Thursday, November 28, 2013

Human Rights Action Update Nov. 22-28

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

We have in the past called for action to obtain justice for Miriam Lopez who was raped by Mexican soldiers and then held for seven months on false charges. She had the courage to complain, but nothing has been done. Our friends from Amnesty Australia are running a campaign for her. Let us all join them.  It is a good idea to send a copy to your local Mexican embassy. As AI Australia write on their site:

Without your help, Miriam will not receive the justice she deserves for the awful crimes committed against her.

On Human Rights Day, 10 December, we will close this action and present all your names to Jesús Murillo Karam, Mexico’s Federal Attorney General. It will mark two years that Miriam has been waiting for justice.
In our experience, emails can be go down when flooded with actions from around the world. Take action and send your email now to Jesús Murillo Karam.
Miriam Lopez, LWM 2013 stamp artwork
Demand justice for Miriam López © Amnesty International


The plight of the Awa people in Brazil has attracted major media attention. They have been recently featured in both Vanity Fair and the Sunday Times. The result has been 55,000 letters to the Brazilian authorities and suddenly they have become a priority.
STANDING TALL Awá men and boys, in the Território Indígena Awá, in the Brazilian Amazon.

We applaud the media celebrities who have joined this campaign and are proud to have been part of it. We shall continue to monitor this action. We invite you to display the Awaicon. 
Brazil: Save the Awá 

 In Morocco a girl who has been raped is forced by law to marry her rapist. This of course condemns her to a life of misery at the mercy of a man who attacked her and will continue to do so.  Please sign a petition to put an end to this terrible practice.
End Moroccan Laws Requiring Women To Marry Their Rapists

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Human Rights Action Update Nov. 15-21

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
Sixty families from two rural communities in the state of Maranhão, northeast Brazil, were left homeless and landless after being forcibly evicted by Maranhão police. The community Campo da Bandeira has also been threatened and intimidated by gunmen patrolling the area. Four community leaders have been “marked down for death”. Please act on this issue. A template letter to the Brazilian authorities is available for personalized editing on your part.

Acts of intimidation are being carried out and false charges are being raised against labor activists in Mexico. Please protest and demand the dropping of the charges. If the form comes up with my details, just erase them and put in your own. The site can be too user-friendly at times.

Australian-based manufacturer of medical gloves and condoms, Ansell continues to attack its workers. Suspending striking trade union members in Sri Lanka and replacing them with contracted scabs puts a bad stain on Ansell’s products that are exported throughout the world. Please join this campaign here. Also please send the solidarity message to our sisters and brothers in the free trade zone of Sir Lanka.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Human Rights Action Update Nov.8-14

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
In 1996 the Pahari activist, Kalpana Chakma, from the Chittagong Hill Tracts, disappeared. At 23 years old, she was abducted from her home in Lallyagona village, Baghaichari, Rangamati district. Since then the police have done little or nothing to bring her abductors to justice. The courts have rejected the feeble "reports" and excuses of the police. Please click to sent a letter to the Home Minister demanding justice for Kalpana Chakma.

Eskinder is serving an 18 year prison sentence in Ethiopia for ‘incitement to commit terrorist acts’ and ‘treason’ - but he is neither a terrorist nor a traitor. He is a firm believer in free speech and an honest journalist, which frightens dictators. . Please sign the petition to bring him home.


 He is a brave activist who wrote:

‘Individuals can be penalised, made to suffer (oh, how I miss my child) and even killed. But… I will live to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It may or may not be a long wait. Whichever way events go, I shall persevere.’
Eskinder Nega

Oscar López Triviño was murdered on November 9 in the Colombian city of Bugalagrande a day after he and other members of his union, SINALTRAINAL, received death threats from paramilitaries. The union had been on hunger strike at Nestlé beginning November 5. Please join the protest of the  IUF against this anti-union terrorism and the call for action on the part of the Colombian government.


Sean Bailey has been fired by McDonald's in New Zealand as punishment for testifying before a Parliamentary committee about labor abuses by his employer. This is not only immoral and unjust, but also illegal since penalties for testimony in Parliament are a violation of the law. Please click and join the protest against this action and demand Sean Bailey's reinstatement. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Human Rights Action update Nov. 1-7

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
We have an update on the case of the human rights defender Cao Shunli who is in detention for her
human rights activities. A template letter to the authorities is provided Feel free to edit and personalize it. While we have acted on her behalf in the recent past, Amnesty International is calling on all of us to keep up the pressure on the Chinese authorities with respect to Cao Shunli. Please help put in this terrible case.

Human rights defender Kyaw Hla Aung remains arbitrarily detained in Myanmar over three months after he was arrested in connection with his peaceful activities. He has been charged with multiple offenses and is facing a lengthy prison sentence. There are serious concerns regarding his lack of access to his lawyer. Please act.  A template letter is available which you may edit and personalize.

 Human rights abuses by the Chinese government continue unabated in Tibet. 
 China’s leaders are mounting an intense campaign to draw a veil over their rights abuses and persuade governments to vote them onto the UN Human Rights Council. So if enough of us shine a light on what’s going on in Tibet -- squashing an ancient religion, banning journalists, dawn arrests --we can get China to back away from its hard-line policy in order to be sure of getting the 97 votes it needs. Please sign the AVAAZ petition.