Petition Tag - freedom of speech

1. Empower Instagram Artists & Disarm the Instagram Trolls

I am beginning this petition to raise awareness of how Instagram’s current flagging & censorship policies undermines freedom of expression and empowers internet trolls to anonymously get hardworking artist’s work removed from their accounts! I have had numerous photos and videos reported anonymously and therefore removed. All of these photos & videos followed the community guidelines, yet Instagram’s current policy allows for them to be removed without consideration to the content creators or the actual content itself. This is not only an injustice, it is prohibiting my human right, my right as a woman, to be able to express myself freely, and artistically. This is my language, and therefore this directly violates my freedom of speech! I want Instagram to review its current policy and to put the power in the hands of the creators to create, not in the haters to hate.


I am sure Instagram values the medium it has created, so it should work hand in hand with it’s hard working content creators to limit the ability of internet trolls who create accounts to simply obstruct other individual’s right of expression. It is my hope that by beginning this petition, we can have a public discussion between Instagram, it’s hardworking diverse content creators, and the Instagram users who follow our work, in order to craft a more creator empowering policy than the one that currently limits our ability to express ourselves.

2. Solidarity with Turkey’s threatened academics and other critical voices

With the latest Decree No. 686 of February 7th, signed under the State of Emergency, Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on academic freedom once more, dismissing 330 academics at 49 universities. 77 of these were employees of Ankara University, whose political sciences’ faculty is renowned for its critical positioning vis-à-vis the government.

115 out of the 330 dismissed were amongst the over one thousand academics who signed an “Academics for Peace Declaration”, which denounced the way Turkey had stepped up its operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Southeast of the country since the summer of 2015, turning the centers of several Kurdish cities into war zones, causing the death of hundreds of civilians and the displacement of over 350.000 people . These events threaten to undo many of the steps that had been taken towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict over the last two decades.

Since the failed coup attempt of July 15th, 2016 the Turkish government has purged the public sector dismissing more than 100,000 civil servants including teachers, judges and prosecutors and more than 7,000 academics. Following the coup 1,577 deans of universities were forced to resign, many to be replaced by government trustees, in an effort to curb the autonomy of academic institutions. Apart from academics and other civil servants, numerous journalists, NGO employees and activists, and politicians from Kurdish and Kemalist opposition parties are being prosecuted.

The government accuses those dismissed and prosecuted of ties to the movement led by US-based Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen, whom the authorities accuse of having plotted the coup attempt of July 15th. Yet the ongoing purges have targeted a broad range of individuals, many of whom do not have any proven links to the Gülen movement, as alleged by government authorities. Moreover, as Human Rights Watch (HRW) notes in its World Report 2017, “the crackdown also extended to the pro-Kurdish opposition party, with two leaders and other MPs arrested and placed in pretrial detention, along with many of its elected mayors, denying millions of voters their elected representatives.” HRW has consequently criticized Turkey’s president and government for instrumentalizing the violent military coup attempt of July 2016 to crack down on human rights and dismantle basic democratic safeguards.

The current purges, the attacks on academic freedom and freedom of the press have to be recognized as systematically undermining the conditions of free speech and critique in Turkey. This is not a question of targeting a few bothersome individuals, but of systematically dismantling the very conditions for critique and critical reflection. Moreover, the ongoing purges have to be understood in the context of the crackdown on the country’s Kurdish opposition that preceded the July 15th coup attempt. The attacks on Kurdish democratically elected representatives risks excluding the Kurdish opposition from political decision-making processes and paves the way for a renewed escalation of violence in the country’s Southeast.

With this petition we want to express our profound indignation as to the current state of affairs in Turkey and underline our solidarity with co-academics and critical voices inside Turkey. The way Turkey has been silencing dissent is devastating for its democracy, undermines the human rights its citizens – without exceptions – are entitled to, and risks setting the country onto a path into violent conflict. As scholars with long-standing research experience in and on Turkey who are closely following the current developments, we call on our colleagues at the University of Ghent and other Belgian universities to share these concerns and sign on to the petition below.

3. Boycott ESPN's Coverage of the Little League World Series

The world has looked to our nation as the beacon of freedom. Freedom to express ourselves without retribution. Freedom to choose and worship any religion you want. The freedom to burn the very flag that is the symbol of that freedom. The freedom to build the American dream.

ESPN has taken upon themselves to take away the ability of former World Series pitcher Curt Schilling to express the way he feels about a certain group of people. Under the Constitution, something no one much less an entertainment channel has the power, nor should they, to override.

4. BOYCOTT Comcast, NBC, and whoever else fires Donald Trump, for not respecting his freedom of speech

Comcast and NBC, and possibly Macys, have fired Donald Trump for saying what he believes to be true.

I don't agree with everything Mr. Trump said, but I certainly believe in his right to say it, and firing him over it has consequences. It's time the American people PUT UP or SHUT UP.

Are we going to let political correctness silence us when we know things that are happening are WRONG and NOT in the best interest of our people? I say HELL NO, and I want others to put your money where your mouth is, and STOP SPENDING it on people who only care about the LEFT's views.

BOYCOTT any organization that FIRES Mr. TRUMP.

5. Save The Confederate Flag! The Confederate Flag is our history!

The Confederate Flag is our history, much like the American Flag. To some of us it might mean just as much or even more so. Especially if you have had family members in history that have fought in the Civil War or any other war.

This flag is significant to many people in the Country. I've seen the impact that all of this is making on everyone. It's causing a huge rift between everyone. They say this flag is racist, but how so? Because it was in the Civil War? Both races fought in this war, willingly and non-willingly.

My point is that this flag does not represent slavery. At all. My question is though. Why ban this flag, but let others walk on the American Flag disrespectfully as "Freedom of Speech"? What about our freedom of speech? What about our opinion?

EVERYONE'S opinion needs to be heard!

6. Free Iranian Journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaei

UPDATE JANUARY 12, 2016-- IRANIAN REFORM JOURNALIST REYHANEH TABATABAEI BEGINS ONE-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE IN EVIN PRISON The well-known reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie surrendered herself to Evin Prison authorities on January 12, 2016, to serve a one-year prison sentence.

Tabatabaie’s imprisonment follows a string of arrests of journalists and reformists, as hardliners in Iran move to silence moderate and independent voices ahead of critical Parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections in February 2016. While Tabatabaie had been banned from her journalistic work for two years as a result of her pro-reformist writings, she had continued to write on her Facebook page.

Tabatabaie’s mother, Shahnaz Siaghi, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the authorities called their home and ordered her to report to prison after her request for extra time was granted to take care of some personal matters.

Tabatabaie, 35, was arrested on November 30, 2014, and a year later on November 17, 2015, she was sentenced by Judge Salavati of the Revolutionary Court to a year in prison and banned from political activities for two years for “propaganda against the state.”

“The propaganda charge was based on her membership in the National [Reformist] Youth Headquarters during the 2013 presidential elections, participation in a youth gathering in Shahr-e-Kord, and insulting two presidential candidates, Saeed Jalili and Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, on her Facebook page,” Tabatabaie’s mother told the Campaign.

“Why should my daughter be punished for criticizing two presidential candidates on her Facebook page? She only expressed her opinion about why she would not vote for them. Why should she be punished for participating in a legal gathering along with many others? For the past two years, she has not been able to have any journalistic activities, because she was not allowed to do so,” Siaghi said.

“My daughter is going to prison for unjust reasons. It’s obvious they have summoned her only because of the upcoming Parliamentary elections. They knew Reyhaneh is a political activist and would campaign to get reformist candidates elected into the Parliament. That’s why they are throwing her into prison,” added Siaghi.

Tabatabaie wrote for the political sections of several reformist newspapers, such as Shargh, Farhikhtegan and Bahar. She was first arrested on December 12, 2010, and held for 36 days in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Ward 2-A in Evin Prison. She was found guilty of charges related to her activities in support of the Green Movement (the peaceful opposition movement that grew out of the widely disputed results of the 2009 presidential election in Iran) and sentenced by Judge Moghisseh of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court to six months in prison. She completed the sentence and was released in November 2014.

While in prison, Tabatabaie was again charged with and found guilty of the current charges for which she has begun serving the one-year sentence.
SOURCE: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2016/01/reyhaneh-tabatabaie-imprisoned/

Iranian journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaei is currently serving a six-month sentence in Evin prisonon charges of "propaganda against the Islamic state" and insulting Said Jalili and Ghalibaf (Fundamentalist and conservative Presidential candidates of 2013). She was also charged for her participation in campaign events of the reformist presidential candidates in 2013.

7. Free Saudi Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair

UPDATE: February 18, 2015 SAUDI SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS 15-YEAR SENTENCE!
An appeals court in Saudi Arabia has upheld a 15 year jail sentence for prominent human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abulkhair.

Abulkhair was convicted in July 2014, and tried under the new anti-terrorism law, where he was convicted on a series of charges including “inciting public opinion”. Activists previously confirmed to Middle East Eye that the law was intended to target activists and to silence any form of political dissent or calls for reform.

According to the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Saudi’s Specialised Criminal Court of Appeal - which hears terrorism cases - confirmed the verdict on Sunday.

Five years of Abulkhair’s sentence were initially suspended. In January, another court ordered him to serve the full 15 years of his sentence. The following month, he was transferred from a prison in his home city of Jeddah to one in the capital Riyadh.

“It’s believed that his refusal to recognise the legitimacy of the trial court, in addition to not giving an apology to the court, were the reasons behind his recent transfer,” said the Gulf Centre for Human Rights on its website.

Abulkhair is the founding member of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA), an independent human rights organisation established in 2008. His outspokenness and activism resulted in Saudi authorities banning him from travelling outside the country since 2012.

In one of his first acts that challenged the Saudi authorities, Abulkhair along with other activists signed a reform petition in 2007 that requested the ruling government to transform from an absolute monarchy to a democratic system, where people would have the right to participate in free elections.

International human rights organisations like Amnesty have issued appeals and petitions demanding the release of Abulkhair.

“Authorities in Saudi Arabia are clearly punishing Waleed Abulkhair for his work protecting and defending human rights,” Said Boumedouha, the deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International said last year. “He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.”

Abulkhair has been on trial since 2013, where he was accused in October of that year by the Specialised Criminal Court of “breaking allegiance to and disobeying the ruler,” disrespecting the authorities,” “offending the judiciary,” “founding an unlicensed organisation,” and “inciting international organisations against the Kingdom”.

Amnesty International believes that the evidence for all of these charges were based on Abulkhair signing a petition that criticised the oppressiveness of the Saudi Arabian authorities in dealing with 16 reformists.

Abulkhair was the lawyer of a number of high profile cases that were victims of human rights violations, including his wife Samar Badawi. Samar was imprisoned for six months in 2010 under the charge of “disobedience under the Saudi Arabia male guardianship system.” She had sued her father for refusing to allow her to marry, and won her case with Abulkhair as her lawyer. The two later married.

Another well-known former client of Abulkhair is Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who is serving a ten year sentence in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam. Badawi received the first 50 lashes on 9 January but subsequent weekly sessions have not been carried out. His case has sparked worldwide outrage.

A Norwegian parliamentarian nominated both Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-court-upholds-15-year-sentence-human-rights-lawyer-894395603#sthash.NNSYXUQN.dpuf

UPDATE: July 2014--Saudi human rights activist Walid Abu al-Khair has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on sedition charges. He's the founder of Monitor Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi court in Jeddah also banned al-Khair on Sunday from travelling outside of the ultraconservative kingdom for an additional 15 years and slapped him with a 200,000 riyal ($53,300) fine. His websites were also shut down.

He was convicted on charges of breaking allegiance to King Abdullah, disrespecting authorities, and creating an unauthorized association. Al-Khair has been under house arrest since April 16.

"Walid does not recognize the legitimacy of this court, refuses to accept its verdict and has no intention to appeal," al-Khair's wife, Samar Badawi, told the AFP news agency.

According to Badawi, her husband faces other charges for setting up the group Monitor Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRS) without a permit. She says that al-Khair sought a permit, but received no response from the authorities. Afterward, he set up an MHRS Facebook page which has attracted thousands of followers.

The lawyer has been critical of Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism law, which critics say is used as a pretext to stiffle political dissent. Under the law, terrorism is defined as any act that "disturbs public order, shakes the security of society, or subjects its national unity to danger, or obstructs the primary system of rule or harms the reputation of state."

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Saudi human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu al-Khair is currently in Riyadh’s Malaz Prison awaiting the resumption of his "criminal" trial before Saudi Arabia’s terrorism tribunal, the Specialized Criminal Court, on charges that include “breaking allegiance with the king,” “making international organizations hostile to the kingdom,” and “setting up an unlicensed organization.” A judge jailed Abu al-Khair on April 15 without allowing him to notify his family, and until now authorities have not disclosed the basis of his detention.

Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court ordered Abu al-Khair’s detention when he attended a hearing in his case on April 15, 2014. Since his arrest the authorities have not allowed him to contact family members, who had no knowledge of his whereabouts for 24 hours. Abu al-Khair faces charges based solely on his peaceful human rights work, including “breaking allegiance with the ruler” and “making international organizations hostile to the kingdom.”

“Saudi authorities have repeatedly harassed Abu al-Khair for his human rights work, and now they’ve suddenly jailed him without letting him notify his family,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities should free Abu al-Khair immediately and drop the charges against him.”

On February 4, Abu al-Khair lost an appeal of a separate Jeddah Criminal Court conviction for signing statements critical of Saudi authorities, and received a prison sentence of three months. It is unclear whether his detention is connected with the Jeddah conviction. Police in Jeddah arrested Abu al-Khair on October 2, 2013 and held him for one night for hosting a weekly discussion group for reformists, but prosecutors have yet to file criminal charges in that case.

Abu al-Khair attended the fifth session of his trial before the Specialized Criminal Court on the morning of April 15, travelling from his home in Jeddah to Riyadh. A lawyer, Abu al-Khair is representing himself during the proceeding and did not bring family members or trial monitors to the hearing. After several hours, Abu al-Khair’s organization, the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, released a Facebook statement stating that Abu al-Khair had gone missing and could not be reached by his mobile phone, which was switched off.

On the morning of April 16, Samar Badawi, Abu al-Khair’s wife, travelled to Riyadh to search for him. She told Human Rights Watch that officials at the Specialized Criminal Court informed her that the court had ordered Abu al-Khair’s detention, and authorities had taken him to al-Ha`ir Prison south of Riyadh. Badawi travelled to the prison and confirmed with prison officials that Abu al-Khair was present, but was not allowed to speak with him. She told Human Rights Watch that neither court nor prison officials told her the basis of Abu al-Khair’s detention.

Later, Samar Badawi reported that authorities allowed him to speak to her by phone for one minute on April 17, 2014.

Abu al-Khair is known for his legal defense of other human rights activists, including Abd al-Rahman al-Shumairi, one of the so-called Jeddah reformers, a group of around a dozen men known for their public stances demanding human rights and political reform in Saudi Arabia. Authorities arrested them in February 2007, allegedly for gathering funds for terrorism.

Abu al-Khair is also the supervisor of the Facebook group “Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia,” whose website is blocked in the kingdom.

His detention comes amid an ongoing campaign to silence human rights defenders and civil society activists throughout the kingdom. In March 2013, a court sentenced Mohammed al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid, co-founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), to 10- and 11-year prison terms respectively on vague charges such as “harming public order” and “setting up an unlicensed organization.” A court in the central town of Buriada convicted and sentenced to prison ACPRA members Omar al-Sa`id and Abd al-Kareem al-Khodr on similar charges in 2013. ACPRA member Fowzan al-Harbi is currently on trial.

On April 8, authorities detained independent political activist Abdulaziz al-Ghamdi, who publicly supported ACPRA and helped the families of imprisoned ACPRA members.

Saudi authorities regularly pursue charges against human rights activists based on their peaceful exercise of freedom of expression, in violation of international human rights obligations. The Arab Charter on Human Rights, which Saudi Arabia has ratified, guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression under article 32. Under the United Nations General Assembly’s Declaration on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to “impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

“The jailing of peaceful activists shows that Saudi Arabia has no tolerance for those even speaking about human rights and political reform,” Stork said.

8. Freedom of Speech for Wollondilly Shire

Wollondilly Shire Council resolved at the February meeting to vary Community Forum Policy Guidelines without the democratic process of community consultation.

The Guidelines were varied to give the General Manager and Mayor discretion to reject questions and statements raised by ratepayers in the public interest. This is a draconian attempt to block accountability and stagnate freedom of speech and would not happen in any other local government area in Australia except Wollondilly.

9. Release Derryn Hinch on compassionate grounds

In Australia, the rights of convicted sex offenders seem to take precedence over victim's rights. People that speak up about it get punished as is the case of Derryn Hinch. Mr Derryn Hinch needs to be released now.

10. Support human rights and the quest for freedom of speech in Thailand


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จดหมายที่เราจะยื่นมีเนื้อความดังนี้ครับผม ประชาชนอเมริกันเชื้อสายไทยและประชาชนแห่งราชอาณาจักรไทยผู้มีถิ่นพำนักถาวรในสหรัฐอเมริกา ขอแสดงเจตนารมณ์อันหนักแน่นในการต่อต้านรัฐบาลไทยที่ขาดความชอบธรรมในการบริหารราชการแผ่นดิน ตลอดจนขอเรียกร้องสิทธิและเสรีภาพในการแสดงออกทางความคิดเห็นตามแนวทางประชาธิปไตยและขอประนามการกระทำของรัฐบาลไทยในการละเมิดสิทธิมนุษยชนโดยการใช้เล่ห์กลและความรุนแรงเข้าปราบปราม สลายการชุมนุมผู้ต่อต้านรัฐบาล นับตั้งแต่นางสาวยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร ดำรงตำแหน่งนายกรัฐมนตรีได้บริหารราชการแผ่นดินผิดพลาด และมีการฉ้อราษฎร์บังหลวงและการทุจริตเชิงนโยบายแพร่กระจายไปทั่วทุกๆหน่วยราชการทำให้ประชาชน ชาวไทยเกิดความเดือดร้อน ไม่พึงพอใจและออกมาแสดงพลังต่อต้านอยู่บ่อยครั้งมาโดยตลอด รัฐบาลของ นางสาวยิ่งลักษณ์ ได้ดำเนินการตอบโต้อย่างแข็งกร้าว โดยการลิดรอนเสรีภาพในการแสดงความคิดเห็นและ จำกัดการเข้าถึงข้อมูลข่าวสารอันขัดกับหลักการประชาธิปไตย ตลอดจนใช้ความรุนแรง ซึ่งเป็นการละเมิด สิทธิมนุษยชนดังนี้ ในด้านการจำกัดเสรีภาพในการแสดงความคิดเห็นและการเข้าถึงข้อมูลข่าวสาร รัฐบาลได้ควบคุม แทรกแซงกิจการวิทยุโทรทัศน์ ให้นำเสนอข่าวสารข้อมูลที่สนับสนุนรัฐบาลเพียงด้านเดียว ข่าวสารข้อมูลที่ ต่อต้านรัฐบาลถูกปกปิด บิดเบือน ใส่่ร้าย ป้ายสี นอกจากนี้สถานีวิทยุโทรทัศน์ต่างๆ ก็เลือกที่จะเซ็นเซอร์ตัวเอง เพราะความเกรงกลัวอำนาจการบริหารงานของรัฐบาลที่สามารถให้คุณให้โทษในการให้สัมปทานหรือพิจารณาปลดรายการได้ การนำเสนอละครเพื่อสะท้อนปัญหาการทุจริตของนักการเมืองและของข้าราชการระดับสูง เช่นละครเรื่องเหนือเมฆ ถูกห้ามเผยแพร่ทางโทรทัศน์กลางคัน เช่นเดียวกันกับสารคดีคัดค้านการดำเนิน โครงการสร้างเขื่อนแม่วงก์ของรัฐบาลในรายการคนค้นคน ถูกสั่งระงับและห้ามเผยแพร่จนกระทั่งประชาชน ออกมาแสดงความไม่เห็นด้วยอย่างรุนแรงจึงตัดทอนให้เผยแพร่ได้เพียงบางส่วน นอกจากนี้รัฐบาลและกลุ่มทุน ในเครือข่ายของรัฐบาลได้เข้าไปซื้อกิจการหนังสือพิมพ์และสื่อสิ่งพิมพ์ นอกจากนี้ยังมีการเอื้ออำนวย ผลประโยชน์ทางธุรกิจให้แก่หนังสือพิมพ์ เช่นการลงโฆษณาโครงการ หน่วยงานของรัฐและรัฐวิสาหกิจ ทำให้หนังสือพิมพ์ต่างๆ ไม่กล้าที่จะแสดงความคิดเห็นและเปิดเผยความชั่วร้ายของรัฐบาล ในส่วนของ สื่อสังคมออนไลน์ รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงเทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศและการสื่อสารได้ออกมาข่มขู่ว่าจะ ดำเนินคดีกับผู้โพสต์ความเห็นต่อต้านรัฐบาลอยู่เป็นประจำ รัฐบาลยังมีส่วนรู้เห็นในการคุกคามสื่อโดยการฆ่า นายเอกยุทธ์ อัญชัญบุตร สื่อสารมวลชนอิสระผู้ก่อตั้งเว็บไซท์ Thai insider เสนอข่าวต่อต้านรัฐบาลอย่าง รุนแรงมาโดยตลอดอย่างโหดเหี้ยมอำมหิตและมีการตระเตรียมการ วางแผน และดำเนินการอย่างเป็น กระบวนการโดยตำรวจ นอกจากนี้การชุมนุมโดยสงบเพื่อต่อต้านรัฐบาล ถูกกลั่นแกล้งมาโดยตลอด เพื่อไม่ให้ ประชาชนได้มีโอกาสแสดงความคิดเห็น มีการส่งกลุ่มคนเข้าไปก่อกวนเพื่อให้เกิดความวุ่นวาย คุกคามความ ปลอดภัยและสวัสดิภาพของผู้เข้าร่วมชุมนุม เช่น การโยนหมามุ่ยซึ่งมีพิษทำให้เกิดอาการคันอย่างรุนแรง มีการซุกซ่อนและปล่อยงูเห่าซึ่งเป็นงูพิษร้ายแรง ใส่กลุ่มผู้ชุมนุม สำหรับการประท้วงโดยมวลมหาประชาชน ครั้งล่าสุดนี้ รัฐบาลได้ออกมาข่มขู่ กรรโชก สกัดกั้น กลั่นแกล้ง ประชาชนผู้ต้องการเดินทางเข้าร่วมชุมนุมโดย สงบสันติอหิงสา ปราศจากอาวุธและเครื่องมือใดๆ ที่อาจก่อให้เกิดความรุนแรง เช่น กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ ได้ออกประกาศจะดำเนินคดีแก่ผู้ที่เป่านกหวีดเพื่อต่อต้าน นักการเมืองฝ่ายรัฐบาลหรือข้าราชการระดับสูง ของรัฐบาลเป็นต้น ทั้งหมด ทั้งสิ้น เป็นเพียงบางส่วน ที่แสดงออกมาให้เห็นพฤติกรรมของรัฐบาลนางสาว ยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร ซึ่งลิดรอนจำกัดสิทธิและเสรีภาพในการแสดงความคิดเห็นและการเข้าถึงข้อมูลข่าวสาร ซึ่งขัดกับหลักการขั้นพื้นฐานของระบอบประชาธิปไตยอย่างรุนแรง ในส่วนของการละเมิดสิทธิมนุษยชนและการปราบปราบผู้ต่อต้านรัฐบาลด้วยความรุนแรงนั้น รัฐบาลได้ใช้กองกำลังตำรวจในการดำเนินการกับปัญหาความไม่สงบในสามจังหวัดชายแดนภาคใต้ด้วยความรุนแรง ทำให้มีผู้เสียชีวิตเป็นจำนวนมากโดยปราศจาก ข้อเท็จจริงหรือข้อพิสูจน์ ทางกฎหมายใด ๆ ในความผิด ร้ายแรงที่ได้กระทำ ในวันที่ 22 พฤศจิกายน 2555 รัฐบาลได้สั่งการให้กองกำลังตำรวจใช้ความรุนแรงในการ ปราบปรามผู้เข้าร่วมชุมนุมต่อต้านรัฐบาลอย่างสงบ ณ ลานพระบรมรูปทรงม้าในกรุงเทพมหานคร ด้วยการโยนระเบิด ยิงแก๊สน้ำตา และทุบตีประชาชน โดยประสงค์ต่อผลและย่อมเล็งเห็นผลของการกระทำนั้น และมิได้ปฏิบัติตามขั้นตอนการสลายการชุมนุม จากขั้นเบาไปหนักตามลำดับอย่างที่ควรจะเป็น โดยหลักสากล การฆ่านายเอกยุทธ์ อัญชัญบุตร สื่อมวลชนอิสระชื่อดังที่ต่อต้านรัฐบาลซึ่งดำเนินการเป็น กระบวนการโดยตำรวจดังที่กล่าวไปแล้วข้างต้นก็นับว่าเป็นการใช้ความรุนแรงและละเมิดสิทธิมนุษยชนด้วย เช่นกัน จากที่กล่าวมาข้างต้นสะท้อนให้เห็นว่าประเทศไทยมีสภาพเป็นรัฐตำรวจที่ข่มขู่คุกคามความปลอดภัย และชีวิตของพี่น้องประชาชน ซึ่งเป็นการละเมิดสิทธิมนุษยชนขั้นพื้นฐานอย่างร้ายแรง เมื่อวันพฤหัสบดีที่ 31 ตุลาคม 2556 เวลา 4.00 น. รัฐบาลภายใต้การนำของ นางสาวยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร ได้ผลักดันพระราชบัญญัตินิรโทษกรรมผ่านสามวาระในการประชุมเพียงครั้งเดียว โดยอาศัยเสียง ข้างมากในสภาผู้แทนราษฎรซึ่งพระราชบัญญัติดังกล่าว ระบุให้ยกเว้นความรับผิดในทุกกรณี ทั้งการทุจริต คอรัปชั่นในส่วนของนักการเมืองและความผิดต่อตำแหน่งหน้าที่ราชการ ของข้าราชการระดับสูง ความผิดเกี่ยวกับกระบวนการยุติธรรม สาระสำคัญของกฎหมายดังกล่าว ส่งผลให้คดีความที่เกี่ยวข้อง ทั้งหมดที่อยู่ในกระบวนการยุติธรรมตกเป็นโมฆะ ผู้กระทำความผิดไม่ต้องรับโทษ ใดๆ ทั้งสิ้น ซึ่งขัดต่อ สิทธิมนุษยชนขั้นพื้นฐาน และทำลายล้าง หลักนิติรัฐ นิติธรรม รวมไปถึงหลักศีลธรรม คุณธรรม จริยธรรม อันดีงามอย่างรุนแรง ทั้งหมดที่กล่าวมาข้างต้นนำไปสู่การคัดค้าน ต่อต้านของมวลหมู่มหาประชาชนหลาย ล้านคนในและนอกราชอาณาจักรไทย ในช่วงเดือนพฤศจิกายน แต่กระนั้นก็ตามรัฐบาลก็ยังคงดำเนินการ ละเมิดสิทธิมนุษยชน ตลอดจนลิดรอนสิทธิและเสรีภาพในการแสดงความคิดเห็น และปิดกั้นเข้าถึงข้อมูลข่าวสารของประชาชน รัฐบาลกลับเร่งเร้าสถานการณ์ให้รุนแรงให้เกิดขึ้นโดยการโยนระเบิดและยิงแก๊สน้ำตาใส่ผู้เข้า ร่วมชุมนุมต่อต้านรัฐบาลบริเวณสะพานมัฆวานรังสรรค์ นอกจากนี้ยังมีการโปรยตะปูเรือใบบนทางหลวง แผ่นดินหมายเลข 4 ที่จังหวัดประจวบคีรีขันธ์ เพื่อให้รถโดยสารนับร้อยคันที่ประชาชนชาวไทยจากทุก จังหวัดในภาคใต้ล้อระเบิดและเกิดอุบัติเหตุ ไม่สามารถเดินทางมาร่วมชุมนุมกับพี่น้องประชาชนในกรุงเทพได้ ซึ่งถือเป็นการพยายามฆ่าคนตายโดยเจตนาของรัฐบาล ตลอดทั้งรัฐบาลยังสั่งการให้ตำรวจ หน่วงเหนี่ยว ประวิงเวลา ตรวจค้น และห้ามพี่น้องประชาชนคนไทยจากต่างจังหวัดเข้ามาร่วมชุมนุมทางการเมืองใน กรุงเทพมหานคร ในวันที่ 28 พฤศจิกายน 2556 รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงพัฒนาสังคมและความมั่นคงของ มนุษย์ (นางปวีณา หงสกุล) ได้ระดมเหล่าเด็กกำพร้ามาไว้ยังที่ทำการกระทรวงเพื่อเป็นโล่มนุษย์ให้กับตนเอง จากมหาชนผู้ต่อต้านรัฐบาล การกระทำดังกล่าวขัดต่อหลักสิทธิมนุษยชนและเป็นการกระทำต่อเด็กและ เยาวชนที่ไม่อาจจะให้อภัยได้อย่างเด็ดขาด ในวันที่ 23 พฤศจิกายน ศาลรัฐธรรมนูญได้ลงมติว่ารัฐบาลโดยรัฐสภาไม่ได้ใช้วิธีการอันถูกต้องในการ แก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญทำให้การแก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญตกเป็นโมฆะ เนื่องจากสมาชิกสภาผู้แทนราษฎรฝ่ายรัฐบาลได้ กระทำการทุจริตในการลงมติแก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญ โดยมีการเสียบบัตรประจำตัวลงมติแทนกันอย่างผิดจริยธรรม และหลักนิติธรรมอย่างโจ่งแจ้ง นอกจากนี้การแก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญว่าด้วยที่มาของสมาชิกวุฒิสภาดังกล่าวยังขัด กับบทบัญญัติแห่งรัฐธรรมนูญเองโดยตรง แต่รัฐบาลกลับแถลงตอบโต้และดำเนินการฟ้องกลับศาล รัฐธรรมนูญอย่างรุนแรง โดยไม่ยอมรับผลการตัดสินดังกล่าวและไม่ยอมรับอำนาจศาล การกระทำดังกล่าว ข้างต้นย่อมขัดกับหลักศีลธรรมและหลักนิติรัฐ ตลอดจนหลักการประชาธิปไตย บัดนี้สถานการณ์ทางการเมืองได้บีบคั้นรัฐบาลเป็นอย่างยิ่ง และรัฐบาลได้แสดงท่าทีที่แข็งกร้าวในการ ปราบปรามประชาชนผู้เข้าร่วมชุมนุมนับล้านคนอย่างสงบสันติ ด้วยความรุนแรงมาโดยตลอด ทำให้พวกเรา ประชาชนแห่งราชอาณาจักรไทยผู้มีถิ่นพำนักถาวรในสหรัฐอเมริกาและประชาชนอเมริกันผู้มีเชื้อสายไทยเกิด ความกังวลและห่วงใยในสวัสดิภาพและความปลอดภัยของพ่อแม่ ญาติพี่น้อง เพื่อน ตลอดจนพี่น้องประชาชน ชาวไทยร่วมชาติร่วมสายโลหิตเป็นอย่างยิ่ง พวกเราขอเรียกร้องความใส่ใจและการสนับสนุนอย่างแข็งขันจากองค์การสหประชาชาติ เลขาธิการ ประธานสมัชชาใหญ่ สภามนตรีความมั่นคง และองค์การที่เกี่ยวข้องด้านสิทธิมนุษยชน การต่อต้าน การคอร์รัปชั่น และการก่ออาชญากรรมทำร้ายมวลมนุษยชาติ ให้ได้ตระหนักและประนามการก่ออาชญากรรม ของรัฐบาล นางสาวยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร อย่างรุนแรง เราประชาชนชาวไทยขอเรียกร้ององค์การสหประชาชาติด้วยความเคารพยิ่งในการช่วยเหลือและหยุด ยั้งการใช้กำลังรุนแรงทุกรูปแบบโดยตำรวจ และกองกำลังที่ไม่แสดงสังกัดซึ่งสนับสนุน โดยพรรคเพื่อไทยของ รัฐบาลซึ่งขัดขวาง ต่อต้าน และทำร้ายการต่อสู้อย่างอหิงสาโดยไร้อาวุธของประชาชนชาวไทยในกรุงเทพ มหานครและทั่วราชอาณาจักรในช่วงหัวเลี้ยวหัวต่อทางการเมืองดังกล่าวอันเกิดจากการที่ประชาชนมีจิตสำนึก ในการโค่นล้มระบอบการปกครองที่ไม่ชอบด้วยกฎหมายและไม่เป็นธรรมซึ่งย่อมเป็นภารกิจที่ถูกต้องและศักดิ์ สิทธิ์ของคนไทยที่มีต่อราชอาณาจักรอันเป็นที่รักยิ่งของคนไทยทุกคน ประชาชนอเมริกันเชื้อสายไทยและประชาชนแห่งราชอาณาจักรไทยผู้มีถิ่นพำนักถาวรในสหรัฐอเมริกา 29 พฤศจิกายน 2556

11. Morocco: Free Abdessamad Haydour

Morocco: Free Student Imprisoned for ‘Insulting’ King

Despite 2011 Constitutional Guarantees,
Repressive Laws Still in Force

HRW JULY 16, 2013

(Rabat) – Morocco’s authorities should free a student convicted of offending the dignity of the king, Human Rights Watch said today. Two years after adopting a constitution that enshrines freedom of expression, Morocco should abolish the repressive laws that put him in prison.

Abdessamad Haydour, 24, is halfway through a three year sentence for denouncing King Mohammed VI in a video posted on YouTube. He has now served more time behind bars for this offense than any other Moroccan in the last several years, as far as Human Rights Watch has been able to determine.

If Morocco intends to carry out its new constitutional guarantees of free expression, it needs to get rid of laws that send people to jail for offending the head of state, even if what they say seems crude,” said Joe Stork, acting Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

Morocco’s constitution, drafted in the wake of 2011 pro-reform demonstrations that toppled presidents in Egypt and Tunisia and reached Moroccan cities, was adopted by a referendum on July 1, 2011. It guarantees “freedom of thought, opinion, and expression in all its forms.” The 2011 constitution also departs from previous constitutions by no longer defining the “person of the king” as “sacred,” although it declares it “inviolable” and “owed respect.”

Government ministers have spoken of the need to revise Morocco’s press law, to harmonize it with the new constitution by eliminating prison terms for nonviolent speech offenses. However, the press law has yet to be revised, and Moroccan courts continue to apply its provisions, and provisions of the penal code, to imprison people for nonviolent offenses of speech against the king, state institutions, and private individuals.

FULL REPORT HERE :
http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/07/16/morocco-free-student-imprisoned-insulting-king

SOURCE ; HRW

12. Allow Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer to Speak in UK

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer reach millions of freedom-loving people across the globe. Pamela Geller has rescued girls from certain death and paid homage to those who perished in the desire to be free from slavery. Robert Spencer is a world-renowned authority whose family suffered in the Middle East where he originates from.

While Islamic hate preachers come to the UK to preach wife-beating and anti-semitism in mosques, we in the UK are entitled to know what threats these people and their followers are to our country.

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer only speak the truth, and for that there is nothing to fear.

13. Free Blogger Kaveh Taheri

UPDATE Hrana 30th May, 2013
Editor: Mostafa Rahmani
Translator: @RamyarHassani

HRANA News Agency – Kaveh Taheri the imprisoned blogger from Shiraz was sentenced to 3 year in prison and 50 million tomans bail due to two different dossiers.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), this weblogger who is imprisoned in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by judge Mahmoud Sadati in branch 1 of Shiraz revolutionary court on charges of propaganda against regime in benefit of subversive groups and insulting to supreme leader.

Kaveh Taheri and his lawyer objected the verdict and the dossier will be sent to provincial appealed supposedly soon.

Also this weblogger sentenced to 50 million tomans bail in another trial in Shiraz criminal court -Atlasi- on charge of insulting to sacraments.

Kaveh Taheri was arrested on September 23, 2012 by security agents. Despite of inspecting his home the agents confiscated his personal belongings such as computer H.D.D, notes and laptop.

https://hra-news.org/en/kaveh-taheri-sentenced-to-three-year-in-prison

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Kaveh Taheri Sentenced to Three Year in Prison

UPDATE Hrana 23rd April, 2013
Translator: Houman Niyazi

The trial for Kave Taheri has been postponed

The trial for the blogger Kave Taheri which was supposed to be done on 22nd April has been postponed.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), although he was informed about the date of the trial since April 15,2013 the trial has been postponed while he is in the prison for 7 months with no sentence yet.

His lawyer has been able to read the case after 7 months today. According to the lawyer he has been charged with “propaganda against the government” and “insulting the leader.”

The next date for his trial is 29th April.

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* UPDATE HRANA 04 MARCH 2013

A weblogger is in detention without trial for more than five months.

HRANA News Agency – Kaveh Taheri the weblogger who was arrested on September 23rd of 2012, still is in uncertain situation after five months detention in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Kaveh Taheri the weblogger from Shiraz was arrested by Etela'at agents on September 23rd of 2012 at his work place and first was transferred to detention center No.100 and after 52 days was transferred to Adel Abad prison of Shiraz.

His mother could been able to visit Kaveh on March 2nd of 2013 but still after five months he is in detention without trial.

On September 23rd of 2013 the agents arrested him, inspected his home and confiscated his personal belongings such as H.D.D, notes and his laptop.

"He is in a better mental condition in compare with before and he will release the details of interrogation sessions and how the interrogators dealt with him whenever his verdict will be issued", One of his relatives said to HRANA reporter.

Generally this weblogger accused to acting against national security and cyber propaganda against regime in his dossier.

Translated by: Ramyar Hassani

Uncertainty of a detained weblogger Kaveh Taheri´s situation after 130 days.

HRANA News Agency -
SATURDAY, 02 FEBRUARY 2013

After 130 days detention of Kaveh Taheri, the weblogger who has arrested on September 23rd of 2012 still his situation is uncertain.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Kaveh Taheri, the weblogger who is from Shiraz has been arrested by agents of revolutionary guards Etela'at on September 23rd of 2012 at his working place, transferred to Detention center of revolutionary guards and then after 52 days to Adel Abad prison in Shiraz.

The agents confiscated his personal laptop and then searched his home and took away his personal belongings such as hard drive of his computer, handwritings and ... .

"Kaveh Taheri who is 31 years old, passed journalism courses and has the journalist ID but one of the charges on him is illegal reporter", One of his relatives told HRANA reporter.

After 130 days of Kaveh Taheri's detention and his family's haunt, still no trial formed for him and even the court did not allow his lawyer to study the dossier.

It has to be mentioned that in general, the charges on this weblogger in his dossier are acting against national security and propaganda against regime through cyberspace.

Translated by: Ramyar Hassani

14. Ban the FEMEN

A la suite des nombreuses actions commandos et provocatrices des FEMEN à travers le monde, nous appelons à l'interdiction de leur mouvement.

We claim to ban worldwide the FEMEN commando actions.

15. FREE TOMMY THE MARTYR

TOMMY ROBINSON AKA STEPHEN LENNON HELD BEHIND BARS FOR WHAT? >>> HIS BELIEFS, HIS FAITH, HIS PATRIOTISM HIS CHEEK. HIS VOICE!

16. Ensure Tamil Detainees are Charged or Released

Mano, a 29-year-old Tamil man, was arrested in March 2007 “on suspicion” of being a member of the opposition Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and remains detained.

While in custody he has been tortured. Almost two years after the end of the war in Sri Lanka, hundreds of people are languishing in prison, like Mano, without charge or trial under the country’s repressive anti-terrorism laws.

Call on the Sri Lankan government to immediately release these detainees or charge them with recognizable crimes.

Under international law, everyone has the right to a fair trial.

17. Investigate the Disappearance of Sri Lankan Journalist, Prageeth Eknaligoda

For the past 26 years, Sri Lanka has been wracked by a civil war between the security forces (who are mostly from the majority Sinhalese community) and the armed Tamil opposition group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who sought an independent state for the Tamil minority in the north and east of the island.

The war ended in May 2009 with the defeat of the LTTE by the government. Since 2006, journalists and other media workers have been prime targets for attack. At least 14 media workers have been the victims of unlawful killings since the beginning of 2006; one has allegedly disappeared in the custody of the security forces, while others have been tortured and arbitrarily detained.

Emergency regulations issued by the Sri Lankan President have been used to silence critical media and generally violate freedom of expression in Sri Lanka, including through detention without charge or trial for periods lasting up to 18 months.

18. Free "The Five Iranian Christian Converts" Mojtaba Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Partoei (Kourosh), Vahid Hakkani, Homayoun Shokouhi and his wife Mrs. Fariba Nazemian

Five Iranian Christian Converts Receive Trial Date

Following a long wait and much uncertainty and after the judicial authorities rejected their appeal to be released on bail, five Christian converts in Shiraz officially received a trial date. They spent eight months after their arrest in prison with their fate unknown.

According to Mohabat News reporters, five Christian converts, who have spent eight months in prison, finally received a date for their trial through their lawyer.

Their trial, according to the announcement paper, is to be held on Monday, October 15, at 10 a.m. in Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz. The names of the Christians are as follow, Messrs.. Mojtaba Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Partoei (Kourosh), Vahid Hakkani, Homayoun Shokouhi and his wife Mrs. Fariba Nazemian.

The report received by Mohabat News indicates, these Christian converts are charged with "creating illegal groups", "participating in house church service", "propagation against the Islamic regime" and "defaming Islamic holy figures through Christian evangelizing".

Prior to this, on May 11, 2008, Mojtaba Hosseini and Homayoun Shokouhi had been arrested because of their Christian faith, together with eight other Christian converts in Shiraz. At that time, they were sentenced to five years in prison but released conditionally. One year from that suspended five year sentence is still remaining. It is believed that their prior case may also be reviewed in the trial that is to come.

Since their arrest, all five Christian prisoners are being held separately in wards where dangerous criminals like murderers and drug dealers are also being held in Adel-Abad prison in Shiraz. According to reports, Homayoun Shokouhi is being held in ward 10, which is believed to be the worst ward of all, Mohammad-Reza Partoei is in ward 11 and Mojtaba Hosseini and Vahid Hakkani are in ward 4, but on different floors. Also, Mrs. Fariba Nazemian is in the women's ward in the same place as feemale drug addicts and murderers.

Homayoun Shokouhi and his wife, Mrs. Fariba Nazemian, have two children, a 17 year old son and a 12 year old daughter. Their children are totally alone since their parents' arrest and are going through many difficulties.

It is noteworthy that their trial was set to be held between April 19 and 26. They were transferred to Revolutionary Court of Shiraz and were interrogated by Mr. Rezaei Dadyar in Branch Seven. They were told that some judicial officials have said that they would not accept any kind of bail for their temporary release.

These Christian prisoners' rights were also violated during their transfer to the court. As Mohabat News reporters witnessed, each time they were transferred with their hands and feet chained. This occurred although according to the regulations of the Prisons in Iran, prisoners of conscience should not be handcuffed or chained.

It should be remembered that security authorities raided a house on February 8, 2012, after they had identified it as a house church. The group of Christians who had gathered there to worship were ill-treated and eventually arrested. They were then taken in police cars to the detention center of the Intelligence Office in Shiraz, known as "Pelak 100", for interrogation.

It should be mentioned that harassment and discrimination against religious minorities has been a major Human Rights violation issue by the Islamic regime of Iran, during the last 30 years.

Regarding the situation of Christians in Iran, in the opening paragraph of its report, Fox News wrote that in a country like Iran where Christians are being pressured, the only way to secure the release of Christian prisoners is to continue the international pressure on the Iranian regime.

The Islamic government of Iran has increased its pressure on Iranian Christian converts during recent years. It has closed churches or prevented Farsi-speaking people from entering churches and uses all means to restrict and suppress "freedom of religion".

19. Stop PHL Cybercrime Law

The end of Freedom of speech as we know it. The recently passed Cybercrime Law (RA 101750) has undoubtedly struck a nerve of many internet users in the Philippines. This puts to an end to the democracy we should have had in the first place. No more file sharing.. no more constructive criticisms. No freedom.

Petitioner Businessman Louis “Barok” Biraogo said the passage of the law was “attended with grave abuse of discretion because its questioned provisions contravene Sections 3 (1) (on inviolability of privacy of communication) and 4 (on freedom of speech, of expression, of the press, and peaceful assembly), Art. III (Bill of Rights) of the 1987 Constitution.” (stated at the GMA News Online article)

20. Free Baha´i Musician and Composer Behnam Rohani Fard

Behnam Rohani-Fard, a Bahai Musician and composer who had resided in Tehran for some time traveled to the city of Yazd to participate in the mourning ceremony arranged for one of his family members. In the morning hours of Monday, October 12, Mr. Rohani-Fard was detained by Intelligence agents while driving in his private car; he was taken to an undisclosed location.

In repeated follow-ups made by Mr. Rohani-Fard’s wife, she was told that her husband would be released in one week and his detentions was related to his change of residence, as well as chanting religious Bahaei songs.

Readers are reminded that Mr. Rohani-Fard was a target of investigation by agents from the Intelligence Ministry in March 20 of this year. During the investigation, Mr. Rohani-Fard’s computer and some of his personal effects were confiscated. The agents carried a search warrant and an issued sentencing for a one-year suspended jail term, effective for the next four years.

SOURCE : Iranian.com

21. STOP THE DELETION OF FF.NET STORIES!

My friends and fellow fanfiction writers, since fanfiction.net started, their slogan was "Unleash your Imagination" but recent developments have been brought to my fellow writers and my own attention that fanfiction.net is starting to take down fics that have certain content such as sexual and/or violence in them.

This is an outrage in 3 aspects, first off, it makes the site we fan fiction lovers all know and love go against what they had encouraged since the beginning allowing people to let their imagination go wild, secondly, young people are not reading and writing as much as they used to and if this site makes people want to read and write about what they love then the more power to them, thirdly and most serious of all, this is an attack on freedom of speech amendment.

If fanfiction.net is reading this, let me ask you this, are you going to not allow your loving writers to excercise the rights our founding fathers and those who came afterwards fight so hard for?

22. Petition for a Referendum on Official Bilingualism in Canada

The Official Languages Act 1969 has never been submitted to the Canadian people for approval. By way of a national referendum, I would like to have a petition circulated that would gather support for such a referendum.

THIS PETITION'S SIGNATURE LIST IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING. ONLY THE CREATOR OF THE PETITION WILL BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR NAME & YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION.

THIS CHANGE WAS MADE NECESSARY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO REVEAL THEIR IDENTITY TO THE PUBLIC FOR FEAR OF REPERCUSSIONS FROM THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT.

WE HOPE THAT THIS CHANGE MIGHT ENCOURAGE MORE SIGNATORIES.

23. Stop the Official Languages policy in Canada

The Official Languages Act was passed in 1969 by the Liberal government under P.E. Trudeau with the expressed purpose of making French-speaking Quebecers feel more a part of Canada.

It has failed in this primary objective because French Quebecers feel even less a part of Canada now leading to the widespread belief that we are now two separate entities, a French-speaking Quebec and an English-speaking Rest (Most) of Canada.

While outside Quebec, English-speakers are discriminated against in jobs which are clearly in favour of French-speakers, the opposite is true in Quebec where many anti-English laws have been passed in Quebec, resulting in the exodus of more than half a million English-speakers from Quebec.

If Quebec is allowed to be French-speaking, then the Rest (Most) of Canada should be allowed to be English-speaking without being discriminated against for not being able to function in French.

24. Uncensor SDUSD School Internet Acess

The SDUSD administration is blocking more and more educational websites on its Internet-access system.

These sites include YouTube, Flickr, many computer-technology sights, all blogs they can find, and most forum sites.

25. Free Chinese Human Rights Activist Wang Lihong

Wang Lihong, 56, was arrested in March on charges of "assembling a crowd to block traffic" amid a government crackdown on dissent following protests in the Middle East and North Africa. In the court, she pleaded not guilty.

Wang Lihong's lawyers say they had limited access to her case documents, in violation of legal provisions on lawyers’ rights, and that during the trial - which only lasted a few hours - they were not given enough time to present a proper defence. The judge repeatedly interrupted both the defendant and her lawyer during the proceedings.

Wang Lihong is a widely known human rights activist who often provides food and clothes for those living on the street waiting to seek justice.

She frequently moves in with activists under police surveillance to provide emotional support. She has visited the wives of detained activists to help them with cooking and child care, and often has helped them find financial support and secure legal aid for their spouses.

Wang Lihong suffers from chronic back pain and her health has deteriorated after several months in detention.

"Wang Lihong is one of many Chinese activists locked up in recent months on spurious charges, simply for exercising their right to peaceful freedom of expression," said Catherine Baber, Asia-Pacific Deputy Director at Amnesty International.

"Her trial is a farce and she should be released immediately."

26. Stop Facebook censorship of Irish Republicans

Stop Facebook censorship of Irish Republicans
This needs to addressed by Facebook Admins Our Freedom of Speech of Irish Republicans is being Jeopardized. Our accounts have been suspended and deleted for no reason then we seek freedom from the British empire you are discriminating against us and our Political Parties but for no reason Then we are "IRISH" and that is bigotry and racism.

Please respect our freedom of speech and allow us our Irish republicans voices.

27. Allow Piercings in Florida Schools

Piercings : Why can't we have them in school

1. They are NOT bothering people;
2. They sometimes help Confidence in students;
3. There isn't anything wrong with them;
4. There really isn't a Reason why we can't have them.

Why do are parents let us have piercings but the school decides we can't have them, that we have to take them out or sometimes we get suspended for having them.

28. Restore Democracy in Venezuela / Petición para Restablecer la Democracia y el Respeto a los Derechos Humanos Universales en Venezuela

English / Español (sigue)

For the last 11 years Hugo Chavez has been in power in Venezuela, and has taken progressive steps towards a dictatorship. Events that have characterized his presidency include: 1) Repression of freedom of speech, demonstrated by the closing and expropriation of several opposition TV and Radio stations and the persecution of many journalists and common citizens who have expressed opinions against Chavez’s views and actions; 2) Unfair treatment including the use of force such as to cause physical harm to students and common citizens while during peaceful protests, as well as unbalanced use of power to induce fear and repress the freedom of speech; 3) Ongoing expropriation of privately owned businesses coupled with endless threads to continue the expropriation of private property of any kind; 4) Manipulation of the democratic system to ensure his long-term permanence in power, modifying the Venezuelan constitution to allow for indefinite re-election; and, 5) Politicization of military and police forces and of the judicial system. These are just a few examples of the ongoing violation of Human Rights, and the disrespect of the democratic system.

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Durante los últimos once años Hugo Chávez ha mantenido el poder en Venezuela, dirigiendo progresivamente el país hacia una dictadura. Eventos que han caracterizado su presidencia incluyen: 1) Represión de la libertad de expresión, demostrada al cerrar e incluso expropiar varias estaciones de televisión y radio de la oposición; y también por la persecución de periodistas y ciudadanos comunes que se han expresado en contra de las opiniones y acciones de Chávez; 2) Trato injusto, incluyendo el uso de la fuerza hasta causar daño físico, a estudiantes y ciudadanos comunes durante protestas pacificas, así como el uso desigual del poder para inducir miedo y reprimir la libertad de expresión; 3) Expropiación de empresas y negocios privados con amenazas continuas de eliminar la propiedad privada y la libre empresa por completo en el país; 4) Manipulación del sistema democrático para asegurar su permanencia indefinida en el poder, modificando la constitución para permitir la re-elección indefinida; y, 5) Politización de las fuerzas militares y policiales, así como del sistema judicial. Estos son solo algunos ejemplos de la violación continua a los Derechos Humanos y el irrespeto al sistema democrático.

29. Freedom of Speech should cover threats

The first amendment to the Constitution says that the right to freedom of speech may not be abridged. Later the Supreme Court ruled that threats are not covered under freedom of speech.

The job of the Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution and no where in the Constitution does it mention or imply any restrictions on freedom of speech. This Supreme Court ruling was wrong and needs to be fixed.

30. Defend Freedom of Speech in Canada

Freedom of Speech is an essential component of a free society. In Canada, this freedom has been under attack under the pretext of protecting and promoting human rights.

Laws that prohibit the free expression of opinion undermine the very foundations of a free and tolerant society and are, therefore, illegitimate and must be abolished.