Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Human Rights Action update May 1-8

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012
We posted this last week  but we are told that the link that we gave failed to bring up the UA. We are reposting it since it is still very relevant. 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.

We are seeing there a reenactment of Rwanda two decades ago. The civil war fomented by the rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar is destroying the people. . Their power struggle is fueling an ongoing slide into genocide. Please sign the AVAAZ petition to stop the bloodshed.

A prominent human rights activist has been missing in Thailand since 17 April 2014. It is feared that Pholachi Rakchongcharoen, also known as “Billy,” has been subjected to enforced disappearance in response to his activism.  Please act for him.

On 7 April two men, video journalist Zaw Pe and Win Myint Hlaing, were each sentenced to one year in prison in Myanmar because of their attempted investigation and criticism of education authorities in Magwe Region. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released. Please join the call for their immediate and unconditional release.

Please help these striking workers who are being persecuted at a large paper mill. It will take you less than a minute.

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