Thursday, May 22, 2014

Human Rights Action Update May 16-22

Miriam, 1947-2012, human rights defender

There are grave concerns for the safety of the 700 residents of Nanongbong village in north-eastern Thailand, after it was attacked by at least 100 unidentified armed men on 15 May. Some of the villagers were assaulted and detained for around six hours during the incident. It is believed that the attack is connected to opposition to the planned expansion of a local gold mine. Please act.
Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, a Burundian human rights defender, was arrested during the night of 15 to 16 May and is detained on spurious charges relating to state security after making declarations on Burundian radio.  Please act on his behalf.

Five Syrian asylum-seekers held at a detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, are in danger of being returned to their home country, where their lives or freedoms are at risk. Due to ongoing instability and human rights violations occurring in Syria, all Syrians are prima facie entitled to international protection. Please act for them.

Please support a campaign by international labor rights organization to protect workplace human rights in Mexico.

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