Thursday, July 11, 2013

Human Rights action update July 5-11

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
To all our Muslim friends and readers, we wish a Ramadan Kareem.

In Tajikistan, the police and security forces frequently resort to torture and other ill-treatment to obtain confessions. Many victims of torture in pre-trial detention are left with physical and psychological injuries requiring long-term treatment, some die in custody. Those who do survive, often end up in prison after an unfair trial.  Please act to put an end to this unacceptable practice.

Mother of torture victim  Lubat Burhanova cuts a single rose from her garden to lay on her son's grave. © Amnesty International/BHR                  

The 15 year old boy Sivasooriyakumar Sanaraj left his home in Ukkulankulam, near Vavuniya, to go to school as usual on the morning of 13 June, but never came back. The local police have done nothing to investigate the disappearance and one of the suspected kidnappers, when found by the boy's family boasted of his connections with the police.  Amnesty International continues to receive reports of enforced disappearances and abductions in Sri Lanka, particularly in the north of the country. These incidents are sometimes thought to be as a consequence of an individual’s political activity, human rights work or journalism, or sometimes for the purposes of extortion or other criminal enterprises. The Sri Lankan authorities have consistently failed to adequately investigate disappearances and abductions and bring perpetrators to justice. Please write to the authorities  to call for a thorough investigation.

The war to set global labour standards in the brewing industry is being fought in the Canadian city of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
On one side, the Canadian division of the world's largest (and very profitable) brewing corporation, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev).
On the other, one of the global giant’s smallest and most vulnerable local unions in what appears to be an attempt to establish a pattern of concessions and roll-backs that the corporation could then try to impose on all of its other unionized workers around the world.

Please step  up for union members in the brewing industry.

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