The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update February 28-March 6

Our featured image shows our beloved Miriam, a great friend and 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 call your attention to Global Giving, an organization that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. “We help local nonprofits access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more effective. ”

Hurricane Florence as an example of disaster relief


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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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 robbery of migrant workers in Malaysia.



Urgent Action Update: Indigenous Human Rights Defenders at Risk


Armed men abducted Mexican Indigenous human rights defenders, Obtilia Eugenio Manuel (pictured above) and Hilario Cornelio Castro on 12 February 2019. Their captors released them on 16 February amidst an increasing national and international outcry over their disappearance. They continue doing their human rights work and continue at risk, while their attackers are at large. Both HRDs are members of the Organization of Indigenous Mepha’a People (OPIM, Organización del Pueblo Indígena Mepha’a). Obtilia Eugenio is also an elected member of the Indigenous Municipal Council of Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero state, in southern Mexico. The authorities must implement protection measures on their behalf, investigate the attack they suffered, and bring those responsible to justice.



Urgent Action Update: Prisoner of Conscience Ill-Treated in Prison

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Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che has been given rotten food and insufficient clothing in his freezing prison cell. As a result of exposing these prison conditions, his wife is not allowed to visit him again until 22 April 2019. Sentenced in 2017 to five years’ imprisonment for “subverting state power”, Lee Ming-che is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.



Urgent Action: Danish Jehovah’s Witness Jailed for His Faith

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Danish national and Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen was found guilty on 6 February of “organizing activities of an extremist organization” and sentenced to six years imprisonment by a court in Orel, western Russia. He is a prisoner of conscience imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of religion. He must be immediately and unconditionally released, and his conviction must be quashed.



New labor law must recognize workers’ rights. The Jordanian government needs to hear from workers globally that it must ensure its laws comply with ILO fundamental lab our rights, including freedom of association, not make them worse. Please join the protest.


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For 374 days, workers and their union at AB InBev Sonepat plant have been fighting union-busting and local management’s ongoing refusal to reinstate unfairly terminated union leaders, and they continue to fight for their rights. Please help the union in its struggle against Budweiser.

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