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August 29th, 2015

Two sisters to be raped as punishment – demand justice!

type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Your eyes do not deceive you. An unelected all-male village council in India has ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister are raped.

The ‘sentence’ was handed down as punishment after their brother eloped with a married woman. They also ordered for the sisters to be paraded naked with blackened faces. Nothing could justify this abhorrent punishment. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it is against the law. It is a clear violation of human rights and misogynistic act against women as their bodies are abused as a space for „legal“ punishment.

Demand that the local authorities intervene immediately and sign Amnesty International’s petition to send out a message to the ones who approve illegal punishment methods!
August 28th, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Before the current conflict, Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East. Over 10 million people were going hungry, including 1 million acutely malnourished children. This number has increased by nearly 3 million since the conflict began. We know that over 21 million people - nearly 84% of the population - currently have no access to clean water as fuel supplies dwindle.

Violence has damaged homes, schools and even hospitals. So far, over 4,300 civilians have lost their lives and over 1.5 million people have been had to flee their homes.

Food and diesel, which is needed to pump clean water, are increasingly in short supply and their prices are rising – putting these basic necessities out of reach for ordinary families. And at a time when people desperately need them, vital supplies can't enter the country. That could prove disastrous, because Yemen relies on imports for 90 per cent of its food.

It is critical that the government pushes for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, so that vital humanitarian assistance can be delivered to people in Yemen. Sign Oxfam's petition in order to send out a demand to world leaders to stop violence in Yemen and help preventing any further suffering to those who already desperately need help!
August 27th, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In Mauritania slavery was officially outlawed in 1981 but human rights groups claim it is still widespread. About 4 % out of a total population of 3.8 Million people in Mauritania are enslaved. Slavery in Mauritania is not only a side-effect of general poverty, but basically institutionalized by the society and the authorities. Slaves are tied to their masters not only by tradition and economic necessity, but also by "a misinterpretation of Islam" teaching that slavery is governed by religious law and thus legal.

The greatest anti-slavery activist of Mauritania, Biram Dah Abeid, is imprisoned since November 2014. His believe is that if you raise enslaved people's awareness of the possibility of a life outside servitude, the root problem of slavery is tackled: The freedom of mind is the most basic necessity for a free life.

It is not the first time for Biram Dah Abeid to be imprisoned for his believes and actions. His fight against modern slavery is a thorn in the side of Mauritanian authorities since 13 years, when he started as an active member of NGO "SOS Slaves". Later he founded the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA-Mauritania) and became the initiative's president. He was the Senior Adviser to to the President of The National Commission for Human Rights for continuously voicing slavery issues and won the UN Human Right's Price.

To this day Biram Dah Abeid stands as a symbol for Human Right and their establishment for a just and and free world. Sign this petition and spread it through your channels to support Abeid's mission to end slavery!
August 26th, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Since almost four weeks now the workers of Shell Headquarters in London experience an outstanding type of protest: From string orchestras to bag-pipe tunes, well-known artists like Jon Snow or latest Charlotte Church tuned into the greatest musical protest against Shell's arctic drilling plans.

With this action, Greenpeace activists call out to the humanity of Shell's employees: "Some people are moved by words and some people are moved by music. It makes people stop and think for a while. It touches their hearts as well as their mind," says Greenpeace activist Anna Jones.

The whole Arctic eco-system is at risk with Shell's drilling ships' passage. The lowest sea-ice maximum ever was recorded at the pole in March this year. At the end of this year will be the climate talks, so the message to send out must be as strong as possible.

To make sure that the music won't stop playing and even grows louder, tune into the Requiem for Arctic Ice, sign the petition against Shell's devastating plans, like and share the message!

Greenpeace - Requiem for Arctic Ice on Soundcloud
August 23rd, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The smell in Beirut's streets these days is so horrendous one can hardly breath. Due to the general inability of the Lebanese government to agree where to dump the capital's waste, the country is left with mounting piles of rubbish in the streets. A mass protest broke off last Saturday in Beirut, hundreds of protestors were attacked by the police with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons. The activists were not only protesting against the stinking piles of rubbish in front of their homes but the general dysfunction of the political system.

The Green Line Association is a non-governmental association which tackles environmental problems in Lebanon caused by political corruption and division due to regional and local conflicts. The NGO exists since 1991, when a group of professionals from the American University of Beirut decided to translate their concern about the post-war devastated cultural, human and natural environment into an organized action. Their goal is to raise public awareness for environmental problems in Lebanon and contribute towards a scientific framework for a sustainable environmental management policy.

Support Green Line Association by donating, volunteering or simply sharing their contents!
August 21st, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa was just found tortured and murdered, along with human rights activist Nadia Vera and three other women. Almost none of these crimes have been solved.

Rubén is the 14th journalist killed in the southern state of Veracruz where governor Javier Duarte has made open threats against reporters. Freedom of expression is under attack in one of Latin America's oldest democracies! This case has sent thousands into the streets and set off an explosion in the national and global media. Hundreds of journalists, writers and artists have signed an open letter demanding justice for journalists in Mexico, murdered for doing their jobs.

Add your voice now and show the Mexican government that people from every country in the world stand with the freedom of expression fight in Mexico!
August 11th, 2015
type:Donation, NGO, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Malini Foundation is a nonprofit social enterprise advancing the interests of girls and women in Sri Lanka through quality education, empowerment and by bringing their voices to the international community.

Malini Foundation focuses on education of adolescent girls due to a clear lack of organisations or programmes involved in educational youth work with girls only from age 6 on. Most children’s programmes focus on 0-5 year-olds, youth programmes tend to focus on males and older groups, and women’s programmes don’t typically capture adolescent girls. Programmes that do reach girls rarely address the ones most at risk.

By investing in adolescent girls Malini Foundation tries to solve the most persistent development problems facing the world today. Issues such as HIV and AIDS can be resolved and the cycle of poverty can be broken by investing in their economic potential through education and by delaying child marriage and teen pregnancy.

Support Malini Foundation by donating, volunteering and promoting their work!
August 05th, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Indian rapper Sofia Ashraf campaigns against Unilever claiming that the British-Dutch "multi" poisoned the soil and water of her town Kodaikanal with mercury. Mercury is a poisonous metal and India has no way of processing it.

The workers of Unilever's local thermometer assembly plant in Kodaikanal did not get any protective equipment or information about the disastrous impact that mercury has on health. The factory owned by Hindustan Unilever also dumped toxic mercury around their plant, and this has not been cleaned up in the 14 years since this plant was shut down. The contamination continues to impact forests and groundwater.

The workers cannot afford private healthcare. They have been fighting for Unilever to clean up the toxic contamination and compensate them for their medical expenses as a result of mercury for many long years. Unilever denies responsibility, dismissing scientific papers and the experiences of people from the area.

Now activists from Koidakanal urge Unilever to finally take responsability for the damage caused by their greed of profit. Support their demands by signing the petition!
August 03rd, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The safety of children in war is being ignored when they need us most. Right now, world leaders are preparing for the UN World Humanitarian Summit, which is only a few months away. The future of humanitarian action will be determined at this meeting.

As one of the world's leading contributors, the UK Government can help drive the UN to make the changes that will protect children from unimaginable horrors. This is a chance to change a system that currently neglects the needs and rights of children in war.

Please sign the petition to Justine Greening, the UK Secretary of State for International Development, asking her to champion the protection of children affected by conflict. The fate of millions of children in war can be changed if you add your voice to this petition.
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August 01st, 2015
type:NGO, Project, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet is on the move. The drillship, Noble Discoverer and the oil rig Polar Pioneer are on their way to the Alaskan Arctic via Seattle. We aren’t going to allow them to slip into the far north unnoticed.

The company that operated the Noble Discoverer and the infamous Kulluk oil rig for Shell, pleaded guilty to 8 environmental and maritime felonies in 2014.

Other oil companies have stated that Arctic drilling is too risky, and have even allowed their own permits to expire. Does that sound like a company that should be trusted with the future of the Arctic?

Since the drillships are on their way and are going to leave a huge mess to clean after themselves, let's put the biggest cleaning rag together and send it to Shell with a clear message. Create your own rag with an individual message on it to the ones who make decisions about our planet's future without asking us!