Malala Yousafzai human rights fighter

The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update June 28-July 5


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”.


The bad people trying to make the world worse never take a day off, so why should I?


Survival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country. You can also find embassies at


This week we promote the Champions for Global Reproductive Rights aka PAI.They promote family planning around the world, especially in countries where it is most important.


A woman in a rural area of Kenya examines an intrauterine device during a visit from a outreach team sent by a family planning organization.
Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images

Now they have to struggle with the gag orders of the Trump administration and need all the help they can get. They have a high rating with Charity Navigator. The charity is most worthy of your support. Please donate.


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 topic of land theft.

Industrialized societies subject tribal peoples to genocidal violence, slavery and racism so they can steal their lands, resources and labor in the name of “progress” and “civilization.” Please take these actions.

Sign a petition to help tribes across Brazil maintain their hard-won land rights!

Guarani leaders are being killed. Help us stop this.

Please watch this video and donate to help.



The purpose of this section to the blog iso 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.

You can download this book

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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. Raise your voice against slavery in the chicken industry of Thailand.



Urgent Action: Three Media Workers Detained And Charged

Three journalists have been detained and are facing up to three years in prison simply for peacefully carrying out their work in conflict-affected northern Shan State in Myanmar. They are prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.




Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender And Journalist Charged

Human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais and journalist Mariano Brás Lourenço have formally been charged with ‘defamation of a public authority’ and ‘outrage to a sovereign body’ in relation to an article they published on questionable acquisition of public land by the Angolan General Public Prosecutor. Both charges carry a penalty of one year in prison and three years in prison respectively.




Urgent Action: Hundreds At Imminent Risk Of Forced Eviction

Hundreds of residents in neighborhood of the Sur district in Diyarbakır province, south eastern Turkey, are at imminent risk of forced eviction. For over a month now, their water and electricity supplies have been cut off, in an apparent attempt to force them out. They have not been adequately consulted or compensated.


Keep the workplace safe for housekeeping workers.

The work exposes housekeepers to multiple hazards – repetitive strain and heavy lifting injuries, chemicals in cleaning products, sexual harassment and physical and verbal abuse. Please join the campaign on behalf of these exploited and abused workers and make their struggle go viral by posting on all your social networks.


Moroccan fish canner DOHA drops charges against union leader – now the company must reinstate 540 dismissed workers!

The company, with the help of compliant legal and political authorities, has sought to dissolve the union, dismiss its members, criminalize and punish the strikers and confiscate the union leader’s home. Please join the demand for justice and decency.


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