The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update October 3-10

Our featured image shows our beloved Miriam (1947-2012), a great human rights defender


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”.
















This week we turn our attention to the Mercy Corps, a non profit that responds to disasters and need around the world. Their mission statement: They are on the ground in Indonesia where the needs are huge. Please donate.


Our mission

Alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

We believe

  • In the value of every human life and that, as members of a global community, we have a responsibility to support one another.
  • In the right of all people to meet their basic needs, feel hope for their future and have opportunities to thrive.
  • That every man, woman and child deserves to live in a secure, peaceful community and to be empowered to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

Crisis and challenge provide an opening to act courageously and offer solutions that spark long-term, transformational change.

Mercy Corps is highly rated by     Charity Navigator Charity


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 enforced contact which can be deadly. Please act for people on the Peruvian contact border.


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: Activist Shot by Police Denied Proper Medical Care

Papuan political activist, Yakonias Womsiwor, has been suffering from severe pain in both his legs for more than two weeks after being shot by police. Despite being unable to stand as a result of the gunshot, proper medical care has been denied by police.




Urgent Action: Chinese Refugees at Risk of Refoulement

Chinese human rights defenders YANG Chong and WU Yuhua, UNHCR-recognized refugees, have been charged with immigration offences in Thailand. They could be deported to China, where they would face risks of unfair trial and torture.


Democratic Republic of Congo  (DRC)

Mino Bopomi - Filimbi Activist

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Activists Sentenced in Unfair Trial

On 24 September, a court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) found Grâce Tshiunza, Mino Bopomi, Cedric Kalonji and Carbone Beni guilty of “insulting the president”, “publication of subversive writings” and “civil disobedience”. The same court acquitted Palmer Kabeya. Amnesty International believes that the court’s decision against the four human rights activists is baseless and criminalizes legal and peaceful activism by human rights activists.




An aerial view of Ogoniland shows oil floating on the water’s surface.

Urgent Action: Community in Nigeria Drinking Polluted Water

There is an urgent need for the government and multinational oil company Shell to ensure a regular supply of safe water to people in the oil-producing Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Their right to water continues to be violated as they are forced to drink dangerously polluted water or buy water at unaffordable prices.


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