|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/
WRITE FOR RIGHTSIn December, in connection with World Human Rights Day, December 10, Amnesty International sponsors this campaign of letter writing for human rights. You are invited to join in.
GOOD NEWS USA
Los Angeles ends arrests of minors trafficked into sex trade
CHARITY CORNERIn the wake of the closing of the Titan and Pollyanna blogs, we are continuing the charity corner here. This week, the we refer you to Water for People, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado, USA. We quote their vision and mission statement:
"We envision a world where every person has access to reliable and safe drinking water and sanitation."
"Water For People exists to develop high quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments."
The charity has a high, four star, rating from Charity Navigator.
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 call on you to help the Jawara tribe of the Great Andaman Island of India. The principal threat to the Jarawa’s existence comes from encroachment onto their land, which was sparked by the building of a highway through their forest in the 1970s. The Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) brings outsiders into the heart of their territory.
The ATR has also encouraged ‘human safaris’, where tour operators drive tourists along the road in the hope of ‘spotting’ members of the tribe.
Illegal hunting, fishing and gathering, from both local and foreign poachers, remains a serious threat to the Jarawa’s survival. The theft of the food they rely on risks robbing them of their self sufficiency and driving the tribe to extinction. Please take action as listed at the end of their page.
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY
|Domestic workers protest abuse|
This week we call upon you to support the International Domestic Workers Federation. You will find there several campaigns. The most recent is a call to the Indian government for justice for Nepali workers abused by Saudi diplomats.
UZBEKISTANStop Harassing Uktam Pardaev (UA 264/15)
On 18 November, Uzbekistani human rights defender Uktam Pardaev was charged with fraud and bribery. He is facing 10 years in prison. He is being targeted for his legitimate human rights work. Please act on his behalf.