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Avaaz Activists Receive Death Threats

Avaaz.Org is a massive online global activist network with over 35 million members worldwide. It targets issues surrounding human rights, the environment, political corruption, and more.

When Avaaz puts their focus on an important problem, no matter the location, people from around the world may add their voice in support of a positive solution. In short, Avaaz tries to “ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform the decisions that affect us all.”

Avaaz Applies Pressure

With the backing of petitions signed by multitudes of concerned world citizens, Avaaz applies pressure on the appropriate leaders or decision-makers who can right a wrong. Tactics may include media campaigns, government lobbying, or the organization of location-based protests and events.

Avaaz Succeeds

Avaaz has contributed to many activist success stories with its unique command of the Internet. Carole Cadwalladr observes in The Guardian:

What Avaaz is doing is trying to unlock the secrets of the internet – of what makes one video of a cute kitten falling over go viral, but not another – and to bring those skills to bear not on Justin Bieber’s career or Lady Gaga’s album sales, but potential genocide, forced rape, species extinction.

Success Breeds Threat

No good deed goes unpunished. As if in testimony to their success, Avaaz staff members are being threatened.

The pressure on a few of my staff at Avaaz is reaching a breaking point: they’ve received death threats, had their computers and emails hacked, been threatened on television and radio, and one even had his car tampered with! Our campaigner Wissam was detained at the Cairo airport while delivering our call to stop Egypt’s largest mass execution in recent history, taken into a windowless room and interrogated for hours — drilled with chillingly well-informed questions about his personal life, travel, and work with Avaaz!

Ricken Patel, Avaaz Executive Director

Ricken Patel, Avaaz Executive Director, says it’s time to boost security measures. That would include better encryption, standby legal counsel, and a safe location for staff members when under threat.

Avaaz in entirely funded by network members. If you feel the call, you may pledge a few dollars to help keep Avaaz staff members safe.

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • I support Avaaz and have done so for many years.. The work the team do is amazing and they have brought awareness to the public of injustices and environmental issues..

    ” They”…. who try to control our world are seeing the impact ‘the people’ have and how the internet is bringing many together to stand ever stronger together to face the injustices and corporate powers that try to squash others with their might..

    But I think the world is now starting to ‘Wake up’ to themselves and see for once that by uniting we can and do make a difference..

    Blessings.. and you have a wonderful informative Blog..
    Keep bringing awareness and Fairness to the World..

    Sue :-)

    • Discovering AVAAZ about 2 years ago, I was blown away by the concept – but wondered if it could be as good as it looked. Since then, I’ve become confident of their work and leadership. I see they are extremely effective, smart, visionary. I’m grateful for and inspired by the existence of AVAAZ.

      If only more people knew about AVAAZ. If only the mainstream media covered their campaigns and victories. Why don’t we have a big mainstream network that covers activism news, People Power? Now that’d be interesting and newsworthy? Of course, such a network would have to be sponsored by donations from the people.

      Thank you for kind comments about blog. :-)

      • The reason we don’t have mainstream news that promotes these issues, is because the mainstream new is more or less controlled.. and will promote only the odd feel good factor story.. Its main aim is to report the doom and gloom.. When people feel threatened and in fear and depressed, they are easily managed and dumbed down.
        If we were all to feel Good and know the power of our own creativity that each of us has, then the systems we have in place would soon crumble.. I am sure as you uncover more and more.. You will see what I mean.. :-)

      • When you have some time to spare I don’t know if you have seen this Movie.. I can honestly say its sources are verified And it brings to light many issues, Including genetics, Energy, Economic systems and how we are ruled… It brings together many things I had to piece together over the years as I woke up to what the Reality of this world is… The more you look and deeper you dig, you will be astounded…
        Blessings your way.. Sue

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