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Five — amazing response!

A five-year-old girl was raped in Delhi — only if we all act together can we stop this war on our daughters and sisters. More than 10,000 of us have already signed — let’s get to 15,000. Join the urgent campaign!

Dear friends across India,

Delhi is in the streets in protest against the brutal kidnapping and violation of a five-year-old girl. The brutality, the violence — it must stop. PM Singh must take firm and urgent action now to attack the culture of rape and launch a public education campaign to end India’s war on women and children. Join the call and share with everyone:

Even toddlers are not safe from rape. Delhi is in the streets in protest against the brutal kidnapping and violation of a five-year-old girl, but there are no words, no marches that match this degree of brutality and violence.

It must stop.

Our society, our courts, our police, our schools, our families, our government is tacitly allowing this to happen. She is five years old — we have lost our moral compass — this is terrorism on our children! But this is not an isolated incident — it is a national emergency that cannot be dealt with by an inquiry, or a committee — we need PM Singh to take firm and urgent action now to attack the culture of rape and launch a public education campaign to end India’s war on it’s women and children:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/delhi_rape/?bxuwxcb&v=24601

The doctor who treated Delhi’s little rape survivor said, “This is the first time I have seen such barbarism with a five-year-old.” The rapes are horrifying and the political and police response just makes it worse — Police tried to bribe this five-year-old’s father to hush up the case, police assaulted peaceful protesters and many of our law-makers face rape charges!

More than 53% of Indian children experience some form of sexual abuse – that’s one in every two children! In the rare cases when families do approach the police, the child’s trauma is made worse by an untrained police force that either refuses to register the case or says openly that they don’t believe the survivor’s story. For women survivors, the story is similar — every 20 minutes somewhere in India a woman is raped. This is a problem in all parts of our society, and only a solution that aims to change the way our society sees women and girls will work.

It’s election time, and that gives us a new chance to win our campaign. Let’s come together to demand that PM Singh immediately launch a mass public advertising campaign, with 5000 crores behind it, to stop the rapes. Click below to join in:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/delhi_rape/?bxuwxcb&v=24601

When President Pranab Mukherjee approved a shoddy anti-rape ordinance, thousands of Avaaz members sent faxes to his office protesting his failure to protect the women of India. We need to come together again and tell our politicians that the only way to end the rape epidemic is to change the culture that lets rape flourish.

With hope and determination,

Alaphia, Meredith, Patricia, Alice, Emma, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS – Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bgMYedb&v=24552

MORE INFORMATION

Delhi rape victim’s health better; police arrest second accused (Times of India):
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Delhi-rape-victims-health-better-police-arrest-second-accused/articleshow/19672192.cms

5-year-old rape victim’s ordeal shocks and shames Delhi (NDTV):
http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/5-year-old-rape-victim-s-ordeal-shocks-and-shames-delhi-356204

Delhi minor’s rape protest: ACP slaps girl protester, suspended (Jagran Post):
http://post.jagran.com/delhi-minors-rape-protest-1366380181

Cops try to hush up 5-year-old’s rape case and then beat woman protester (India Today video):
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/rape-in-delhi-cops-beat-women-protesters/1/266621.html

India: Child sex abuse shielded by silence and neglect (Human Rights Watch):
http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/02/07/india-child-sex-abuse-shielded-silence-and-neglect

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Five

Dear friends across India,

Delhi is in the streets in protest against the brutal kidnapping and violation of a five-year-old girl. The brutality, the violence — it must stop. PM Singh must take firm and urgent action now to attack the culture of rape and launch a public education campaign to end India’s war on women and children. Join the call and share with everyone:

Even toddlers are not safe from rape. Delhi is in the streets in protest against the brutal kidnapping and violation of a five-year-old girl, but there are no words, no marches that match this degree of brutality and violence.

It must stop.

Our society, our courts, our police, our schools, our families, our government is tacitly allowing this to happen. She is five years old — we have lost our moral compass — this is terrorism on our children! But this is not an isolated incident — it is a national emergency that cannot be dealt with by an inquiry, or a committee — we need PM Singh to take firm and urgent action now to attack the culture of rape and launch a public education campaign to end India’s war on it’s women and children:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/delhi_rape/?bxuwxcb&v=24462

The doctor who treated Delhi’s little rape survivor said, “This is the first time I have seen such barbarism with a five-year-old.” The rapes are horrifying and the political and police response just makes it worse — Police tried to bribe this five-year-old’s father to hush up the case, police assaulted peaceful protesters and many of our law-makers face rape charges!

More than 53% of Indian children experience some form of sexual abuse – that’s one in every two children! In the rare cases when families do approach the police, the child’s trauma is made worse by an untrained police force that either refuses to register the case or says openly that they don’t believe the survivor’s story. For women survivors, the story is similar — every 20 minutes somewhere in India a woman is raped. This is a problem in all parts of our society, and only a solution that aims to change the way our society sees women and girls will work.

It’s election time, and that gives us a new chance to win our campaign. Let’s come together to demand that PM Singh immediately launch a mass public advertising campaign, with 5000 crores behind it, to stop the rapes. Click below to join in:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/delhi_rape/?bxuwxcb&v=24462

When President Pranab Mukherjee approved a shoddy anti-rape ordinance, thousands of Avaaz members sent faxes to his office protesting his failure to protect the women of India. We need to come together again and tell our politicians that the only way to end the rape epidemic is to change the culture that lets rape flourish.

With hope and determination,

Alaphia, Meredith, Patricia, Alice, Emma, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS – Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bgMYedb&v=24462

MORE INFORMATION

Delhi rape victim’s health better; police arrest second accused (Times of India):
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Delhi-rape-victims-health-better-police-arrest-second-accused/articleshow/19672192.cms

5-year-old rape victim’s ordeal shocks and shames Delhi (NDTV):
http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/5-year-old-rape-victim-s-ordeal-shocks-and-shames-delhi-356204

Delhi minor’s rape protest: ACP slaps girl protester, suspended (Jagran Post):
http://post.jagran.com/delhi-minors-rape-protest-1366380181

Cops try to hush up 5-year-old’s rape case and then beat woman protester (India Today video):
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/rape-in-delhi-cops-beat-women-protesters/1/266621.html

India: Child sex abuse shielded by silence and neglect (Human Rights Watch):
http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/02/07/india-child-sex-abuse-shielded-silence-and-neglect

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48 hours to defend India’s health

Dear friends across India,

In two days, India may sacrifice cheap medicines in a secretive trade deal with Europe. A Parliamentary committee has advised against signing it and if we put trade minister Sharma in the spotlight, we can threaten his pro-poor image and get him to defend our generic drug industry. Sign the urgent petition and share it widely:

In two days, India’s health could be sacrificed for a disastrous trade deal. But we can still stop the government signing away the right to make and sell cheap medicines.

The India-European Union trade talks are highly secretive, but a leaked draft shows that Commerce Minister Sharma could appease Europe’s big pharma lobby and weaken our massive generic drugs industry. Sharma knows there will be a scandal if everyone realises he’s about to make vital medicines unaffordable, but hopes to sign on the dotted line before people notice.

Time is short

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Monsanto vs. Mother Earth

Dear Avaazers,

It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are at it again. These profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to exclusively ‘own’ something that freely belongs to us all — our food! But if we can pressure key European countries to slam the patent door shut on their destructive plans, we can stop this attack on our food. Help build the biggest food defense call ever by clicking here:

It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are at it again. These profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to exclusively ‘own’ something that freely belongs to us all — our food! They’re trying to patent away our everyday vegetables and fruits like cucumber, broccoli and melons, forcing growers to pay them and risk being sued if they don’t.

But we can stop them from buying up Mother Earth. Companies like Monsanto have found loopholes in European law to get away with this, so we just need to close them shut before they set a dangerous global precedent. And to do that, we need key countries like Germany, France and the Netherlands — where opposition is already growing — to call for a vote to stop Monsanto’s plans. The Avaaz community has shifted governments before, and we can do it again.

Many farmers and politicians are already against this — we just need to bring in people power to pressure these countries to keep Monsanto’s hands off our food. Sign now and share with everyone to help build the biggest food defense call ever:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_vs_mother_earth_loc/?bxuwxcb&v=23973

Once a patent exists in one country, trade agreements and negotiations often push other countries to honour it as well. That’s why these food patents change everything about how our food chain works: for thousands of years, farmers could choose which seeds they’d use without worrying about getting sued for violating intellectual property rights. But now, companies launch expensive legal campaigns to buy patents on conventional plants and force farmers to pay exorbitant royalty fees. Monsanto and Co. claim that patents drive innovation — but in fact they create a corporate monopoly of our food.

But luckily, the European Patent Office is controlled by 38 member states who, with one vote, can end dangerous patents on food that is bred using conventional methods. Even the European Parliament has issued a statement objecting to these kinds of destructive patents. Now, a massive wave of public outcry could push them to ban the patenting of our everyday food for good.

The situation is dire already — Monsanto alone owns 36% of all tomato, 32% of sweet pepper and 49% of cauliflower varieties registered in the EU. With a simple regulatory change, we could protect our food, our farmers and our planet from corporate control — and it’s up to us to make it happen:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_vs_mother_earth_loc/?bxuwxcb&v=23973

The Avaaz community has never been afraid to stand up to corporate capture of our institutions, from pushing back the Rupert Murdoch mafia, to helping ensure that telecoms keep their hands off our Internet. Now it’s time to defend our food supply from this corporate takeover.

With hope and determination,

Jeremy, Michelle, Oli, Dalia, Pascal, Ricken, Diego and the whole Avaaz team

PS – many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bgMYedb&v=23917

SOURCES:

Conventionally-bred plants or animals should be exempt from patents, say MEPs (EU Parliament)
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pressroom/content/20120509IPR44733/html/Conventionally-bred-plants-or-animals-should-be-exempt-from-patents-say-MEPs

President of the European Patent Office gives green light for patents on plants and animals (No Patents on Seeds)
http://www.no-patents-on-seeds.org/en/information/background/green-light-for-patents-on-plants-and-animals

Monsanto: All Your Seeds Belong to Us (Mother Jones)
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/02/scotus-hears-monsanto-soybean-case

Plant Patentability Questions Deepen In EPO Tomato Patent Case (IP Watch)
http://www.ip-watch.org/2012/06/13/plant-patentability-questions-deepen-in-epo-tomato-patent-case/

Tomato patent back before EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (Europolitics)
http://europolitics.eis-vt-prod-web01.cyberadm.net/business-competitiveness/tomato-patent-back-before-epo-s-enlarged-board-of-appeal-art336003-7.html

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They’re kicking us off our land to hunt lions

Dear friends,

Within hours, Tanzania’s President Kikwete could start evicting tens of thousands of the Maasai from our land so hunters can come and kill leopards and lions. Last time Avaaz raised the alarm, the President shelved the plan. Global pressure can stop him again. Click to help us urgently:

We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions and leopards. The evictions are to begin immediately.

Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost one million Avaaz members rallied to our aid. Your attention and the storm it created forced the government to deny the plan, and set them back months. But the President has waited for international attention to die down, and now he’s revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again, urgently.

President Kikwete may not care about us, but he has shown he’ll respond to global media and public pressure — to all of you! We may only have hours. Please stand with us to protect our land, our people and our world’s most majestic animals, and tell everyone before it is too late. This is our last hope:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_the_maasai_loc/?bvSSacb&v=23846

Our people have lived off the land in Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. Our communities respect our fellow animals and protect and preserve the delicate ecosystem. But the government has for years sought to profit by giving rich princes and kings from the Middle East access to our land to kill. In 2009, when they tried to clear our land to make way for these hunting sprees, we resisted, and hundreds of us were arrested and beaten. Last year, rich princes shot at birds in trees from helicopters. This killing goes against everything in our culture.

Now the government has announced it will clear a huge swath of our land to make way for what it claims will be a wildlife corridor, but many suspect it’s just a ruse to give a foreign hunting corporation and the rich tourists it caters to easier access to shoot at majestic animals. The government claims this new arrangement is some sort of accommodation, but its effect on our people’s way of life will be disastrous. There are thousands of us who could have our lives uprooted, losing our homes, the land on which our animals graze, or both.

President Kikwete knows this deal would be controversial with Tanzania’s tourists – a critical source of national income – and does not want a big PR disaster. If we can urgently generate even more global outrage than we did before, and get the media writing about it, we know it can make him think twice. Stand with us now to call on Kikwete to stop the sell off:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_the_maasai_loc/?bvSSacb&v=23846

This land grab could spell the end for the Maasai in this part of Tanzania and many of our community have said they would rather die than be forced from their homes. On behalf of our people and the animals who graze in these lands, please stand with us to change the mind of our President.

With hope and determination,

The Maasai elders of Ngorongoro District

SOURCES

The Guardian: Maasai fury as plan to lure Arabian Gulf tourists threatens their ancestral land
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/30/maasai-game-hunting-tanzania

allAfrica: Land Grab Could Spell ‘The End of the Maasai’
http://allafrica.com/stories/201303290873.html

IPP Media: Maasai villagers frustrate efforts to vacate for Ortelo
http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/?l=52669

The Guardian: Tanzania denies plan to evict Maasai for royal hunting ground
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/15/tanzania-evict-maasai-uae-royals

The Guardian: “Tourism is a curse to us”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/06/masai-tribesman-tanzania-tourism

New Internationalist Magazine: “Hunted down”
http://www.newint.org/columns/currents/2009/12/01/tanzania/

Society for Threatened People: Briefing on the eviction of the Loliondo Maasai
http://lib.ohchr.org/HRBodies/UPR/Documents/session12/TZ/STP-SocietyThreatenedPeople-eng.pdf

FEMACT: Report by 16 human rights investigators & media on violence in Loliondo
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/58956/print

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Rich kids play, poor kids slave

Dear friends across India,

Each year over 40,000 Indian children are forced into back-breaking work. We have 24 hours to flood the government consultation on a new law to crackdown on child labour with demands for a strong law that protects and rehabilitates children. Click below to send a message directly to the consultation to protect India’s kids.

Each year over 40,000 Indian children are forced into back-breaking and soul destroying labour

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