Thursday, September 27, 2012

Human Rights Update Sep. 21-27

Yom Kippur is behind us and we wish you all a happy Succot.
I received an alert from Guy about an ill prisoner in China.  I quote Guy on how AI is functioning:
PLEASE MAKE A POINT of doing this one. The Urgent Action on which it is based (UA 271/12) was written on Sep. 20, but the folk at the Amnesty International USA office apologize for not being able to get it out to us till Sep. 25 - because of "diminished capacity". That probably refers to skilled people who have been laid off. Amnesty is in financial trouble. If sufferers of cruelty have to wait more days before we appeal for them - that is horrible. Amnesty, and the whole human-rights endeavor, need just a little bit more shove from good people.
He is absolutely right of course. 
An Uighur man, Abdukiram Abduveli, suffering from bone and joint cancer, is being
denied urgent medical treatment in prison in China.
 Here is the link

From India via I Save Lives Belgium Francophone AI
The police in Tamil Nadu state, India are cracking down on those engaged in year-long peaceful protests against a nuclear power plant project in Kudankulam. Since 9 September, more than 25 protestors have been arrested, and many others face imminent arrest. 
Please act.

Prisoner of Conscience in USA
On 20 September, US servicewoman Kimberly Rivera was arrested and detained by US military authorities after losing her deportation case in Canada and returning to the USA. She faces a court martial for desertion and a prison sentence. As she is being detained solely because of her conscientious objection to participating in the armed conflict in Iraq, she is a prisoner of conscience. 
Please act. 

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