Appeal to the UN, EU, Arab League and US
Tuesday, 13 January 2009

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We, as citizens of the world, are seriously concerned about peace and justice among the Palestinians and Israelis, and appeal for immediate actions to ensure a comprehensive ceasefire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for an end to the growing immediate and long-term humanitarian crisis. Furthermore, we urge the assignment of Mr Martti Ahtisaari, the Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2008, to negotiate a lasting peace in the region. We also appeal to the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to value the human life of Palestinians and Israelis equally and to agree to an immediate ceasefire.

The conflict can and must be resolved. The human rights abuses and killing of civilians can and must come to an end. Muslims, Christians and Jews of the region can and must find a way to exist in peace, with equal rights and obligations. This was a reality in the past and can be achieved in the present.

Real progress towards a lasting peace can be made only through a genuine and balanced engagement by the international community. Both Palestinians and Israelis have the right to live in peace regardless of their religion and ethnicity. The world community has to be consistent in condemning the ongoing killing of civilians and abuse of human rights, no matter which party is responsible for them.

We appeal to the international community to give Mr Martti Ahtisaari the mandate to be the international peace negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The former President of neutral Finland, Mr Ahtisaari has an impressive career resolving international conflicts in several regions, including Aceh and Kosovo.

As the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced: "...Ahtisaari is an outstanding international mediator. Through his untiring efforts and good results, he has shown what role mediation of various kinds can play in the resolution of international conflicts." We respectfully appeal to Mr Ahtisaari to accept this new role as a negotiator if it is offered for him.

The petition will be delivered to UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, the European Union, the Arab League and the US President on 20th January 2009, the day of Barack Obama's inauguration.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 January 2009 )
Migrant Voices
Sunday, 14 December 2008

International Migrant Rights As part of International Migrant Rights Day, December 18th, there will be radio programs and broadcasts throughout the world. In collaboration with this global movement, Making the Links Radio presents a talk by Karl Flecker speaking to the situation in Canada.

On 4 December 2000, the General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day (resolution 55/93). On that day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (resolution 45/158).

Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 December 2008 )
Support the Coalition to Defeat Harper
Thursday, 04 December 2008

Opposition parties are just days away from uniting in a successful coalition government that would finally replace Stephen Harper and represent the majority of Canadians!

Harper is desperately launching an all out media and PR blitz to attack the new coalition and hang on to power. We urgently need to respond, to show the media and the Governor General that almost two thirds of Canadians oppose Harper and support a coalition government. Forward this email to others, and take action now:

Acting if he had a majority government, Stephen Harper has tried to exploit the economic crisis to push through a series of aggressively partisan and ideological proposals while doing nothing to actually stimulate the economy.

Shocked into action, the opposition parties have finally decided to fight back together -- using their majority of seats in the House of Commons to form a new government. Canada could finally see a Liberal-NDP (and Green supported) coalition that would reverse years of awful economic and environmental policies.

Harper calls this move 'undemocratic' and is using his huge cash reserves and high level media friends to manufacture a 'backlash' and launch an all out PR campaign to publicly discredit the coalition. His only hope is to persuade the Governor General to refuse a coalition government, or grant a request to close Parliament until next year.

We urgently need to show the media and and the Governor General where Canadians stand. Through a flood of petition signatures, phone calls to radio shows, letters to the editor, messages to the Governor General, and more, we can demonstrate that the 62% of us who didn't vote for Harper are firmly behind a coalition to replace him. Click below to sign the petition and much more:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2008 )
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