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The world’s worst punishment for rape?

The world's worst punishment for rape?


Dear friends,



16-year-old Liz was gang raped so brutally that she is now in a wheelchair. But it gets worse -- instead of arresting the attackers the police got them to cut the grass, and then set them free! The story has sent shockwaves through Kenya, but to ensure the attackers and the police are held to account we need to build a massive call for justice from across the world. Let's make sure no other Kenyan child suffers like Liz. Sign now and tell everyone:
Liz was walking home from her grandfather's funeral when she was ambushed by six men who took turns raping her and then threw her unconscious body down a 6-meter toilet pit. The punishment for the vicious men who did this to her? Mow the lawn then go free after!

Liz's horror story has sent shockwaves through Kenya and now politicians and the police are under pressure to respond. But women's groups in Kenya say nothing will be done unless the government is put under the global spotlight. They are calling on us urgently to help ensure justice is done and that Liz's nightmare marks a turning-point in Kenya's rape epidemic.

Nobody has been brought to justice -- not the rapists, and not the police. Today, we change that. Let's stand with Liz right now, before the rapists and the police escape. Click below to get justice for Liz and make sure no other Kenyan child suffers this violence:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/justice_for_liz_61/?bSTejbb&v=30643

According to the girl's mother, the rapists return to Liz's home to taunt the family. They act like they're above the law, and have good reason to think so. The police just logged Liz's attack as mere "assault" and asked her mother to "clean her up", destroying key forensic evidence. Meanwhile, Liz has been confined to a wheelchair and fighting a debilitating fistula infection. 

Liz's story is an extreme example of a much bigger problem. In Kenya, two thirds of school girls and half of school boys have been sexually abused. Earlier this year, a landmark ruling by a Kenyan court found police guilty of failing to do their jobs and ordered them to uphold Kenya's strict anti-rape laws. The real test for that court decision is whether we get justice for Liz. 

The police claim that they don't have the money or training to uphold the law. But while further resources in police departments and hospitals are badly needed, you don't need much training to know that cutting the grass is no punishment for rape. The attack on Liz is truly appalling but cases like this will keep happening unless we together stand up and demand the police and authorities set a new precedent for how they treat rape victims like Liz. Stand with her now: 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/justice_for_liz_61/?bSTejbb&v=30643

Avaaz members have a track record for standing up against rape all over the world -- we recently got the Indian government to commit to a multi-billion Rupee national education campaign to combat the problem there. While we can never undo what happened to Liz, we can keep it from happening again. Let's do it. 

With hope and determination, 

David, Anne, Sam, Bissan, Oli, Ricken, Emily and the whole Avaaz team 

PS: Liz is a pseudonym given by the news outlet that broke her story and has since been widely used. She is not pictured here. 

SOURCES

Brave Busia girl battles as her rapists go scot free (The Nation)
http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/DN2/When-rapists-go-scot-free/-/957860/2022572/-/skd9s8z/-/index.html

Miscarriage of justice in brutal gang rape case shines spotlight on Kenyan police (Sabahi Online)
http://sabahionline.com/en_GB/articles/hoa/articles/features/2013/10/18/feature-02 


Police wrap up probe into girl's gang rape (The Daily Nation)
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Police-wrap-up-probe-into-girls-gang-rape/-/1056/2035702/-/format/xhtml/-/4rdyo/-/index.html  

After Kenya's landmark rape decision, all eyes on the police (Globe and Mail)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/after-kenyas-landmark-rape-decision-all-eyes-fall-on-the-police/article13545136/

Kenyan Rape Victims Seek Compensation (IWPR)
http://iwpr.net/report-news/kenyan-rape-victims-seek-compensation


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Trapped in a Russian jail

Incredible! 863,458 have joined in days. Sign and share this with everyone -- let's hit a million and get Russia's key allies to speak out!

Dear friends,



Ana Paula and 29 of her Greenpeace crewmates are trapped in a Russian jail for trying to save the Arctic from oil drilling. But our community could set them free if we help Greenpeace build a massive global outcry targeting Russia's biggest global partners. Let's reach 1 million to free the Arctic 30 -- sign now by clicking below:
Ana Paula is a 31-year old from Brazil who wanted to peacefully protest Russia's plans to drill the Arctic. Now she, along with her 29 crewmates from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is locked in a Russian jail with no release in sight. But we can throw her and the rest of her crew a lifeline.   

The Greenpeace staff, some in solitary confinement, are now facing fifteen years in prison on trumped up charges of piracy. Their crime? Hanging a banner on a Russian oil rig to protest dangerous deepwater drilling in one of the earth's most beautiful and fragile places. Many western governments have already spoken out, but now Ana Paula and Greenpeace are asking the Avaaz community to help build a truly global outcry. 

Together we can call on some of Russia's strongest trade and political partners -- Brazil, India, South Africa and the EU -- to call for the release of the Arctic 30. Let's reach 1 million to free Ana Paula and her friends. Once we hit that mark, Avaaz will project their faces in key public places to keep this story at the top of the news:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bSTejbb&v=30450

This is what Ana Paula's sister said about her: "In many ways, my sister is a typical Brazilian -- talkative, friendly, and full of life. But she's also simply extraordinary, passionate about nature since she was little, and never hesitating to stand up for it even at great personal risk."

Now Ana Paula and her crewmates could lose 15 years of their lives, all for trying to hang a banner on a Gazprom oil rig, the first of its kind in the Arctic. This is an aggressive backlash against defenders of our environment -- stopping oil drilling in the Arctic is about protecting the last great wilderness on earth, where oil spills are almost impossible to clean up.

Greenpeace has hired great lawyers who point out that the 30 were arrested in international waters, making Russia the one violating the international Law of the Sea. But being on the right side of the law may not be enough to regain their freedom, and their dreadful fate may be sealed soon unless the international community lets Russia know that this is a scandal that's not going to go away.

Avaaz has a particularly powerful voice in many of these countries with huge memberships -- 5 million in Brazil alone! If we all weigh in now and build a one million strong petition, Avaazers in Brazil, South Africa, India, and the EU can ramp up the pressure. Sign now to help build 1 million people to help free the Arctic 30:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bSTejbb&v=30450

These Arctic 30 were brave enough to confront the oil industry in one of the last untouched places on earth. They are being silenced and intimidated by the oil industry for their bravery. Our community has stood strong for campaigners across the world -- now let's free these 30.

With hope and determination,

Jamie, Alex, Emma, Lisa, Ricken, Marie, Julien, Diego and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Russia accuses Greenpeace crew of 'piracy' in Arctic (BBC) 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24222392 
 
Dutch sue Russia to recover 'pirate' Greenpeace crew (France24)
http://www.france24.com/en/20131004-netherlands-russia-greenpeace-oil-arctic-piracy-justice

What Russia's Treatment of Greenpeace Activists Reveals About its Arctic Policy (The Atlantic) 
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/10/what-russia-s-treatment-of-greenpeace-activists-reveals-about-its-arctic-policy/280352/

Legal analysis by International law professor Prof. Dr. Stefan Kirchner
http://fr.scribd.com/doc/173374193/Comment-on-the-institution-of-arbitration-proceedings-between-the-Kingdom-of-the-Netherlands-and-the-Russian-Federation-concerning-the-case-of-the-shi

Black Ice: Russia's ongoing oil spill crisis (Report, Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/arctic-impacts/The-dangers-of-Arctic-oil/Black-ice--Russian-oil-spill-disaster/


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Avaaz.org is a 27-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

To contact Avaaz, please write to us at www.avaaz.org/en/contact or call us at +1-888-922-8229 (US).