As Turkey plunges into a full state of emergency following the failed coup attempt, we’re hearing reports of the torture, rape and starvation of detainees. Academics and journalists have been arrested, schools shut down and the death penalty rumoured to return. Ask him to speak out against torture and to ensure human rights are respected.
Violence. Vandalism. Racist slogans on t-shirts. In recent weeks, reports of hate crimes in the UK have increased. Local leaders must condemn these actions immediately and do everything in their power to make people safe and welcome.
The headline we’re all-too-familiar with: 'civilian killed by police in the US – circumstances questionable'. More often than not, the victim is black. Call on US lawmakers to reform police use of lethal force before another civilian is needlessly killed.
Baby Whitney and 9-year-old Harry are some of the latest victims of a growing brutal trend: they were abducted and murdered for their body parts, because they were born with albinism.
Thousands more people are at risk of being hunted for their bones and body parts, to be used in witchcraft. Call on the government to protect them.
One month until the Olympic Games opens in Rio de Janeiro, the host country is experiencing an epidemic of police brutality. Police forces have been using excessive force to hurt and kill the civilians they are supposed to protect. One in five homicides in Rio last year was committed by the police. Call for police forces to be held to account.
There is a near-total ban on abortion in Northern Ireland, even in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality. Women face life imprisonment for a health service freely provided on the NHS everywhere else in the UK. This Victorian-era law must be brought into the 21st century.
Fleeing war and persecution, people are forced to take grave risks, often in the hands of people smugglers – all in the hope of finding a safe place to be a family again. It doesn’t have to be this way. Tell the UK government to help refugees travel safely to be reunited with their families.
Allegations that Vodafone is giving GCHQ access to their networks for mass surveillance. Or that BT is facilitating drone strikes in Yemen. When UK companies are suspected of causing or contributing to human rights abuses, the government is refusing the investigate complaints against them. Sign the petition to make this change.
The Human Rights Act protects the fundamental rights we all have as human beings, and allows us to challenge authorities if they violate them.
Don’t let universal freedoms turn into privileges for a chosen few. Call on the government to save the Human Rights Act.
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