Our feature image above shows what “development” can do when forced upon uncontacted indigenous tribes
HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
This week we turn our attention to a highly rated charity (Charity Navigator 4 star) that helps where needed around the world. We refer you to Helping Hand for Relief and Development. Their mission statement:”Helping Hand for Relief and Development is a global humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disastrous situations anywhere all over the world with special focus in countries where the massive population living below the poverty line like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Kenya, Sudan and many others. We also have partners ranging from small community support groups to national alliances and international networks. HHRD works with the co-partners underlines the issues that emerge after any natural upheaval or affect poor and voiceless 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. They are the best conservationists--help that fact go viral.
A major calamity for indigenous people is forced development. Forcing “development” or “progress” on tribal people does not make them happier or healthier. In fact, the effects are disastrous. The most important factor by far for tribal peoples’ well-being is whether their land rights are respected.
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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URGENT ACTION CASES
Urgent Action: Authorities Block March, Charge Participants
16 individuals were arrested during a march to deliver a petition to the Thai Prime Minister to request the shelving of plans for a coal-fired power plant and may face criminal charges. The arrests occurred after security forces blocked the path of the protesters, leading to a clash between the two groups and minor injuries.
Urgent Action: Seven Killed During Joint Security Operation
Seven men were killed during a joint security operation of the Civil Police and the Army in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro State. The case is not being investigated, and could remain unpunished after a law transferring the competence to try crimes committed by military personnel to military courts was approved.
Urgent Action Update: Detained Couple’s Health Critically Deteriorating
Ola al-Qaradawy and her husband Hossam Khalaf have been arrested on unfound charges and held in poor prison conditions. Although Hossam Khalaf has been transferred to a collective cell, Ola al-Qaradawy has been in solitary confinement since her arrest. Their health is critically deteriorating and Hossam Khalaf has been denied access to healthcare.
Urgent Action! Four months without wages! Haft Tapeh sugar workers launch strikes and demonstrations
On December 2, workers at the giant Haft Tapeh sugar cane plantation and mill complex in Shush launched a new round of strikes and demonstrations after more than four months without wages or benefits. The workers and their families are hungry, and they need your support.
The Haft Tapeh workers have always had to fight for their wages and pensions and their rights. In 2008, workers formed an independent union – affiliated to the IUF – following a 42-day strike to demand long-standing wage arrears. In June this year, the workers again held work stoppages and demonstrations to demand payment of wage arrears of up to four months. In response to our international campaign, the wage arrears were partially settled; temporary workers are still owed two months’ wages for 2016. But workers have not been paid since July 11. Please join their protest.