Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Human Rights Action Update, August 29-September 4

Miriam, human rights activist, 1947-2012
Prominent campesino (peasant farmer) leader Margarita Murillo was shot dead in the community of El Planón, north-western Honduras, on 27 August. The safety of other members of her organization and family could be at risk. Please call for an investigation and for protection for others at risk.

Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire on 26 August, ending their conflict after 50 days. The need for justice for civilian victims on both sides is urgent, as is the need for Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Please protest to both sides.

Moses before his arrest in 2005, aged 16 years © Private
On 27 November, Moses  Akatugba was arrested by the Nigerian army, who allegedly shot him in the hand and beat him during the arrest. Now he faces death by hanging for stealing three mobile phones eight years ago. He maintains his innocence. Please act to save his life.


British migrant rights activist Andy Hall faces 7 years imprisonment and \$10 million in damages from lawsuits brought by Thai pineapple company Natural Fruit, part of NatGroup. Hall's research for workers' rights NGO Finnwatch found serious abuses at Natural Fruit’'s pineapple factory including child labour, illegally low wages, confiscation of identity documents and violence. He has been beset by fake lawsuits and accusations. Please act on his behalf.

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