Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Human Rights Action Update August 10-17

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Erasmus (1466-1536)

Holbein-erasmus.jpg
Desiderius Erasmus in 1523 as depicted by Hans Holbein the Younger. The Greek and Latin words on the book translate to "The Herculean Labors of Erasmus of Rotterdam".

 

EMBASSY FINDER 

Survival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country. http://embassy.goabroad.com/ You can also find embassies at https://embassy-finder.com/

CHARITY CORNER 

This week your attention is drawn to The Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, aka DNDi. Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for neglected diseases. Since  founding of DNDiin 2003, seven key stakeholders have helped to propel the initiative. Each of the original Board Members represents one of the  Founding Partners, all of which are centers of excellence in neglected disease research and/or patient care. Drawn primarily from the public sector in neglected disease-endemic countries, they have continued to serve as the backbone of DNDi by providing their expert advice, the benefit of their experience, and key project participation.
Zainab-Ibrahim-Suliman-mycetoma-patient
Mycetoma, treated only in Khartoum

DNDi’s Founding Partners are:
Indian Council of Medical Research (India)
Institute Pasteur (France)
Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kenya)
Médecins Sans Frontières
Ministry of Health (Malaysia)
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/Fiocruz (Brazil)
WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is a Permanent Observer

We urge you to support this most essential and worthy organization.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Indigenous tribes do not simply die out. They are killed by the actions of so-called civilized nations. Survival International provides a long list of cases in which a letter from you can and will make a difference. Please open this link and write at least one letter. This link will be a permanent feature on our blog and we would be grateful if you gave it a bit of attention each week. We suggest going down the list in the order given. The letters are pre-written for you. All you need to do is send them. It would be nice also if a donation to Survival International could be forthcoming. We send you to the campaign page and urge you to choose a cause to support.  View this video.


THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY

We have added this section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labor which is all about modern slavery. We call your attention to the anti slavery campaign. There you can sign up for action updates.The importance of checking your sellers' supply chains cannot be overemphasized.
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Good News! - Mexico

Ildefonso Zamora Released 

Mexican prisoner of conscience Ildefonso Zamora was released on 12 August after almost nine months in jail. The local judge presiding over the case complied with a federal judge decision to release Ildefonso Zamora due to lack of evidence that he had been involved in a robbery. No further action is requested of the UA Network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

Good News!

Russian Federation: Konstantin Zadoya Released


Konstantin Zadoya was released on 3 August from a psychiatric hospital in Novosibirsk, western Siberia. He had been detained there since 7 July and forcibly treated on the basis of a court decision that violated his right to a fair trial. His release happened after the hospital received dozens of letters from activists.
No further action is requested of the UA Network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

USA: Stop the Execution of Jeffery Wood 

Jeffery Wood is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 24 August. He was sentenced to death in 1998 for a murder committed during a robbery of a convenience store in 1996. He was sitting in a truck outside the store when the murder took place.  Please write immediately in English or your own language, including Inmate No. #999256 in your appeals


Syria: Help 10-Year-Old Syrian Girl Ghina Ahmad Wadi Immediately 

Ghina Ahmad Wadi, a 10-year-old girl, was shot in the leg on 2 August by a sniper at a government checkpoint in Madaya, a town west of Damascus besieged by Syrian government forces since July 2015. Syrian government forces have blocked her evacuation to a hospital in Damascus or Lebanon to receive urgently needed surgery
Please plead for her.


Thailand

Immediately Release Jatupat Boonphatthararaksa and Wasin Prommanee 


Two activists were arrested on 6 August for distributing materials critical of a draft constitution. Both face up to 10 years’ imprisonment under a repressive law governing the referendum. One remains in police custody and began a hunger strike on 7 August. Please act on their behalf.

Israel

Amdocs must recognize union


During April 2015, workers at Amdocs Israel, a hi-tech company, started to organize in the Histadrut-General Federation of Labour in Israel in order to form an employees' committee and to negotiate for a collective agreement. Despite court ruling in favor of the workers, for the past 6 months the Amdocs management has refused to acknowledge the Histadrut as the employees' representative and refuses to bargain with it.   Please click and support the workers.


 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Erasmus (1466-1536)

Holbein-erasmus.jpg
Desiderius Erasmus in 1523 as depicted by Hans Holbein the Younger. The Greek and Latin words on the book translate to "The Herculean Labors of Erasmus of Rotterdam".

 

EMBASSY FINDER 

Survival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country. http://embassy.goabroad.com/ You can also find embassies at https://embassy-finder.com/

CHARITY CORNER 

This week your attention is drawn to The Global Fund for Women. From their statement:
"We want every woman and girl to realize the rights that are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We also stand for other rights that are vital for women’s equality. We stand for a woman’s right to decide if and when she has children, and to have high-quality health care that means she won’t die in pregnancy or during childbirth. We know female genital mutilation is a violation of girls’ rights, and must be eliminated. And we stand for the right of every woman to live equally and free from discrimination, no matter her sexuality or identity."
Nilce speaks to the women and girls of CRIOLA
Nilce an advocate and mentor for Afro-Brazilian women

The fund is rated highly by Charity Navigator. Please donate.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Indigenous tribes do not simply die out. They are killed by the actions of so-called civilized nations. Survival International provides a long list of cases in which a letter from you can and will make a difference. Please open this link and write at least one letter. This link will be a permanent feature on our blog and we would be grateful if you gave it a bit of attention each week. We suggest going down the list in the order given. The letters are pre-written for you. All you need to do is send them. It would be nice also if a donation to Survival International could be forthcoming. We send you to the campaign page and urge you to choose a cause to support.  View this video.


THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY

We have added this section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labor which is all about modern slavery. We call your attention to the anti slavery campaign. There you can sign up for action updates.The importance of checking your sellers' supply chains cannot be overemphasized.
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Blast it out and make it go viral. Find a campaign to work for. Light must be made to shine in the darkest of places.

 

Good News! - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Vano Kiboko Released  

Vano Kiboko, a former Member of Parliament who had been in detention since December 2014, was released from prison on 5 May after completing his sentence.
 
No further action is requested of the UA Network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals 

Philippines

Condemn Extrajudicial Executions

Hundreds of criminal suspects allegedly linked to the drug trade have been killed since June 30, the day President Duterte took office in the Philippines. Some of these cases may amount to extrajudicial executions.  Please call for a stop to this pernicious practice.

Republic of Congo

Release Paulin Makaya

Congolese political opposition member Paulin Makaya was sentenced on 25 July to two years imprisonment and a fine of 3,800 Euros for taking part in an unauthorized protest. Paulin Makaya is a prisoner of conscience who should never have been arrested in the first place. Please call for his release.

Egypt

Release Islam Khalil

Islam Khalil, who was subjected to enforced disappearance for 122 days, has been tortured in detention and placed in solitary confinement after he spoke out against putting more detainees in his already overcrowded cell. He went on hunger strike in protest and his health has deteriorated since. He has been denied access to a doctor. Please call for his immediate release.

Ecuador: Government threatens to shut down teachers' union

The teachers' union UNE of Ecuador (Unión Nacional de Educadores) is facing the threat of being shut down as the Ministry of Education has initiated proceedings for the union's legal dissolution. 
If it comes up with my name, just replace the data with yours.
 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Human Rights Action Update July 26-August 3

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012



HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Erasmus (1466-1536)

Holbein-erasmus.jpg
Desiderius Erasmus in 1523 as depicted by Hans Holbein the Younger. The Greek and Latin words on the book translate to "The Herculean Labors of Erasmus of Rotterdam".

 

EMBASSY FINDER 

Survival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country. http://embassy.goabroad.com/ You can also find embassies at https://embassy-finder.com/

CHARITY CORNER 

This week your attention is drawn to Handicapped International (thank you Yosefa for calling this organization to our attention). This organization works to provide prosthetic limbs for victims of land mines and also  played a major role in producing the International Convention against Land  Mines. We quote: "We create simplified physical rehabilitation programmes to teach people to walk again. We train local technicians to support new amputees and provide follow-up care for people who have been fitted with prosthetic limbs. We also cooperate closely with medical teams in the camps to improve the surgical outcome of amputations."

Kanha playing with her friends, Cambodia
Kahna  playing with her friends-Cambodia

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Indigenous tribes do not simply die out. They are killed by the actions of so-called civilized nations. Survival International provides a long list of cases in which a letter from you can and will make a difference. Please open this link and write at least one letter. This link will be a permanent feature on our blog and we would be grateful if you gave it a bit of attention each week. We suggest going down the list in the order given. The letters are pre-written for you. All you need to do is send them. It would be nice also if a donation to Survival International could be forthcoming. We send you to the campaign page and urge you to choose a cause to support.  View this video.


THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY

We have added this section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labor which is all about modern slavery. We call your attention to the anti slavery campaign. There you can sign up for action updates.The importance of checking your sellers' supply chains cannot be overemphasized.
Look for these logos:

 













Blast it out and make it go viral. Find a campaign to work for. Light must be made to shine in the darkest of places.
Think of your own child or grandchild!

Ukraine

Find Dmytro Koroliov


Dmytro Koroliov was arrested, convicted and given a suspended five-year sentence in 2015 for joining the separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. His mother claims he was abducted by the Security Service of Ukraine on his “release” from detention on 3 August 2015 and that he has been held in secret detention since. She fears for his safety. Please act.

Viet Nam

End Suppression of Demonstrations by Ede Villagers 

A spontaneous demonstration by ethnic and religious minority Ede in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam on 14 July was violently suppressed, resulting in injuries to around 20 demonstrators. The arrests and incommunicado detention of at least seven demonstrators raises serious concerns about torture and ill-treatment. Please protest for them.

Zimbabwe

Ensure Safety of Evan Mawarire 


There is fear for the safety of Evan Mawarire, a pastor and leader of the #ThisFlag social media movement in Zimbabwe, who called for a national stay-away. He is being sought by the police after the Magistrates’ Court dropped the charge against him and he was freed. Recently, human rights defenders and activists in Zimbabwe have been receiving threats and subjected to arbitrary arrests, ill–treatment and attempted abductions. Please write for him and for the other human rights defenders.

Turkey

Rights hard-won cannot be taken away


Following the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016, a crackdown of exceptional proportions continues in Turkey.  Please join the protests.

Human Rights Action Update July 26-August 3

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012



HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Erasmus (1466-1536)

Holbein-erasmus.jpg
Desiderius Erasmus in 1523 as depicted by Hans Holbein the Younger. The Greek and Latin words on the book translate to "The Herculean Labors of Erasmus of Rotterdam".

 

EMBASSY FINDER 

Survival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country. http://embassy.goabroad.com/ You can also find embassies at https://embassy-finder.com/

CHARITY CORNER 

This week your attention is drawn to Handicapped International (thank you Yosefa for calling this organization to our attention). This organization works to provide prosthetic limbs for victims of land mines and also  played a major role in producing the International Convention against Land  Mines. We quote: "We create simplified physical rehabilitation programmes to teach people to walk again. We train local technicians to support new amputees and provide follow-up care for people who have been fitted with prosthetic limbs. We also cooperate closely with medical teams in the camps to improve the surgical outcome of amputations."

Kanha playing with her friends, Cambodia
Kahna  playing with her friends-Cambodia

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Indigenous tribes do not simply die out. They are killed by the actions of so-called civilized nations. Survival International provides a long list of cases in which a letter from you can and will make a difference. Please open this link and write at least one letter. This link will be a permanent feature on our blog and we would be grateful if you gave it a bit of attention each week. We suggest going down the list in the order given. The letters are pre-written for you. All you need to do is send them. It would be nice also if a donation to Survival International could be forthcoming. We send you to the campaign page and urge you to choose a cause to support.  View this video.


THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY

We have added this section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labor which is all about modern slavery. We call your attention to the anti slavery campaign. There you can sign up for action updates.The importance of checking your sellers' supply chains cannot be overemphasized.
Look for these logos:

 













Blast it out and make it go viral. Find a campaign to work for. Light must be made to shine in the darkest of places.
Think of your own child or grandchild

Ukraine

Find Dmytro Koroliov


Dmytro Koroliov was arrested, convicted and given a suspended five-year sentence in 2015 for joining the separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. His mother claims he was abducted by the Security Service of Ukraine on his “release” from detention on 3 August 2015 and that he has been held in secret detention since. She fears for his safety. Please act.

Viet Nam

End Suppression of Demonstrations by Ede Villagers 

A spontaneous demonstration by ethnic and religious minority Ede in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam on 14 July was violently suppressed, resulting in injuries to around 20 demonstrators. The arrests and incommunicado detention of at least seven demonstrators raises serious concerns about torture and ill-treatment. Please protest for them.

Zimbabwe

Ensure Safety of Evan Mawarire 


There is fear for the safety of Evan Mawarire, a pastor and leader of the #ThisFlag social media movement in Zimbabwe, who called for a national stay-away. He is being sought by the police after the Magistrates’ Court dropped the charge against him and he was freed. Recently, human rights defenders and activists in Zimbabwe have been receiving threats and subjected to arbitrary arrests, ill–treatment and attempted abductions. Please write for him and for the other human rights defenders.

Turkey

DEMONSTRATION ON BEHALF OF MIGRANTS

Rights hard-won cannot be taken away


Following the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016, a crackdown of exceptional proportions continues in Turkey.  Please join the protests.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Human rights action update July 20-27

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012




HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Erasmus (1466-1536)

Holbein-erasmus.jpg
Desiderius Erasmus in 1523 as depicted by Hans Holbein the Younger. The Greek and Latin words on the book translate to "The Herculean Labors of Erasmus of Rotterdam".

 

EMBASSY FINDER 

Survival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country. http://embassy.goabroad.com/ You can also find embassies at https://embassy-finder.com/

CHARITY CORNER

 This week we call you attention to Books for Africa.


Their mission statement: A simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa.
It has a high rating with Charity Navigator and is worthy of your support.

A more detailed description is given in their name by Charity Navigator:

Founded in 1988, Books for Africa (BFA) collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa. Our goal is to end the book famine in Africa. Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. We send good books, enough books for a whole class to use. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 35 million books to 48 African countries. They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book. Each book will be read over and over again. When the books arrive, they go to those who need them most: children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Indigenous tribes do not simply die out. They are killed by the actions of so-called civilized nations. Survival International provides a long list of cases in which a letter from you can and will make a difference. Please open this link and write at least one letter. This link will be a permanent feature on our blog and we would be grateful if you gave it a bit of attention each week. We suggest going down the list in the order given. The letters are pre-written for you. All you need to do is send them. It would be nice also if a donation to Survival International could be forthcoming. We send you to the campaign page and urge you to choose a cause to support.  View this video.


THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY

We have added this section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labor which is all about modern slavery. We call your attention to the anti slavery campaign. There you can sign up for action updates.The importance of checking your sellers' supply chains cannot be overemphasized.
Look for these logos:

 













Blast it out and make it go viral. Find a campaign to work for. Light must be made to shine in the darkest of places.
Think of your own child or grandchild

Good News! - Angola: 

Charges Against Arão Bula Tempo Dropped

The Cabinda Provincial Tribunal dismissed the criminal charges against human rights lawyer Arão Bula Tempo on 12 July.
No further action is requested of the UA Network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.


China: 

Release Activists Detained for Exercising Rights to Freedom of Expression

Four activists have been formally arrested for "inciting subversion of state power" for commemorating the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown by promoting a Chinese alcohol with a June 4 label including a picture of the "Tank Man". Please call for their release.









Russian Federation: 

Review Detention of Konstantin Zadoya

A young man with no history of mental health concerns has been detained in a psychiatric hospital and forcibly treated following an argument with his father. The relevant court order was issued following a hearing that violated his right to a fair trial. Please protest for him.

Dominican Republic: 

Ensure Access to Abortion

The Dominican Republic Congress voted on a new reform of the Criminal Code on 19 July. This new code regresses the rights of women and girls as it now only allows abortion where the pregnancy poses a risk to the life of a pregnant woman or girl. The text will now be discussed in the Senate before being sent to the President. Please call for protection of abortion rights.

INDIA 

Union-busting escalates at SABMiller India following attack on rights in Australia. Please click to support the struggling workers.