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.

China:
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 YanĂ¢€™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.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 7 MARCH 2013 TO:


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: tgxx@npc.gov.cn (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.


 RAPE VICTIMS IN MOROCCO
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.

INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS REQUIRE PROTECTION
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.
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 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.

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