Thursday, May 1, 2014

Human Rights Action Update April 25-May 1

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012

The situation for tobacco farm workers in North Carolina is dire. Many farm workers often live in labor camps with inadequate or non-functioning toilets and showers and other substandard conditions, suffer from illnesses resulting from nicotine poisoning and exposure to dangerous pesticides and work long hours for below-poverty wages.  Please click and send a message to the  President of British American Tobacco calling on him to rectify this unacceptable situation. Of course, we would like to have a world in which no one worked in tobacco fields, but we must deal with the world as it is.

Religious leader and ethnic Uighur, Abdukiram Abduveli, has been on hunger strike since mid-February in protest against being given an additional five year prison sentence. Despite having been initially sentenced to 12 years in prison, he has since been given additional sentences on five separate occasions and has been in custody for nearly 24 years. He is in critical ill-health and in need of urgent medical attention.  Please act on his behalf.  
Scroll down on the page to reach the text of the UA.
Call on FIFA to tackle modern slavery fuelling the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The conditions under which the workers are laboring are inhuman. Please call upon FIFA to play fair.
Construction workers

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