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The Miriam Shlesinger Memorial Human Rights Action Update January 7-13

Our featured image shows our beloved Miriam, a great friend and human rights defender

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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

Although there has been little easing of the pandemic we nonetheless turn our attention to other burning needs. We still encourage you to support Doctors without Borders who are fighting the virus in the places with the greatest need of support.

This week we call fpr aid to Help the Helpless, a charity active in India and Ecuador.The mission of Help the Helpless is to raise funds and support the works of St. Mary’s School and Orphanage for the handicapped, deaf, poor and abandoned children in southern India and for the missionary work of the Home of the Mother Catholic Order in Ecuador. The children and families are provided with clothing, food, education, shelter and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Offering love, motivation and educational opportunities, we seek to help children thrive and become self-sufficient young adults, and support the elderly with dignity and needed assistance.

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

I ndigenous 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.

Get involved

You can help prevent genocide, put an end to logging and mining on tribal lands, and stop government violence and oppression.

A major calamity for indigenous people is the lack of respect for their basic human rights.Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. We fight for tribal peoples’ survival. We stop loggers, miners, and oil companies from destroying tribal lands, lives and livelihoods across the globe. We lobby governments to recognize indigenous land rights. We document and expose the atrocities committed against tribal people and take direct action to stop them. Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.

This week we ask you to help the Guarani tribe of Brazil.

Brazil’s Guarani suffer at the hands of violent ranchers

For the Guarani, land is the origin of all life. But violent invasions by ranchers have devastated their territory and nearly all of their land has been stolen.

Guarani children starve and their leaders have been assassinated. Hundreds of Guarani men, women and children have committed suicide.

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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Jordan: New government crackdown on teachers’ rights

Education International (EI) calls on workers and unionists to urge the Jordanian authorities to immediately cease to harass the leaders of the Jordanian Teacher Association and threaten its very existence.

On 31 December, the Amman Magistrate’s Court authorized the dissolution of the association and the detention of all thirteen teacher association board members for a year.
The dissolution is illegal and proceeds from an improper interpretation of the legal provisions. The sentence against the board members is also unfair because they were prevented from presenting evidence against the charges.
The detained union leaders have been released on bail until the JTA Board appeals of the judicial decision.

Sign a message to request the full exercise of fundamental rights of teachers and education workers in Jordan.

The Miriam Shlesinger Memorial Human Rights Action Update December 31– 6 January

Our featured image shows our beloved Miriam, a great friend and human 31 rights defender

HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

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”.

CHARITY CORNER

Although there has been little easing of the pandemic we nonetheless turn our attention to other burning needs. We still encourage you to support Doctors without Borders who are fighting the virus in the places with the greatest need of support.

This week we refer you to Direct Relief, recommended by Charity Navigator. The mission statement:

Direct Relief is a humanitarian organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.

Nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit, Direct Relief provides assistance to people and communities without regard to politics, religion, ethnic identities or ability to pay.

Direct Relief’s assistance programs – which focus on emergency preparedness and disaster response and the prevention and treatment of disease – are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Direct Relief honors the generosity of its donors by following a firm policy of full transparency in all of its operations.

This tradition of transparent, direct and targeted assistance, provided in a manner that respects and involves the people served, has been a hallmark of the organization since its founding in 1948 by refugee war immigrant William Zimdin.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

I ndigenous 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.

Bushman child Botswana

A major calamity for indigenous people is the lack of respect for their basic human rights.Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. We fight for tribal peoples’ survival. We stop loggers, miners, and oil companies from destroying tribal lands, lives and livelihoods across the globe. We lobby governments to recognize indigenous land rights. We document and expose the atrocities committed against tribal people and take direct action to stop them. Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.

This week we focus on the Bushmen.

The Bushmen are the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. Largely hunter-gatherers, their territory spans several nations and they have called the region home for tens of thousands of years.

The tribes are well-known for the profound connection they have with their land, for their intimate knowledge of the natural world, and the delicate balance they have maintained for millennia with the environment.

n the middle of Botswana lies the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a reserve created to protect the traditional territory of the 5,000 Gana, Gwi and Tsila Bushmen (and their neighbours the Bakgalagadi), and the game they depend on.

In the early 1980s, diamonds were discovered in the reserve. Soon after, government ministers went into the reserve to tell the Bushmen living there that they would have to leave because of the diamond finds.

In three big clearances, in 1997, 2002 and 2005, virtually all the Bushmen were forced out. Their homes were dismantled, their school and health post were closed, their water supply was destroyed and the people were threatened and trucked away. Their situation is terrible. Please try to help them.

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 ACTI0N CASES

PARAGUAY

Urgent Action Victory! Indigenous Land Defender Receives Protection

In November, Paraguayan authorities opened an investigation and
provided protection to Bernarda Pesoa, leader of an indigenous Qom
community, after she was attacked in late October. We continue to
monitor the situation closely as the land conflict related to wood
exploitation on Qom lands persist. Share

NO FURTHER ACTION IS REQUESTED. MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT
APPEALS.

After our Urgent Action on 29 October, authorities responded
rapidly on the case and concrete outcomes occurred for Bernarda
Pesoa, who had been physically attacked on her community lands on
27 October. The case received significant attention from
authorities and the situation of Bernarda improved. In the early
November, public prosecutors opened an investigation, and during
the rest of the month a judge ordered protection measures for
Bernarda, after a formal mediation process established with the
community, the public defender’s office assigned Bernarda a defense
lawyer, and the Senate opened dialogue process sessions on her
case, to which Amnesty International was invited to.

The issue of free, prior, informed consent continues to be an issue
in the community, and Bernarda and other community members are
concerned that the eucalyptus plantation on their lands has not
been properly consulted with all community members. The situation
on the ground continues to be delicate for Bernarda, and we
continue to monitor the context closely.

Bernarda Pessoa said “Thanks to Amnesty International for
supporting me by issuing this Urgent Action that had an important
impact in our struggle around this difficult time. We received a
lot of solidarity actions and increased media presence. We will
continue our fight in resistance to the company looking to own our
lands”.

THAILAND

Urgent Action Update: Peaceful Protesters Face Years in Prison

Hundreds of peaceful pro-democracy protesters, including children,
may face decades of or even life imprisonment for taking part in
mass, pro-democracy demonstrations, as the crackdown on the
freedoms of peaceful assembly and of expression further escalates
in the country. At least 220 persons, including six children, face
criminal proceedings. Thailand must amend or repeal the repressive
laws it is using to suppress peaceful assembly and the expression
of dissenting opinions.

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CHINA

Urgent Action Update: 10 Hongkongers Charged, No Access to Own
Lawyers

Ten of the 12 Hongkongers arrested by the Chinese coast
guard in August 2020 were formally charged on 16 December. Two have
been charged with allegedly organizing people to cross the border
between Hong Kong and China and the other eight for allegedly
crossing the border, charges that hold a maximum of seven years and
one year imprisonment, respectively. The procuratorate will hold a
closed-door hearing to decide whether to prosecute the other two
who were children at the time of their detention. Detained since 23
August 2020 without access to their families and family-appointed
lawyers, the 12 individuals remain at imminent risk of torture and
other ill-treahttps://www.amnestyusa.org/urgent-actions/urgent-action-update-10-hongkongers-charged-no-access-to-own-lawyers-china-ua-141-20/tment.

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TURKEY

Urgent Action: Investigate Torture Claims in Diyarbakir Prison On 1
December,

Mehmet Sıddık Meşe was allegedly subjected to a severe
beating by guards in a prison in the Turkish city of Dıyarbakır. He
was denied access to urgent medical care and to examination by
medical forensic staff. On 9 December, the prosecutor decided not
to prosecute the suspected perpetrators based on the prison
doctor’s report. Mehmet Sıddık Meşe requires access to adequate
medical care and a prompt, independent and impartial investigation
into the allegations of torture and other ill-treatment must be
launched.

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The Miriam Shlesinger Memorial Human Rights Action Update December 24-30

Our featured image shows our beloved Miriam, a great friend and human rights defender

HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

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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lthough there has been little easing of the pandemic we nonetheless turn our attention to other burning needs. We still encourage you to support Doctors without Borders who are fighting the virus in the places with the greatest need of support.

Médicins Sans Frontières on frontline of COVID-19 response

BOOKS FOR AFRICA

At Books For Africa, we believe that education is the great equalizer in the world, and books are at the foundation of a strong educational system. For many children in Africa, the gift of books truly is a gift of hope.

Access to an education is one of the only opportunities young people have to end the cycle of poverty and attain a better quality of life than previous generations. Books For Africa works to help children who otherwise would not attend school by supplying educational materials to reduce or eliminate education costs. 

Books For Africa is a simple idea, but its impact is trans­formative. For us, literacy is quite simply the bridge from misery to hope. — Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General

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.

You can help prevent genocide, put an end to logging and mining on tribal lands, and stop government violence and oppression.

A major calamity for indigenous people is the lack of respect for their basic human rights.Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. We fight for tribal peoples’ survival. We stop loggers, miners, and oil companies from destroying tribal lands, lives and livelihoods across the globe. We lobby governments to recognize indigenous land rights. We document and expose the atrocities committed against tribal people and take direct action to stop them. Our vision is a wohttps://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/bakamessokdjarld where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.

This week we call for aid to the Baka people of the Congo.

Messok Dja is an area of Congo rainforest which is especially rich in biodiversity. It’s the ancestral land of Baka people who have managed the forest since time immemorial. They are its best guardians.

WWF is trying to establish a conservation zone there without the consent of the local communities. They’ve funded park rangers who have committed violent atrocities against the Baka. Act Now to get the project scrapped.

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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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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 to call for an end to slavery in Libya.

URGENT ACTION CASES

BAHRAIN

Urgent Action Victory! Activist Returned to Pakistan and Freed

On 8 March 2020, the Bahrain authorities forcefully returned Geelaman Pashteen a Pashtun human rights activist and supporter of Pakistan’s Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) to Pakistan. Geelaman Pashteen was later released.

NO FURTHER ACTION IS REQUESTED. MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT APPEALS.

On 8 March 2020, the Bahrain authorities forcefully returned Hazrat Naeem Abdul Qayum, also known as Geelaman Pashteen to Pakistan where he was detained upon arrival then later released. By 28 March 2020, he was using his Twitter account again.

On 6 February 2020, Bahraini security forces arrested Geelaman Pashteen, a poet and human rights activist who resided and worked in Bahrain, based on an Interpol Red Notice.

A supporter of Pakistan’s Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), he has been peacefully calling for equality and justice for human rights violations against the Pashtun community in Pakistan and for the release of Manzoor Pashteen, a leader of the PTM, who was arrested and detained on 27 January 2020 under draconian colonial-era laws, including for “sedition”, for a speech he gave criticizing the Pakistan military.

In 2019, the Pakistani authorities intensified their crackdown on the PTM, which campaigns against human rights abuses – arresting and arbitrarily detaining dozens of its supporters, subjecting them to surveillance, intimidation, prosecution and violence leading to multiple deaths, solely for their peaceful exercise of their human rights.

CHINA

Urgent Action: Covid-19 Journalist Tortured for Exposing Truth.

Citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, who reported stories related to COVID-19 from Wuhan starting in February 2020, has been detained and charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Zhang Zhan went missing on 15 May in Wuhan and was subsequently revealed to have been detained by police in Shanghai, more than 640km away. At the Pudong New District Detention Center in Shanghai, Zhang has reportedly been forcibly fed by officials after she began a hunger strike. She is also being shackled and her hands have been bound 24 hours a day for more than three months, and there is grave fear for her health and well-being and risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.

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TOGO

Urgent Action: Opposition Members Arbitrarily Detained

Political activists, Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo and Gérard Yaovi Djossou – both members of the Dynamique Monseigneur Kpodrzo (DMK), a group of opposition parties and civil society organizations in Togo – were arrested on 28 and 27 November, respectively, after the DMK called for a demonstration to denounce the results of the February 2020 Presidential election and the judicial harassment of government opponents. They were charged with ‘criminal conspiracy’ and ‘undermining the internal security of the state’ and have been detained. They must be immediately and unconditionally released.

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USA

Urgent Action Update: Five Face Execution in Trump’s Last Six Weeks

Four men and one woman convicted under US federal law face execution in the last six weeks of the Trump presidency. The USA federal authorities resumed executions after 17 years and have been pursuing an unprecedented number of lethal injections, bucking national and global trends towards abolition. The cases of those selected for execution have been affected by arbitrariness, ineffective legal representation, racial bias, and have involved people with severe mental and intellectual disabilities, in violation of international law and standards. We urge the USA Attorney General to halt all executions and review the broken US death penalty system.

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UKRAINE

Workers go unpaid for three years

Employees of the strategic state-owned enterprise KVARSYT, which is located in the front-line zone in Donetsk region in Ukraine, have not received wages and have been deprived of social security contributions for more than three years. After the outbreak of war in the east of Ukraine, the enterprise lost a large sales market. Neither the state concern ‘Ukroboronprom’, to which the enterprise is subordinated, nor the Government of Ukraine, nor the President of Ukraine, are making any real attempts to resolve the current situation. At the moment, the total amount of debt is more than UAH 47 million (€1.4 million) and is increasing every month. People are forced to work for free. PLEASE JOIN THE PROTEST.

The Miriam Shlesinger Memorial Human Rights Action Update December 17-23

HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

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”.

CHARITY CORNER

Although there has been little easing of the pandemic we nonetheless turn our attention to other burning needs. We still encourage you to support Doctors without Borders who are fighting the virus in the places with the greatest need of support.

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This week our chosen charity is CRY, India’s most trusted NGO, has been working towards creating happier and healthier childhoods for the last 40 years. Thanks to the support of people like you, we’ve impacted over 3 million children in India.

But we have miles to go and need your help. Out of 472 million children in India today, many are still unable to go to school, do not get proper nutrition or healthcare and are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

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.

A major calamity for indigenous people is the lack of respect for their basic human rights.Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. We fight for tribal peoples’ survival. We stop loggers, miners, and oil companies from destroying tribal lands, lives and livelihoods across the globe. We lobby governments to recognize indigenous land rights. We document and expose the atrocities committed against tribal people and take direct action to stop them. Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.

This week we focus on the Awa of Brazil.They are heavily threatened by invaders, miners, loggers and others. Please click and read about them.

Please take real steps to help them.

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.

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 raise your voice to call for an end to forced marriages in Lebanon.

URGENT ACTION CASES

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The Miriam Shlesinger Memorial Human Rights Action Update December 10-16

HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

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”.

CHARITY CORNER

Although there has been little easing of the pandemic we nonetheless turn our attention to other burning needs. We still encourage you to support Doctors without Borders who are fighting the virus in the places with the greatest need of support.

MSF confronts the virus

This week we ask you to support Charity Navigator, the non-profit that guides our giving.

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.

Genocide

Whole populations of uncontacted tribes are being wiped out by genocidal violence from outsiders who steal their land and resources, and by diseases like flu and measles to which they have no resistance.

A major calamity for indigenous people is the lack of respect for their basic human rights.Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. We fight for tribal peoples’ survival. We stop loggers, miners, and oil companies from destroying tribal lands, lives and livelihoods across the globe. We lobby governments to recognize indigenous land rights. We document and expose the atrocities committed against tribal people and take direct action to stop them. Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.

Please act for them.

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 raise your voice to call upon world business to divest from forced labor in Eritrea.

URGENT ACTION CASES

CALL

CALL FOR HER RELEASE

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Write For Rights is Amnesty International’s largest annual human rights campaign. People like you around the world write letters on behalf of people who need urgent help. People like Nassima (pictured) who has been locked up since 2018 for protesting against the ‘male guardianship’ system in Saudi Arabia. Through the power of collective action, your letters will help convince government officials to free Nassima and other people unjustly imprisoned or facing abuses. Please sign up today!

The Miriam Shlesinger Memorial Human Rights Action Update December 3-9

Our featured image shows our beloved Miriam, a great friend and human rights defender

HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

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”.

CHARITY CORNER

Although there has been little easing of the pandemic we nonetheless turn our attention to other burning needs. We still encourage you to support Doctors without Borders who are fighting the virus in the places with the greatest need of support.

A health worker takes the temperature of people riding a taxi van, amid concerns of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the main entrance of Sanaa, Yemen

This week our chosen charity is The International Rescue Committee that has launched coronavirus preparedness and response programs in over 40 countries, including the US, Greece, Italy, Syria and Yemen. Our health teams are working around the clock to rapidly detect, respond and prevent further spread of the pandemic. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. Highly rated by Charity Navigator.

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.

A major calamity for indigenous people is the lack of respect for their basic human rights.Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. We fight for tribal peoples’ survival. We stop loggers, miners, and oil companies from destroying tribal lands, lives and livelihoods across the globe. We lobby governments to recognize indigenous land rights. We document and expose the atrocities committed against tribal people and take direct action to stop them. Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.

he Sentinelese are an uncontacted tribe living on North Sentinal Island, one of the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. They vigorously reject all contact with outsiders.

Survival International lobbies, protests and uses public pressure to ensure their wish to remain uncontacted is respected.

If not, the entire tribe could be wiped out by diseases to which they have no immunity.

Please help the Sentinalese people.

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.

Look for these logos:

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 to call upon China to stop enslavement of Uyghurs.

URGENT ACTION CASES

EGYPT

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender’s Health at Risk

On 31 October 2020, the pre-trial detention of human rights researcher Ibrahim Ezz el-Din was renewed for 45 days. His health has been deteriorating since his arrest on 11 June 2019 and his 167 days of enforced disappearance. Ibrahim’s poor health puts him at increased risk of the effects of COVID-19 that has reportedly been spreading in Egypt’s notoriously overcrowded and unhygienic prisons.

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KYRGYZSTAN

Stop pressure on trade unions

Over the past two years, the trade unions of Kyrgyzstan have been fighting against the adoption of the Law “On Trade Unions”. The bill significantly restricts the scope of trade union activities, dictates the internal structure of trade unions and places trade unions under the control of state bodies. Trade unions of Kyrgyzstan held protest actions against the adoption of the bill. In response, the authorities, on trumped-up charges, opened criminal cases against the leaders of the protesting trade unions and removed them from their posts. Trade union leaders and activists become targets of arrests, constant interrogations, provocations, and pressure. Union offices and union leaders’ homes were ransacked, and union bank accounts seized. Support the demand of the trade unions by sending a message of protest to the President, Government and Parliament of Kyrgyzstan.

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GUINEA

SHERATON GRAND CONAKRY REINSTATE THE UNION LEADERS AT THE SHERATON GRAND CONAKRY!

Only a few months after winning the union election, hotel union General Secretary Amadou Diallo (pictured right) and Deputy General Secretary Alhassane Diallo (pictured left) were sacked by their employer on October 7.

The facts:

  • on August 18, 2020, Mohamed Saliou Sampil, a worker at the Sheraton Grand Conakry, accidentally breaks a flower pot in the lobby
  • on August 26, management summons M. Sampil to a pre-termination interview, and General Secretary Amadou Diallo and Deputy General Secretary Alhassane Diallo meet with management to express their serious disagreement with the proposed termination of their colleague. Within days, hotel management suspends the two union leaders without pay
  • on September 16, management terminates M. Sampil despite his apology
  • on September 28, the union presents a petition signed by a majority of the hotel workers in support of M. Sampil
  • on October 7, management terminates hotel union General Secretary Amadou Diallo and Deputy General Secretary Alhassane Diallo

The hotel, owned by the Topaz group, was opened in 2016 with a significant investment from the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), an international financial institution that offers investments to encourage private sector development in developing countries at preferential loan rates. The hotel is managed by the largest hotel chain in the world, Marriott, where the IUF has an ongoing global campaign. Despite the IFC’s Performance Standards, a set of rules intended to protect workers, and despite multiple attempts by the IUF to prevent the dismissal of the union leaders, the IFC has chosen to allow violations of its own Performance Standards as well as ILO Conventions 87, 98 and 135.

“The IUF will not tolerate such brazen violations of trade union rights, and so the IUF and its affiliates stand ready to launch our campaign for the reinstatement of General Secretary Amadou Diallo and Deputy General Secretary Alhassane Diallo,” says IUF General Secretary Sue Longley.

“We must fight hard together. The importance of this struggle is to stop union-busting, because it kills workers hope and undermines democracy,” adds General Secretary Amadou Diallo.

The Miriam Shlesinger Memorial Human Rights Action Update November 26-December 2

Our featured image shows our beloved Miriam, a great friend and human rights defender

HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

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”.

CHARITY CORNER

Although there has been little easing of the pandemic we nonetheless turn our attention to other burning needs. We still encourage you to support Doctors without Borders who are fighting the virus in the places with the greatest need of support.

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This week we ask you to help with the devastation of hurricane iota.

A category 5 hurricane is rare in November, more proof of climate change. Please go to any of the sites that enable aid for Honduras and Nicaragua.

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.

The report says that “The Yanomami and Ye’kwana people, facing a da ngerous combination of mining, malaria and COVID-19, are on their own.” Read more.

A major calamity for indigenous people is the lack of respect for their basic human rights.Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. We fight for tribal peoples’ survival. We stop loggers, miners, and oil companies from destroying tribal lands, lives and livelihoods across the globe. We lobby governments to recognize indigenous land rights. We document and expose the atrocities committed against tribal people and take direct action to stop them. Our vision is a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.

THIS WEEK’S ATROCITY

An explosive new report released this week exposes a humanitarian crisis rapidly unfolding in Brazil’s largest indigenous territory, home to the Yanomami and Ye’kwana tribes.

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“Xawara– tracing the deadly path of Covid-19 and government negligence in the Yanomami territory” was compiled by Yanomami and Ye’kwana organizations and a group of researchers from the Pro-Yanomami and Ye’kwana Network

The report says that “The Yanomami and Ye’kwana people, facing a dangerous combination of mining, malaria and COVID-19, are on their own.”

Yanomami man studying slides of blood for malaria, 2008. The invasion of miners and colonists on Yanomami land has brought an influx of disease.
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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

GUINEA

Urgent Action Update: Pro-Democracy Activist Gets Jail Sentence

On 16 November, Saïkou Yaya Diallo, the legal coordinator of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), was sentenced by Dixinn Court to one year imprisonment with five months suspended on fabricated ‘assault, violence, threats and public insults’ charges. He must be immediately and unconditionally released as his conviction stems from his peaceful protesting against President Alpha Condé’s running for a third term in office.

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CHINA

Urgent Action: Lawyer Shares Allegations of Torture

Human rights lawyer Chang Weiping, known for defending the rights of people facing discrimination, was taken away by police officers in Baoji City, Shanxi Province, on 22 October 2020. He is being held incommunicado under “residential surveillance in a designated location” (RSDL) on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power”. The arrest came six days after Chang posted a video on YouTube sharing details about his experience of torture during the 10 days he spent in RSDL detention in January 2020. The fact that Chang was subjected to torture before and is being denied access to his family and lawyer increases the risk that he might be subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

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Belarus: Free dozens of jailed union activists

On Friday, 13 November police arrested 42 trade union activists who were visiting a museum honoring Tadeusz Kościuszko. Among them are participants in the strike at the JSC Belaruskali plant. Upon leaving the museum, they were spotted by police as they carried the white-red-white flag of Belarus. Among those arrested were some of the trade union leaders released only a few days earlier. The detainees are in the courtyard of the Ivatsevichi Police station. The police are saying that “some of the arrested will be kept before trial.” Normally courts are open earliest on Monday. Please join us in sending an urgent message to the local and national police demanding their release.