Avec des millions de membres issus de chaque pays du monde, Avaaz est le plus grand mouvement sur Internet de l'histoire.
The petitioning group Avaaz is polling its 17 million members to redefine its priorities as part of a huge exercise in global democracy. But does its brand of online activism actually work? Avaaz's 2012 campaigns included a petition with nearly 1m signatures calling for universal education in Pakistan after the shooting of 15-year-old schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai. It was delivered by a UN envoy directly to the Pakistani president – who signed it himself. Avaaz also amassed 1.8m signatures for Palestinian statehood, and was part of the internet-wide efforts against new censorship laws in January. But now, in a bid to decide what to do next, the five-year-old activism organisation is holding what one staffer describes as a "global party conference" to let its members try to set the agenda for the year ahead.
While most university students are preparing for their final examinations, many Syrian students in the UK are preoccupied with the dangers facing their families in Syria - and what could face them if they lose the right to study in the UK The campaign group Avaaz has set up a petition urging the UK government to guarantee Syrian students can complete their courses in the UK.
Two of the world's biggest hotel chains are facing public pressure to sever their affiliation with the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut (USA). Avaaz is targeting Wyndham Hotels Worldwide and Best Western, which are both listed on the gun rights group's website under the heading "friends of the NRA".
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