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British judge orders mother to have abortion against her will

UPDATE: 6/24/10 -- In an extraordinary legal move, a U.K. Court of Appeals decision just overruled the lower court's decision to force a mentally disabled woman to have an abortion against her will. Your signatures helped raise awareness about this situation and encourage the government to expedite an appeal. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-court-rules-mentally-disabled-woman-must-have-abortion-11561390581


A court has ordered that a mother with a learning disability who is 22 weeks pregnant must have an abortion. The woman is understood to be in her 20s and has been diagnosed with a moderately severe learning disability.

Completely ignoring her unborn child, the woman’s doctors claim that an abortion is in her best interests, despite the fact that the woman herself wants the child. The mother's social worker disagreed with the doctors and the woman's legal team has said there was “no proper evidence” for their claim.

The pregnant woman’s own mother has offered to care for her grandchild when he/she is born and argued that her daughter’s doctors have “underestimated her ability and understanding...”

Mrs Justice Lieven said that she believed it would be too difficult for the grandmother to look after both her daughter and her grandchild.

The Judge said it was an “enormous” decision and that she was “acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion”.

After making this concession, she proceded to order that this woman have an abortion against her will.

“I think [the woman] would suffer greater trauma from having a baby removed [from her care],” Lieven said, because “it would at that stage be a real baby.”

Lieven clarified that the pregnancy “although real to [the woman], doesn’t have a baby outside her body she can touch.”

Lieven’s claim that her decision is in the best interest of the woman and “I have to operate in [her] best interests, not on society's views of termination,” is extremely disingenuous.

The Judge’s pro-abortion ideology is on clear display and her past abortion activism leaves her unfit to adjudicate this case. In 2011, she represented the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain’s largest abortion provider,and in 2016 she argued in court that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were a violation of the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act.

In 2017, she said that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were akin to torture and were discriminatory.

She is evidently allowing her own view of “termination” to cloud her judgement.

The Judge has basically stated that it is better for this woman to be forced to have a late-term abortion, than for to have her baby and have her own mother look after him/her.

Her name, location, NHS trust and MP are unknown, so please sign this petition to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, urging him to intervene in this case and do all within his power to prevent this gross overreach of the state.This is an utterly despicable decision which must be opposed.

It is imperative that you sign this petition now. We do not know how long this woman and her baby have left before the State forces the mother to have an abortion.

Urgently ask the Home Secretary to protect the freedom of Christian street preachers to preach on our streets

UPDATE: Pastor Ilesanmi has now been awarded £2,500 by the Metropolitan Police in relation to his false arrest, imprisonment and unlawful detention. Marking the resolution of his case, Pastor Oluwole will deliver the petition, Tuesday (30 July) at 10.30am at the Home Office to the new Home Secretary Priti Patel, as well as to London City Hall. The Christian Legal Centre, which has assisted Pastor Oluwole throughout the case, has also written to chief constables across the country, asking them to uphold the freedom of street preachers to speak freely about Jesus Christ in public. This letter will be delivered on Tuesday to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick. 

Pastor Oluwole said: 

“I am glad that the police have recognised that it was not right to arrest me for preaching from the Bible. It was traumatic being arrested and left many miles from my home...When I came to the UK it was a free Christian country, but now preachers like me are being arrested for speaking the truth. Christians and freedom of speech must be protected, especially by the government and police. I hope this recognition of fault can lead to more Christians being protected and the police gaining greater insight into what it means to lawfully proclaim the Word of God on our streets.

“I am amazed and so grateful for the support I have received from people across the world and the Christian Legal Centre.”



A video of street preacher Oluwole Ilesanmi being arrested outside Southgate Underground station has been seen by millions of people worldwide.

It's not the first time a Christian street preacher has been wrongly arrested in the UK. Christian street preachers should be free to share the gospel, even where it means challenging the beliefs of others. The law rightly protects freedom of speech, even if it offends, shocks or disturbs others. But too often, police officers have shown themselves either to be ignorant of this freedom, or unwilling to uphold it. This leads to a chilling effect, where people are increasingly unwilling to say what they believe, for fear of arrest.

Please ask the Home Secretary to urgently investigate what guidance and training is being given to police officers nationwide to ensure that they protect the freedom to preach in public.

Find out more by clicking here: https://www.christianconcern.com/our-issues/freedom-of-speech/police-caught-out-by-street-preacher-evidence



DC Comics to release blasphemous series about Jesus

UPDATE: Feb. 14th, 2019

After our petition went viral, DC Comics has decided to cancel "Second Coming"!

Read more: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/13/dc-comics-cancels-second-coming/


DC Comics is set to release an outrageous and blasphemous new series featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick for an "all powerful" superhero.

Let DC Comics know that this comic is inappropriate. It should be immediately pulled from their release schedule.

According to Fox News, the “Second Coming” comic “reimagines why Jesus left earth the first time and is coming back again.” Author Mark Russell recently shared a bit about the concept behind his comic. He explained, “God was so upset with Jesus’s performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then.”

Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad... or Buddha?

This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books.

When asked how long his series will continue, Russell explained, “We’re slated for six issues but the goal would be to turn it into an ongoing if the reaction is positive.”

Let DC Comics know that the reaction is most assuredly not positive. If we can’t stop the initial release, hopefully we can ensure that there are no future releases. 

Please sign this petition if you agree that DC Comics should pull this blasphemous series. Your signature will be sent directly to DC Comic’s Executive Vice President Amit Desai, Publisher Dan Didio, and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. 

Let's Get Asia Bibi Out of Pakistan

UPDATE: May 8th, 2019

We are able to confirm that Asia Bibi has successfully relocated to Canada where she will start a new life with her family. We praise God for this deliverance and thank our supporters and signers for their efforts to defend Asia.


Last week, Asia Bibi was finally acquitted in Pakistan after over eight years of court proceedings. She has been in prison since June 16, 2009, accused of the crime of breaking a Sharia-based blasphemy law. Her Muslim co-workers, who reproached her for being a Christian, brought the accusation after an argument over a drinking vessel.

Her family has been informed that, in recent months, her physical condition has gotten worst during her stay in Multan prison.

Since her incarceration, the MasLibres.org platform (belonging to the CitizenGO Group) has fought for her freedom, supporting her family and channeling the economic aid of thousands of citizens to defend this Christian mother.

However, although she has been acquitted, her problems are not over.

Her acquittal has provoked a wave of violence throughout Pakistan that has already left several dead. Asia Bibi's lawyer has had to flee the country in order not to be killed. The situation is more delicate than ever. 

We at CitizenGO wish to help take Asia Bibi and her family out of the country and give them a better life. However, they are now prohibited from leaving Pakistan, and her court case might be reviewed.

That is why we are asking the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to intercede as soon as possible so that this Christian woman and her family can leave, and that the necessary security measures will be taken to keep them alive.

We also ask United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, US President Donald Trump, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, to pressure Khan with all available diplomatic tools in order to achieve complete freedom for Asia Bibi and her family.

Venezuelans are dying. Sign now!

UPDATE


On Thursday, September 27th, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution for the protection of Human Rights in Venezuela, something that has never happened before. There were only seven votes against it!


This means that the UN now recognizes the flagrant violations of Venezuelans' most basic rights and it is urging Maduro's regime to "accept humanitarian assistance in order to address the scarcity of food, medicine and medical supplies."

This is precisely what we had requested and, with your invaluable help, we have achieved it!

Rubén Navarro, a representative of CitizenGO, spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about our campaign.

We were also able to deliver more than 123,000 signatures from active citizens like you from around the world to the offices of Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and to Tedros Adhanom, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO).

We were in contact with 16 member state representatives and we met formally with nine. The international community is really worried about the situation in Venezuela.

On August 20th we had convened a press conference with four exceptional witnesses of the situation suffered by the Venezuelan people: Patricia Carrera, president of LEAN Foundation and human rights activist; Carleth Morales, journalist; Carlos Moreno, brother of a murdered Green Helmet and Araminta González, who had been tortured for two years.

You can watch a video summary of the press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bCbYnRBXNU

The event had a great impact and we reached dozens of national and international media outlets. Venezuela made the news again after months of complicit silence from the media.

We are excited to have helped hundreds of Venezuelans thanks to your collaboration with the shipment of 4,790 kilos of medicine. Almost five tons! It is very inspiring to see all the grateful children, families, and all kinds of people.

You can watch a video overview of our efforts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc6_ZSsHe3A

 


The Venezuelan people are dying due to a lack of medical treatment. This urgent petition asks the United Nations and the World Health Organization to create a humanitarian corridor to save the Venezuelan people.


The deadly Chávez regime has held power in Venezuela for 20 years. Now, the lethal regime has led to the total ruin of the country... a country with the largest reservoirs of oil on the planet!


All of this is thanks to Venezuela's nefarious administration, whose ideological basis is communism or 'the socialism of the 21st century'.


Who pays for the consequences for this disastrous regime? Not the leaders of the government, such as President Nicolás Maduro or well-known politician Diosdado Cabello, who have luxurious apartments in New York. And certainly not the daughter of Hugo Chávez, who has a fortune valued at 3.6 billion USD by Forbes.


Hugo Chávez's daughter has access to 3.6 billion dollars... and people in Venezuela are dying of hunger and suffering due to the lack of basic medical services! Venezuelans have to stand in long lines to get so much as a roll of toilet paper.


The situation is dangerous and unsustainable, but the international community has thus far remained idle. The humanitarian emergency in Venezuela is no longer making prime time news, and it has therefore fallen out of interest for international institutions.


Here are some important facts about the situation in Venezuela:

  • The average monthly salary in Venezuela is about 5,916,000 bolivares (Bs) or $34.30USD. Some of the medicines they need to import cost over $3,800USD.
  • In 88% of the hospitals, there are no drugs available. In 79%, there are no sanitary materials and water cuts are a constant occurrence.*
  • 30% of doctors with more than 30 years of experience, and 75% with ten years or less of experience, have left the country.*
  • 90% of treatments for diseases such as cancer, AIDS, or hemophilia are not available.
  • From January to May of this year, the price of drugs tripled from 1,000% to 3,000% of the cost before the crisis.**
  • Most importantly, 16,000 people are at risk of imminent death. The number increases every day.

With these facts in mind, we are asking the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to intercede and immediately create a humanitarian corridor to ensure the supply of medicine and basic sanitary material.


This must be done to save the people of Venezuela. The suffering and mistreatment of the Venezuelan people should be considered crimes against humanity.


Write to the United Nations and the World Health Organization to make them aware of the extremely delicate situation in Venezuela. Ask them to immediately establish a humanitarian corridor for the entry of medicines and sanitary material to help the battered population.


*Data from Médicos por la Salud

**Data from Federación Farmacéutica Venezolana (Fefarven)

Turkey Must Release Pastor Andrew Brunson from Prison!

Turkey’s crackdown on Christianity has put an American clergyman in jail for over 500 days without due process.

Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American clergyman and missionary from North Carolina, has lived peacefully in Turkey for the last 23 years. During his time in Turkey, Pastor Brunson, alongside his wife Noreen, has served as the pastor of a small Protestant congregation, of around 40 members, at the Izmir Resurrection Church on the west coast of Turkey.

Pastor Brunson and his wife Noreen, raised their three children in Turkey and had applied for permanent residency. In October 2016, when Pastor Brunson and Noreen were asked to go to the police station, they were under the impression it was to receive notification about the status of their permanent residency request. Instead, they were both locked into a prison cell, accused of collaborating in a conspiracy “against national security” and “membership of an armed terrorist organization.”

Noreen Brunson was released two days later while Pastor Andrew Brunson remains in prison awaiting trial, which is expected to begin on April 16, 2018.  

A 62-page indictment was recently released against Pastor Brunson, claiming his involvement in "Christianization," which is being treated as an act of terrorism. Also, the indictment is full of false witnesses claiming Pastor Brunson misrepresented Christianity and spoke against the government. All which Pastor Brunson claims as untrue as he maintains his innocence.

Pastor Brunson is 50-years-old and, if convicted, these serious charges carry with them a 35-year sentence. Without pressure from President Donald J. Trump and the United States Department of State, this could be a life sentence for Pastor Brunson.

Furthermore, Pastor Brunson is not alone. Open Doors USA claims there are 187,000 Christians in Turkeys. Turkey is ranked 31st on their 2018 World Watch List. Christians face a “very high” level of persecution mainly stemming from “Islamic oppression.”

Open Doors USA claims, “Religious nationalism has grown to new heights. President Erdogan has strengthened his position, trying to transform Turkey from a secular state into a Sunni Muslim one. Leaving Islam for Christianity is considered a betrayal of the Turkish identity, Islam and the family. Christians have no access to state jobs and experience discrimination in private employment, especially where employers have ties to the government.”

Turkey as a member of NATO is claimed to be an ally of the United States. Yet, since a failed coup against the Turkish government by religious outsiders, Turkey has digressed in protecting the rights that the United States and our Constitution hold dearly as a pillar to all mankind.

Currently, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom to organize or demonstrate are among an unprotected class in Turkey. However, in the United States of America, rightfully so, our government protects the rights of Turkish citizens to practice their faith and live peacefully among others.

Sign our petition to demand the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison. 


For more information: 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2017/05/andrew_brunson_the_american_pastor_caught_in_erdogan_s_crackdown.html

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/turkey/

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/download/wwl2018_31-turkey-countrycard/?wpdmdl=19167

https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/62-page-indictment-against-american-pastor-andrew-brunson-effectively-calls-sharing-the-gospel-an-act-of-terrorism

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British judge orders mother to have abortion against her will

UPDATE: 6/24/10 -- In an extraordinary legal move, a U.K. Court of Appeals decision just overruled the lower court's decision to force a mentally disabled woman to have an abortion against her will. Your signatures helped raise awareness about this situation and encourage the government to expedite an appeal. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-court-rules-mentally-disabled-woman-must-have-abortion-11561390581


A court has ordered that a mother with a learning disability who is 22 weeks pregnant must have an abortion. The woman is understood to be in her 20s and has been diagnosed with a moderately severe learning disability.

Completely ignoring her unborn child, the woman’s doctors claim that an abortion is in her best interests, despite the fact that the woman herself wants the child. The mother's social worker disagreed with the doctors and the woman's legal team has said there was “no proper evidence” for their claim.

The pregnant woman’s own mother has offered to care for her grandchild when he/she is born and argued that her daughter’s doctors have “underestimated her ability and understanding...”

Mrs Justice Lieven said that she believed it would be too difficult for the grandmother to look after both her daughter and her grandchild.

The Judge said it was an “enormous” decision and that she was “acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion”.

After making this concession, she proceded to order that this woman have an abortion against her will.

“I think [the woman] would suffer greater trauma from having a baby removed [from her care],” Lieven said, because “it would at that stage be a real baby.”

Lieven clarified that the pregnancy “although real to [the woman], doesn’t have a baby outside her body she can touch.”

Lieven’s claim that her decision is in the best interest of the woman and “I have to operate in [her] best interests, not on society's views of termination,” is extremely disingenuous.

The Judge’s pro-abortion ideology is on clear display and her past abortion activism leaves her unfit to adjudicate this case. In 2011, she represented the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain’s largest abortion provider,and in 2016 she argued in court that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were a violation of the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act.

In 2017, she said that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were akin to torture and were discriminatory.

She is evidently allowing her own view of “termination” to cloud her judgement.

The Judge has basically stated that it is better for this woman to be forced to have a late-term abortion, than for to have her baby and have her own mother look after him/her.

Her name, location, NHS trust and MP are unknown, so please sign this petition to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, urging him to intervene in this case and do all within his power to prevent this gross overreach of the state.This is an utterly despicable decision which must be opposed.

It is imperative that you sign this petition now. We do not know how long this woman and her baby have left before the State forces the mother to have an abortion.

Urgently ask the Home Secretary to protect the freedom of Christian street preachers to preach on our streets

UPDATE: Pastor Ilesanmi has now been awarded £2,500 by the Metropolitan Police in relation to his false arrest, imprisonment and unlawful detention. Marking the resolution of his case, Pastor Oluwole will deliver the petition, Tuesday (30 July) at 10.30am at the Home Office to the new Home Secretary Priti Patel, as well as to London City Hall. The Christian Legal Centre, which has assisted Pastor Oluwole throughout the case, has also written to chief constables across the country, asking them to uphold the freedom of street preachers to speak freely about Jesus Christ in public. This letter will be delivered on Tuesday to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick. 

Pastor Oluwole said: 

“I am glad that the police have recognised that it was not right to arrest me for preaching from the Bible. It was traumatic being arrested and left many miles from my home...When I came to the UK it was a free Christian country, but now preachers like me are being arrested for speaking the truth. Christians and freedom of speech must be protected, especially by the government and police. I hope this recognition of fault can lead to more Christians being protected and the police gaining greater insight into what it means to lawfully proclaim the Word of God on our streets.

“I am amazed and so grateful for the support I have received from people across the world and the Christian Legal Centre.”



A video of street preacher Oluwole Ilesanmi being arrested outside Southgate Underground station has been seen by millions of people worldwide.

It's not the first time a Christian street preacher has been wrongly arrested in the UK. Christian street preachers should be free to share the gospel, even where it means challenging the beliefs of others. The law rightly protects freedom of speech, even if it offends, shocks or disturbs others. But too often, police officers have shown themselves either to be ignorant of this freedom, or unwilling to uphold it. This leads to a chilling effect, where people are increasingly unwilling to say what they believe, for fear of arrest.

Please ask the Home Secretary to urgently investigate what guidance and training is being given to police officers nationwide to ensure that they protect the freedom to preach in public.

Find out more by clicking here: https://www.christianconcern.com/our-issues/freedom-of-speech/police-caught-out-by-street-preacher-evidence



DC Comics to release blasphemous series about Jesus

UPDATE: Feb. 14th, 2019

After our petition went viral, DC Comics has decided to cancel "Second Coming"!

Read more: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/13/dc-comics-cancels-second-coming/


DC Comics is set to release an outrageous and blasphemous new series featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick for an "all powerful" superhero.

Let DC Comics know that this comic is inappropriate. It should be immediately pulled from their release schedule.

According to Fox News, the “Second Coming” comic “reimagines why Jesus left earth the first time and is coming back again.” Author Mark Russell recently shared a bit about the concept behind his comic. He explained, “God was so upset with Jesus’s performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then.”

Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad... or Buddha?

This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books.

When asked how long his series will continue, Russell explained, “We’re slated for six issues but the goal would be to turn it into an ongoing if the reaction is positive.”

Let DC Comics know that the reaction is most assuredly not positive. If we can’t stop the initial release, hopefully we can ensure that there are no future releases. 

Please sign this petition if you agree that DC Comics should pull this blasphemous series. Your signature will be sent directly to DC Comic’s Executive Vice President Amit Desai, Publisher Dan Didio, and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. 

Let's Get Asia Bibi Out of Pakistan

UPDATE: May 8th, 2019

We are able to confirm that Asia Bibi has successfully relocated to Canada where she will start a new life with her family. We praise God for this deliverance and thank our supporters and signers for their efforts to defend Asia.


Last week, Asia Bibi was finally acquitted in Pakistan after over eight years of court proceedings. She has been in prison since June 16, 2009, accused of the crime of breaking a Sharia-based blasphemy law. Her Muslim co-workers, who reproached her for being a Christian, brought the accusation after an argument over a drinking vessel.

Her family has been informed that, in recent months, her physical condition has gotten worst during her stay in Multan prison.

Since her incarceration, the MasLibres.org platform (belonging to the CitizenGO Group) has fought for her freedom, supporting her family and channeling the economic aid of thousands of citizens to defend this Christian mother.

However, although she has been acquitted, her problems are not over.

Her acquittal has provoked a wave of violence throughout Pakistan that has already left several dead. Asia Bibi's lawyer has had to flee the country in order not to be killed. The situation is more delicate than ever. 

We at CitizenGO wish to help take Asia Bibi and her family out of the country and give them a better life. However, they are now prohibited from leaving Pakistan, and her court case might be reviewed.

That is why we are asking the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to intercede as soon as possible so that this Christian woman and her family can leave, and that the necessary security measures will be taken to keep them alive.

We also ask United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, US President Donald Trump, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, to pressure Khan with all available diplomatic tools in order to achieve complete freedom for Asia Bibi and her family.

Venezuelans are dying. Sign now!

UPDATE


On Thursday, September 27th, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution for the protection of Human Rights in Venezuela, something that has never happened before. There were only seven votes against it!


This means that the UN now recognizes the flagrant violations of Venezuelans' most basic rights and it is urging Maduro's regime to "accept humanitarian assistance in order to address the scarcity of food, medicine and medical supplies."

This is precisely what we had requested and, with your invaluable help, we have achieved it!

Rubén Navarro, a representative of CitizenGO, spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about our campaign.

We were also able to deliver more than 123,000 signatures from active citizens like you from around the world to the offices of Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and to Tedros Adhanom, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO).

We were in contact with 16 member state representatives and we met formally with nine. The international community is really worried about the situation in Venezuela.

On August 20th we had convened a press conference with four exceptional witnesses of the situation suffered by the Venezuelan people: Patricia Carrera, president of LEAN Foundation and human rights activist; Carleth Morales, journalist; Carlos Moreno, brother of a murdered Green Helmet and Araminta González, who had been tortured for two years.

You can watch a video summary of the press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bCbYnRBXNU

The event had a great impact and we reached dozens of national and international media outlets. Venezuela made the news again after months of complicit silence from the media.

We are excited to have helped hundreds of Venezuelans thanks to your collaboration with the shipment of 4,790 kilos of medicine. Almost five tons! It is very inspiring to see all the grateful children, families, and all kinds of people.

You can watch a video overview of our efforts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc6_ZSsHe3A

 


The Venezuelan people are dying due to a lack of medical treatment. This urgent petition asks the United Nations and the World Health Organization to create a humanitarian corridor to save the Venezuelan people.


The deadly Chávez regime has held power in Venezuela for 20 years. Now, the lethal regime has led to the total ruin of the country... a country with the largest reservoirs of oil on the planet!


All of this is thanks to Venezuela's nefarious administration, whose ideological basis is communism or 'the socialism of the 21st century'.


Who pays for the consequences for this disastrous regime? Not the leaders of the government, such as President Nicolás Maduro or well-known politician Diosdado Cabello, who have luxurious apartments in New York. And certainly not the daughter of Hugo Chávez, who has a fortune valued at 3.6 billion USD by Forbes.


Hugo Chávez's daughter has access to 3.6 billion dollars... and people in Venezuela are dying of hunger and suffering due to the lack of basic medical services! Venezuelans have to stand in long lines to get so much as a roll of toilet paper.


The situation is dangerous and unsustainable, but the international community has thus far remained idle. The humanitarian emergency in Venezuela is no longer making prime time news, and it has therefore fallen out of interest for international institutions.


Here are some important facts about the situation in Venezuela:

  • The average monthly salary in Venezuela is about 5,916,000 bolivares (Bs) or $34.30USD. Some of the medicines they need to import cost over $3,800USD.
  • In 88% of the hospitals, there are no drugs available. In 79%, there are no sanitary materials and water cuts are a constant occurrence.*
  • 30% of doctors with more than 30 years of experience, and 75% with ten years or less of experience, have left the country.*
  • 90% of treatments for diseases such as cancer, AIDS, or hemophilia are not available.
  • From January to May of this year, the price of drugs tripled from 1,000% to 3,000% of the cost before the crisis.**
  • Most importantly, 16,000 people are at risk of imminent death. The number increases every day.

With these facts in mind, we are asking the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to intercede and immediately create a humanitarian corridor to ensure the supply of medicine and basic sanitary material.


This must be done to save the people of Venezuela. The suffering and mistreatment of the Venezuelan people should be considered crimes against humanity.


Write to the United Nations and the World Health Organization to make them aware of the extremely delicate situation in Venezuela. Ask them to immediately establish a humanitarian corridor for the entry of medicines and sanitary material to help the battered population.


*Data from Médicos por la Salud

**Data from Federación Farmacéutica Venezolana (Fefarven)

Turkey Must Release Pastor Andrew Brunson from Prison!

Turkey’s crackdown on Christianity has put an American clergyman in jail for over 500 days without due process.

Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American clergyman and missionary from North Carolina, has lived peacefully in Turkey for the last 23 years. During his time in Turkey, Pastor Brunson, alongside his wife Noreen, has served as the pastor of a small Protestant congregation, of around 40 members, at the Izmir Resurrection Church on the west coast of Turkey.

Pastor Brunson and his wife Noreen, raised their three children in Turkey and had applied for permanent residency. In October 2016, when Pastor Brunson and Noreen were asked to go to the police station, they were under the impression it was to receive notification about the status of their permanent residency request. Instead, they were both locked into a prison cell, accused of collaborating in a conspiracy “against national security” and “membership of an armed terrorist organization.”

Noreen Brunson was released two days later while Pastor Andrew Brunson remains in prison awaiting trial, which is expected to begin on April 16, 2018.  

A 62-page indictment was recently released against Pastor Brunson, claiming his involvement in "Christianization," which is being treated as an act of terrorism. Also, the indictment is full of false witnesses claiming Pastor Brunson misrepresented Christianity and spoke against the government. All which Pastor Brunson claims as untrue as he maintains his innocence.

Pastor Brunson is 50-years-old and, if convicted, these serious charges carry with them a 35-year sentence. Without pressure from President Donald J. Trump and the United States Department of State, this could be a life sentence for Pastor Brunson.

Furthermore, Pastor Brunson is not alone. Open Doors USA claims there are 187,000 Christians in Turkeys. Turkey is ranked 31st on their 2018 World Watch List. Christians face a “very high” level of persecution mainly stemming from “Islamic oppression.”

Open Doors USA claims, “Religious nationalism has grown to new heights. President Erdogan has strengthened his position, trying to transform Turkey from a secular state into a Sunni Muslim one. Leaving Islam for Christianity is considered a betrayal of the Turkish identity, Islam and the family. Christians have no access to state jobs and experience discrimination in private employment, especially where employers have ties to the government.”

Turkey as a member of NATO is claimed to be an ally of the United States. Yet, since a failed coup against the Turkish government by religious outsiders, Turkey has digressed in protecting the rights that the United States and our Constitution hold dearly as a pillar to all mankind.

Currently, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom to organize or demonstrate are among an unprotected class in Turkey. However, in the United States of America, rightfully so, our government protects the rights of Turkish citizens to practice their faith and live peacefully among others.

Sign our petition to demand the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison. 


For more information: 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2017/05/andrew_brunson_the_american_pastor_caught_in_erdogan_s_crackdown.html

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/turkey/

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/download/wwl2018_31-turkey-countrycard/?wpdmdl=19167

https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/62-page-indictment-against-american-pastor-andrew-brunson-effectively-calls-sharing-the-gospel-an-act-of-terrorism

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