|Miriam, human rights defender, 1942-2012|
EMBASSY FINDERSurvival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country. You can also find embassies here.
NEBRASKA USA GOOD NEWSThe state legislature has voted 31-15 to abolish the death penalty in the state. The governor says he will veto it, but there should be enough votes to override the veto. Cheers to the lawmakers of Nebraska. Read and hear NPR about it.
CHARITY CORNERIn the wake of the closing of the Titan and Pollyanna blogs, we are continuing the charity corner here. This week, we are referring you to Human Rights Watch. This is an NGO that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. We quote their mission statement:
"Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice."
|EU: Protecting Asylum Seekers and Refugees|
INDIGENOUS PEOPLEIndigenous tribes do not simply die out. They are killed by the actions of so-called civilized nations. Survival International provides a long list of cases in which a letter from you can and will make a difference. Please open this link and write at least one letter. This link will be a permanent feature on our blog and we would be grateful if you gave it a bit of attention each week. We suggest going down the list in the order given. The letters are pre-written for you. All you need to do is send them. It would be nice also if a donation to Survival International could be forthcoming.
This week we focus on the the Wanniyala-Aetto (‘forest people’), who live in a region of tropical forest to the east of Sri Lanka’s central mountain massif. They are thought to have lived in Sri Lanka for many millennia before the arrival of the now dominant Sinhalese and Tamils. They are commonly known by outsiders as ‘Veddah. In 1983, the Wanniyala-Aetto’s last forest refuge was designated as the Maduru Oya National Park. They were moved to government villages and banned from entering their forest without a permit. They were also banned from hunting and gathering. Survival International is trying to persuade the government to recognise the rights of the Wanniyala-Aetto to live, hunt for their own consumption and gather forest produce inside the Maduru Oya National Park. Please help as suggested in the posting.
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY
Take slavery in Iraq to the International Criminal Court
Slavery is such a significant part of ISIS’s agenda that the group has published a pamphlet on the subject, which includes instructions such as, “It is permissible to buy, sell, or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property, which can be disposed of."
This calls for action by the UN Security Council We refer you to a petition site that will transmit your call to all members of the Security Council. Please take this action.
|Demonstration against torture in Mexico|