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The recent conflict between Ukraine and Russia could lead to bloodshed if Russian forces are not withdrawn from Ukraine.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.
Mozambique may allow rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims. Urge lawmakers in Mozambique to stop 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.
Rouhollah Tavana, an Iranian engineer accused of ‘insulting the Prophet,’ has been sentenced to death, in violation of numerous international human rights standards. Sign the petition and demand that his life be spared.
Recently DC’s mayor announced that insurance plans would expand to protect transgender residents. This is a very important step for the transgender community and sets great precedent for the rest of the country. Thank the mayor for standing up for transgender rights everywhere.
Recently a man courageously stood up against the police who abused his personal rights. It is critical to hold police accountable for their behavior even as they pursue justice. Thank this man for his courage, since his brave actions assist everyone who has ever been victimized by the police.
A nursing home resident suffered sexual assault at the hands of a facility employee. Employees allegedly blamed the victim, and put her through an extremely degrading experience. Tell the owner and CEO of the facility to ensure cases like this never happen again.
A man in Syria has been missing and presumed to be in government detention for nearly two years. His family and friends believe he has been targeted for his participation in protests. Sign the petition and demand that his whereabouts be disclosed immediately.
Responding to cruel comments toward her two adopted daughters from China, Kim Kelley-Wagner made a teaching moment out of these displays of racism. Applaud her for reminding us to use language responsibly.
The ban on gay marriage in Texas was struck down by a federal judge, setting the stage for gays and lesbians to get married. Amid the recent onslaught of laws and bans targeting homosexuals, this judge should be commended for his commitment to human rights.
A boy recently died after being bitten by a diseased rat from a pet store. The sale of diseased pets is a huge health hazard. Demand the pet store implement rigorous testing before the sale of any future animals, to ensure that no more lives are lost.
In Missoula County, Montana rampant sexism has trivialized rape cases and even caused some women to never report their assaults. Sign the petition to tell Missoula County to take rape cases seriously and stop the sexist behavior.