Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update December 21-27

In our featured image, we show what is badly needed in Venezuela NOW

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

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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”.

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CHARITY CORNER

This week we turn our attention to the Mercy Corps. Their mission statement:

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. We are a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

They have an excellent record and deserve to be our year’s end charity.

 

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. They are the best conservationists--help that fact go viral.

A major calamity for indigenous people is forced contact which exposes them to diseases for which they have no immune protection. Please help to protect them.

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When uncontacted tribes’ rights are respected, they continue to thrive.G. Miranda/FUNAI/Survival

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 lend your voice to the call to close the Libyan slave markets.

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URGENT ACTION CASES

CAMBODIA

Urgent Action: Head Of Dissolved Main Opposition Party Jailed

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On 3 September, Kem Sokha, president of the dissolved main opposition party, was arrested at his house in Tuol Kork district in Phnom Penh, on politically motivated accusations of treason. If convicted he faces up to 30 years in prison. He has been denied bail.

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VENEZUELA

Urgent Action: Venezuela To Run Out Of Antiretrovirals In 2018

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Representatives of various organizations denounced the crisis suffered by HIV-AIDS patients

The Venezuelan government has reportedly not yet signed an urgently needed order for the purchase of vital antiretroviral medication in Venezuela, putting the lives of at least 77,000 people living with HIV in the country at risk. The dwindling stock of antiretroviral medications will finally run out in March 2018, according to local civil society. In our featured image above we show how important this medication is.

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HONDURAS

Urgent Action Update: Violence Against Protestors Escalates

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Thousands of Salvador Nasralla’s supporters are shown holding a demonstration in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on December 3, 2017.

At least 20 people have reportedly been killed, hundreds detained and others injured following the violent repression of protests regarding the processing and counting of votes following the presidential elections in Honduras on 26 November.

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ALGERIA

New government attack on independent energy union

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The government of Algeria is escalating its war on the independent union of electricity and gas workers SNATEGS, which organizes workers at the state energy company SONELGAZ. Hundreds of union members, delegates and officers have been dismissed, harassed and persecuted on bogus legal charges for exercising their fundamental rights. Please join the protest.

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