Fifth Call to Action

Dear friends,

We have gained lots of momentum thus far. You all have been TREMENDOUS in your support, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The road to seeing my babies is taking its toll emotionally, but I am assured we will be reunited soon!

In the process of advocating for the children’s return it has been pointed out to me that there is one strong body of international law that both Tunisia and the U.S. have ratified.  That is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

As of yet, to my knowledge, this Convention has not been used as a tool to advocate for the return of Eslam and Zainab.  While the House and Senate both push for a bill to contribute 4billon U.S. dollars to aid the transition and development of Tunisia, I believe it unconscionable to support this effort while Tunisia is in violation of mutual international conventions. (Copies of the bills can be found at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.1388,  or http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.2237: )

At this time, I’m asking everyone’s help to utilize the most beautiful power granted to citizens in a democratic country: your voice! Please take a few moments to do the following:

1. Write your Senators!

– Find your Senators via: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

–  Find the contact page for each

– Copy and paste the message below – edit the text as you desire, or write your own message

Add his/her name at the top, and your name at the bottom (where indicated)

– Let your voice be heard!

Dear [Insert Senator or Congressman’s Name],

I am writing to ask that you vote NO on any legislation, including H.R. 2237 and S. 1388, pertaining to economic assistance to the Republic of Tunisia.  I am deeply concerned that the United States Congress is willing to support aid to a country that presently holds two U.S. children in violation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

On November 11, 2011, Faical Chebbi, a Tunisian and U.S. dual citizen, abducted Eslam Chebbi (5) and Zainab Chebbi (2), to Tunisia.  At the time that he obtained passports for the children, he had granted sole physical and legal custody to his now ex-wife, Édeanna M. Chebbi.  Not only did Faical have no legal guardianship when he applied for and received Tunisian birth certificates and passports for the children, but there were also court orders in effect stating that neither parent shall remove either child from the U.S.

Their father is a naturalized U.S. citizen, their mother is a U.S. citizen (for generations).  Both children, born in the State of Maryland, have only ever lived in and been citizens of the U.S. until Faical illegally registered them as Tunisian citizens in 2011, without their mother’s consent.

Two American children were literally abducted from this country by virtue of foreign laws, applied via an embassy in the U.S.  A man’s DNA literally determined his ability to abduct two American children from this country illegally.  There is incredible injustice to every American in that!

As a member of your constituency, I am asking that you withhold a vote of support for any assistance to the Republic of Tunisia until it complies with any or all of the international covenants to which it has pledged.

Furthermore, I am asking that you write to both the Tunisian Ambassador, Mohammed Tekaya, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and demand that both countries enforce our mutually ratified conventions for the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to their mother, family, friends, and home in the United States.

Further information regarding the Chebbi case may be obtained via the Department of State, case number OCS 2011 319 2852.  A privacy act waiver is on file with the caseworker for any member of U.S. Congress.

I thank you for acting speedily and conscientiously in sending correspondence to Secretary Clinton, Ambassador Tekaya, and any other relevant authorities to seek the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to the United States.

Sincerely,

[Insert your name]

2. Write your Representatives!

– Find your Representatives via: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

–  Find the contact page for each

– Copy and paste the message above – edit the text as you desire, or write your own message

Add his/her name at the top, and your name at the bottom (where indicated)

– Let your voice be heard!

3. Send a message to Secretary Clinton (http://contact-us.state.gov/app/ask).  Ask that she utilize every means, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to advocate for the return of Eslam and Zainab!

A copy of my own message to Secretary Clinton may be found at:

https://returnushome.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/personal-letter-to-secretary-clinton/

As always, thank you for everything that you all do! Every voice makes a difference!

Best,

Édeanna

Advertisements
Leave a comment

1 Comment

  1. bonnie wood

     /  January 12, 2012

    we need to get these children back to their mother

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: