Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action update June 8-14

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

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

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CHARITY CORNER

This week we call your attention to the Rainforest Trust, an NGO devoted to protecting the rainforests of the world and the wildlife in them. Their statement:

What We Do

“Rainforest Trust helps protect threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife by partnering with local and community organizations in and around vulnerable areas.

Through these highly effective partnerships, we can ensure sustainable results necessary for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and the wildlife they hold. As an example of a project:

Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve

Rainforest Trust’s first conservation project in 1988 was designed to help protect the Sierra de las Minas—one of the largest cloud forests in Central America—with the purchase of a forested 11,000-acre property at $4 an acre. This strategic acquisition was the catalyst for the creation of the 600,000-acre Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve. Providing critical habitat for many rare species, the cloud forest is a refuge for endemic bird, plant and amphibian species, several of which aren’t found anywhere else. The reserve also protects an important watershed that supplies drinking water for nearby communities.”

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Santa Marta Parakeet, El Dorado Reserve, Colombia Photo by Alonso Quevedo

They are rated highly by Charity Navigator and deserve your support.

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.

This week we return to the issue of uncontacted tribes. They should be left alone to pursue their traditional life style.

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Uncontacted tribes thrive when their lands are protected.  © G. Miranda/FUNAI/Survival

 

Uncontacted tribes

Uncontacted tribes are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. They face catastrophe unless their land is protected. We’re doing everything we can to secure their land for them, and to give them the chance to determine their own futures.

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. We invite you to join Freedom United and to participate in the abolitionist movement against modern slavery.

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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You can download this book

Look for these logos:

Find a campaign to work for. Light must be made to shine in the darkest of places. We invite you to join Freedom United and to participate in the abolitionist movement against modern slavery. Here is a success story.

Field report: Addressing Conflict Mineral Abuses (EU)

Goal:

To ensure that the European Parliament show stronger leadership in the fight to end the unacceptable abuses fueled by conflict minerals by calling for European companies to be required to check their supply chains to help end the trade in conflict minerals, rather than the adoption of a voluntary scheme.

Summary:

In 2015, in partnership with Amnesty International and Global Witness, we had an important opportunity to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals that are often obtained in extreme conditions of exploitation, violence and modern slavery. The European Commission had put forward a proposal to encourage companies to check their supply chains to ensure that the minerals they buy from conflict-affected and high-risk areas are attained responsibly without funding violence or suffering. However, their existing proposal didn’t go far enough and would likely have little impact. Therefore, it was necessary to petition the European Parliament to add the needed language and show leadership in the fight to end these unacceptable abuses.

Outcome:

On 20 May 2015, the European Parliament voted in favor of a historic new law to tackle the trade in conflict minerals. Thanks to nearly 300,000 advocates’ actions, Members of European Parliament (MEP) called for legislation that would require European companies that source these metals to do so responsibly. This will really start to improve the lives of people suffering as a result of this devastating trade issue.

URGENT ACTION CASES

MADAGASCAR

VICTORY Urgent Action Update: Three Charges Against Journalist Dropped

Fernand Cello, a Malagasy investigative journalist, has had three charges which were related to his journalism work dropped. These charges were related to his journalism work. He is also now receiving the medical care he needs.

TURKEY

Drop the charges against Chair of Amnesty International Turkey and release him immediately

Taner Kiliç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, has been detained in Turkey and wrongly accused of membership of the “Fethullah Gülen Terror Organization”, which the authorities blame for last year’s attempted coup.

TAKE ACTION

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MYANMAR

Urgent Action: Detained Media Workers Charged With Defamation

Two media workers have been detained and charged with “online defamation’’ in connection with a satirical article mocking the Myanmar Army. They each face up to three years’ imprisonment if found guilty and convicted. They are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

TAKE ACTION

GUATEMALA

Urgent Action: Indigenous Defenders Attacked And At Risk

Aura Lolita Chávez, a renowned Guatemalan human rights defender and Indigenous leader, and members of her organization the K’iche People’s Council (CPK) were threatened and attacked by unidentified armed men. The defenders are currently in hiding and fear for their lives. Guatemalan authorities must take action to protect them.

 

TAKE ACTION

CHINA

Urgent Action: Activists Detained For Shoe Factory Research

Three labor activists who were conducting undercover research investigations into the labor conditions at Huajian shoe factories, which supply to Ivanka Trump’s brand among others, were taken away by the authorities in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province in late May. State media announced that they have been criminally detained and are under investigation.
TAKE ACTION

INDONESIA
3,000 striking miners fired

Over 3,000 Indonesian workers have been fired for striking, and the Indonesian government must ensure the workers are reinstated. US company Freeport-McMoRan has fired 3,000 workers over the last month at the massive Grasberg copper and gold mine in West Papua. Join the protest.

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