|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/
United KingdomThe strike at the National Gallery of Art in London has ended with success for the union and the reinstatement of the union leader. Thanks to all who participated in this campaign. Note that there are other campaigns mentioned in the announcement, please join them.
ECUADOREcuadorian authorities have abandoned their plans to shut down freedom of expression organization Fundamedios. This is a welcome move which will allow Fundamedios to continue carrying out their legitimate human rights work. No further action is requested from the UA network. Many thanks to all those who took action.
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 return to actions on behalf of specific tribes and peoples. We ask you to write to the President of the Philippines expressing your concern for the Batak tribe of the Philippines who are at risk from land loss. Government legislation banning their traditional farming methods has had a devastating impact. Survival’s campaign helped to partially lift this ban but the Batak still face food shortages.
Apropos indigenous people, we note that "Columbus Day," which commemorates the landing of Columbus on October 12, 1492, is being replaced by many cities and states in the US by Indigenous People Day. The arrival of Europeans in the Western Hemisphere brought in an era of genocide and enslavement and the sufferings of the native peoples should be remembered.
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 call your attention to slavery at sea. Isolated at sea or on lakes, fishermen do not have access to the protections available in landside workplaces. Their isolation leaves them trapped, unable to escape for years at a time, whilst being forced to work. At worst, a disagreement with those in charge can result in summary execution and being thrown overboard. Please act on behalf of enslaved fishermen, as in the ship shown here.