|Miriam, human rights defender and much more, 1947-2012|
THE GOOD NEWS FIRST
Purim is coming so let us start with happy things:
This week we can start off with a few items of success:
CAMAROON WORKERS IN SWEDEN
We wrote last week about the exploitation of migrant workers in the forests of Sweden. The union reports that the workers will get their proper wages and benefits including retroactive payments. Thanks to all who help apply pressure to the forestry companies and kudos to the union that stood up and fought.
NO OIL EXPLORATION IN HOME REGION OF INDIGENOUS TRIBE
We are pleased to report that the oil prospecting in the Camisea region of Peru has been stopped in the wake of world wide publicity that caused the Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol to back down. Thanks to all who wrote letters and joined the protest.
NOW THE TOUGH STUFF
CHILD SOLDIERS IN MALI
Islamist armed groups in Mali (Ansar Dine, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) should immediately end all recruitment, training, and use of child soldiers.
Please sign the petition to the International Criminal Court to help put a stop to this terrible practice.
UNION ACTIONS FOR MEXICO
Eric Lee informs us that we are in a worldwide week of action on behalf of workers in Mexico. Please join in to help workers and unions in Mexico.
AFRICAN REFUGEES IN ISRAEL
Please join the campaign of the New Israel Fund to prevent deportations of refugees in Israel to countries where they will be in serious danger. Your signature on the petition will help bring pressure.