|Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012|
HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Erasmus
EMBASSY FINDERSurvival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country.
http://embassy.goabroad.com/ You can also find embassies at this link. https://embassy-finder.com/
DECLARATIONS OF PRINCIPLESNo one in his/her right mind would consider Amnesty International a threat to security. Nonetheless it has been subject to electronic surveillance. The revelation that the UK Government has been systematically spying on the electronic communications of Amnesty International has thrown into sharp focus the need for a strong and effective system to monitor and regulate electronic surveillance by governments. The surveillance of Amnesty was not only illegal but puts at risk human rights activists around the world who are in touch with the organization. Read More...
Press freedom is under attack around the world. The trial and conviction of Aljezeera journalists in Egypt is another link in this nefarious chain. This sends a chilling message from the Egyptian authorities that anyone exercising their freedom of expression could face arbitrary detention and ill-treatment in detention.
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 Books for Africa. This is a highly rated charity that provides books for a book-starved continent. We quote:"Books For Africa. A simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa.
Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 33 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. Over the past 12 months we have shipped 2.4 million books, 665 computers and 200 e-readers containing 1.6 million digital books, as well as 5 new law and human rights libraries to 21 African countries. More than $2.3 million was raised last year to ship the books to the students of Africa."
They have a four star rating from Charity Navigator. Please donate.
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 want to discuss the role of international law in the survival of indigenous peoples.
When tribal peoples lose their lands, their societies disintegrate and individuals often succumb to alcoholism and fatal diseases.
The only international law that can secure tribal peoples’ land rights is the International Labor Organization Convention 169. ILO 169 recognizes and protects tribal peoples’ land ownership rights, and sets a series of minimum UN standards regarding consultation and consent.
ILO 169 has been around since 1989, but only twenty-two countries have ratified it so far. At this rate, it will be another 170 years before every country has ratified the Convention. Every country that does so, strengthens its force, and gives tribal peoples a greater chance to survive and thrive. Please open the link and write to your MP, congressperson or Prime Minister calling for ratification of ILO 169.
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERYWe have added a new section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. We refer you to the site of Walk Free where you can find a large number of campaigns against manifestations of slavery in different countries. The number of people living in slavery is of the order of 35 million, which indicates the extent of the problem. We suggest that you look up the Fair Trade movement in your country and make an effort to avoid buying slave-produced products. Look for this logo:
This week we focus on forced marriage.
Every year forced marriage sentences millions of women and young children to a life in slavery. It’s a crime that’s widespread, but rarely spoken about – a crime that flourishes in the shadows of society. The UN says that forced marriage is likely to increase in the coming years unless major changes occur. Please act.