Thursday, October 3, 2013

Human Rights Action Update, Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

We start this week with two calls from Survival International, the organization that fights for the rights of indigenous, uncontacted people and tribes whose native habitat is under attack by economic interests and who are abused systematically. Since they usually have no immunity to the diseases that we carry around with us, contact can be lethal. All they want is to be left alone.

The people of the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean have become objects of a most degrading type of tourism. The Jawara tribe are treated like safari animals. Please sign the petition to the Indian government to put a stop to this outrage and join the boycott.
Vehicles queue to enter the Jarawa reserve along the Andaman Trunk Road
Vehicles queue to enter the Jarawa reserve along the Andaman Trunk Road
© G Chamberlain/ Survival
.The Penan people in Malaysia are suffering from logging in their forest habitat.
The trees come down, the rivers become silted and the fish and game upon which they live are driven out. Please write to the Chief MInister of Sawarak to protest this persecution.

Over half the population of Nairobi are living in squalor caused by the failure of the government to deal with the housing issues of the population. Housing is a human right. Please join the Amnesty International call to stop this practice in Kenya.
The remains of City Carton settlement in Nairobi, after bulldozers flattened the area. May 2013. © Amnesty International

Please join a campaign to support Canadian workers who are being bullied by their employers and whose hard-won rights are being taken away.

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