Thursday, January 31, 2013

Action Update January 25-31

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
Dear Friends,
We have a few actions for you this week. As you certainly have noted, this is not an Amnesty International site and we deal with human rights actions calls from a variety of sources. We have women's rights, labor rights, indigenous uncontacted populations and an imminent execution in China.  Please act.

A Chinese woman who killed her husband after suffering months of domestic violence is at imminent risk of execution, after exhausting all her appeals.
According to sources within China, Li Yan is currently held at Anyue County Detention Centre in Sichuan province, south-west China. Li Yan could be executed any day between now and Chinese New Year in early February. Li Yan’s ex-husband, Tan Yong, abused her emotionally and physically from their marriage in early 2009. He frequently beat her, stubbed cigarettes out on her face and during the freezing Sichuan winters locked her outside on the balcony of their apartment for several hours with little clothing. On one occasion, he cut off one of her fingers. 

Li Yan required hospital treatment for her injuries after one attack, and contacted the authorities several times including the police. However, they did not follow-up her complaints, initiate investigations or offer her any protection.  
In late 2010, Li Yan beat her husband to death with a gun.
Li Yan was sentenced to death on 24 August 2011 by the Ziyang City Intermediate People’s Court for intentional homicide under article 232 of the Chinese Criminal Code. She appealed against the death sentence but the Sichuan Provincial Higher People’s Court upheld the verdict on 20 August 2012. Despite Li Yan’s testimonies about the abuse she suffered and evidence provided by witnesses, the court upheld the death sentence. Her last appeal to the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing was dismissed.
Please write immediately in Chinese or your own language:
n  Urging the Chinese authorities not to implement Li Yan’s death sentence;
n  Calling on them to ensure that Li Yan has access to her family;
n  Urging the National People’s Congress to introduce a legal procedure for requesting clemency in line with China’s obligations under international human rights law;
n  Urging the Chinese authorities to take all allegations of domestic violence seriously, conduct effective investigations and, where there is sufficient admissible evidence, prosecute suspects in fair trials.


Supreme People's Court President
WANG Shengjun Yuanzhang
Zuigao Renmin Fayuan
27 Dongjiaomin Xiang
Beijingshi 100745
People's Republic of China
Fax: +86 10 65292345
Salutation: Dear President

National People's Congress Standing Committee Chairman
WU Bangguo Weiyuanzhang
Quanguo Renda Changwu Weiyuanhui Bangongting
23 Xijiaominxiang, Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100805
People’s Republic of China
Email: (please send attachment only)
Salutation: Dear Chairman
And copies to:
HU Jintao Guojia Zhuxi
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujie, Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100017
People's Republic of China
Fax: +86 10 63070900
Salutation: Dear President

 I have posted a template letter for this case at the link

South Korean Action: Eric Lee calls for action to support a Korean labor leader on hunger strike 
He is protesting the sacking of 137 workers, among them the union president and general secretary, who are being punished for their union activities. They are accused of being leaders of an "illegal organization" -- the KGEU.

16 year-old Amina Filali -- raped, beaten and forced to wed her rapist, killed herself -- the only way she saw to escape the trap set for her by her rapist and the law. If we act now, we can stop this unspeakable tragedy from happening to anyone else.

Article 475 in Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to avoid prosecution and a long prison sentence by marrying his victim if she is a minor. Since 2006, the government has promised to strike this down and pass legislation prohibiting violence against women, but it hasn't happened.

Amina's sister holds a photo of Amina at a protest

Please join an AVAAZ petition to the Moroccan government calling for repeal of this terrible law.

We have three cases from Survival International. One of them involves the Bushmen of Botswana.
The recent arrests of children by paramilitary police are the latest sign of a renewed government crackdown in the CKGR.
© Survival
 Another the Awa tribe who are being pushed off their land by developers in Brazil.  We have a similar case in Peru where exploitation of land and resources are affecting tribal people.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Action update January 19-24

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
We have four actions this week, but they are all click to act cases:

Indigenous people in Peru are in severe danger because of development encroachment on their ancestral land.
Recently-contacted Murunahua man, south-east Peru
© Chris Fagan/UAC/ProPurús

Please click and help them. They are extremely vulnerable to diseases brought in by outsiders and could be wiped out completely as happened in the 19th and 20th centuries to many indigenous tribes throughout the hemisphere. Survival International is calling upon the Peruvian government to protect them.

Please sign an international petition to the Chinese government to release the Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife.

Recently a young Sri Lankan woman named Rizana Nafeek was beheaded in Saudi Arabia. She was sentenced to death for the murder of a baby in her care when she was 17 -- a charge she denied after being beaten and forced to ‘confess’ to the crime.
Now another woman is on death row awaiting execution by beheading. Siti Zainab Binti Duhri Rupa is a migrant worker from Indonesia, and a mother of two. Police suspect she was mentally ill when she ‘confessed’ to murdering her employer – but her confession was enough to seal her death sentence.
Help save Siti Zainab from execution © Documentation of CIMW
Please act to stop this execution.
The plight of immigrant domestic female workers is a major international scandal, part of the worldwide war on women that rages unrestrained.

Despite a labor relations board  decision in their favor, workers at a Nevada casino, partly owned by Deutsche Bank, are being denied their basic rights.

 Please click and tell Deutsche Bank that this is not acceptable.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Action updates Jan. 11-17

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
Eric Lee starts off the new year with three new campaigns for the rights of workers.   The countries targeted are the Phillipines, El Salvador and the USA.

In Egypt, the new government is bent on making a fool of itself. A comedian is being prosecuted for an innocent joke. Please sign the AVAAZ petition to the prosecutor general. Then pass the link on to all your friends and followers on all your social networks.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Urgent action update January 6-10

Miriam, Human Rights defender, 1947-2012

We start with a postcard about forced evictions in Haiti. The object is a bit buggy and you will have to manipulate a bit in Acrobat to read it and use it. Nonetheless, the issue is painful and worth the effort.

There have been threats against the staff of a migrant shelter in Mexico.  Please act on this case.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Update January 3

Miriam, 1947-2012

It would seem that during the holiday season human rights activists and organization take time off as well. We have only one call this week, a request from Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 to join the Nobel Laureates' petition to the Chinese government to release Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia. I quote Archbishop Tutu:
 Liu Xiaobo is a prominent Chinese intellectual, democracy activist, and the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. As a fellow Nobel laureate, I am asking you to stand with me and more than 134 other Nobel Laureates in demanding Chinese leader Xi Jinping release Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia, who is under house arrest.
 Please sign on

 Beyond that, all seems quite on the human rights web, but we all know that there will be much more coming. In the meantime, let us join the complacent XKCD  fellow.

Have a nice year.