Category Archives: Human Rights

The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update February 8-14

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Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

Our feature image above shows a Bushman child from Botswana where his people are subject to virulent racial discrimination.

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 Against Malaria Foundation. They are highly rated by GiveWell. Their mission–

What do they do? AMF (againstmalaria.com) provides funding for long-lasting insecticide-treated net (LLIN) distributions (for protection against malaria) in developing countries.

Does it work? There is strong evidence that distributing LLINs reduces child mortality and malaria cases. AMF has conducted post-distribution surveys of all completed distributions to determine whether LLINs have reached their intended destinations and how long they remain in good condition. AMF’s post-distribution surveys have generally found positive results, with some exceptions, but have some methodological limitations.

Nonetheless, we call upon you to support the fight against malaria, the main killer of children in Third World countries.

 

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 racism. Help stamp it out.

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

USA

Urgent Action Victory! – Governor Stays Execution After Juror Plea

On 8 February, the Ohio Governor issued an eight-month reprieve for Raymond Tibbetts, who was due to be executed on 13 February. The decision came after he received a letter in support of clemency from one of the jurors from the 1998 trial.

Raymond Tibbetts was sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder of Fred Hicks in 1997. The sentence survived the appeals process despite what a federal judge described in a dissent in 2011 as the trial lawyer’s “failure to engage in basic preparation” of mitigation evidence about the defendant’s traumatic upbringing. Evidence raised on appeal, she wrote, “revealed a much more chaotic and abusive environment” in parental and foster care than the jurors had heard about. Such “shocking” and “utterly disturbing” details would have given them “compelling” reasons to vote for life, she wrote. In January 2017, however, the Ohio parole board recommended by 11 votes to one that the Governor deny clemency. The majority acknowledged Raymond Tibbetts’s “traumatic” childhood, but decided that they could not “say, with any reasonable degree of confidence, that the outcome of the trial would have been different had his trial attorneys presented that mitigation evidence in the manner suggested by his current attorneys”.

A man who served as a juror at Raymond Tibbetts’s trial wrote a detailed letter dated 30 January 2018 to Governor John Kasich after reviewing the mitigating evidence which had been seen by the parole board but not the jury. The juror expressed his “deep concerns about the trial,” in light of this information and concluded that “[b]ased on what I know today I would not have recommended the death penalty.” In an Ohio capital case, a jury must be unanimous for the death penalty for that to be the outcome.

The former juror wrote: “Governor, if we are going to have a legal process that can send criminals to death that includes a special phase for mitigation shouldn’t we get it right?” He wrote that “this is not about my conscience beyond having an opportunity to explain how I believe the trial process was not well served in this case”. He urged the governor to commute the death sentence. Among his reasons were “the truly terrible conditions, understated at trial, of Tibbets (sic) entire childhood”; “The lack of preparation if not outright malpractice on the part of the defense for the sentencing phase”; and “The apparent ineptitude of the defense team in not calling Tibbets sister to testify”. He also suggested that the scant nature of the mitigation case had allowed the prosecution to “dismantle” it. In her 2011 dissent, the federal appeals court judge had noted that not only had the abuse been mentioned only “vaguely and in passing” at the trial, “it is important to remember one of the State’s tactics during the penalty phase was to challenge the legitimacy of the defense’s mention of childhood abuse, however minimal the reference”.

On 8 February, Governor John Kasich wrote to the Chair of the Ohio Parole Board requesting that the board convene a new hearing to review the case “in light of this new information”. To “facilitate this process”, the Governor said he had issued an eight-month reprieve. The Warrant of Reprieve holds that the death sentence will now be carried out at 10am on 17 October 2018 “unless further reprieve or clemency is granted”.

Raymond Tibbetts’s defense team has expressed its gratitude for “the crucial support of Ohioans to Stop Executions, Amnesty International, and other grassroots organizations who mobilized their strong network to contact Ohio’s Governor on behalf of Ray.”

No further action by the UA Network is requested at present. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

 

UZBEKISTAN

Urgent Action Update: Tortured Journalist Must Be Immediately Released

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On 8 February, human rights activists reported that two SNB officers leading the investigation on the case against detained journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev had been suspended and that the General Prosecutor’s Office had initiated investigations into allegations of torture and fabrication of a criminal case. Bobomurod Abdullayev, however, remains in SNB detention.

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AZERBAIJAN

Urgent Action: Azeri Activist Conscripted Despite Ill-Health

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Azeri activist Ulvi Hasanli has been conscripted for military service, despite being in ill-health, and sent to the zone of the unresolved conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh. Following a medical examination in September 2017, he was exempted from military service until 2019 on grounds of ill-health; an ultrasound showed he had inflamed kidney and kidney stones. However late in October the decision was reversed and he was detained and taken to a military base to begin his military service. Amnesty International believes he is being targeted because of his peaceful activism.

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MEXICO

Urgent Action Update: Threats to Journalist Reporting Disappearances

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Mexico’s missing people

On 19 January a television reporter published videos from surveillance cameras that suggest that police from Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, were involved in six of seven cases of disappearances that occurred in late December and early January. Days after, the reporter received threats on Twitter.

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NORTH KOREA

Urgent Action Update: Forcibly Returned Woman Faces Treason Charges

A woman named Koo Jeong-hwa (aged 24, previously identified as Lee Su-jung in China) has been detained since 3 December 2017 in North Korea and a decision on her sentence is expected from the Ministry of State Security in March 2018. She is at risk of being sent to a political prison camp together with her 4-year-old son, where they may be subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

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Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update February 1-7

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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 International Medical Corps. Their mission statement:

“We provide training and deliver emergency health care and related services to those affected by conflict, natural disaster and disease no matter where they are, no matter what the conditions. We train people in their communities, providing them the skills needed to recover, chart their own path to self-reliance and become effective First Responders themselves.”

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Fighting hunger and famine

 This charity is highly rated by Charity Watch.

 

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 is facing the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode tribe in Paraguay. The forest belonging to Paraguay’s Ayoreo-Totobiegosode Indians has the fastest rate of deforestation in the world

Much of their land has been sold to cattle ranchers, forcing the uncontacted Ayoreo to live on the run, escaping the bulldozers that are destroying their forest.

Since the 1970s, Survival has been working with contacted Ayoreo communities to help them successfully gain title to 550,000 hectares of their ancestral homeland.

But it’s not enough, foreign ranching companies continue to destroy the Ayoreo’s forest home to make way for cattle, and uncontacted Ayoreo may soon have nowhere left to hide. Act now to help them.

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Members of the Paraguayan Ayoreo-Totobiegosode group on the day they were contacted for the first time, in 2004.
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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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You can download this book

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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 take a step to help a young victim of trafficking who is in danger of being deported to Viet Nam where he has no family.

URGENT ACTION CASES

CHINA

Urgent Action Victory! Two Memorial Activists Released on Bail

Independent writers Li Xuewen and Zhan Huidong (aka “Xiaozhang” or “Headmaster”), detained due to their participation in the July 2017 seaside memorial for late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, have been released on bail.

Li Xuewen was released on bail and sent back to his hometown in Xiaogan Prefecture, Wuhan City in Central China on 15th January 2018. After his release, Li Xuewen posted on his Twitter account a thank you message to all his friends who had supported him while in detention. He also mentioned that he did not plead guilty nor sign any statement of repentance in custody.

Zhan Huidong was released on bail just over a week later on 23 January. A day after his release, he tweeted that while he had also suffered some mental pain, he had learnt a lot in detention. In his words, ‘The detention has left an indelible mark in my life and brought glory to my soul’. He thanked all his friends who have cared about him, writing that “they made me stay optimistic and live up to my ideals during my detention”. He is currently taking rest at home.

Both men had been criminally detained at Xinhui District Detention Centre on of suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order” since December 2017. Under Chinese law, defendants released on “bail” can see the charges against them dropped if they do not commit further violations of the law in a 12 month period, and often remain under close police surveillance. Amnesty International will continue to monitor the situation.

No further action is requested from the UA network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

CHINA

Urgent Action: Lawyer Detained for “Inciting Subversion”

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Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng is currently being held under “residential surveillance in a designated location” on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power”. Held incommunicado and denied all access to a lawyer and his family, he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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CHINA

Urgent Action: Health Fears for Detained Hong Kong Bookseller

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Gui Minhai (who holds dual Swedish-Chinese citizenship) was on a train headed to Beijing with two Swedish diplomats to seek formal diagnosis for a neurological condition when he was suddenly seized by approximately ten plainclothes officers. His current whereabouts are unknown, further increasing the risk of torture and other ill-treatment and concerns for his health.

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COLOMBIA

Urgent Action: Bombing Near Indigenous Territory in Chocó

While carrying out operations against the National Liberation Army (ELN), the Colombian Security Forces bombed near the Wounaan Indigenous reservation of Chagpien Tordó, in the municipality of Litoral de San Juán in Chocó, injuring a minor. Nearby communities are currently forcibly displaced as fear of new operations threaten the population. Various criminal organizations are for the territory which is valuable for drug traffic routs and cultivation of illegal crops

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CAMBODIA

Urgent Action Update: Serious Health Concerns for Detained Politician

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Kem Sokha, president of the dissolved main opposition party, was denied bail on appeal on 1 February, despite his seriously deteriorating health. Held in isolated pre-trial detention since his arrest on 3 September 2017, he faces up to 30 years imprisonment if convicted of politically motivated charges of treason.

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THE MIRIAM SHLESINGER HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION UPDATE JANUARY 18-24

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Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

Our featured image above shows the commitment of our featured charity to the issue of access to clean water everywhere.

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  Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The stated mission is: “To advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.”

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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 theft of their land. Raise your voice in protest.

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Damiana Cavanha, leader of the Apy Ka’y community, has seen the deaths of three of her children and her husband. She is determinedly planning a reoccupation of their ancestral land where they are buried.
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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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You can download this book

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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 forced labor of prisoners in the USA.

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URGENT ACTION CASES

USA

Urgent Action: Execution Set For Crime Man Cannot Remember

Vernon Madison is scheduled to be executed in Alabama on 25 January. His lawyers maintain that he lacks a rational understanding of the reason for his execution as a result of severe strokes which have left him with dementia and unable to remember the crime.

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INDIA

Urgent Action: Two Indigenous Activists Face Life Imprisonment

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Adivasi activists Judhishtira Jena and Babula Samal have been arrested for their role in the resistance to forced acquisition of land for a steel plant. Both men also face numerous other cases, some of which are with regard to alleged actions ten years ago. If convicted, they could face life imprisonment.

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UZBEKISTAN

Urgent Action Update: Independent Journalist Must Be Immediately Released

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On 10 January, the family of Uzbekistani independent journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev, held since 27 September 2017 in an Uzbekistani National Security Service (SNB) detention center, was allowed to see him for the first time in three months. While the family saw no visible signs of torture, concerns for his well being remain. He has had no access to independent legal representation since December 2017.

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IRAN

Esmail Abdi back in prison – free him now

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Tehran teacher union leader Esmail Abdi was taken back to the Evin prison on Saturday 20 January. Esmail Abdi had been released on furlough on 9 January. A temporary reprieve from his six-year sentence started in 2016. Iranian authorities denied extending his furlough, despite his poor health resulting from harsh detention conditions. Please join the protest.

Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update January 11-18

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Miriam, Human Rights Defender, 1947-2012

Our featured image above shows a montage of human rights defenders. Women human rights defenders are women who raise their voices, risking their own safety to continue to protect and preserve human rights for all.

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 Global Fund for Women. The mission statement:

“The Global Fund for Women is a global champion for the human rights of women and girls. We use our powerful networks to find, fund, and amplify the courageous work of women who are building social movements and challenging the status quo. We are committed to getting money and attention where it will make the biggest difference in the fight for gender equality. Since 1987, Global Fund for Women has invested in nearly 5,000 grassroots organizations in 175 countries, helping to win rights for millions of women and girls.”

This charity is highly rated by Charity Navigator.

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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 land theft. Help oppose it by calling out the responsible governments.

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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utz_certified

 

 

 

 

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 free girls and women from trafficking.

GOOD NEWS

Iranian education union leader Esmail Abdi released on furlough

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Esmail Abdi

Education International has been notified that Tehran teacher union leader Esmail Abdi was released on furlough from Evin prison on 9 January, a temporary reprieve from his six-year sentence.  Eric Lee has been pushing this case for a long time and has called for help from all of us. We shall continue to watch Esmail’s status.

URGENT ACTION CASES

KENYA

Urgent Action: Indigenous Community Forcibly Evicted

Kenyan authorities are forcibly evicting the Sengwer Indigenous community from their ancestral home, the Embobut forest. The evictions have been carried out by the authorities in violation of the Constitution, a High Court injunction and international human rights law, through a conservation project funded by the European Union.

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ECUADOR

Urgent Action: Attack Against Indigenous Defender

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Patricia Gualinga, Indigenous human rights defender, reported that on 5 January an unknown man attacked her home in Puyo, Pastaza province, throwing stones at the windows while yelling death threats against her.

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MYANMAR

Urgent Action: Two Journalists Face Up to 14 Years in Prison

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There were emotional scenes outside the Yangon courthouse

Two Reuters journalists have been formally charged with offenses under the Official Secrets Act in Myanmar. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested on 12 December after meeting police. Both men must be immediately and unconditionally released and the charges against them dropped.

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FIJI

Hundreds march in support of Nadi airport workers

Workers at Fiji’s international airport have been locked out since before Christmas because they dared to challenge management.  Labourstart calls for continued support-please join the protest.

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People march in Nadi in support of ATS workers who claim they were locked out Photo: FTUC

 

Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update January 4-10

Our feature image above relates to the unconstitutional modes of action of  US authorities who deliberately conceal the facts about how they found information in a criminal case and may be doing so regularly.  Human Rights Watch has published a detailed report on the issue and on the technique of “parallel construction” by  which illegally obtained evidence is “laundered” by creating a fictitious story of how it  was obtained to make it acceptable in court.

Congress should adopt laws requiring the government to disclose complete information to defendants about the origins of the investigations in their cases, Human Rights Watch said. Judges should also consider directing the government to disclose any previously unrevealed investigative methods when the circumstances of the case suggest that parallel construction may have occurred.

“Justice cannot rest on secret evidence, and the shadows are where abuses flourish,” St.Vincent said. “Congress, the courts, the Justice Department, and the intelligence agencies should end parallel construction now.”

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Miriam, Human Rights Defender, 1947-2012

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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 are suggesting a donation to Charity Navigator or Charity Watch. These organizations provide us with valuable guidance in our charity giving and are themselves charities that must remain independent of government or other interests.

The Year 2017 in Human Rights Videos

Human Rights Watch sums up 2017:

From rape used as a weapon in war in Central African Republic to abuses by Spanish police in Catalonia and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous “war on drugs,” here are Human Rights Watch’s top-viewed videos of the year. We recommend that you watch them and renew your commitment to the struggle against human rights violations.

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 racism. Help stamp it out.

THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY

Urge all 52 Commonwealth countries to commit to ending modern 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:

 

logo_rfa
utz_certified

 

 

 

 

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 raise your voice in the campaign for freedom for girls.

Girls have multiple needs, here is a basic one

https://i2.wp.com/93.113.110.162/plesk-site-preview/dayofthegirl.com/93.113.110.162/img/quality_education.pngAnother is to put an end to sex trafficking which mostly involves women and girls:

URGENT ACTION CASES

BANGLADESH

Urgent Action Victory! Missing Bangladeshi Academic Returned Home

Mubashar Hasan, a well-known Bangladeshi academic who went missing and was feared to have been subject to an enforced disappearance, was returned home on 22 December, after 44 days.

Mubashar Hasan, a professor at Bangladesh’s North-South University, went missing on 7 November 2017 after attending a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) meeting in Dhaka, part of a project under the Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s Office. Mubashar Hasan is a well-known and highly regarded researcher on religious groups in Bangladesh, who has worked with UN agencies and universities internationally.

Missing for 44 days, Mubashar Hasan was left blindfolded on a busy Dhaka highway on Thursday, 22 December where he then had to find his own way home by auto rickshaw. According to reports, he was pushed out the minivan around midnight, and was told to “Run, do not look back, if you look back, we will kill you”,

Mubashar Hasan’s family have said that they are immensely relieved that he has been recovered. “Thank you to Amnesty International for all that it has done,” Mubashar Hasan’s sister, Tamanna, told Amnesty International.

No further action is requested from the UA network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

CHINA

Urgent Action Update: Sentenced Activist Remains At Risk Of Torture

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Prominent Chinese activist Wu Gan (better known by his pen name Tufu, ‘The Butcher’) was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for ‘subverting state power’. In a statement released after the sentencing, Wu Gan stated he was tortured during detention and there are fears that he continues to be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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CHINA

Urgent Action: Medical Practitioner Held Incommunicado

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Shafkat Abasi, a member of the Tatar ethnic minority, was detained by Chinese authorities on 13 March of 2017 and has not been heard from since. It is believed his detention is due to accessing foreign websites from his computer, connection with an elderly patient who is an imam, and his possession of banned religious books. His family have not been provided with any information and fear that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
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RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Urgent Action Update: Russian Authorities Block Activist’s Release

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The Russian authorities continue to block activist and journalist Ali Feruz’s release from detention. On 21 November the Basmannyi District court in Moscow issued Ali Feruz with a 5,000 rouble (USD$ 85) fine for working illegally and upheld the decision to deport the activist to Uzbekistan, where he would be at risk of human rights violations.

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CHINA

Urgent Action Update: Lawyer Refused Access to Detained Activist

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Liu Feiyue, the founder and director of Hubei-based website “Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch” (www.msguancha.com) who is facing charges of “inciting subversion of state power”, has been again unable to meet his lawyer. With no trial date yet confirmed, and no access to a lawyer, there are fears that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

 

 

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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THE MIRIAM SHLESINGER HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION UPDATE December 14-20

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Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

Think of enslaved workers when buying clothes–look at our featured image above

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 Fistula Foundation. Fistula is a childbirth injury largely eradicated in the developed world, but still devastating women in the poorest countries. It leaves the woman incontinent with catastrophic results for her family and social life.
It’s treatable with life-transforming surgery.

This charity is highly rated by Charity Watch.

 

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 racism. Help stamp it out.

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.

tackling-modern-slavery-preview
You can download this book

Look for these logos:

 

logo_rfa
utz_certified

 

 

 

 

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 close the Libyan slave markets.

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URGENT ACTION CASES

ISRAEL/OPT

Urgent Action Victory! Palestinian Human Rights Defender Released

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Palestinian human rights defender and media coordinator for prisoners’ rights group Addameer, Hasan Safadi, was released on 7 December from Ketziot Prison in Israel. He spent nearly a year and a half in administrative detention without charge or trial. He has now returned home to his family in Beit Hanina, in occupied East Jerusalem.

CHINA

Urgent Action: Health Fears for Poet Under Illegal House Arrest

Liu Xia, a poet, an artist and the widow of late Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Liu Xiaobo, wrote a letter expressing her deep depression and loneliness under house arrest. According to reports, she received surgery in recent months to remove uterine fibroids. No direct contact with her has been allowed, nor confirmation of her whereabouts, since her husband’s death in July.

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HAITI

Urgent Action: Women’s Rights Defender Threatened With Death

Sanièce Petit Phat, a Haitian women and girls’ rights defender, has reported receiving death threats because of her work on behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence in the community of Canaan, Haiti.

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COLOMBIA

Urgent Action: Killings Of Land Claimant Leaders

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Two land claimant leaders of collective Afro-descendent territories in Curvaradó, Jiguamiandó, Piedeguita and Mancilla in Chocó have been killed by paramilitary groups belonging to the Gaitanistas Self-Defense+ Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, AGC). The inhabitants of these humanitarian zones and areas of biodiversity feel threatened.

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Urgent Action Update: Cartoonist Held In Pre-Trial Detention

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Ramón Esono Ebalé, an Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, has been charged with counterfeiting money and is being held in pre-trial detention after being detained without charge for almost 3 months.

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IRAN

Trade unionist wrongly imprisoned

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Maths teacher Esmail Abadi is a leader of the Tehran branch of the Iran Teachers’ Trade Association. He was convicted of national security offences in February 2016, after organizing peaceful protests.

He was given a six-year prison sentence, but following a hunger strike, was released on temporary leave on 25 June after making a large bail payment. He has now been recalled to prison to continue his sentence.

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