The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update December 28- January 3

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Miriam, Human Rights Defender, 1947-2012

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 Afya Foundation. Their vision and mission::

Afya’s Vision

Afya aims to provide an environmentally responsible solution to the dire shortage of healthcare supplies in underserved communities globally.

How it works?

Afya collects and delivers critically needed surplus medical supplies, hospital equipment, and humanitarian provisions for acute and ongoing health crises worldwide.

 

RECOVER

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Afya recovers surplus medical supplies and equipment from healthcare centers. Each year, American hospitals discard 7,000 tons of usable medical supplies. Since 2008, Afya has recovered $26 million worth of these critical supplies.

 

SORT

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Each year, hundreds of volunteers donate a combined 20,000 hours of service to sort, inventory and pack our recovered medical supplies. This process allows us to maintain a detailed database of our inventory so we can tailor our shipments to our partners’ needs.

 

SHIP

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Afya has worked with public health partners in 56 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. We work with healthcare professionals to ascertain the specific needs of each mission and ship custom containers, pallets or duffel bags.

 

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. Please call on governments to protect them. They have no immunity against diseases from the outside.

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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You can download this book

Look for these logos:

 

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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 take steps against slavery in Mauritania including the release of anti-slavery activists.

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URGENT ACTION CASES

 CAMBODIA

Urgent Action: Environmental Activists Arbitrarily Jailed

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On 11 September 2017, environmental activists Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy were arrested in Cambodia while filming two large vessels they suspected of illegally carrying sand for export. They face up to three years in prison for incitement and violation of privacy. Both men are prisoners of conscience.

TAKE ACTION

EGYPT

Urgent Action Update: New Convictions For “Inciting Debauchery”

16 individuals sentenced to three years in prison and three years’ probation for “debauchery”, raising the total number of individuals sentenced for their perceived sexual orientation to 49 since 22 September.

TAKE ACTION

 

MOROCCO

Urgent Action Update: Sahrawi Prisoner’s Health Quickly Deteriorating

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Since his transfer to Ain Sbaa 1 Local Prison, Abdeljalil Laaroussi’s health is critically deteriorating. During the Gdim Izik mass trial in July 2017, which included 22 other Sahrawi activists, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Abdeljalil is on hunger strike since 20 November.

TAKE ACTION

 

BAHAMAS

Urgent Action: Bahamian Man At Risk After Detention

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After being detained by immigration authorities for more than three months, the whereabouts of a Bahamian-born man, Jean Rony Jean-Charles, are unknown and his lawyer has been denied access to the detention center where he was being held.

TAKE ACTION

FIJI

End the lockout at Nadi Airport

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Air Terminal Services (ATS) provides ground handling at the Nadi International Airport and employs 250 workers. This includes baggage handling, check in, engineering and catering for all airlines. The workers are members of Federated Airline Staff Association (FASA). After the workers returned from a shareholders’ meeting on 16th December they were locked out.
Workers have 49\% shareholding in Air Terminal Services with 51\% belonging to the Fijian Government. The union and its members are being targeted because they have raised issues about the company’s poor management by the current Chief Executive Officer. This includes not receiving any pay rise for 11 years and a failure to address and resolve outstanding workplace grievances.
Please join the protest.

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