The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Update July 20-26


Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

Our featured image calls for press freedom in Mexico.





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


This week put the spotlight on the Cure Alzheimer Fund. The fund has the highest rating from Charity Navigator. Their mission: To fund research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing, or reversing Alzheimer’s disease.  You are invited to download and read their Research Annual.


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. Tribal  people suffer from a variety of forms of discrimination and abuse, such as forced contact with outsiders.


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

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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. Call for the close of the Libyan slave markets.



Arbitrary Detainees On Hunger Strike

The physical integrity and lives of 14 police officers arbitrarily detained for politically motivated reasons are at risk in Venezuela, since they began a hunger strike 23 days ago to demand that authorities execute their pending release warrant.



Maldives To Resume Executions After Over 60 Years

Sources close to the government of Maldives have confirmed that executions in the country will resume on 21 July 2017. The Maldives Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death sentences of three men, who are all now at imminent risk of execution. If carried out, it would be the first executions in the country in over 60 years.



Press freedom in dire danger in Mexico.

Press freedom and journalists’ safety in Mexico are in serious danger. On 15 May, Javier Valdez, a journalist and an expert in covering issues relating to “narcotrafico”, was shot dead. His is killing is not the only one that threatens journalism in the country. Eight journalists have been killed so far in 2017 and more than a hundred have died since 2000, according to figures compiled by the IFJ and its Mexican affiliate, Opens external link in new windowSindicato Nacional de Redactores de Prensa (SNRP).

Join the campaign of the International Federation of Journalists.

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