The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update September 28-October 4


Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012







This week we turn our attention to the crisis of climate change. We recommend the charity 350 which works globally and is highly rated by Charity Navigator. Our featured image calls for a weaning away from fossil fuels.


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, such as racism.


Evicted Bushman child in Kalahari


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. You can take a stand against the world’s largest state-run system of forced labor, run by the government in Uzebekistan.


SUDAN Urgent Action Victory! Sudanese Activist Released Without Charge
Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed has been released from the custody of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) without charge. He was arrested in Saudi Arabia in December 2016 together with two other Sudanese activists. The three were deported from Saudi Arabia to Sudan on 11 July and arrested by the NISS upon arrival in Sudan.

Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed was released on 1 October without charge. Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed had remained in detention while the NISS conducted further investigations into his online activities.

Two other activists, Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha and Alaa Aldin al-Difana, who were arrested together with Elgassim in December 2016 were released on 22 August without charge. The three were arrested in Saudi Arabia in December 2016 for their support of the civil disobedience protests in Sudan in November and December 2016 through their Facebook accounts.

No further action is requested of the UA network. Many thanks to those who sent appeals.


Urgent Action: NGO Worker In Administrative Detention

French-Palestinian NGO worker Salah Hammouri has been issued a six-month administrative detention order. He is a field researcher for Palestinian NGO, Addameer and has been held by Israel without charge or trial since 23 August.



Urgent Action: Mass Raid And Detention of LGBTI People In Baku

On 22 September, Azerbaijani police conducted numerous raids on LGBTI individuals in Baku, detaining more than 100 people. While some were released, at least 48 individuals were placed in between 10 and 20 day-long administrative detention for purportedly resisting police. Those detained were denied access to lawyers of their own choosing and some allege ill-treatment by the police.



Urgent Action: Uighur Woman Incommunicado After Secret Trial

Buzainafu Abudourexiti, who returned to China in 2015 after studying for two years in Egypt, was suddenly detained in March 2017 and sentenced in a secret trial to seven years in prison. No information has been provided about the charges against her, but it is believed that it may be part of a wider crackdown on Uighur students who studied abroad. Held incommunicado, she is at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment.


Egypt: Free jailed union leaders

Egyptian authorities have arrested a number of leaders of independent trade unions in recent weeks. Nine leaders have been arrested and of those, seven remain in jail. Please click and join the demand for their release. 




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