Articles By: Justin Wilder
Graduated from American University with a degree in History and a minor in American Literature.
An American citizen with no connection to terrorist networks was recently killed by a drone strike in Yemen. The 16-year-old boy was in Yemen searching for his father. Sign this petition to demand an explanation from the White House.
Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma has continued for years. Recently, Buddhist monks have been joining in the violence against this religious minority. Sign this petition to demand that the Burmese government do all it can to end this senseless violence.
The Rohingya Muslim group in Burma consistently faces brutal discrimination by the government. A recent law limiting Rohingya people to only having two children is a violation of their human rights. Sign this petition and demand equal rights for all people in Burma.
The Burmese government is still utilizing child soldiers in the military despite a UN Joint Action Plan demanding that the practice be discontinued. Using child soldiers is against international law and should be condemned. Sign this petition and demand that Burma adhere to its commitments.
Activists in Azerbaijan are being locked up in prison on bogus drug charges. They are not allowed to seek legal counsel and are often held in prison for months before being brought before a judge. Sign this petition and demand that Azerbaijan protect human rights.
The Ugandan government has shuttered two radio stations and two newspapers in response to a story that is critical of the country’s president. The basic human rights of Ugandan citizens are in danger. Sign this petition to demand that the government allow freedom of the press in Uganda.
Two Saudi Arabian nationals face execution in Iraq after being found guilty of murder. However, their confessions were obtained while the men were being tortured. Sign this petition and demand that the Iraqi government overturn their sentences and grant them new trials.
A man from Bangladesh set to testify against the government for war crimes was abducted and forced to cross the border into India. Since crossing the border, he has been detained in Indian jail past his sentence and been subject to ill treatment. Sign this petition and demand that the Indian government release him into the care of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
A Canadian citizen is at risk of execution in Iran for espionage charges. The confession used to convict him however, was taken while he was being tortured. Sign this petition and demand that the victim be given a new trial adhering to international law.
Players in the National Hockey League are not required to wear visors on their helmets despite the risk of concussions and eyesight loss. By implementing a rule requiring the use of visors, the NHL would be protecting its players as well as the game. Sign this petition and demand that the NHL pass such a rule.
Over 14,000 people were killed or forcibly disappeared during Nepal’s decade-long civil war. Nepal has just passed a law that will make it easy for human rights offenders from this conflict to avoid legal prosecution. Sign this petition and demand that the government take human rights abuses seriously.
Government forces in Azerbaijan have violently disrupted a peaceful protest in the capital city. Citizens were arrested while protesting the recent non-combat death of a member of the military. Demand that the government immediately and unconditionally release these peaceful demonstrators.
Thai authorities recently shot and killed at least two refugees from Burma. The shooting occurred while the Thai Navy was attempting to detain the refugees after their boat ran out of fuel. Sign this petition and demand that those responsible be held accountable for their use of such reckless lethal force.
A lawyer in Azerbaijan has been sentenced to eight years in prison for extortion after exposing government corruption on a housing project. Sign this petition and demand that the Azerbaijani government release him immediately.
Twenty Iranian men charged with murder have not been allowed access to lawyers. The charges they face carry the death penalty. Demand that these men be allowed to defend themselves properly.
Thirteen Egyptian citizens have been held without charge in the United Arab Emirates since last year. This is in direct violation of the Arab Charter on Human Rights that the UAE has pledged to respect. Sign this petition and demand that these prisoners are immediately and unconditionally released.
Mali’s military is targeting men and boys suspected to be members of the Islamist group that had recently been in control of large parts of the country. Torture, execution and forced disappearance are all being used against suspected rebels. Sign this petition and ask the UN to bring those responsible for these atrocities to justice.
A Sudanese student-activist has been detained by the National Security Service and is in grave risk of being tortured. He has not been charged with a crime and has not been allowed to see his family or consult a lawyer. Sign this petition and demand that this student be released immediately and unconditionally.
An independent Iraqi journalist has been held without charge in prison for weeks. Even though he received permission, he was arrested while taking pictures of military personnel, which is illegal without permission from the government. Sign this petition to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Nadir Dendoune.
Migrant workers in Russia working on sites for the Olympic Games have suffered abuses at the hands of their employers. Low wages, physical abuse and other mistreatment should be unacceptable for the International Olympic Committee. Sign this petition and ask the Committee to intervene and protect the human rights of these 16,000 workers.
Forced evictions of refugee camps have resulted in around 600 families being displaced in Haiti. Under the watchful eye of the government, mobs armed with machetes and hammers have undertaken the task of clearing these camps. Sign this petition to demand that the Haitian government end its policy of forced evictions.
A Yemeni man was sentenced to death for a crime he committed before he turned 18. His execution, which is scheduled for next week, will violate international law and the most basic human right to life. Sign this petition and demand the indefinite suspension of this man’s death sentence.
An Indonesian national is in imminent danger of being beheaded in Saudi Arabia. She was convicted of murder in 1999 despite the fact that her confession was coerced and explained to her in Arabic, a language she does not understand. Sign this petition and ask the King of Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of this ill-treated migrant worker.
Violence against protestors of a homophobic bill passed by the Russian legislature must be thoroughly investigated. Six activists were beaten so severely that they had to be hospitalized. Sign this petition and urge that Russian authorities prosecute those responsible.
The South Carolina Department of Corrections is the last in the country to segregate inmates diagnosed with HIV. This policy is a violation of the inmates’ human rights. Sign this petition to call on South Carolina to join the rest of the country in ending this unnecessary form of segregation.