Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Blog May 10-17

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012



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”.



This week we are calling on our readers to support the Rain Forest Trust. They have a perfect rating with Charity Navigator. Their mission:

Established in 1988, Rainforest Trust partners with local, in-country conservation organizations around the world to strategically purchase and protect lands vital for wildlife conservation. We specifically target rain forests and tropical habitats that are critical for preventing species extinctions and that are exceptionally rich in biological diversity. Celebrating over 27 years of lasting conservation action, we are proud to have saved more than 15.7 million acres of rain forests and tropical habitat across 20+ countries in 100+ protected areas and wildlife reserves.

The loss of rain forests affects us all. Please donate.

Government officials have given permission to begin the process of establishing a protected area on Mount Manengouba, an ancient volcano shrouded in rain forest within the southwestern Cameroon highlands that contains a relic population of amphibians and reptiles found nowhere else in the world.

  • Critically Endangered Manengouba Long-fingered Frog. Photo by CAMHERP-CBF.


Tribal people 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 is 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. This week we call your attention to the campaign page where several options of action are placed before you, such as land theft.



Without their ancestral land, the Guarani cannot survive.
© Survival


This section is designed to include the blog  and its readers in  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 antislavery site.   There you can download a slave-free buying guide and also sign up for action updates.The importance of checking your sellers’ supply chains cannot be overemphasized. Look for these labels:







Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. Modern slavery blights our society and harms people all over the world.Slavery continues today in every country in the world. Women forced into prostitution. People forced to work in agriculture, domestic work and factories. Children in sweatshops producing goods sold globally. Entire families forced to work for nothing to pay off generational debts. Girls married off to older men.


Modern slavery takes many forms. This girl works in an Indian brick-kiln, where whole families are kept in slavery through debts they can never pay off. Photo: Bharat Patel.



Urgent Action Victory! Opposition Activists Released Without Charge

Three political opposition activists, Mohamed Hassan El Bushi, Amin Saad and Motaz Al Ajail, were released without charge on 25 and 30 April. The three had been detained without charge since January and February 2017 because of their political activities and support of protests in November 2016 against economic austerity measures.



Urgent Action Victory! Supreme Court Of Tucuman Acquits Belén

On 27 March, the Supreme Court of Tucuman Province,northern Argentina, unanimously decided to acquit Belén, the 27-year-old young woman who had been sentenced to eight years of prison after suffering a miscarriage in a public hospital.


Protect press freedom in the US: Drop charges against Jenni Monet


Jenni Monet, an independent journalist, was arrested February 1, 2017 while covering a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Please call for the charges to be dropped. Journalism is not a crime!


Urgent Action: Blasphemy Conviction Demonstrates Intolerance

Christian Jakarta Governor, ‘Ahok’, was sentenced to two years imprisonment on 9 May 2017. Convicted of blasphemy against Islam, Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, who must be immediately and unconditionally released. Please call upon the government to release him at once.


Urgent Action: Lawyer and Activists Detained For Facebook Posts

Detained lawyer Prawet Prapanukul, Danai, Wanchai and three others were arrested by a joint military security force on 29 April and held in an unknown location for five days before Bangkok’s Criminal Court on 3 May remanded the six men to custody. They have been targeted in an ongoing crackdown on individuals sharing or expressing views critical of ruling authorities online. If convicted, they could face between 15 and 50 years’ imprisonment for sharing and commenting on Facebook. Please call for their immediate and unconditional release.



Fast-food giants in Germany refuse to pay workers a living wage. Since last October, German fast-food workers have been in a conflict with employers over fair pay and a living wage. Please click and support them.

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