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The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Blog February 15-21

 

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 Amnesty International. We use their resources to find our Urgent Action cases and it is only right that we give them some support in return.

 

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.

We call your attention to the struggle of the Awa people of Brazil. They have managed to get the illegal loggers off their land, but they can still use your help.

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 lend your voice to the call to put a stop to forced child marriages in Niger.

URGENT ACTION CASES

CAMBODIA

Urgent Action: Activist Immediately Jailed After Forcible Return

Sam Sokha, a UNHCR recognized refugee, was arrested and detained by Cambodian authorities when forcibly returned from Thailand on 8 February. She had been convicted in absentia of “incitement” for her peaceful political activism and sentenced to over two years imprisonment plus a fine. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience.

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BURUNDI

Urgent Action: Members of NGO Wrongly Accused, Facing Trial

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Emmanuel Nshimirimana, Aimé Constant Gatore and Marius Nizigiyimana are on trial for “threatening state security” and using fake documents. A verdict is expected on 26 February. They are members of the Burundian non-governmental organization Words and Actions for the Awakening of Consciences and the Evolution of Mentalities (PARCEM). Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience.

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THAILAND

Urgent Action: Criminalization of Peaceful Protesters

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Peaceful protesters in Thailand are at risk of arrest and up to eight years’ imprisonment as authorities seek to silence calls for authorities not to delay promised elections.

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KENYA

Urgent Action Update: New Threats Against Indigenous Community

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The Sengwer Indigenous community are facing new threats of eviction. On 21 January, a local government official announced intensified security operations to “flush out” everyone from the forest, who, he alleges, are “all criminals and cattle-rustlers”. Sengwer community member Robert Kirotich Kibor was shot at and killed and David Kosgei Kiptilkesi was seriously injured by gunshots during an eviction on 16 January.

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MIRIAM SHLESINGER HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION UPDATE JANUARY 25-31

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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 operations of  Direct Relief. Its mission:

It is highly rated by Charity Navigator and worthy of your support.

 

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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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 the freedom of the activist Gaspar Matalaev who is in prison in Turkmenistan.

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URGENT ACTION CASES

SUDAN

Urgent Action Victory! — Opposition Member Released From Sudan Prison

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Radwan Daoud, a dual national of the US and Sudan, was released without charge from Kober Prison on 18 January. He was arrested on 6 December 2017 and first detained at the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) detention centre.

Radwan Daoud resides in Oregon State. His arrest is believed to be in connection with videos he shared publicly on his Facebook account to bring attention to the police’s use of excessive force against protestors in the eastern district of Al-Greif. There has been tension between police and residents of the district protesting against the sale of public land to private investors.

He was first detained at the NISS detention centre in Al-Greif before being moved to Kober Prison. During his detention, the NISS interrogated Radwan twice about his visit to Al-Greif and about being a member of the Sudanese Congress Party. Radwan Daoud alleged being beaten, kicked and whipped with electric cables during his first two days in detention at the NISS offices.

He was denied access to a lawyer and medical attention during his 44 days in detention.

Thank you to all those who sent appeals. No further action is requested from the UA network.
USA

Urgent Action Victory! – Supreme Court Blocks Execution in Alabama

The US Supreme Court granted a stay of execution in the case of Vernon Madison who was scheduled to be executed in Alabama on the evening of 25 January. The stay is to allow the Court time to decide whether to review the claim that Vernon Madison is not “competent” for execution due to his mental disability.

EGYPT

Urgent Action Victory! Peaceful Protesters And Activists Released

Human rights activist and former Prisoner of Conscience Mahienour el-Masry and labor activist Moatasem Medhat were acquitted of all charges by Montazah Misdemeanour Court of Appeals in Alexandria. They were respectively released on 16 January and 18 January.

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Mahienour el-Masry

On 13 January, human rights defender and former Prisoner of Conscience Mahienour el-Masry as well as labour activist Moatasem Medhat were acquitted of all charges by the Montazah Misdemeanour Court of Appeals in Alexandria. Egyptian authorities released Mahienour on 16 January and Moatasem on 18 January.

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Moatasem Medhat

 

Egyptian authorities originally detained Mahienour el-Masry and Moatasem Medhat on 18 November 2017 and they were sentenced on 30 December to two years in prison for their peaceful participation in a protest on charges of “participating in an unauthorized protest” and “show of forces”. The case dates back to 14 June 2017, where Mahineour and Moatasem participated in a protest in Alexandria against the ratification of an agreement by which Egypt ceded sovereignty over two islands in the red sea, Tiran and Sanafir, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Security forces held Mahienour el-Masry originally in El-Qanater prison in greater Cairo, and later moved her to Damanhour women’s prison, 70 km east southeast of Alexandria. Security forces detained Moatasem Medhat in Borg el-Arab prison, near the city of Alexandria. The defendants’ lawyer filed an appeal and the Montazah Misdemeanour Court of Appeals scheduled a hearing on 13 January, where the court acquitted both of them.

Thank you to all those who sent appeals. No further action is requested from the UA network.

 

NORWAY

Urgent Action: Student at Risk of Deportation to Afghanistan

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18-year old student Taibeh Abbasi is at imminent risk of being deported to Afghanistan, a country she has never been to. Despite the rise in the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, Norway has declared Kabul safe for returns. Should Taibeh Abbasi be deported to war-torn Afghanistan, she would be at serious risk of human rights violations.

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TURKEY

Urgent Action: Turkish Medical Association Facing Threats

The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) and its prominent members have been subjected to threats of violence, following a statement they issued on 24 January, calling for an end to the ongoing military operation by the Turkish armed forces in Afrin, northern Syria. The TTB lodged a request with the Ankara Governorship to provide protection for its offices and members, but they have received no response.

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USA

Urgent Action: Ohio Prepares for Its First Execution of 2018

Raymond Tibbetts, aged 60, is due to be executed in Ohio on 13 February. His lawyers are urging the Governor to take account of mitigating evidence they say the clemency board failed to give proper weight to, and about which the jury was not fully informed.

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MEXICO

Urgent Action: Two Young Men Remain Disappeared

Between 27 December and 3 January, at least seven young men disappeared in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state. Most cases point to the involvement of local police. Three of the disappeared men were found alive with signs of torture; two others were found dead. The whereabouts of two still remain unknown.

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Coca-Cola is a major sponsor of this year’s Winter Olympics, a huge opportunity for the world’s largest beverage company to promote its brands, its images and its sales. Since March 2015 Coke’s exclusive bottler for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, Coca-Cola Amatil (“The power behind our region’s favorite brands”), has been busy bashing rights. There should be no place for Zero Rights at the Olympic Games. Please click and join the protest.

 

Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update December 21-27

In our featured image, we show what is badly needed in Venezuela NOW

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 Mercy Corps. Their mission statement:

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. We are a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

They have an excellent record and deserve to be our year’s end charity.

 

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 which exposes them to diseases for which they have no immune protection. Please help to protect them.

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When uncontacted tribes’ rights are respected, they continue to thrive.G. Miranda/FUNAI/Survival

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 close the Libyan slave markets.

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URGENT ACTION CASES

CAMBODIA

Urgent Action: Head Of Dissolved Main Opposition Party Jailed

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On 3 September, Kem Sokha, president of the dissolved main opposition party, was arrested at his house in Tuol Kork district in Phnom Penh, on politically motivated accusations of treason. If convicted he faces up to 30 years in prison. He has been denied bail.

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VENEZUELA

Urgent Action: Venezuela To Run Out Of Antiretrovirals In 2018

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Representatives of various organizations denounced the crisis suffered by HIV-AIDS patients

The Venezuelan government has reportedly not yet signed an urgently needed order for the purchase of vital antiretroviral medication in Venezuela, putting the lives of at least 77,000 people living with HIV in the country at risk. The dwindling stock of antiretroviral medications will finally run out in March 2018, according to local civil society. In our featured image above we show how important this medication is.

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HONDURAS

Urgent Action Update: Violence Against Protestors Escalates

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Thousands of Salvador Nasralla’s supporters are shown holding a demonstration in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on December 3, 2017.

At least 20 people have reportedly been killed, hundreds detained and others injured following the violent repression of protests regarding the processing and counting of votes following the presidential elections in Honduras on 26 November.

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ALGERIA

New government attack on independent energy union

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The government of Algeria is escalating its war on the independent union of electricity and gas workers SNATEGS, which organizes workers at the state energy company SONELGAZ. Hundreds of union members, delegates and officers have been dismissed, harassed and persecuted on bogus legal charges for exercising their fundamental rights. Please join the protest.

THE MIRIAM SHLESINGER HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION UPDATE NOVEMBER23-29

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

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bobmarleysomepeoplefeeltherainquote

 

CHARITY CORNER

This week we turn our attention toReporters Without Borders. Reporters Without Borders (RWB), or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press. We invite you to see their press freedom rankings and to make a donation. You can also check out where your country ranks.

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.

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Takwarentxia with a monkey, Juriti community, Brazil.
© Fiona Watson/Survival

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:

 

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 to participate in the abolitionist movement against modern slavery. The good news from California–The good news from California–

Goal:

To support our partner Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), asking Governor Brown to sign new laws that apply to California that would help end victims of modern slavery from being criminalized for crimes they were forced to commit.

Summary:

Five bills that aim to help human trafficking victims caught in the criminal justice system were under consideration in the Californian Assembly. We gathered signatures calling for Governor Brown to support the two bills that offered the best protections possible. These were AB 1761 (Affirmative Defense for Human Trafficking Victims ), which will ensure that human trafficking victims are not convicted of crimes their traffickers forced them to commit, and AB 1762 (Vacating Convictions for Human Trafficking Victims), which will help protect trafficking victims from being haunted by their past convictions and remove barriers to employment and housing.

Outcome:

AB 1761 was signed into law by Governor Brown in September of 2016, but AB 1762 was vetoed

A step forward.

 

URGENT ACTION CASES

 

 

MALAYSIA

Urgent Action Victory! Investigations Into Human Rights Defender Closed

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The Malaysian police have officially closed all investigations into Maria Chin Abdullah, who was detained under security laws for organizing a rally on free and fair elections. Placed in solitary confinement for ten days in November 2016, she was released on 28 November 2016 and has continued with her human rights work. She is grateful for all the support and no further action is needed.

INDIA

Urgent Action Update: Grave Health Fears For Paralyzed Activist In Prison

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Disabled activist and teacher, G N Saibaba was convicted under a draconian anti-terror law on 7 March 2017 and continues to be denied access to adequate medical treatment in Nagpur Central Jail. Due to chronic health issues, his family fear that he will not survive the winter if he is not provided immediate and adequate access to medical care.

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BURUNDI

Urgent Action: Defender Accused Of Undermining State Security

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Nestor Nibitanga, a former member of the deregistered Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), was arrested in Gitega on 21 November. Burundian police have accused him of undermining state security.

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USA

Urgent Action: Border Officials Forcibly Separate Families

US border agency officials forcibly separated four Central American asylum-seeking fathers from their children after their arrival to the US, in violation of US standards on family unity during immigration detention. The parents are subsequently suffering from emotional distress, and the whereabouts of two of the children are still unknown.

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SINGAPORE

Urgent Action: Activist Faces Seven Charges For Peaceful Protest

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Singapore activist Jolovan Wham is facing seven charges for organizing several peaceful assemblies over a one year period, including a vigil protesting the execution of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan in July 2017. If found guilty, he could face up to 3 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of SGD$11,000 (USD$ 8,100).

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LIBYA

End campaign of intimidation against Nermin Al-Sharif

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Nermin Al-Sharif, leader of the Dockers’ and Seafarers’ Union of Libya, works relentlessly for the protection and advancement of human, workers’ and women’s rights in Libya, in the Arab region, and globally. As a result, she has been subject to ongoing attacks on her freedom and personal safety including several attempts on her life. Please join the protest.

 

 

Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update November 23-29

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Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

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

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bobmarleysomepeoplefeeltherainquote

CHARITY CORNER

This week we call your attention to Reporters Without Borders. Reporters Without Borders (RWB), or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press. We invite you to see their press freedom rankings and to make a donation. You can also check out where your country ranks.

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.

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Takwarentxia with a monkey, Juriti community, Brazil.
© Fiona Watson/Survival

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 to participate in the abolitionist movement against modern slavery. The good news from California–The good news from California–

Goal:

To support our partner Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), asking Governor Brown to sign new laws that apply to California that would help end victims of modern slavery from being criminalized for crimes they were forced to commit.

Summary:

Five bills that aim to help human trafficking victims caught in the criminal justice system were under consideration in the Californian Assembly. We gathered signatures calling for Governor Brown to support the two bills that offered the best protections possible. These were AB 1761 (Affirmative Defense for Human Trafficking Victims ), which will ensure that human trafficking victims are not convicted of crimes their traffickers forced them to commit, and AB 1762 (Vacating Convictions for Human Trafficking Victims), which will help protect trafficking victims from being haunted by their past convictions and remove barriers to employment and housing.

Outcome:

AB 1761 was signed into law by Governor Brown in September of 2016, but AB 1762 was vetoed

A step forward.

 

URGENT ACTION CASES

 

 

MALAYSIA

Urgent Action Victory! Investigations Into Human Rights Defender Closed

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The Malaysian police have officially closed all investigations into Maria Chin Abdullah, who was detained under security laws for organizing a rally on free and fair elections. Placed in solitary confinement for ten days in November 2016, she was released on 28 November 2016 and has continued with her human rights work. She is grateful for all the support and no further action is needed.

INDIA

Urgent Action Update: Grave Health Fears For Paralyzed Activist In Prison

Profile Shoot Of Professor GN Saibaba

Disabled activist and teacher, G N Saibaba was convicted under a draconian anti-terror law on 7 March 2017 and continues to be denied access to adequate medical treatment in Nagpur Central Jail. Due to chronic health issues, his family fear that he will not survive the winter if he is not provided immediate and adequate access to medical care.

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BURUNDI

Urgent Action: Defender Accused Of Undermining State Security

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Nestor Nibitanga, a former member of the deregistered Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), was arrested in Gitega on 21 November. Burundian police have accused him of undermining state security.

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USA

Urgent Action: Border Officials Forcibly Separate Families

US border agency officials forcibly separated four Central American asylum-seeking fathers from their children after their arrival to the US, in violation of US standards on family unity during immigration detention. The parents are subsequently suffering from emotional distress, and the whereabouts of two of the children are still unknown.

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SINGAPORE

Urgent Action: Activist Faces Seven Charges For Peaceful Protest

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Singapore activist Jolovan Wham is facing seven charges for organizing several peaceful assemblies over a one year period, including a vigil protesting the execution of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan in July 2017. If found guilty, he could face up to 3 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of SGD$11,000 (USD$ 8,100).

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LIBYA

End campaign of intimidation against Nermin Al-Sharif

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Nermin Al-Sharif, leader of the Dockers’ and Seafarers’ Union of Libya, works relentlessly for the protection and advancement of human, workers’ and women’s rights in Libya, in the Arab region, and globally. As a result, she has been subject to ongoing attacks on her freedom and personal safety including several attempts on her life. Please join the protest.

The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update October 19-25

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Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

 

We apologize for missing a week because of a hospital stay. Alas, the bad guys always seem to be healthy and active. In our feature image above,

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CHARITY CORNER

This week we turn our attention again to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar. We ask you to support Doctors Without Borders. a four star charity that is up-scaling its efforts there. Please donate to this worthy cause. We in Israel should donate more and  blush for shame since our government is providing weapons to the Myanmar army.

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. Tribal  people suffer from a variety of forms of discrimination, including blatant racism.

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A Bushman child in Botswana where her people suffer racism

THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY

The purpose of this section ofthe blog is to invite you 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 to participate in the abolitionist movement against modern slavery. You can about the subject at our freedom university.

URGENT ACTION CASES

USA

Urgent Action Victory! Texas Court Issues Stay Of Execution

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution to Clinton Young, who was due to be put to death on 26 October. The case is remanded to the trial court for resolution of the claim that false or misleading testimony was introduced at his trial.

Clinton Young was convicted in 2003 of the fatal shootings of Doyle Douglas and Samuel Petrey committed over the course of two days in November 2001. The jury’s finding that Clinton Young killed the second victim was a prerequisite for his capital conviction and death sentence. The only evidence that identified him as the person who shot Samuel Petrey was the testimony of David Page, the other person present at that shooting. He testified that Clinton Young shot Samuel Petrey from six to 10 feet (two to three and a half metres) away, but the victim had marks on his wounds showing he was shot at close range, from a distance of no more than two feet (60 cms). Since the trial, four people have provided sworn statements supporting Clinton Young’s claim that he did not shoot Samuel Petrey. According to Clinton Young’s lawyers, gunshot residue testing of a pair of gloves found at the Samuel Petrey murder scene also supports his claim of innocence.

On 2 October 2017, the lawyers filed a petition raising a number of claims, including that false or misleading testimony was introduced against him at trial. In an order issued on 18 October, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) noted that in a separate case in December 2009, it had ruled that the “knowing or unknowing use of false or perjured testimony violates due process”. Because this decision had been issued after Clinton Young’s previous habeas corpus application (in March 2009), and so this legal basis was not available at that time, he had met the requirements under Texas law for filing a subsequent petition. The TCCA issued a stay of execution and remanded the claim to the trial court for resolution.

There have been 1,461 executions in the USA since 1976. Texas accounts for 544 of these executions and six of the 20 carried out so far this year.

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

UKRAINE

Urgent Action Update: Crimean Tatar Leader Sentenced To Prison

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Prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov was sentenced to two years in penal colony on 27 September for his criticism of the Russian occupation of Crimea. The court also imposed a two-year ban on his public activities. Ilmi Umerov’s sentence should be quashed immediately and the charges against him dropped.
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ANGOLA

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender And Journalist Charged

Human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais

 

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and journalist Mariano Brás Lourenço

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have formally been charged with ‘defamation of a public authority’ and ‘outrage to a sovereign body’ in relation to an article they published on questionable acquisition of public land by the Angolan General Public Prosecutor. Both charges carry a penalty of one year in prison and three years in prison respectively.

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SOUTH SUDAN

Urgent Action: Man Held In Poor Conditions, Denied Family Visits

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James Gatdet, who was unlawfully transferred from Kenya, has been charged with several offenses among them ‘Treason’ which carries the death penalty, or life imprisonment. He is being held at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters under poor detention conditions. He has been denied visits from his lawyers and family since 15 September.

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MAURITIUS

School cleaners on hunger strike

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Two union leaders and five cleaners are on hunger strike against poverty pay at Mauritian schools. Low wages of US $43 per month and casual employment through contractors for 333 women cleaners at Mauritian government-run primary and secondary schools prompted the Confédération des Travailleurs du Secteur Publique et Privé president Reeaz Chutto and general secretary, Jane Ragoo, and five women cleaners to start a hunger strike on 13 October.

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The Miriam Shlesinger Human Rights Action Update September 7-13

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Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

In our featured image above Mercy Corps emergency responder Javier assesses needs in Cap Haitien, Haiti.  Mercy Corps is also active in Nepal, USA and other emergency sites. ALL PHOTOS: Ezra Millstein/Mercy Corps

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

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CHARITY CORNER

This week we call your attention to the Mercy Corps a charity that helps out suffering people world-wide and is actively helping hurricane victims in the Caribbean. They have an excellent record of efficiency and use of resources. Please donate to them.

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. Tribal  people suffer from a variety of forms of discrimination, such as attacks uncontacted tribes. Uncontacted tribes are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. They face catastrophe unless their land is protected. We’re doing everything we can to secure their land for them, and to give them the chance to determine their own futures. Please act for them.

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When uncontacted tribes’ rights are respected, they continue to thrive.

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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Help End Forced Marriage in Lebanon

ALERT: READ UPDATE

Momentum is growing to repeal laws that enable convicted rapists to marry their victims to avoid punishment. As well as the horrors endured by victims, this law means many women and girls where these laws exist are then forced into marriage against their will.

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URGENT ACTION CASES

ISRAEL/OPT

Urgent Action Victory! Palestinian Circus Performer Released

Palestinian circus performer and teacher Mohamed Faisal Abu Sakha was released on 30 August from Ketziot Prison in Israel. He spent nearly two years in administrative detention without being charged or tried. He has now returned home to his family in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. Thank you to all those who sent appeals. No further action is requested from the UA network.

MEXICO

Urgent Action Victory! Security Measures For Defender Implemented

In recent weeks authorities have implemented some security measures for Mario Luna, human rights defender and leader of the Indigenous Yaquí community in Sonora state, northern Mexico, following an incident on 27 June where assailants burned the car of the wife, Anahí Ochoa. During July and August Amnesty International and other organizations placed pressure on authorities to achieve advances in his protection measures.

Mario Luna Romero and Victoria Anahí Ochoa Domínguez have suffered a series of attacks over the years, including his politically-motivated imprisonment, assault against family members and, most recently, an arson attack on Anahí Ochoa’s vehicle at their home on 27 June. For the first time, the government of Sonora state and the Guaymas municipal government have implemented some measures to protect Mario Luna and his colleagues in this context, who are all traditional Indigenous Yaquí authorities in the town of Vicam in Sonora state. For security reasons, it is not possible to disclose which protection measures have been taken and which ones remain outstanding.

Amnesty International will continue to work with Mario Luna, Anahí Ochoa and other Indigenous Yaquí leaders in order to ensure all the protection measures that have been committed to are implemented and the attack investigated. Any follow up actions will be shared on Amnesty International’s online platform on attacks against human rights defenders working on issues of territory, land and the environment in the Americas here: .

No further action is required of the UA network at this time. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

VENEZUELA

Urgent Action Update: Detainee Held Incommunicado Again

After being disappeared for 23 days, Raúl Isaías Baduel is once again being held incommunicado at the National Intelligence Service facilities in Caracas, denied access to his family and lawyers. His family is concerned for his physical and mental integrity.

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VIET NAM

Urgent Action: Activists Held Incommunicado May Face Life In Prison

Three Vietnamese activists, Trương Minh Đức, Nguyễn Trung Tôn, and Phạm Văn Trội, are being held incommunicado at B14 prison in Hà Nội after their arrests on 30 July 2017. They have a range of pre-existing health conditions that require treatment and face a sentence of up to life imprisonment or capital punishment.

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RUSSIA FEDERATION

Urgent Action: Chechen Man’s Whereabouts In Russian Unknown

Imran Salamov is a 39-year old Chechen man who was forcibly returned from Belarus to Russia on 5 September. His whereabouts are currently unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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EGYPT

14-year-old boy tortured to confess: Aser Mohamed

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Egypt’s National Security Agency subjected 14-year-old Aser Mohamed to enforced disappearance for 34 days. The boy claims that he was tortured and ill-treated to confess to offenses he did not commit. He is at risk of an unfair trial based on his “confessions” obtained under torture. If convicted he could face up to 15 years imprisonment.

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