Petition Tag - human rights

1. Make YMAC change the TMWTJ Authorisation Meeting

A critical Authorisation Meeting has been scheduled by Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation for the Thiin-Mah Warriyangka Tharrkari Jiwarli Claim Group for Thursday 9th October 2017.

I am a named Applicant for the TMWTJ Claim Group and represent Thiin-Mah Warriyangka People. This meeting was meant to be scheduled for a Saturday to ensure that a greater number of members could attend.

This meeting has been scheduled for a Thursday in Carnarvon to suit the Mining Company in which we have been negotiating with in relation to mining on Thin-Mah Warriyangka country.

A large number of Thiin-Mah Warriyangka People can not attend a meeting on a Thursday for the following reasons:

1. For many it would require taking 3 full days off work/TAFE/uni to attend. (Wednesday travel, Thursday meeting, Friday travel).

2. For many it would require taking children 3 full days out of school to be able to attend the meeting in Carnarvon.

3. For many it would mean risk of losing their employment or financial income if they were to attend the meeting (with the days for travel and the meeting included).

Authorisation Meetings are meant to be funded by YMAC and very effort made to ensure they will maximise traditional owner attendance and engagement. At no time should they be influenced by a mining companies interest at the detriment of traditional owners.

Please, see that YMAC reschedule this meeting to ensure greater engagement with Thiin-Mah Warriyangka People who now risk decisions being made for their country without their input or agreement.

2. تثبيت الزواج

تطرح هذه العريضة موضوع الأشخاص اللبنانيين المتزوجين فعليا دون تسجيل زواجهم أصولا لدى المحاكم الشرعية والدوائر المختصة في مدينة طرابلس .والمقصود بعبارة المتزوج فعليا في الزواج غير المسجل أصولا كل عقد أجري بين شخصين دون الحصول على إذن من المحكمة الشرعية وفقا للقانون. وُضعت هذه العريضة لتسليط الضوء على مشكلة إنسانية لطالما بقيت في الكتمان بعيدا عن المعالجة القانونية السريعة والإدارية، فباتت معضلة إجتماعية تعتريها اشكاليات
قانونية وإدارية على حد سواء

من جهة أولى فإن الزواج غير المسجل ينعكس سلبا على حقوق المرأة الزوجية والإرثية والمجتمعية. ومن جهة ثانية،فإن الزواج غير المسجل يؤثر بشكل مباشر على الأسرة والمجتمع وتبرز مشكلة جديدة وهي مشكلة الأطفال اللبنانيين المكتومي القيد وإثبات تابعيتهم اللبنانية وصعوبة تسجيلهم قبل تسجيل الزواج الغير المسجل

3. Support Catalan independence

The regional Government of Catalonia has set a referendum on Catalan independence for 1 October 2017. Catalan officials said 90% of those who voted backed independence in Sunday's vote. The turnout was 42.3%.

Video shows violence as police tackle voters -,_2017


This is a call on Nigerians to rise up in solidarity against the Non Governmental Organizations Regulatory Commission Bill currently pending before the National Assembly. The Bill provides that before an NGO can operate in Nigeria, it must obtain a licence from the Commission which is vested with very wide powers to monitor and control NGOs. The licence is valid only for two years and at the expiration of the licence, an NGO shall cease to operate except the licence is renewed. There is no objective criteria for the issuance or renewal of the licence. It is entirely within the discretion of the Commission and an aggrieved person cannot challenge a refusal to issue or renew a licence in court. And any person who operates an NGO without a licence is liable to imprisonment for 18 months or to a fine of N500, 000 or to both imprisonment and fine.
By this Bill, civil society organizations who express critical views about government and demand accountability from public officers will be emasculated, branded illegal, their activities proscribed and their members imprisoned. Only organizations that are subservient or absolutely loyal to government may be allowed to exist. It is another attempt to eliminate dissent that should be resisted by Nigerians. It is the most draconian incursion our democracy is about to experience. The implications of the Bill are far reaching and traverse political party lines, ethnicity and religion. It is a brazen attempt by our legislators to expropriate constitutionally vested rights of Nigerians. Express your rejection of this anti democratic Bill. Spare a minute and sign the petition.

5. Ban Blue Whales in India !!!

We the people of the country urge the Indian Government to ban the “Blue Whale Challenge” which is inherited by India from Russia, and any other similar challenges. The Blue Whale Challenge", is an Internet "game" that is claimed to exist in several countries. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. The term "Blue Whale" comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide. The number of suicides across Russia and the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan where the game is in rage is reported to be over 130.
Here are suspected cases linked to Blue Whale Challenge:
• Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: 4o students from a school in Khurram Nagar in Lucknow have been found with severe cuts on their wrists and all of them are suspected to be active players of Blue Whale Challenge.
• Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala: A 16-year-old from Kerala, is the latest victim of the dangerous game as claimed by his mother. The young boy was found hanging at his home on July 26. However, Man’s mother filed a fresh complaint, saying the Blue Whale challenge could have led to his death.
• Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh:Blue Whale challenge claimed the life of a class VIII student Aditya Vardhan (14), a resident of Indira Nagar here. His body was found hanging from the ceiling fan of a room at his residence on 7th September.
• Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh:Parth Singh, 13, was a student of Jaipuria Public School.The police said Parth had his father’s phone in his hand in which the game was on when the body was taken down.
• Mumbai: A 14-year-old boy jumped off from the seventh floor of a building in Mumbai on July 26 evening is another suspected case of Blue Whale suicide game. The deceased, Manpreet, was a class nine student in a school in Andheri East. While locals said he played the Blue Whale game, the police said they are checking Manpreet’s cellphone and computer to ascertain the same.
• West Midnapore, West Bengal: A 15-year-old teenager was the first suspected Blue Whale victim in India. The teenager committed suicide in the bathroom of his house on Saturday morning, August 12, according to reports. While the police are probing if the teen played the Blue Whale challenge, there were reports that Ankan was addicted to online games.

• Solapur, Maharashtra: A 14-year-old boy who left home to allegedly complete a task assigned to him in the Blue Whale game was rescued by the police on August 10 on his way to Pune.
• Indore, Madhya Pradesh: A 13-year-old was rescued by his friends when he tried to jump off the third floor of his Indore school on August 10.

This is such an unsafe amusement, to the point that has driven youngsters and adolescents to end their lives and a few kids to clear something up have even played the diversion up to specific levels. This amusement has made an impact on honest personalities who have turned out to be dependent on it and builds up a fixation to complete the diversion regardless.
We genuinely encourage the administration to make quick move to boycott this amusement and to totally expel any connection that may pave the way to this diversion from every single social medium applications and from all the web crawlers and Google.
The accompanying are what the administration needs to make a move on promptly:
 This blue whale challenge diversion must be quickly prohibited and all connections associated with playing the amusement must be expelled promptly from the online stage.
 The administration needs to set up a board of trustees that has a screening procedure concerning what kind of diversions can be transferred on to the gaming stage.
 There must be a Board set up like that of Censor Board which must contain specialized specialists who must be first to survey the diversion or the particular application and at exactly that point such an application might be permitted to be transferred online on to the stage.
 When a diversion or application is first looked into by the concerned Board/Committee which should be set up, the administration may confirm it or issue a permit in this way executing a keep an eye on what sort of amusements or applications might be included recently.
 Such different diversions that are perilous and making an unsafe encompassing for the youngster or the player must be prohibited instantly and stringent move must be made against the people/associations that are in charge of making such applications.
So far, there is no focal enactment or direction relating to Online Gaming in India aside from that of Sikkim Gaming Regulation Act, 2008. There is a dire need to present a Central Act in view of Online Gaming having a more extensive degree and comprising of every important administer and controls remembering, the effect of on mental and physical wellbeing of players and kids, technique of authorizing, setting up a Board/Committee to audit the same and force punishments and make criminal move against the defaulters.
We the team of YuvaAwaaz are taking initiative to raise our voice against such hazardous games. We feel the need to create awareness about such unsafe challenges among the people.

6. STOP Genocide of Muslims in Burma

Myanmar has a Buddhist majority. The Muslim minority in Myanmar are the descendants of Muslim immigrants from India (including what is now Bangladesh) and China (the ancestors of Chinese Muslims in Myanmar came from the Yunnan province), as well as descendants of earlier Arab settlers and the recognized Kamein minority and the Rohingya people, intermarried with local races of Myanmar. According to Human Rights Watch the Burmese government has denied citizenship to any Rohingya persons who cannot prove their ancestors settled in the country before 1823, the beginning of British occupation of what is now Rakhine State (also known as Arakan).

In late 2016, the Myanmar military forces and extremist Buddhists started a major crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims in the country's western region of Rakhine State. The crackdown was in response to attacks on border police camps by unidentified insurgents, and has resulted in wide-scale human rights violations at the hands of security forces, including extrajudicial killings, gang rapes, arsons, and other brutalities. The military crackdown on Rohingya people drew criticism from various quarters including the United Nations, human rights group Amnesty International, the US Department of State, and the government of Malaysia. The de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi has particularly been criticized for her inaction and silence over the issue and for not doing much to prevent military abuses.

7. Appeal for the city of Derna

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Maria Ribeiro, expresses concerns over reports of severe shortages of basic necessities, including life saving medical supplies due to the conflict in Derna. This is has a negative impact on people’s health and wellbeing and, if prolonged, would lead to serious humanitarian conditions.

“I urge all parties to consider the safety and the wellbeing of the civilians a top priority and allow for the safe delivery of humanitarian supplies to ensure continued access to basic services, especially health”, said Maria Ribeiro.

The United Nations, through the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is monitoring the situation on the ground and working with all Humanitarian partners to respond to the evolving situation in Derna.

The Humanitarian Coordinator urges all parties to the conflict to respect Humanitarian and Human Rights law to ensure the protection of civilians.

8. Goulston & Storrs Statement in Response to Recent Events

As members of the national and legal business communities including Boston, DC and New York, we write to express our concern, and show our unwavering support for diversity and inclusion. In light of the divisiveness and distrust that is currently polarizing much of our country, this is no time to be silent. Goulston & Storrs is proud of our inclusive spirit, a spirit that was a driving force in the creation of our firm more than 115 years ago.

To our horror, this past weekend has seen hatred taken to dangerous levels. This cannot be tolerated. Goulston & Storrs is asking our legal community and all citizens to work together, regardless of political party affiliation, to call upon their core values and act in a way that respects and protects the individuality of all human beings.

We are a business with moral leadership, and we are strong in our convictions and in condemning any acts of white supremacy and discrimination on any basis, including race, gender, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability, including all forms of religious intolerance, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, racism and bullying.

We ask the entire legal community to raise their voices with ours, and ask the media to help us spread our call for equality and justice widely.

Goulston & Storrs

9. Help venezuelan Willy Arteaga and his Violin to play free

Primero le rompieron su violin por tocar en las protestas pacíficas de Venezuela
Luego lo hirieron no una, sino dos veces
No les bastó con eso y lo apresaron, lo torturaron y lo aislaron sólo por estar en las protestas con su música.
A qué le temen? A un joven y a su tornado musical?


This is a petition to have the Facebook page "Savage Ry" permanently removed from Facebook. It contains sexist, misogynistic, harmful content that makes people believe that their actions have no consequences. I am afraid it will influence harm. This is for the safety of women and men.

11. Bring Back Bloxin Bros!

The channel the stormkid was previously called the bloxin Bros. this name bought me much joy and happiness but unfortunately, it was replaced. I want to bring back the bloxin Bros because it changed my life and if it comes back it will surely change yours.

12. GtBank must stop robbing Nigerians

I sold goods with proofs and was paid by client. The next minute Gtbank froze my account without communication. I sent several emails with proof of transaction but I was pushed to and fro. I went to their office and same thing. Nobody was ready to talk to me or find a way out.
After some weeks my account was debited without permission or without showing me the court order.

This has happened to a lot of my friends with proofs and nothing has been done. That is how GTBank maltreat innocent customers and rob their customers of their hard earned money.

This has to stop.

13. Vajzat FLASIN

Ju bëjmë thirrje të firmosni këtë peticion drejtuar AMA. Në emisionin e datës 4 Korrik 2017 Programi Televiziv STOP, Tv Klan drejtuesit e emisionit kanë dhunuar të drejtat e njeriut.

Dialogu midis tyre pas kërcimit të dy vazjave:

A: Më të mirat në ven!
B: Më të mirat në vend!
A: Jo në këtë vend, VEN!
A: Po thuj mi faleminderit! Se falas e ke moj. Po thuj mi faleminderit!
B: Po ca të thotë mo ca të thotë! Ti e di që kafshët nuk flasin?! Nuk flasin Kafësht! Lëri! Nuk FLASIN!
A: Nga komplimenti do filloj të të vë epitete! Të betohem! Ja!
B: Ore ti, kjo është ajo që na ndryshon Neeee, dmth njerëzve! Nga….. e lëre tashi.. E pra! Hë!
Po ti moj hormovide, flet ti?! Thuaje një fjalë të madhe!
A: Jo ajo nuk flet, ajo s’spipëtinë!
B: Thuaje një fjalë të madhe! Shi shi kur të thotë Hipopotam! Fjalë e madhe!
AB: Radiostacioni! Ahahahahahahah OKAY!

14. Support Equal Wages for South Korea

South Korea, holding a robust economy in Asia and on a global scale, is renown for its rapid rate of its exponential economic growth with strong commitments to production of goods, investment in human capital, and globalization. It's positive influence towards the global economy has garnered quite the light on South Korea's momentum and dynamic system of efficiency. Fortunately, those who run the economy, both women and men, are highly praised for their "hard work" (even mentioned on The Economist). Yet 57% of the female population actively participate in the workforce, discounting the discouraged workers. (check out further at: Meaning, more than half of the females take part in the economic, political, and social contribution to the domestic status quo, yet still meets disparity in their ends and wages albeit the fact that their equates to that of what a male does in the exact same job.

This is truly a matter of privilege in a society where the belief that a man should take a more prominent role in the workforce. Mainstream media and society most often exclusively sheds light on the corporations and politics that are 99% infiltrated by men. Meaning, we do not see the rest of the working force that continually runs the economy. "The statistical increase in the quantity of employed women has not correlated with the equality of wage, as the gender wage gap reported in 2013 was 36.3%, the worst of all OECD nations present in the data." I highlight, "the worst." (cited from the actual OECD website, gender wage gap tab bar).

The Economist (2013) has published its fifth annual “glass-ceiling index”. It combines data on higher education, workforce participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity and paternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs into a single measure of where women have the best—and worst—chances of equal treatment in the workplace. Each country’s score is a weighted average of its performance on ten indicators. South Korea ranks the lowest of all OECD countries as it has the large wage gap and women make up only around 15% of government, underrepresented in management positions and on company boards. In South Korea, just 2% of corporate directors are female. Similarly, fewer women than men have completed tertiary education and are part of the labour force. -->

South Korea's focal points of gender economic disparity presents as follows,
1) Worst wage gap among OECD nations
2) 2% of corporate directors is taken up by women
3) 93% of Koreans surveyed in 2010 believe women should have equal rights to men, and among them, 71% believe more changes are needed before that goal is achieved.
4) According to UNDP Gender Inequality Index, Korea ranked 10th, higher than any Western European or North American country except the Netherlands
5) Wage Gap disparity of 36.3% (marked as "Worst out of all industrialized nations by OECD"

It is time to break down the useless glass ceiling and the discrimination on women. As a key player and influencer in the OECD nations, we hope to see South Korea's initiative will have a ripple effect towards local nations as well, as this discriminatory action is a widespread phenomenon in Asia in general.

15. Stop the mass murder of all people, especially African Americans

There has been an out cry of pain and desperation throughout are city of Detroit and across the United States. Police getting away with murder and criminals terrorising people daily. People are afraid and want real justice. Not just on the streets, but in the courtroom to. Let us all come together in peace and harmony and end this bloody war on one another.

16. Free charmaine bassett, medicine woman, naturopathic doctor

Believing that she was in her lawful rights; as head medicine woman of a Private branch of Oklevueha Native American Church; she began to prescribe the earth based sacraments of cannabis and micro dose psilocybin mushrooms for health benefits. During that time we saw amazing results with helping people with symptoms of anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, eating disorders, [PTSD], brain injuries, auto-immune disorders, seizures, getting off of pharmaceuticals and much more! In July of last year the church was raided and all of the earth based sacraments were taken away. We were told that our church and holistic health center could stay open as long as we didn’t have any more cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms. Since July of last year we have not had any cannabis or psilocybin mushrooms. All of the members/seekers that were using those sacraments in their protocol simply could not get them anymore, and instead of being able to get clean sacraments in a safe place under the supervision of their head medicine woman/doctor; they were left to either go without or go out on the “street” and obtain whatever they could get to help their medical conditions. The State of Ohio has filed charges against charmain and she is currently being held as a political prisoner in the Lucas County jail; without proper due process of law, they are in violation of 15 USC 1 & 2. Hundreds of notifications have been sent with no response. charmain’s motto is first do no harm and behave in each moment that God in all life matters. charmain is here to help people and make this world a better place to live for all. Please sign our petition to free charmain and help get her back to helping people. Thank you for your support!

17. Demand for explanation from Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore with regards to Pink Dot Advertisement

The Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS) has weighed in on the recent furor over a Pink Dot 2017 ad found at Cathay Cineleisure.

In a conversation with Marketing, an ASAS spokesperson said that all advertisements in Singapore must comply with the Singapore Code of Advertising Practice (SCAP), and that the premise is that all advertisements must be “legal, decent, honest and truthful”.

Noting the Public Order Act 2009 (Chapter 257A), ASAS explained that the organisers of Pink Dot may promote the event as long as they possess the necessary permit to hold it.

ASAS also cited the SCAP’s General Principles, specifically under its “Family values” section 10.1, where advertisements should not “downplay the importance of the family as a unit and foundation of society.”

There is a severe lack of transparency with regards to the decision process. The chairman of ASAS, Prof Tan Sze Wee, also being a member of Barker Road Methodist Church, needs to step forward to explain and promise the fairness or due process and the decision was not made under the influence of his religious view.

18. The Temple Mount Manifesto

Shockingly, every Israeli Government since 1967 has systemically denied the Jewish People of the right to pray and worship on the Temple Mount and Jews are routinely arrested and harassed for even attempting religious acts on the Mount. True, While Jews are allowed to visit the Mount 5 days a week, 4 hours a day, there are many restrictions.

This policy is in gross violation of Jewish and Democratic principles.

Copy&past the link below into your browser to read:
The TEMPLE MOUNT REPORT - The Denial of Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount.

19. Venezuelan Humanitarian Crisis and Human Rights Violations

Venezuela is facing a human rights and humanitarian crisis. The Maduro administration monopolizes the concentration of power in Venezuela, causing gradual erosion of human rights guarantees, and inefficiency of public institutions. Opponents including anti-government demonstrators, critics, and opposition politicians have been arbitrarily arrested, abused, and persecuted. Venezuelan non-profit organizations identify over 1,000 arbitrary arrests, and over 200 detainees as political prisoners. Security forces have committed egregious abuses, including torture and raping. More importantly, in the last 50 days of uninterrupted protests across Venezuela, more than 50 people have been killed by security forces, and paramilitary groups supported by the government.
The Venezuelan Supreme Court routinely fails to demonstrate any independence in Venezuelan institutions, endorsing government abuses and stripping the National Assembly of its powers.
Severe shortages of medicine and food seriously undermine Venezuelans’ ability to secure adequate nutrition or access to healthcare. The economy is devastated with an expected GDP contraction of +10% for 2017, comparable only with economies in war zones.



We, the citizens of the world community do not want or support a nuclear war.

21. Necessary Change to the Current State of Transgender Bathroom Rights

For many transgender individuals freely using a bathroom without nasty glaring or obscene and snappy remarks is something they view as a privilege.Recently, the topic of which bathroom transgender individuals should be allowed to use has received more nation wide spotlight because of North Carolina's new HB2 law and Gavin Grimm a high school transgender student whom has been using the bathroom of his choice until school officials were forced to make him use one bathroom by government officials and lawmakers. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, a federal law, states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Beyond this, there are many transgender people that are not in an education program (public schools, universities, etc) that struggle with the bathroom or locker room they are currently being assigned to use. Recent interpretations of the federal law by the federal government requires trans individuals to use the bathroom that associates with the gender assigned at birth rather than the gender each individual identifies with. But, many transgender individuals are non-binary which means they do not identify with one specific gender or identify with both genders so you can see the obvious problem in the most recent interpretation of the law.

22. Aboriginal Children in Canada Do Not Belong to the Government!

Goal: My goal is for our government to acknowledge and bring awareness to this situation and, for them to at least educate our public and promote awareness on the issue. My ultimate goal is for the government to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs so that these children are raised without neglect and have the same opportunities as any other child.

I have a strong personal connection to this because, I firmly believe that this type of situation should not be happening in our country. Our government needs to address this issue and fulfill it's promise of producing real changes for the Indigenous people of our nation, beginning with the children, our future generation of this country.

23. Support sweat shop workers: A call for Fair Trade Brands in Local Shops

Fast fashion, the rage of providing fashionable clothes for cheap, has become the norm. Unfortunately, it also comes with a cost, a cost which too easily slips our minds:

Our brains are programmed to feel empathy towards suffering that we physically see, so good intentioned people tend to forget about the plight of the sweatshop workers off in Bangladesh or China. But the suffering of sweat shop workers is real, and it is not an anomaly. For us to buy a T-shirt for as cheap as $10.00 to $20.00, people in undeveloped countries, often children, are the ones paying the cost.

Sweat shop workers, often young children, are paid well below a living wage, while forced to endure terrible working conditions. While each situation is unique, all of them have in common that the efficiency and profit of the factory are put before the rights and needs of the workers. It is common for sweat shops workers to be verbally, physically, and/or sexually abused; they often are forced to work 12 hour days, without overtime and without adequate breaks; they receive no sick leave or holidays; furthermore, they often work in dangerous working conditions, without proper lighting or proper safety and/or emergency procedures in place. These conditions are a violation of the human right to safety in the workplace. These people are depending on consumers around the world to wake up and realize that we have the power to help end this injustice.

Many people around the world are taking a stand and looking for alternatives to Fast Fashion. Some choose to only buy locally made items, which is a step in the right direction, but people in developing countries, desperately need to make an income. Buying Fair-Trade ensures that the workers in developing countries are paid at least living wages for their work and are treated ethically.

Unfortunately, choosing to buy Fair Trade is not an easy decision to make. Not only does it cost more, but it is difficult to find shops that offer Fair Trade clothing brands outside of online shopping. The problem with online shopping is that not only are consumers paying more to buy Fair Trade, but they also have to pay for the cost of shipping, without being able to even try on the clothes they are investing in! However, if local independent shops were willing to join in the cause by carrying Fair Trade clothes, consumers could be saved the cost of shipping and could be confident in their purchase, being given the opportunity to try the clothing on, and thus know that the article of clothing is something that they want to invest in.

24. 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.


"Nothing is an offence which does not amount to the infliction of... grievous hurt upon a person and which is done (d) by a husband for the purpose of correcting his wife."
-Section 55 (1) (d) of the Penal Code Act, Nigeria

At minimum, every fourth woman in Nigeria has experienced domestic violence.

Nigeria’s Penal Code allows this violence to be legal.

In Nigeria, domestic violence statistics are buried under layers of other data. Attempts to create and enforce laws to assist women suffering from domestic violence tend to be pushed away until they fade into the background. Rapes, acid attacks and fatal wife beatings still do not seem to be enough for people to recognize abuse and suppression of women and take action.

In a country where domestic violence towards women is still legal, full gender equality is a myth. Not only is physical violence socially acceptable towards women, but sexual, emotional and mental abuse are considered acceptable to ‘discipline’ a woman. Common forms of violence are rape, acid attacks, wife beating, and corporal punishment. When a woman is treated without respect like this, she begins to truly believe that she deserves to be treated like she is worthless.

We need to take action immediately to stop this abuse from being legally committed. In fact, this law is a violation of Nigeria’s own constitution. It is essential that we stand up to change these cruel views and actions towards women. By making domestic violence illegal, many citizens will realize how wrong domestic violence actually is. Women will be able to receive help and keep themselves safe from abusive spouses. Lives will be positively impacted, even saved. Help women stand up for themselves, and help stop domestic violence in Nigeria.

*Additionally, we found that these abusive problems were blamed on the country’s religion (ex. “Muslim-majority countries”, “Sikh population”, etc.) while in truth, religion is no excuse for these crimes and most of these religions are known for being very peaceful. The criminals are hiding behind their religion in a way, and religion is no excuse for beating your spouse.


26. Deportation of Jihad Chaaban

Jihad Chaaban, a Supervisor at the Abelemkpe branch of the Marwako Restaurant, is said to have grabbed the head of a 25- year old employee and dipped her face in blended pepper.
Confirming the incident to Citi News, the Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, ASP Effia Tenge, said Jihad has been arrested and granted a police enquiry bail as investigations continue.

27. 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.

28. Domestication of Freedom of Information Act in Oyo-state

Freedom of information, specifically access to information held by public authorities is a fundamental element of the right to freedom of expression and vital to the proper functioning of a democracy. It is an act that makes provision for the disclosure of information held by public authorities or by persons providing services for them (Robert, 2000). This means that the act enables one sees a wide range of public information because it gives the right to ask any public body for all the information they have on any subject. According to the Media Rights Agenda (2011)

This Act makes public records and information more freely available, provide for public access to public records and information, protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse consequences for disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorization and establish procedures for the achievement of those purposes and; for related matters.

In a democratic world, the public is expected to have access to information (particularly through the media) not only on how they are governed but also on anything that is of interest to the individual or group. This is what the Act is all about. Until recently, the right to Freedom of Information in Nigeria has been overlooked.

The breakdown in the flow of information impairs the democratic process and slows economic and social development as citizens are unable to participate effectively in the process of government, make informed choices about who should govern them and to properly scrutinize officials to ensure corruption is avoided. Government officials themselves also fail to benefit from public input which could ease their decision making or improve their decision. Also, without accurate information on matters of public interest, citizens must rely on rumors and unconfirmed reports with the obvious danger this presents for accurate and objective reporting by the media.

Excerpt from Ayodele Afolayan

29. 24 hour rest day per week inscribed in the Employment Act for FDWs

Social changes remain unattainable until you take part in the action. The Singapore government has attempted in many ways to build protections for its foreign domestic workers (FDW); however, it has never been sufficient! These regulations are remarkable for what was absent as there are many gaps that can potentially undermine the protective measures laid and there are still many clauses that can, but have yet to be enacted into the law.

There are still 59% of foreign domestic workers who are not given their weekly day-off, according to a survey done by the Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2).

People are against myself and my fellow advocates for human rights because they assume we campaign for FDWs over employers. However, what we are saying is that FDWs should be entitled to the same rights as every other worker in society because they are human beings and not tools that can be overworked to our liking.

We need to work as a society to address this issue of the right to rest which makes the FDW community vulnerable to being victims of discrimination and abuse. We are here to educate and provide you with information about human and worker rights so that we are all aware of the collective responsibility to deal with this issue.

30. Oppose Trump Travel Ban

The Trump Administration has issued a travel ban on immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, many of whom seek asylum from persecution. We call on U.S. congressional representatives to stand firm in denouncing the Trump Administration’s efforts to create policies that are both divisive and dangerous and further call on the Democratic National Committee at its upcoming meeting to affirm through this resolution that its shared values of equality and tolerance extend to immigrant communities traveling to and residing in the United States of America .