The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update, December 13-19.

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

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 a charity that we have supported morally for a long time. We refer to Survival International and ask you to donate to it.

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.

WWF are backing a park in the Congo Basin. It’s called Messok Dja.It is the home of the Baka people.

 Please help the Baka peopleh

But the land doesn’t belong to WWF. It’s the home of the Baka people, who have lived there for generations.They get everything they need from the forest, but are now being illegally evicted.

WWF are funding armed rangers, who beat and torture any Baka who go into the forest.

Paulette Mobouma, a Baka woman, said: “They beat me badly, they thrashed me, it’s terrible what these people have done. Our forest has been completely taken over.”

It’s an abuse of the Baka’s rights, and it also means the park is doomed to fail. WWF’s own wildlife crime expert Rohit Singh even admits that: “Without community support [rangers] cannot protect a park.”

So WWF’s plans are a disaster for the forest, its wildlife, and the people who call it home.

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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

AMNESTY WRITE FOR RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
Your words have power

Sometimes a letter can change someone’s life. That’s the premise of Write for Rights, Amnesty’s global letter-writing campaign and the world’s biggest human rights event.

Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. They are people like you, continuing a long tradition of writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs. And it’s not just letters – it could be petitions, emails, Tweets, Facebook posts, photos, postcards. Please join the campaign.

STATE OF PALESTINE

Urgent Action Update: Hunger-Striking Detainee Admitted to Hospital

The Palestinian authorities have transferred social justice activist Suha Jbara to a hospital in Jericho following a deterioration in her health condition. She has been on hunger strike since 22 November to protest against her arbitrary detention. Her next court hearing is scheduled for 20 December.

TAKE ACTION

COLOMBIA

Urgent Action: Land Claimant Leader at Risk

Enrique Cabezas, leader of the collective of Afro-descendent territory in Curvaradó (Chocó department, western Colombia), has received several threats in response to his work defending the ancestral territory and the right of the communities to not to be involved in the armed conflict.

TAKE ACTION

TURKEY

Lift the ban on peaceful ‘Saturday Mothers’ protest

4,372 taken. Help us reach 5,000

On 25 August police shot tear gas, water cannons and plastic bullets at peaceful protesters in Istanbul.

The protesters were mainly women – some of them in their 80s – from the ‘Saturday Mothers’, a group who hold regular vigils for their relatives who disappeared in suspicious circumstances. The women have faced years of violence from the Turkish authorities.

President Erdogan once promised the Saturday Mothers safety. He’s gone back on his word. Email Erdogan now, demanding that they are allowed to peacefully protest.

Hungary

Stop the slave law

On December 12 the Hungarian Parliament adopted the “Slave Law” which could require workers to do overtime work up to 400 hours a year. Further, the reference period is increased to 36 months. The law was passed without proper consultation with social partners, through misuse of the Parliamentary procedures. Please join the worldwide protest!

STATE OF PALESTINE

Urgent Action Update: Hunger-Striking Detainee Admitted to Hospital

The Palestinian authorities have transferred social justice activist Suha Jbara to a hospital in Jericho following a deterioration in her health condition. She has been on hunger strike since 22 November to protest against her arbitrary detention. Her next court hearing is scheduled for 20 December.

TAKE ACTION

COLOMBIA

Urgent Action: Land Claimant Leader at Risk

Enrique Cabezas, leader of the collective of Afro-descendent territory in Curvaradó (Chocó department, western Colombia), has received several threats in response to his work defending the ancestral territory and the right of the communities to not to be involved in the armed conflict.

TAKE ACTION

HUNGARY

Stop the slave law

On December 12 the Hungarian Parliament adopted the “Slave Law” which could require workers to do overtime work up to 400 hours a year. Further, the reference period is increased to 36 months. The law was passed without proper consultation with social partners, through misuse of the Parliamentary procedures. Please join the worldwide protest!

TURKEY

Lift the ban on peaceful ‘Saturday Mothers’ protest

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4,372 taken. Help us reach 5,000

On 25 August police shot tear gas, water cannons and plastic bullets at peaceful protesters in Istanbul.

The protesters were mainly women – some of them in their 80s – from the ‘Saturday Mothers’, a group who hold regular vigils for their relatives who disappeared in suspicious circumstances. The women have faced years of violence from the Turkish authorities.

President Erdogan once promised the Saturday Mothers safety. He’s gone back on his word. Email Erdogan now, demanding that they are allowed to peacefully protest.


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