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•             December 2008:

a)            Signed the “Climate: stop the Europe meltdown” petition. While the world’s attention is elsewhere, the global negotiations to tackle the climate crisis are reaching a crunch point. A bold EU climate package is critical to the global climate negotiations. Europe must honour their promise to increase binding, carbon-cutting commitments to at least 30% by 2020 if a global deal is reached; and provide leadership in the United Nations talks to deliver a powerful new global agreement. December 5, 2008.

b)            Endorsed the “All Pakistan Trade Union Federation (APTUF)” Appeal. This appeal states that the people of all over Pakistan are able to peacefully overcome the problems they confront but a prerequisite is the end of all foreign intervention in the affairs of Pakistan, and of all military aggression. To overcome the problems, the people of Pakistan need peace. That is why the APTUF congress, convinced that it is acting as a responsible trade union for the good of its members, of the working class, launch this solemn appeal addressed to all.Peace in Pakistan! No foreign intervention! The workers of Pakistan need and want peace. Peace needs the action of the working class. December 4, 2008.

•             October 2008:

a)            Signed the Beijing declaration. It is an initial response from individuals, social movements and non-governmental Organisations in support of a transitional programme for radical economic transformation. October 18, 2008

b)            Signed the “US Troops Out of Mindanao; Genuine Self-Determination for Moros Now” petition by STOP THE WAR! COALITION- PHILIPPINES. The United States’ involvement in the war in Mindanao can no longer be denied. This petition calls for immediate withdrawal of US troops from all of Mindanao and that no US troops be involved in any operations. Likewise the petition calls for the Philippine military to desist from further military offensives, that it immediately pulls out its troops from the region, and that it returns to the negotiating table. Furthermore, this petition opposes the arming of civilians by the Philippine government and demands the immediate disbandment of militias and private armies, 4 October 2008

•             September 2008:

a)            Signed the global petition urging Italy, France and Canada to keep their aid commitments to the poor. That week, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. All focus was to be on a multi billion dollar bailouts of financial institutions and the real untold scandal — global poverty — risks being forgotten. France, Canada, and Italy were threatening to slash their development aid budgets and break their promise to assign a mere 0.7 % of national income to the world’s poorest. If these countries retract on commitments, others may follow. 25 September 2008

b)            Joined the International Anti Occupation Network in the “Le Feyt Declaration: Peace in Iraq is an option”. It’s an appeal to all peace loving people in the world to work to support the Iraqi people and its resistance. The future of peace, democracy and progress in Iraq, the region and the world depends on this, 16 September 2008.

c)            Signed the “Free Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Teresa Kok and Others Held Under the Internal Security Act” petition to Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, to act immediately to set free Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Teresa Kok who are were being held in detention without the right of due process under the Internal Security Act (ISA). The petition also called for the release of the HINDRAF Five and others imprisoned under the ISA, 15 September 2008

d)            Signed the “Reject The Draconian DNA Identification Bill 2008” petition to Y.B. Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid bin Syed Jaafar Albar, Minister of Home Affairs Malaysia. This bill gives excessive powers to the Malaysian police and the Minister of Home Affairs over the use of a person’s DNA in criminal offences. The Bill also violates the principles of natural justice and human rights. In fact, the Bill does not outline safeguards or measures in protecting the fundamental rights of people while in custody. There is a fear that DNA evidence can be manipulated for political purposes, 15 September 2008

•             August 2008:

a)            Joined the Global Handshake, bringing the world one person at a time closer to Beijing. A message of principled dialogue and friendship. As the Beijing Olympics begin, the world looks on with mixed emotions. This is a moment which should bring us closer together, and Chinese citizens deserve their excitement — but the Chinese government still has not opened meaningful dialogue on Tibet, or changed its stance on Burma, Darfur and other pressing issues. The handshake began in London, passed hand to hand by thousands — now the handshake has gone online, and is criss-crossing the globe on its way to Beijing. JUST joined the online handshake . All of us can join, Chinese and non-Chinese, and it comes with a promise: to hold ALL our governments accountable where they fall short, in Tibet, Iraq, Burma or beyond. The message is to be delivered before the closing ceremonies. 8 August 2008.

•             July 2008:

a)            Endorsed the Appeal for the Establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations, organized by the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, 8 July 2008.

b)          Sent e-mail to US Senator Joseph Lieberman and Representatives Elliot Engel and Mark Pence, calling for them to cancel their upcoming speaking engagements with and dissociate themselves from the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and its founder, Pastor John Hagee, as a protest for the latter’s offensive preaching, which describe, among others, that Hitler did God’s work, that gays and lesbians caused Hurricane Katrina, that Roman Catholicism is a “false cult system”, that “those who live by the Qur’an have a scriptural mandate to kill Christians and Jews… it teaches that very clearly” as well as his advocacy for war with Iran and against a just settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, Council on American-Islamic Relations and Just Foreign Policy, 12 July 2008.

•             June 2008:

a)            Sent letter to the Iraqi Embassy urging action against the decision of Iraqi Oil Minister to transfer 8 trade union activists from the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU) from their workplaces to regions in Baghdad known for its worsening security situation and high level of sectarian killings, initiated by Naftana (UK Support Committee for the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions), 12 June 2008.

b)            Sent e-mail to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation to endorse appeal to the next President of the United States, calling for US leadership for a nuclear-weapons free world, 21 June 2008.

c)            Signed the emergency campaign, “Save Zimbabwe from Mugabe”, calling for an emergency summit of Southern African countries to broker a legitimate government in Zimbabwe and end the campaign of terror that Robert Mugabe had unleashed, initiated by Avaaz.org, 26 June 2008.

•             May 2008:

a)            Sent letter to the Prime Minister of Malaysia to endorse petition calling for governments attending the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions (19-30 May 2008) in Dublin, Ireland, to negotiate and adopt a treaty to ban cluster bombs and provide all necessary assistance to affected communities and victims, initiated by Avaaz.org, 27 May 2008.

•             April 2008:

a)            Endorsed the letter of protest against the repression of Mahallah workers and the Egyptian democracy movement by the Mubarak regime in Egypt, following their demand for an increase to the minimum wage, 17 April 2008.

b)            Signed the petition, “Support Jimmy Carter: US Needs to Talk to Hamas”, to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, asking them to support former US President Jimmy Carter and support talks with Hamas, organized by Jewish Voice for Peace and co-sponsored by A Just Foreign Policy, 18 April, 2008.

c)            Endorsed the signature campaign for the protection of the Madhu Shrine in Mannar, Sri Lanka, which is under serious military threat, 23 April 2008.

d)            Signed the petition, “The Conspiracy to Divide Bolivia Must Be Denounced” to express support for the government of Evo Morales Ayma, for his policies for change and for the sovereign constituent process of the Bolivian people, initiated by Support Bolivia, http://www.todosconbolivia.org, 29 April 2008.

•             March 2008:

a)            Endorsed the petition, “Provide Iraqi Refugees Humanitarian Aid” following reports by the BBC and other media that Iraqi refugees are suffering greatly in Syria. It was reported that girls were being exploited into prostitution in order to survive. The petition called for the UN Refugee Council to urgently address the plight of Iraqi refugees in Syria and to offer them immediate humanitarian assistance so that victims do not resort to desperate measures to survive. The petition was initiated by Mercy Mankind (www.mercymankind.org) and was signed on 1 March 2008.

b)            Signed the petition, “End the Siege of Gaza: Ceasefire Now”, calling on the international community to help end the blockade of Gaza and reach a ceasefire, initiated by Avaaz.org, March 4, 2008.

c)            Signed the petition, “Stand with Tibet – Support the Dalai Lama”, calling for China’s President Hu Jintao to engage in peaceful dialogue with the Dalai Lama in the wake of protests against the Chinese government in Tibet, initiated by Avaaz.org, March 28, 2008.

•             February 2008:

a)            Sent letter to Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, expressing deep concern over the communal violence that engulfed the district of Khandamal in Orissa since the eve of Christmas, in which the victims have been Christians, and calling for the protection of the rights of Christian minorities in Orissa, in particular; to protect the rights, lives and properties of Christians in Orissa; to provide immediate relief and adequate compensation to the victims as per ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) Article 2.3.1; and to ensure peace and harmony in the State so that people may live without fear and freely practice their faith, 1 February 2008.

b)            Sent letters to the Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Israel, urging them to authorize without further hindrance the entry into the Gaza Strip of the humanitarian goods carried in the convoy of Saturday, 26 January 2008, and held up near the Gaza Strip border ever since then, 2 February 2008.

c)            Endorsed Noam Chomsky’s Statement supporting the vigil on March 6 in support of victims of paramilitary violence and abuse in Colombia on behalf of JUST, organized by Colombian Support Network, 20 February 2008.

d)            Signed Appeal: To next President of the United States : US Leadership for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World, organized by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), 21 February 2008.

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