Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update May 11-24

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

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

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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”.

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CHARITY CORNER

The support by the government in Israel to shelters for battered women is woefully inadequate and the slack has to be made up by donors like you.  We recommend the NGO No to Violence. The shelters themselves, mostly staffed by volunteers, must struggle to raise funds. Ruth Resnick, No to Violence’s founder, wrote a letter to the social affairs minister and MKs demanding a change in approach:

“Would it be conceivable for firefighters, policemen or prison guards to be asked to fund the station that they operate for the public’s welfare?” she wrote. “Would it be conceivable that teachers, principals and school guidance counselors be forced to build the schools in which they teach and work? Why are voluntary groups helping vulnerable women and their children being asked to do this?”

No to Violence, which was founded in 1977, was recently forced to close the hotline they had operated since 1988. Please donate. This link connects to the Israel Gives charity watchdog. which gives No to Violence a high rating for governance and transparency.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

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. Tribal peoples are the best conservationists and guardians of the natural world. But they are being illegally evicted from their ancestral homelands in the name of conservation. They face arrest and beatings, torture and death, while big game trophy hunters are encouraged.stop-button-4-tint_original

 Please join the call to stop these brutal evictions.

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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Find a campaign to work for. Light must be made to shine in the darkest of places. This week we shine the flashlight on human trafficking.

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Children and adults are trafficked into the UK and forced to commit crimes such as pickpocketing, ATM theft, metal theft and cannabis cultivation, as well as made to beg.

URGENT ACTION CASES

CHINA

Urgent Action: Taiwan NGO Worker Held Incommunicado In China

Lee Ming-cheh is the first foreign NGO worker to be detained after the new Foreign NGO Management Law went into effect and is under investigation for “endangering national security”. No direct contact has been made with him since he first went missing on 19 March 2017 after crossing the border into China. His whereabouts remain unknown. Please take steps to help him.

VENEZUELA

Urgent Action Update: Leopoldo López Denied Access To His Lawyers

Venezuelan prisoner of conscience, Leopoldo López, continues to be denied access to his lawyers since 8 April. Despite authorities allowing family visits since 7 May, they continue violating his right to a defense. Please act on his behalf and call for his immediate and unconditional release.

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LAOS

Urgent Action Update: Three Activists Sentenced to Prison In Secret Trial

According to sources, three Lao human rights activists, Soukan Chaithad, Somphone Phimmasone and Lodkham Thammavong, were sentenced to between 12 and 20 years’ in prison following a secret trial held in April 2017. Arrested in March 2016, and held incommunicado for over two months, they are prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released. Please demand their release.

IRAN

Esmail Abdi, a leader of the Tehran Teacher Trade Association sentenced to six years in jail on bogus charges, has initiated a hunger strike on 30 April to protest the continued, unlawful repression of teachers and human rights defenders and the lack of  independence of justice in Iran. Please click and join the protest on his behalf.

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