Illinois has finally allowed gay and lesbian couples to obtain their marriage licenses. Sign this petition and commend the state for supporting human and civil rights.
Social media giant Facebook announced a new policy to crack down on the illegal sale of guns on its site. This is a huge step toward ensuring guns don’t fall into the wrong hands. Thank Facebook for taking the initiative to ensure safety.
Recently a woman courageously shared her story about her experience with a 20 week abortion ban in her state. She shared her story in hopes that the same ban will not be passed in another state and affect other women facing difficult situations. Thank this woman and tell her you support her courageous decision to stand up for a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.
A prisoner of conscientious in Turkey faces lengthy jail time for refusing to serve in the military. Sign this petition to demand his immediate and unconditional release.
China has a chance to take action on the issues of civil and political rights, domestic violence, and ending arbitrary detention of activists and dissidents. Help pass these much-needed reforms in China.
A student activist has been sentenced to seven years in prison for peacefully demonstrating her views in Iran. With vaguely worded charges being filed against activists, and an unfair judicial system, Iran’s violations of human rights must be stopped. Aid this activist by signing this petition.
A new law criminalizes the investigations of animal activists. The bill restricts video and audio recording in animal facilities, and threatens activists with up to a year in prison and $5000 in fines. Sign this petition to reverse this unjust law.
In a premeditated attack, men threw paint and rubbish at two peaceful activists who were members of the Pussy Riot band. The attack left the women with head injuries and chemical burns. Those responsible should be prosecuted immediately and the investigation must be done transparently and fairly.
The shooting of two Palestinian soccer players has shocked the world. Sign this petition to ask that the international community do more to protect the rights and lives of athletes.
Low income individuals could soon find it easier to get a lawyer, if proposed new reforms to New York’s legal training system are made into law. Urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to make these plans a reality.
Another Vietnamese dissident blogger is being sentenced to jail for expressing his views. Vietnam has a long history of punishing those whose opinions do not reflect the country’s political party and this violation of human rights needs to stop. Sign this petition and aid in this blogger’s immediate release.
A complete ban on Youtube has been violating freedom of speech and expression in Pakistan for two years. Pakistanis are still fighting for access to this popular video hosting website after their government reacted badly to video-induced riots. Stop these violations of basic human rights by signing this petition.
Selection of the head of the Honduran National Human Rights Commission is underway. The Honduran government must do all it can to select someone who will improve the country’s human rights record. Sign this petition to ask the Honduran government to do the right thing for its people.
In the United States alone, over 200,000 children and teenagers are subjected to sexual slavery and faced with a justice system that punishes victims instead of helping them. Only twelve states now have safe harbor laws that protect and aid underage victims of sexual trafficking. Demand the government take action and enact a nationwide safe harbor law now.
A disabled veteran recently asked for the help of police after being asked to leave a restaurant because of his service dog. Ask for a review of the responding officer’s conduct, as he questioned the validity of the man’s disabilities rather than writing the restaurant a citation.
The recent conflict between Ukraine and Russia could lead to bloodshed if Russian forces are not withdrawn from Ukraine. Fight for the rights of Ukrainian citizens and demand the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops.
The state of Florida is about to execute a mentally disabled death-row inmate. The Supreme Court ruled execution of the mentally disabled unconstitutional in 2002. Urge the Supreme Court to overturn his sentencing today.
A proposed addition to the Penal Code in Mozambique would allow rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims. Sign the petition and urge lawmakers in Mozambique not to allow this gross miscarriage of justice.
Disney recently decided to stop funding the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization’s prejudiced policies against gay individuals in leadership roles. Applaud this decision and encourage Disney to continue denying funds to the Boy Scouts until this group ends its discriminatory rules.
A growing demand for healthy infants has caused child trafficking to become a serious concern, while a virtual black market has made it easier for traffickers to sell infants to potential buyers. If this despicable crime goes unchecked, it will only continue to grow out of hand. Sign this petition to halt the trafficking of infants.
Saudi Arabia routinely violates the human rights of peaceful protestors, migrant workers, and women. President Obama will soon travel to Saudi Arabia to discuss its bilateral relationship with the United States. Urge him to convince the Saudi government to end human rights abuses today.
A recently launched organization is battling the existence of anti-black racism in Muslim communities through social media. Applaud their creative and comprehensive campaign to end oppressive behaviors and the use of racial slurs.
Indian tea plantation workers are being paid next to nothing for their labor. This makes it easier for slave traders to lure young girls to go with them by promising a life with better wages. Demand decent payment for plantation workers and curtail the slave trade in India.
A woman was recently arrested for ‘trashing a hotel room’ in which she had been drugged and possibly violated. She was then tied to a chair by police, who proceeded to cut her hair off for no logical reason. Demand justice for this young woman.
A popular TV host recently suggested that there is something inherent about women that makes them bad leaders. His remarks were extremely sexist, and reflect outdated generalizations about men and women. Demand the TV host apologize and refrain from using sexist stereotypes in the future.