In many parts of Myanmar, the military-sanctioned rape of civilian women and children is used as a method of punishment and intimidation. Sign the petition and demand that the government of Myanmar take immediate steps to protect its citizens from sexual violence at the hands of the military.
A big construction job was recently undertaken in Seattle. As part of the hired company’s contract, the Washington State Department of Transportation demanded that at least eight percent of the companies who receive subcontracts must be minority-owned small businesses. Since the company hired has not even subcontracted two percent of qualifying businesses, it needs to be penalized for this contract and human rights violation.
Bride-kidnapping, an ancient custom in which a man kidnaps a woman and forces her into marriage, has devastated the lives of countless women in Kyrgyzstan. Speak out against bride-kidnapping and help these women protect themselves.
Peaceful protesters are being detained at alarming rates in Egypt for disagreeing with the new Egyptian Constitution. Sign the petition to demand these innocent people be released.
The Minnesota Vikings’ punter was released after speaking out in favor of gay rights and against bigotry. Tell the National Football League to protect players that exercise their freedom of speech.
Recently, it came to light that the Child Protective Services in Arizona had neglected up to 6,500 cases of potential abuse. The Governor of Arizona is dismantling the Child Protective Services and designing a new organization that will have more transparency and accountability. Thank her for her valiant advocacy of the children of Arizona.
Buddhist monks in Burma are trying to remove a woman’s right to choose her partner in marriage. If passed, this law would be a violation of human rights according to international law. Sign this petition and demand respect for human rights in Burma.
A young online activist recently committed suicide because, according to those close to him, he was being relentlessly hounded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Sign the petition and demand that the intense persecution of this peaceful activist be explained.
Nigeria’s president has recently approved a bill which criminalizes marriage and civil unions of same-sex partners, as well as imposes jail sentences for supporters of LGBT rights. Demand that the law be repealed and that Nigeria ensure equal treatment for all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation.
Three men arrested and convicted under Egypt’s new anti-protest laws have been denied access to their lawyers, and at least one has been beaten while in detention. Sign the petition and demand that the Egyptian government acknowledge the men’s human rights and release them immediately.
The rights of Syrian female refugees are being violated by extremist groups, who force women and girls to wear headscarves and full length robes so they can attend school and find work. This is a violation of human rights and needs to be remedied immediately. Sign this petition and tell these groups to stop discriminating against women.
A barely revised version of Virginia’s unconstitutional sodomy ban has been introduced in the state Senate under the guise of protecting children from predators. Urge the Senator to withdraw the discriminatory language of the original law and draft a ban on all sexual abuse of children.
Young people are working to heal Rwanda from a legacy of genocide, through education, commerce, and sustainability efforts. Support these programs to make Rwanda a better place for its inhabitants.
Proposed additions to the Afghan Penal code would reintroduce stoning and amputation as punishments for adultery and theft. Sign the petition and urge the Minister of Justice to take a stand against violence in Afghanistan.
Utah is refusing to recognize gay marriages, even in the face of a Supreme Court ruling that says same-sex marriages are legal in the state. Demand that Utah follow the law and recognize all marriages.
After Bangladesh’s recent political violence, opposition members and leaders are being intimidated with blanket arrests. Ensure that all those detained on arbitrary charges without evidence are immediately released.
Federal recognition was recently granted to over 1,000 ‘unofficial’ same-sex marriages. Thank the federal attorney who approved them for his absolutely critical support of marriage equality.
A young pregnant woman recently died, but her body is being propped up on life support against her and her family’s wishes to act as an incubator for her 14-week old fetus. This is a gruesome overstepping of power by the state. Demand this woman be given the right to die with dignity.
At a recent labor strike, Cambodian officials used excessive force to disperse crowds, resulting in 23 violent arrests, dozens injured, and four dead. The arrested activists were detained incommunicado and without medical attention. Demand the immediate release of the demonstrators, as well as an investigation into unnecessary violence by government forces.
The Syrian civil war has created over 2 million refugees, but only 36 have been allowed to resettle in the United States. Demand increased support for Syrian refugees from the U.S.
Child refugees in Thailand are being ransomed and sold as laborers, thanks to a collaboration between officials and human traffickers. Demand that the Thai government put an end to these trafficking camps and treat refugees with compassion.
Nearly half of all employers in America conduct credit checks on would-be employees to determine job performance. Not only is this illegal, it is an act of blatant discrimination. Sign the petition to support Senator Warren’s fight for equal employment.
There were 60 deaths in a Brazilian prison in 2013. The deaths were due to inhumane conditions caused by overcrowding. Demand an investigation into these conditions to prevent further deaths.
The U.S. government has been collecting massive amounts of data from phone calls made by citizens and foreigners. An investigation shows this is an unnecessary violation of the basic human right to privacy. Urge that this mass surveillance by stopped.
Prisoner Albert Woodfox has remained in solitary confinement for 41 years, where he is denied access to social interactions and rehabilitation programs. Many believe that his trial was full of bias and mistakes and human rights activists are vying for his immediate release. Sign this petition and lend your support to Woodfox.