Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Goal: Address human rights violations in trade meetings with leaders of Gulf nations.
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, will soon meet with leaders of several Gulf Nations, including Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, in order to discuss trade and security. Both nations have a record of human rights violations and abuses. May will be speaking before hundreds when she visits these countries. She should use this opportunity and her platform to raise awareness to the countries’ rampant human rights violations.
The main focus of May’s meeting will be sealing a trade agreement. However, the United Kingdom cannot turn a blind eye to violence just to make a profit from trade and maintain a strong relationship with the countries accused of carrying out such abuses. Through the years, the nations have sought to crack down on freedoms of speech, expression, and assembly, all rights that the U.K. and other nations hold dear. They have also bombed civilians and committed war crimes.
May should use this opportunity to address human rights violations. She should use her influence in trade to demand that the abuses come to an end. Not acknowledging the violence only lets it continue and grow stronger. Sign the petition and demand that May add human rights to her agenda.
Dear Prime Minister May,
As you prepare to visit several Gulf nations and enact a trade agreement, I ask that you consider the human rights violations of the involved nations. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have robbed citizens of various freedoms, such as speech and expression, have jailed political opponents, and have committed war crimes.
Please do not turn a blind eye to these abuses. Instead, address them and ask that, if these nations wish to have a long and prosperous trade relationship with your country, they bring these human rights violations to an end. Not addressing these violations is hypocritical and dangerous.
[Your Name Here]
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