Urgent Action

IRAQI KURDISTAN URGENT ACTION: Stand With Civil Society in Iraqi Kurdistan!

IRAQI KURDISTAN URGENT ACTION: Stand With Civil Society in Iraqi Kurdistan

February 3, 2017

Stand With Civil Society in Iraqi Kurdistan
Everyone is born with inherent rights. Protecting and promoting Universal Human Rights is essential to building and maintaining peace around the world. The newly autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan is currently unsafe for many activists, human rights defenders, journalists, and members of civil society. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is charged with the safety of all its inhabitants  and the responsibility of safeguarding Universal Human Rights within its borders.  We wish to lift the veil of secrecy around recent killings, beatings  and ongoing attacks on journalists, activists, and members of civil society as well as highlight the seemingly systematic campaign of harassment against those exercising free speech in Iraqi Kurdistan.  We also call upon the Kurdistan Regional Government to actively protect those threatened and pursue parties wishing to harm people exercising their inherent rights within in the region.
The Kurdish Region of Iraq has enjoyed freedom and self-rule governance since the United States invasion of Iraq despite the immense toll the invasion took on people in other areas. However, the Kurdish region is also facing the worst financial crisis in its history. In 2014 the budget was cut by the Iraqi Government and the Kurdish Regional Government told its employees that they were unable to pay their salaries. This decision lead to many protests by the governmental workers, especially teachers, demanding that their full salaries be paid and calling for an end to corruption in the public sector. Organizers and teachers peacefully protested for 110 days but beginning in December 2016, the security forces in Sulaimani started using violent means to try to break the teacher’s strike. Many activists and human rights defenders were arrested, beaten, threatened, or had  their property damaged or burnt. Finally, in mid January, 2017, the teachers ended their strike under immense pressure from the security forces. They were assured by the Prime Minister and his deputy no changes would come from the demonstrations. Since the protests ended, the organizers, civil society activists and journalists have faced threats and direct violence. Their families have been terrorized and social media is being used to humiliate them. Along with threats to activists, journalists and religious leaders have also been killed in the region. The government is responsible for its citizens’ security and should respect human rights by creating a space where civil society can act freely to foster and develop a democratic culture in the region without threats, violence and loss of life. 

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 6, 2016 Europe

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 6, 2016  Europe 

Pray for the refugees and migrants in Greece facing deportation this week because of the European Union’s agreement with Turkey.  Pray for CPT-Europe’s partners on Lesvos, who are facing the shutdown of their collaborative, humane camp at Pipka by the local authorities.  The mayor of Lesvos plans to ship all the residents from Pipka to detention camps, including some of the most vulnerable refugees: those with disabilities, lone women and children, survivors of shipwrecks.  Please prayerfully sign this petition to keep Pipka open.


April 10, 2016  Third Sunday of Easter
Frontex Corporation officials guard migrants they are deporting for the European Union.
Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Acts 9:3-5
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

COLOMBIA URGENT ACTION: Update on threats against the OFP

Threats against the family of Gloria Amparo Suarez, a leader of the Women’s Popular Organization (OFP), have necessitated her sons' departure from Colombia. CPT requests letters to Colombia officials to secure protection for Gloria and other human rights defenders.

COLOMBIA URGENT ACTION: Serious threats to women leaders and their families

After threats against leaders of the Women's Popular Organization
(Organización Femenina Popular, OFP) and their families, Christian
Peacemaker Teams requests letters to President Santos sent through
Colombian Embassies and Consulates.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE PRAYER/ACTION ALERT: Urge officials to meet with First Nations leaders

Amid reports that Chief Theresa Spence, on hunger strike since December 11, is weakening, Christian Peacemaker Teams' Aboriginal Justice Team requests prayer support for her and the Idle No More movement, and communications to two government officials.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) REFLECTION: A sum of many parts

A flood of individual actions is upholding the rights of over a thousand villagers, their lands and homes to serve life, not bombing and death-dealing.  Please do your small part.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) URGENT ACTION: Prevent new settlement outpost, increased settler violence in Hebron

CPT calls supporters around the world to ask their government officials to persuade Israeli authorities to prevent a new settlement in Hebron and avoid the associated violence and disruption to Palestinians that it would bring.


A government security officer who reported corrupt practices is detained and charged with endangering national security. CPT Iraqi Kurdistan requests messages to Kurdish Regional Government officials asking them to to honor citizens' attempts to end corruption, not punish them.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE ACTION ALERT: Urge government, loggers to honor agreement

With tension escalating in the two-week standoff between the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake, Quebec, and Resolute Forest Products, The community is seeking outside support to pressure the government and forestry companies to honour an agreement with the traditional landholders.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE: River Run aims to heal poisoned communities

Fifty years after mercury dumping began to turn their lives upside-down, Grassy Narrows First Nation is seeking justice and healing for the people and land affected.

River Run, a week of public events and actions in support of Grassy Narrows, took place in Toronto 4-8 June. Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Aboriginal Justice Team helped to organize the event.