; unaware they're contagious until it's too late so checking people's temperature at airports is useless
•Every Ebola patient passes the virus onto 2.5 others
•Many affected countries have run out of living doctors to fight the outbreak
•Hospitals and pharmacies closed on Tuesday 12th August as Sierra Leoneans panic
•PEOPLE ARE STARVING AND NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES FOR 21 DAYS!
•If this epidemic remains "OUT OF CONTROL" in 2-3 months time 50,000 people will have the worlds' most gruesome virus and in 6 months,

1 MILLION VICTIMS WILL HAVE EBOLA IF WE FAIL TO ACT NOW.

We need to get our government to help those who can't help themselves.
This is an emergency. Liberia and Sierra Leone are some of the world's poorest countries due to war, normally without a crisis people fight for survival. Now their governments have stopped people from leaving their homes for 3-4 weeks WITHOUT GIVING THEM FOOD!! WHERE ARE YOU, MR. ABBOTT? We pay our taxes and are Australian citizens and you're allowing our family to suffer like this during an International Emergency. Keep in mind that there's hundreds of thousands of Africans here.

Sierra Leoneans from Sydney told me this catastrophy is worse than the 10 year "Blood Diamond" war because they said "You could tell where the rebels were and avoided them. With Ebola, a family member or local GP could kill them." That's if they have any relatives left after the brutal war or can afford a GP at all due to the aftermath. Many West African Australians have lost several family members due to Ebola and are worried about their families back home, suffering from stress, fear and high blood pressure. Now family members are going hungry adding to the pressure.

WE MUST STAND UP AND TAKE ACTION and be the voice for those in West Africa.
Our government is silent, sitting idle while Australian citizens' family members are dying. Let's be honest, if their relatives were English, our government would support them fully. I am disappointed in our government for displaying racism in this manner. Instead, we're searching for dead body parts of Australians from plane crashes and diverting attention away from the fact that this plague like virus is killing innocent people and it's an insult to remain silent. How dare we make other Australians feel like second class citizens- shame on us! How dare we discriminate. Inaction speaks louder than words. These people have gone through unfathomable situations and what, because they have African roots we brush our hands? Ebola is in Australia- scientists are studying it here but where are we helping the innocent people isolated in West Africa in the midst of this!!!!

We seem to be very focused on ourselves. The Chinese government gave medical supplies, the US and UK did too. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA!! Please send emergency food drops to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. These are INNOCENT PEOPLE and IF OUR AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING, BLOOD IS OR THEIR HANDS!

With your signature, we will save the lives of MANY WITHOUT A VOICE.

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14. Home Owners Should Not Be Penalised for Objecting To The Sale of Their Home

An "enbloc" is a collective sale of a property such as condominium, apartments, flats. Using this news article below as example about an enbloc sale which has caused a messy court case because of the use of 'penalty clauses' to penalise Objecting Owners up to $26,000 plus extra contributions, we are very horrified that this is happening in Singapore. Please read the news article below, and then the petition:

New row over Gilstead collective sale (Source: The Straits Times –10 October 2013)

The fractious collective sale of Gilstead Court has hit more trouble with a breakaway group from the sales committee asking the High Court to remove financial penalties aimed at minority owners.

Four members of the seven-man committee, including treasurer Choo Liang Haw, filed documents with the court on Monday, escalating what has already been one of the most fractious collective sales in years.

The dispute centres on penalty clauses the collective sale agreement had imposed on the five dissenting owners at the estate in Newton.

These clauses could cost the five owners up to $26,000 each, a prospect that led them to file an objection with the Strata Titles Board (STB).

This triggered mandatory mediation but that failed last month after the sales committee could not agree to remove the clauses from the sales agreement.

That prompted the board to place a stop order on the deal.

The sales committee now has to apply to the High Court to have the collective sale approved. The Straits Times understands that it has until Monday next week to do so.

The division among the committee that arose during the mediation process appears to have led to Monday's court application.

The clauses state that the 43 owners who consented to the collective sale should contribute $2,000 out of their own pocket to a common fund for procedures related to the sale effort.

This sum would be refunded with 12 per cent interest once the sale has been completed.

But the minority owners would have $4,000 deducted from their share of the sale proceeds and shared equally among the 43 consenting sellers.

Other clauses state that the minority owners will have to stump up costs related to the STB approval proceedings.

Typically, costs related to legal proceedings of a collective sale are borne by all owners.

An application to the STB is not needed if all owners consent to the transaction.

The 163-page document filed by the four committee members said that the minority owners had offered to sign the agreement in June as long as the penalising clauses were removed. This would have eliminated the need for an application to the board.

But their proposal was turned down by the committee secretary, former Supreme Court judge Warren Khoo, according to the court document.

Mr Khoo, who had drafted the sales agreement, told the minority owners by e-mail that the clauses were aimed at promoting the principle of equality in the sharing of benefits.

The court documents also stated that minority owners would have to fork out about $26,000 each, which would be distributed to the 43 sellers.

The four committee members want the court to remove the "offensive clauses" in their words, if the objecting owners sign the sales agreement.

Tuan Sing Holdings, the developer that successfully tendered for the site in June, has offered to pay up to $135,000 for legal fees and other related costs. The committee has yet to accept the offer.

Majority owners have also said that they are prepared to forgo any payments that could be claimed from minority owners.

When The Straits Times contacted a committee member who was not part of the High Court application, he declined to comment as he had not received a copy of the court documents.

Source: The Straits Times –10 October 2013

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15. Imminent Humanitarian Crisis in Kobani-Syria

Since 1950s consecutive governments in Syria including the current regime have been systematically violating human rights and committing ethnic cleansing, humiliating and discriminatory measures against Kurds. Under the Ba’ath’s rule, Syrian authorities continued to repress Kurdish political and cultural rights, including arbitrarily revoking thousands of citizenship, restricting the use of the Kurdish language, banning Kurdish-language publications, arbitrarily arresting activists, issuing travel bans, abusing detainees, holding unfair trials, restricting property ownership and banning demonstrations for Kurdish rights, cultural celebrations, and commemorative events.

Following the uprising in Syria and the vicious civil war, which steeped the entire country into bloodshed, Kurds have established their own political entity in the north and northeastern parts of the country to protect people and civilian lives amid imbroglio and the insecure condition of the region. Although spared much of the fighting in other parts of Syria, civilians in the three predominantly Kurdish areas have been victims of ongoing human rights and humanitarian law violations. The Kurdish autonomous region of three cantons, including Afrin, Ain al-Arab (Kobani) and Jazira, was brutally targeted and attacked from the onset by fanatic Islamist armed groups in the area. The constant attacks led tens of thousands of Kurdish families to flee their home and seek refuge in Turkey and the Kurdish region in Iraq.

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KURDISH:
دەستپێک: لە سەرەتای دامەزرانی دەوڵەتی سوریاوە تا ئەمڕۆ نەتەوەی کورد لەو وڵاتە بووەتە قوربانی دەستی سیاسەتی رەگەزپەرستانە و نامرۆیی حکومەتە یک لە دوای یەکەکانی ئەو وڵاتە. بۆ دژایەتی کردنی کورد دەسەڵاتداران لە سوریا هەر لەسەرتاوە سیاسەتی پاکتاوی رگەزی، رگەزپەرەستی و سوکایەتیان لەگەڵ نەتەوەی کورد گرتەبەر. لە ژێر دەسەڵاتی رژێمی بەعس ئەم سیاسەتە دژە مرۆییانەی دەوڵەتی ناوەندی بۆ سەرکوت و بێ بەش کردنی نەتەوەی کورد لە مافە ڕەواکانی گەیشتە لوتکەی سەرەڕۆیی و نادادپەرەوری. کۆچی زۆرەمڵێی خەڵکی کورد، هەڵوەشاندنەوەی مافی شارومەندی، قەدەغەکردنی بەکارهێنانی زمانی کوردی و هەر چەشنە چاپ و بڵاکراویەک بەم زمانە ، دەستگیری کردنی و کوشتنی چالاکانی سیاسی و مەدەنی و خەڵکی سڤیل، دادگایی نا دادپەروەرانەو و ئەشکنجەی زیندانیانی کورد، قەدەغە کردنی مافی هاتووچۆ بۆ دەرەوی وڵات، قەدەغە کردنی مافی خاوەندارێتی و کڕین و فرۆشتی مڵک، قەدەغە کردنی خۆپیشاندان وهەرچەشنە چالاکی و بۆنەیەکی کلتوری و نەتەوەیی و دەیان پێشێلکاری دیکە لە ریزی سیاسەتەکانی رژێمی بەعس و رژێمەکانی دیکە بوون لە دژی نەتەوەی کورد لە رۆژئاوا بە درێژای چەندین دەیەی رابردوو.

دوابەدوای دەستپێکی شۆرش لە سوریە و سەرهەڵدانی شەڕی ناخۆیی کە سەرتاسەر وڵاتی وێران و لە خوێن گەوزاندوە، کوردانی رۆژائاوا بۆ پاراستنی ژیان و ماڵی هاوڵاتیان سیستەمی سیاسی خۆیان لە ناوچە کوردنشینەکان دامەزراند کە تا رادەیەکی بەرچاو توانیان گیان و ماڵی هاوڵاتیان لە شەڕ و وێرانیانە بپارێزن کە لە سوریا دا لە ئارادایە. سەرەڕای ئەم هەوڵانە، کوردانی رۆژئاوا زیاتر لە هەمووان بونەتە قوربانی دەستی ئەو پێشێلکاریە بەربڵاوانەی مافی مرۆڤ کە لە سوریایدا لە ئارادان. خەڵکی رۆژئاوا زیاتر بونەتە قوربانی دەستی هێزە چەکدارە سەلەفی و ئیسلامیەکانی وەک دەوڵەتی ئیسلامی شام و عێراق (داعش) وبەرەی نوسرە. هەر لە سەرەتای دامەزراندنی سێ کانتونی عەفرین، جەزیرە و کوبانی ئەم ناوچانە کەوتنە بەر هێرشی دڕندانەی چەکدارانی داعش کە لە ئەنجامدا هەزاران بنەماڵ کورد ئاوارەی وڵاتانی دەوروبەر و تورکیا و عێراق و هەرێمی کوردستان بوون.

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FARSI:

مقدمە: از تاسیس دولت سوریە تاکنون دول مرکزی این کشور بەصورت سیستماتیک حقوق بنیادین و اساسی کوردهای ساکن این کشور را نقض کردە ودر سیاستهایشان متوسل بە هرگونە اقدام ضد بشری و نژادپرستانە و تبعیض آمیزی علیە کوردها شدەاند. در طول دوران حکمرانی حکومت بعث مقامات این کشور بە سیاستهای ضد انسانی و سرکوب سازمان یافتە علیە کوردها ادامە دادە و آنها را از هرگونە حقوق سیاسی و فرهنگی محروم کردند. لغو حق شهروندی و تابعیت سیاسی، ممنوعیت حق استفادە از زبان کوردی وهرگونە نشر و چاپی بە این زبان، بازداشت غیر قانونی وخودسرانە فعالین اجتماعی و سیاسی، آزار و آذیت و بد رفتاری با زندانیان، برپایی دادگاهای فرمایشی و نا عادلانە، لغو و محدود کردن حق مالکیت، عدم اجازە خروج از کشور، ممنوعیت برپایی هرگونە تجمع و جشن و مراسمات فرهنگی و ملی از جملەی سیاستهای اصلی اعمال شدە دولت سوریە علیە کوردهای آن کشور بودە است.
بە دنبال انقلاب سوریە و آغاز جنگ داخلی کە تابحال منجر بە کشتە شدن صدها هزار نفر شدە، کوردها توانستند مناطق کوردنشین را تحت کنترل خود در آوردند و جهت حفاظت از جان و مال شهروندان سیستم سیاسی مستقل خود را در این مناطق مستقر کردند. با اینکە استقرار این سیستم سیاسی در منا‌طق شمال و شمال شرق سوریە بە صورت قابل ملاحظەای مردم کورد و دیگر ساکنان این مناطق را از آتش جنگ ویرانگر دیگر مناطق سوریە دور نگەداشت ولی ساکنان این مناطق قربانیان اصلی نقض حقوق بشر و آماج اصلی حملات غیر انسانی گروهای تندرو اسلامی منطقە شدند. ازهمان آغاز تاسیس سە کانتون جزیرە، عفرین و کوبانی مورد حملەی وحشیانەی‌ نیروهای دولت اسلامی شام و عراق (داعش) و جبهە النصرە قرار گرفت. بە دلیل حملات پی در پی داعش بە شهر و روستاهای کوردنشین و نا امنی منط‌قە تا بەحال هزاران خانوادە کورد مجبور بە ترک محل زندگی خود و فرار بە ترکیە و اقلیم کردستان عراق شدەاند.

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16. Free Al Jazeera Journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed Sentenced to 7-10 Years In Egypt

The judge who sent three al-Jazeera English journalists to jail in Egypt has accused them of being in league with the devil in a 57-page explanation of his verdict.

Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata sentenced Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed last month to between seven and 10 years in jail on charges of aiding terrorists and falsifying news. At the time, diplomats and rights observers described the charges as baseless, the process as flawed and the trio's jailing as an attack on free speech.

In his first statements since the trial, Shehata said "the devil encouraged them to use journalism and direct it towards actions against this nation".

He claimed the journalists had doctored footage by "collecting audio and visual recordings and editing them by removing parts and adding it to [footage of] different events". He said this "served the interests of one of the banned terrorist groups [the Muslim Brotherhood], by showing the country – contrary to the truth – in a situation of chaos and upheaval, [and] by portraying it as a lost country suffering from division and internal fighting".

None of the footage shown in court corroborated claims that al-Jazeera English had falsified its reports. Some of it was not even made by al-Jazeera.

A rights campaigner who observed each session of the trial on behalf of Amnesty International said the ruling showed the court had the hallmarks of an inquisition. "When you read the ruling, you realise you don't have a court as much as you have an inquisition," said Mohamed Lotfy, the executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms. "It is censoring certain opinions and broadcasted materials because it feels it isn't in the interest of the country and because it threatens national unity. It's a form of censorship."

Fahmy's family criticised the verdict, arguing that it was further evidence of a politicised process.

"What's written in it is an absolute joke," said Adel Fahmy, Mohamed's brother and spokesperson. "When you read this lengthy document, which I did twice, you realise that [the defendants] did not even have a fighting chance. It was all predetermined that this would be the verdict from day one of their arrest. [The judges] have no way of justifying their standpoint, but they're using their authority to say: 'That's that.' It refers to state security's 'secret investigation' without elaborating on what it said. As if to say: 'Just take our word for it.'"

Greste and Baher Mohamed are being held in the same prison wing as the sons of the ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. Fahmy, the Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief, is in a prison hospital for treatment to a damaged shoulder. All three are expected to appeal their verdicts, a process that could take months.

Hopes of a presidential pardon receded after Egypt's new head of state, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, declined to intervene the day after their conviction. A few days later, he told Egyptian editors he wished the jailed journalists had been deported rather than arrested, raising hopes of an intervention further down the line.

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17. Support The Solomons

As some of you know, perhaps many not though, Joseph Solomon and I have been fighting a visa battle for him to be allowed a visa to stay in the country as my husband.

He's originally from South Africa and came over with his family almost 10 years ago in October - and from then he would be allowed indefinite leave to remain. He was raised speaking English, educated in English, came over here and has done GCSE's and even has A levels, one of which A Level is a grade B in English Language! He is also working full time and doing an Open University degree in his own time (I have a very clever husband!) On his last application for a visa renewal in January, he mistakenly ticked a box indicating he was from a majority English speaking country. It turns out legally it isn't.

After the home office refused our application, we had to seek legal advice and go to court - all very expensive and even after hearing him speak and seeing him, and seeing us together, the home office were still hell bent on sending him back as he didn't have a specific piece of evidence at the time of the application that proved in their eyes he could speak and understand English. After what was nearly 4 weeks of waiting, the judge informed us that legally he had to side with the home office and we lost our appeal. we were devastated. Our only option left was to have our Barrister make an application to the upper tribunal, but they don't have to hear us.

On Wednesday evening, we just received notification to say they have rejected our application and as such we have no other choice but to send him back to South Africa.

So, not only does it seem that the home office are happy to tear a husband and wife apart for the sake of a statistic, but once Joseph goes back, I am the only one who can get him back in the country as I would have to be his sponsor, but as I don't earn the minimum income threshold of £18,600 per year, I can't apply to get him back until I have a job that pays that much and have been in that job for 6 months. This pretty much leaves me homeless as well as husband-less, as I will have to move out of our house and it looks like it will be for about 12 months that we will be apart.

We have been very touched by the support of our family and friends that do know about all of this and so grateful for the strength we have gained from our beliefs of knowing that God is in everything and it is often through the hard times that we grow the most.

My plea now is for continued prayers for strength in our time of separation, but particularly if anyone knows of any jobs for me to apply for or anyone hiring, anywhere in the country I hasten to add, or any business owners that my want to hire me, please let them know and forward this post to them.

Joesph and I have about three weeks left together so whilst we won't even be able to make it to our first anniversary together, hopefully I will be able to get him back for our second.

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18. Free Iranian Lawyer Negar Haeri, Held In Deplorable Conditions

UPDATE: On June 30, 2014 Negar Haeri was formally sentenced to one year in prison--which she is to continue serving under the horrible conditions of Gharchak Prison.

PERSIAN BANOO June 29, 2014--Negar Haeri, daughter of imprisoned political prisoner Mashallah Haeeri, is imprisoned in Gharchak Prison under harsh and deplorable conditions.

According to the Melli-Mazhabi news site, Negar Haeri was arrested for giving interviews and publicizing the poor health of her imprisoned father.

She was arrested on May 25, 2014, and on the order of Deputy Prosecutor at Evin, she was transferred to Gharchak prison.

Previously, Negar Haeri was also arrested and imprisoned in 2011 and 2012 and was released on bail. She was tried and sentenced to two years imprisonment plus five years suspended imprisonment sentence. Her law practice license was also suspended for ten years.

Gharchak prison in Varamin has a very unsanitary condition and Negar is incarcerated among the drug traffickers.

This prison holds inmates in excess of it’s maximum capacity and suffers from overcrowding. Due to this overcrowding and lack of space Negar has to sleep in the hallway near the restrooms.

Despite the very hot weather, the air conditioning system in this prison is not working, making conditions very difficult for the prisoners.

Other than Negar Haeeri, Basmeh Aljabouri, an Iraqi citizen, and Roya Saberi Nejad are the two other political prisoners that are incarcerated in Gharchak prison.

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19. Declare access to uncensored and unrestricted internet a human right

Knowledge is power.

Easy, fast-access information is the key to bringing equal power to a populace that all need knowledge on current events, medicine, arithmetic and other things to survive and thrive. Easy access to knowledge has turned our world into more of a global consciousness than it has ever been.

The control of knowledge, or the restriction of knowledge and information has always given power to the wrong people. During the dark ages, when the catholic church wanted people to only believe what they told them to believe, they would destroy books and documents from civilizations all over the world so that nothing could question their doctrine.

Governments - your government, our government, every government, also benefit from the control of information because they can convince people to vote the way they want and to quietly comply to demands that without important knowledge, no one would know enough about their own human rights to question. A lot of times more elite members of society - the rich, the politically connected, those who have the most to gain by selling commercial ideas instead of information or connections to humanity - have used restrictions on knowledge and bombardment of twisted information to get what they want out of the poorer populace. An informed citizen gets their information from multiple sources and scrutinizes it heavily.

As a generation with the internet we have the option to access instant uncensored information, which is something that no generation has previously had, and something that governments don't want anyone to have if it means it can threaten their absolute power to make decisions for a populace, whether that populace is willing or not.

Governments all over the world including China, Russia, and the United States are trying to either censor or control content or access to content on the internet.

Here in the "land of the free" it started with SOPA ( "Stop Online Piracy Act") and PIPA ("PROTECT IP Act").

SOPA and PIPA were bills proposed by Congress in the guise of stopping online piracy by giving the attorney general of the United States authority to command internet service providers to shut down Domain Name Server records that point people to a site, and force Google and other search engines to shut down links to sites that the attorney General expresses official disapproval of. This was proposed so that the United States could prevent people from pirating movies, music, and other goods with copyrights belonging to corporations or businesses, meant to be sold for their profit only. However, the ability to command a website be taken down and access to information be cut off had widespread censorship implications, so activists started petitions, took to the streets, and demanded that Washington drop both bills.

So the government, instead of respecting the demand for access to uncensored and unrestricted information, decided it needed to regroup and try another tactic.

That's where the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission, comes in. While claiming to be working towards Net Neutrality, the FCC proposed, then passed rules saying service providing companies can charge content providers for faster access to their sites, potentially creating "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the internet, which would ensure that poor people or new businesses will receive less traffic if they aren't able to pay fees for faster access for their potential customers.

Internet users and activists reacted about the same way as they did to SOPA and PIPA.

In response, Democratic lawmakers proposed a bill that would stop the FCC from allowing ISP providers from creating "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the internet by charging for speed of access, but the bill neglects to address the issue of anyone claiming authority over the internet, something that belongs to the entire populace that participates in its constant creation, in the first place.

So, we've come up with a proposal of our own, to declare uncensored and unrestricted access to the internet a universal human right, and to declare the internet a collective-belonging, which means that no person or entity, whether government or corporate, has the right to declare authority over it in the first place.

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20. Concerning the health and life of political refugee (Mr. Shahsiah) and other Iranian refugees in Turkey

We hope the fate and health of our fellow Iranian citizens are taken seriously and request your kind attention to this matter.

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21. "We the People" African Reparation Movement

All across the globe recompense is being sought after and paid for historical atrocities; however, when it comes to the plight of the African – wherever he finds himself in the world, such terms as militant, angry, and trouble maker are used in an attempt to ostracize and minimize those who raise this topic to the grandchildren and great grandchildren of European colonial enslavers.

As one can plainly verify that, the plight of the Jewish people has been redressed and continues to be rectified on a daily basis. The plight of the Native American Indian has for all intents and purposes been redressed by means of the billions of dollars in land, and Native American owned and operated casinos, that has ventured into a trillion dollar a year business for the Native American coupled with monumental lobbying power.

What is a crime against humanity?

1. The invasion of the continent of Africa for criminal proposes: is a war crime and international crime against humanity.
2. The unlawful abduction of the African people: is an international crime against humanity.
3. The genocide of the humans not healthy enough to make the journey from Africa: is genocide a war crime and an international crime against humanity.
4. The act of slavery for hundreds of years: is an international crime against humanity.
5. Creating the market for slavery: is an international crime against humanity.
6. The unlawful behavior performed on slaves (example) general torture, whipping, burning, kicking, hitting, cutting, chaining, hanging, raping and murder; all act without any consequences: is genocide a war crime as well as an international crime against humanity.
7. The unlawful breeding of humans for criminal proposes: is an international crime against humanity.
8. Creating intentional psychological damage to a human: is a human rights violation.
9. Breaching many verbal and written contracts made by the slave owners: is business fraud and a human rights violation.
10. Segregation of a human because of their skin color: is a human rights violation.
11. The financial neglect from the government and lending institutions: is a human rights violation.
12. Allowing the actions and criminal activities of secretive hate organizations by the U.S: is a human rights violation.
13. The secret operations and medical experiments performed on African American by the U.S government: is genocide a war crime as well as an international crime against humanity.
14. The neglect of the government to act during voting and constitutional crimes: is a human rights crime and U.S constitutional violation.
15. The financial and psychological damage performed on African American by the United States in current time by not providing reparations to them, but providing it to many other groups in America: is a human rights violation.

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22. Save the lives of the refugees on hunger strike!

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According to research, Cyprus is in the 32nd worst position among 35 European countries (just above Latvia and Turkey) in respect of policies giving access to migrants and refugees to citizenship, participation in democratic life and labour mobility (MIPEX - http://www.mipex.eu/countries, EUDO Citizenship - http://tiny.cc/84mhhx). These realities, in combination with the restrictive and discriminatory policies pursued in view of the severe economic crisis plaguing the country, have led migrants and refugees to misery and despair.

Under the circumstances, the only real option left to these people is that of temporary or permanent relocation to countries where there are better opportunities for employment and integration. The residency permit granted to refugees in Cyprus now does not allow them to move and seek regular work in other European countries. The only way to exercise this right is through acquiring Cypriot citizenship. This prospect is waning as a result of the Cyprus government’s refusal to grant them citizenship (http://tiny.cc/n9mhhx), irrespective of their years of stay in the country and even when they meet the conditions laid down by the law.

A group of recognised refugees, who are in Cyprus with their families for longer than 10 years, are on hunger strike (http://tiny.cc/9bnhhx) in front of the UNHCR in Nicosia, asking the government and UNHCR to cooperate in granting them Cypriot citizenship or to be relocated to another country, where they and their children can live in dignity.

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Η Κύπρος, σύμφωνα με τα αποτελέσματα ερευνών καταλαμβάνει την 32η χειρότερη θέση μεταξύ 35 χωρών της Ευρώπης (μόλις πιο πάνω από τη Λετονία και την Τουρκία) όσον αφορά τις πολιτικές πρόσβασης μεταναστών και προσφύγων στην υπηκοότητα, συμμετοχή στη δημοκρατική ζωή και την κινητικότητα στην αγορά εργασίας (MIPEX - http://www.mipex.eu/countries, EUDO Citizenship - http://tiny.cc/84mhhx). Οι πραγματικότητες αυτές σε συνδυασμό με τις περιοριστικές πολιτικές που ακολουθούνται, ενόψει της σοβαρής οικονομικής κρίσης που μαστίζει τη χώρα, οδήγησαν τους μετανάστες και πρόσφυγες στην εξαθλίωση και απόγνωση.

Υπό τις περιστάσεις, η μόνη ουσιαστική επιλογή για τους ανθρώπους αυτούς, είναι αυτή της προσωρινής ή και μόνιμης μετακίνησης από την Κύπρο σε χώρες όπου προσφέρονται καλύτερες ευκαιρίες απασχόλησης και ένταξης. Η άδεια διαμονής που παραχωρεί σήμερα η Κύπρος στους πρόσφυγες δεν τους επιτρέπει να μετακινηθούν και να αναζητήσουν νόμιμη εργασία σε άλλες ευρωπαϊκές χώρες. Η μόνη περίπτωση να ασκήσουν αυτό το δικαίωμα είναι μέσα από την απόκτηση της κυπριακής υπηκοότητας. Η προοπτική αυτή εξανεμίζεται λόγω άρνησης της κυβέρνηση της Κύπρου να τους παραχωρήσει υπηκοότητα (http://tiny.cc/n9mhhx) , ανεξάρτητα από τα χρόνια παραμονής στη χώρα, ακόμη και αν πληρούν τις προϋποθέσεις που καθορίζει η νομοθεσία.

Ομάδα αναγνωρισμένων προσφύγων, οι οποίοι ευρίσκονται στην Κύπρο με τις οικογένειες τους πέραν των 10 χρόνων, έχει κατέλθει σε απεργία πείνας μπροστά από τα γραφεία της UNHCR στη Λευκωσία (http://tiny.cc/9bnhhx) ζητώντας από την κυβέρνηση και την UNHCR να συνεργαστούν ώστε να τους παραχωρηθεί η κυπριακή υπηκοότητα ή να μετακινηθούν σε άλλη χώρα όπου να μπορούν να ζήσουν αυτοί και τα παιδιά τους με αξιοπρέπεια.

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23. Iran Must NOT Hang Sunni Political Prisoner Kamal Molaee

Four Sunni prisoners on death row, Hamed Ahmadi, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani and Kamal Molaee, have been transferred to solitary confinement and are scheduled to be executed on Sunday 15 June on the charge of “enmity against God” (moharebeh), only days after reports of the secret execution of Ali Chebieshat and Sayed Khaled Mousawi on the same charge, according to Amnesty International. Two weeks ago another Iranian political prisoner, Gholamreza Khosravi, was also hanged.

The families of the four men were called on 13 June to visit their relatives for the last time before their death sentence will be implemented in Rajae Shahr prison on 15 June. The four are accused of killing Mullah Mohammad Sheikh al-Islam, a senior Sunni cleric with ties to the Iranian authorities. The men deny the accusation, saying that they had been arrested between June and July 2009, several months before the sheikh’s killing in September 2009, and that they have been targeted solely because they practiced or promoted their faith, such as taking part in Sunni religious seminars and distributing Sunni reading materials. The Supreme Court had upheld the death sentences in September 2013, and the sentences had been sent to the Office for the Implementation of Sentences, the official body in charge of carrying out executions.

Amnesty International has stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran's judicial authorities sentenced the four men to death after trials during which basic safeguards, such as rights of defense, were disregarded, in contravention of international fair trial standards.

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24. Drop ALL Charges Against The Six "Happy Iranian" Dancers and Sassan Soleimani, Director of The "Happy Iranians""Video

UPDATE August 12, 2014--The youths involved in making the “Happy in Tehran” dance video will be collectively put on trial on September 9, 2014, a source informed the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

The accused, who are being represented by several lawyers, were last summoned for questioning between June 16 and June 19. They were asked questions such as, “Whose idea was it to make the video?” and “Who uploaded the video on YouTube?”

The charges include “illegitimate relations,” “contact with foreign television networks,” “distribution of a video on the vulgar YouTube channel,” “failure to observe Islamic covering [hijab],” and “dancing.” Agents used personal photos and films confiscated during the arrests to pile additional charges against the accused.

On May 19, 2014, six individuals involved in the Iranian version of the popular “Happy” video by Pharrell Williams were detained and transferred to the Tehran Morality Police’s Vozara Complex. They were released two days later, after posting bail. Sassan Soleimani, the video’s alleged director, was arrested on May 20, 2014, and held in detention for several weeks.

The arrests triggered an international outcry, especially when the accused were featured in the news on Iranian state television, before they were formally charged, where they were forced to express remorse for their participation in the video.

In addition to Soleimani, others accused in the case include Reyhaneh Taravati, Neda Motameni, Afshin Sohrabi, Bardia Moradi, Roham Shamekhi, and Sepideh [no last name available].

Soleimani previously spent some time in prison for making a music video for the “Soosan Khanom” song by the popular Iranian band “Barobax.” Soleimani also said in a previous interview that he proposed the color purple as the campaign color for Hassan Rouhani’s 2013 presidential campaign.
SOURCE: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
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UPDATE May 28, 2014--The director of the "Happy Iranians" video, Sassan Soleimani, has now been released on bail. He, along with the six young men and women who danced in this video are still facing criminal charges.

May 22, 2014--The six young men and women who danced to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” in a video that went viral on YouTube, and were arrested for it, were released on bail one day later. However, the director of the video, Sassan Soleimani, remains detained. The young dancers who were released on bail were told they would be prosecuted.

The youths’ dance video received over a hundred thousand views on YouTube before it was taken down and the youths arrested. They were then paraded on state television, where they were forced to issue statements of remorse and contrition.

The incident has reportedly caused widespread revulsion in Iran at the humiliation of the youths for a dance video in which they exclaimed their happiness.

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25. Free Saudi Human Rights Activst Fadhil Makki al-Manasif, Tortured and Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Fadhil Makki al-Manasif, 26, is a photographer and a member of the Adala Center for Human Rights (Adala Center), a rights organization in the Eastern Province Fadhil city of Qatif. On April 17, 2014 al-Manasif received a harsh 15-year sentence from the Specialized Criminal Court, plus a 15-year travel ban after his prison sentence and a fine of 100,000 Saudi Riyals (US$26,666) – for charges that included “breaking allegiance with the king” and “being in contact with foreign news agencies in order to exaggerate news and harm the reputation of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people.”

As a member of the Adala Center, al-Manasif played a leading role in documenting abuses against demonstrators in the Eastern Province in 2011. He organized educational workshops on human rights in Qatif and acted as an interlocutor between the families of detainees and authorities, on several occasions approaching police officials in the Eastern Province on behalf of families to ask about the whereabouts of missing family members.

Security forces arrested al-Manasif in his home town of Awammiyah on April 15, 2009 and detained him without charge for three months at the Dammam General Prison. Officials accused him and 20 others of participating in protests, which are banned by the Ministry of Interior, and released him in June after he signed a pledge not to take part in gatherings.[81]

Authorities arrested al-Manasif again in May 2011, two days after he disseminated information to international media outlets and human rights organizations on amendments to the press law and ongoing protests in the Eastern Province. In response to a summons, al-Manasif presented himself to the Ministry of Interior’s Criminal Investigation Department in Awammiyah, where security forces immediately took him into custody.[82]

On June 4, 2011, security forces transferred al-Manasif to solitary confinement in the General Investigation Directorate (al-Mabahith) prison in Dammam. On June 6, prosecutors charged him with a series of crimes related to his first arrest in 2009, including “sowing discord,” “inciting public opinion against the state,” “damaging public property by organizing and calling for protests,” and inviting the international media to demonstrations, as well as participating in gathering information about demonstrations. Security forces released him on August 22 2011, after he signed a declaration promising to refrain from participating in further demonstrations.

On the evening of October 2, 2011, al-Manasif approached the Awammiyah police station to speak to police about their detention of two elderly persons, whose sons were wanted for participation in protests. The authorities had detained the men in order to compel their sons to turn themselves in, according to the Adala Center for Human Rights. When one of the elderly men collapsed, al-Manasif followed by car the ambulance taking the man to the hospital and was stopped and arrested at a checkpoint. Security forces transferred him to the Mabahith prison in Dammam, and placed him in solitary confinement for four months, denying him any visits from his family until August 11, 2012, 314 days after his initial arrest. He remains in detention.

On May 12, 2011 several United Nations Special Procedures mandate holders released an urgent appeal on al-Manasif’s behalf, expressing concern that his arrest violated his right to freedom of expression. The UN Secretary General on July 21, 2011 also expressed concern that his situation “may be related to his work in the defense of human rights, in particular, his involvement in the documentation and dissemination of information on human rights violations, as well as his engagement with United Nations mechanisms and other international human rights organizations.”

According to the Adala Center, al-Manasif alleges that authorities have subjected him to various forms of torture during his detention including beatings on his hands and legs, blindfolding for extended periods of time, forced standing for extended periods of time, and electrocution.

During his interrogation sessions, a colleague of al-Manasif’s at the Adala Center told Human Rights Watch, officials questioned him about his rights activism and he acknowledged being in communication with international human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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26. Fight for your right to own a pet in strata managed buildings

Australia treats pet ownership differently to the rest of the world. Many strata companies in Australia will not allow pets, and some only with permission. The definition for 'suitability' is vague at best, and absolutely discriminatory at worst. It is not illlegal to own a pet in Australia, but many pet owners are made to feel like it is. A lack of pet ownership rights in Australia is infringing on the Aussie way of life, and is breaking up families all over the country. it is also contributing to a huge issue of dog rehoming, rescues and terminations because strata companies won't allow families to bring their pets with them.

Pets should be treated just like children. In other words - it is none of anybody else's business; but if the pet 'breaks it, you buy it' and you have to repair it, just like you would have to for anything else, covered in your bond.

We are currently being told that we cannot have our dog in our super spacious GROUND FLOOR apartment with a large yard, because our neighbours in the apartment may find the dog 'intimidating', even though he is not a dangerous breed and is a complete couch potato and absolute sook of a thing. (Some of you may have guessed that I am talking about a Great Dane.) We do not find this acceptable or fair, and certainly not just cause to break up a family.

Please sign up to support my cause. It may help us keep our dog, and it may help other dog owners in future who want nothing more than to keep their respective families together.

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27. Iranian Refugee Couple in India Need Urgent Relocation to a Safe Third Country

Iranian Refugees in India Subjected to Attack, in Need of Urgent Relocation to a Safe Third Country.

Iranian asylum-seeker Mrs. Marzieh Hosseinpour, age 38, and her husband Mr. Javad Riazi Ahmad Saraei, age 50, both faced political persecution in Iran. Marzieh was subjected to torture while detained as a political prisoner, and Javad was persecuted by the regime (Islamic Republic of Iran) as a member of a political organization in Iran.

Marzieh registered as a political asylum-seeker with UNHCR India (513-05C00255) in 2005, and was recognized as a refugee by UNHCR India in 2010. Javad registered with UNHCR India (513-05C00255) in 2007, and was recognized as a refugee in 2011. However, they were attacked in New Delhi by agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and are in urgent need of relocation to a safe third country.

We urge UNHCR & other human rights organizations to support the relocation of Marzieh Hosseinpour and Javad Riazi Ahmad Saraei to a safe third country.

Sincerely,
Hassan Massali, Ph.D., President of Action for Democracy & Human Rights in the Middle East, USA
Ahmad Fatemi, Director, Mission Free Iran

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28. 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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29. 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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30. 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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