Articles written by: Justin Wilder

Justin Wilder

Graduated from American University with a degree in History and a minor in American Literature. My writing typically focuses on international human rights issues.

Release Activist Held for Political Reasons

Release Activist Held for Political Reasons

Azerbaijani security forces recently arrested a prominent human rights activist without charge. She was detained due to her recent work attempting to bring together Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities. Sign this petition to demand her immediate release.

End Violence Against Women in Guatemala

End Violence Against Women in Guatemala

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently ruled that the Guatemalan government failed to properly investigate the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl. Unfortunately, this horrific murder has not pushed the Guatemalan government to quell violence against women. Sign this petition and demand that Guatemala immediately implement the court’s ruling.

Immediately Release Imprisoned Anti-Corruption Activists

Immediately Release Imprisoned Anti-Corruption Activists

The Chinese government has continued its crackdown on the economic activist group, New Citizens Movement. Many of its members have been imprisoned and tortured just for practicing their freedom of assembly and expression. Sign this petition to call for the protesters’ immediate and unconditional release.

Praise Food Chain’s Donation to Child’s Heath Care Fund

Praise Food Chain’s Donation to Child’s Heath Care Fund

A popular fast food chain is helping cover the medical expenses of a a child allegedly asked to leave one of its restaurants because of her facial scarring. Thank the company for taking swift action to investigate and remedy the situation.

Release Chinese Human Rights Lawyer

Release Chinese Human Rights Lawyer

A Chinese human rights activist was recently arrested for attending a seminar that questioned the truth behind 1989′s Tiananmen Square Massacre. Sign this petition to call for his immediate and unconditional release.

Repeal Anti-Immigration Law

Repeal Anti-Immigration Law

The President of Ecuador has enacted a law that severely limits the rights of asylum seekers, violating numerous international human rights regulations. Sign this petition to urge the government of Ecuador to strike down this unjust law.

End Spate of Human Rights Violations

End Spate of Human Rights Violations

People accused of ‘moral crimes’ are being arrested in Tajikistan and then abused in prison. Police have targeted sex workers and those accused of ‘homosexual behavior.’ Sign this petition to demand the government do all it can to end these human rights violations.

Halt Imminent Deportation of Asylum Seeker to Russia

Halt Imminent Deportation of Asylum Seeker to Russia

A Chechen man will soon be deported by the Slovakian government and forced to return to Russia, where he faces terrorism charges. The man would face serious human rights abuses if he were deported. Sign this petition to protest this extradition.

Investigate Death of 14-year-old Protestor

Investigate Death of 14-year-old Protestor

Security forces have shot and killed numerous protestors including a 14-year-old boy. Demand an immediate and impartial investigation into the killings.

Release Activists Held without Charge

Release Activists Held without Charge

Security forces are arresting activists and holding them without charge, raising serious concerns for their safety. Demand that the military either charge these activists or else release them immediately.

Applaud Expansion of Medicare Benefits

Applaud Expansion of Medicare Benefits

Transgender individuals seeking gender reassignment surgery will now be able to get important coverage under Medicare. This is a positive step towards equality for all in the United States. Sign this petition to thank the government for its decision.

Halt Attack on Human Rights and Liberties

Halt Attack on Human Rights and Liberties

Human rights and civil liberties are under attack in Kyrgyzstan. A pair of proposed new laws would damage freedom of association and freedom of expression in the country. Sign this petition to demand that the laws be immediately thrown out.

Halt Evictions of Asylum Seekers

Halt Evictions of Asylum Seekers

French authorities have been illegally evicting large numbers of asylum seekers from makeshift camps. The government justifies the evictions by stating that it will stop the spread of measles, when in fact it will do the opposite. Sign this petition and urge the French government to stop illegally evicting people from camps.

Stop Religious Discrimination in Burma

Stop Religious Discrimination in Burma

A religion law currently under consideration in the Burmese parliament is a violation of numerous international human rights laws. The law would require citizens to obtain permission before changing their religion. Sign this petition to urge the Burmese government to strike down this law and protect the religious freedom of all Burmese citizens.

Release Journalists Detained in Ukraine

Release Journalists Detained in Ukraine

The recent arrests of Russian journalists in Ukraine violate international human rights laws. These men must be allowed to practice their freedom of speech. Sign this petition to urge the Ukrainian government to release the journalists immediately and unconditionally.

Investigate Killing of Human Rights Lawyer

Investigate Killing of Human Rights Lawyer

The recent murder of a Pakistani human rights activist should be investigated immediately. His killing seems to have been motivated by his legal work representing individuals charged with blasphemy. Urge the Pakistani government to bring those responsible to justice.

Halt the Targeting of Social Justice Groups

Halt the Targeting of Social Justice Groups

Social justice and gay rights groups are being targeted by laws intended to stifle activism and accountability. Demand an end to this clear violation of international human rights.

Protect Refugees From Forced Labor

Protect Refugees From Forced Labor

The government of Zimbabwe has begun plans to withhold food aid from displaced families in an attempt to force them to move onto sugar cane farms and work as low-wage employees. Sign this petition to call for the Zimbabwe government to immediately halt its illegal plans.

Don’t Jail Journalists for Exposing Abuses of Security Forces

Don’t Jail Journalists for Exposing Abuses of Security Forces

A recent law passed in Turkey will prohibit journalists from reporting on human rights abuses by state security forces. This is a violation of international human rights law. Sign this petition to call for this unjust law to be immediately repealed.

Thank Government for Banning Rubber Bullets

Thank Government for Banning Rubber Bullets

The Catalonia government has decided to ban the use of rubber bullets by its police force after learning that they can cause death when fired within close range. Thank government officials for banning these deadly weapons.

End Ban on Peaceful Protest Movement

End Ban on Peaceful Protest Movement

Leaders of a peaceful protest group that organizes against government abuses have been imprisoned on false claims, and the government has passed additional laws restricting freedom of assembly. Demand that government officials protect the freedom of its citizens.

Support Human Rights in Brunei

Support Human Rights in Brunei

Petty criminals could be stoned to death and consensual sex between members of the same gender will be outlawed, under a new penal code proposed in Brunei. Sign this petition to call for Brunei to end these human rights violations and respect international law,

Release Human Rights Bloggers

Release Human Rights Bloggers

The recent arrests of six bloggers in Ethiopia are in violation of international human rights laws. The bloggers were targeted for political reasons, in an action which should be denounced by the international community. Sign this petition to demand the immediate and unconditional release of these men and women.

Shut Down Zoo Which Chained Bear to Post

Shut Down Zoo Which Chained Bear to Post

A zoo in Iran kept a bear chained by the neck to a post. The bear was malnourished and forced to perform for entertainment. Demand this zoo be closed and help bring those responsible for this abuse to justice.

Release Mentally Ill Man Charged With Blasphemy

Release Mentally Ill Man Charged With Blasphemy

A court in Kuwait has upheld a five-year sentence for a mentally ill man charged with insulting Islam. Sign this petition to call for his immediate and unconditional release to his mental health professionals.