The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update November 15-21

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  Project Concern International (PCI). This  is a global development organization that drives innovation from the ground up to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship—resulting in meaningful and measurable change in people’s lives.There are 130 million girls missing from classrooms around the world.

As girls approach adolescence, challenges and barriers arise that deny them the chance to reach their full potential. Issues like child marriage, access to proper sanitation facilities, lack of nutritious food, and gender-based violence make it difficult to access an education – and the effects are long-lasting.

Girls can’t focus on their education when they fear for their safety or lack the opportunity to eat nutritious meals every day. Yet for each year a girl remains in school, she earns 10-20 percent more income as an adult.

Simply put, we need to invest in girls.

WE group members in Ethiopia received training and supplies related to modern beekeeping practices.

A total of 90 Women Empowered (WE) groups in Ethiopia received training and supplies related to modern beekeeping practices as part of PCI’s USAID-funded REVIVE project. Photo by Matt Marzolo/PCI

Here are some ways you can help us ensure even more girls stay in the classroom:

1. Donate today to lock in your commitment:—donation-checkout/dbsg1/151683022

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3. Tell at least two friends why we need to support adolescent girls around the world.

PCI is rated highly by Charity Navigator



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 land theft. Please call for a stop to this terrible practice.



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 stop loans to Uzbek forced labor industry and agriculture.




Urgent Action: NGOs at Risk of Shut Down

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Amnesty India and Greenpeace India have been targeted by the Government of India in a series of ‘raids’, which appear to be politically motivated. The bank accounts of both organizations have been frozen, effectively stopping their work. This is the latest in the clampdown by Indian authorities to crush civil society in India.TAKE ACTION


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Urgent Action: Health of Prisoner of Conscience Critical

Nguyễn Văn Túc health is quickly deteriorating to the point where he is fainting on a daily basis, yet the authorities continue to deny him adequate medical treatment and have moved him to a remote prison, making family visits much more difficult. Determined to be a prisoner of conscience, Nguyễn Văn Túc should be immediately and unconditionally released.TAKE ACTION


Urgent Action Update: Acquitted Former Child Soldier Remains Jailed

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Former child solider Aung Ko Htwe has been acquitted of the latest in a series of charges against him after he gave a media interview about being forcibly recruited by the Myanmar military when he was only 13. Despite this acquittal, he remains in prison serving two years and six months on other politically motivated charges. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.TAKE ACTION


Olympic 2020 partner Mitsubishi Electric humiliates workers

Please join the outcry.

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