|Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012|
HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Erasmus (1466-1536)
|Desiderius Erasmus in 1523 as depicted by Hans Holbein the Younger. The Greek and Latin words on the book translate to "The Herculean Labors of Erasmus of Rotterdam".|
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 https://embassy-finder.com/
There are over 10,000 migrant children missing in Europe and it is feared that many of them have been trafficked into slavery or the sex industry according to Europol reports.
|Children pose as they wait with other migrants and refugees in line for a security check after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac, on January 26, 2016. AFP Photo|
They will say they believe the children of Syria are #notlost , not yet, not if we act right now.
Will you stand with Malala and Muzoon, adding your voice to ensure world leaders hear us loud and clear? The hashtag is #notlost.
CHARITY CORNERIn the wake of the closing of the Titan and Pollyanna blogs, we are continuing the charity corner here. This week we call your attention to the issue of malaria.
Why malaria?Malaria kills more than one million people every year, yet nobody need die. Half a billion people fall ill. We recommend the AntiMalaria Foundation which provides funding for long-lasting insecticide-treated net distributions (for protection against malaria) in developing countries.
It has a high evaluation from the monitor GiveWell.
Indigenous 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 your attention to the worldwide campaign for land rights of indigenous peoples everywhere. This is a Global Call to Action aiming to engage and mobilize communities, organizations, governments, and individuals worldwide in promoting and securing Indigenous Peoples and local communities' land rights. Please sign up and tweet your support at #LandRightsNow
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERYWe have added a new section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the site of the CNN Freedom Project 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.
This week we call upon you to join the fashion campaign, to clean up the supply chain of clothing.
Because we don't know if the clothes we wear have been made by someone who has been trafficked.
It is a little known fact that among India's garment workers there are over 200,000 young women and girls who have been trafficked to work in the cotton industry in the Tamil Nadu region of India.
Human Trafficking and Fashion
The clothes that we buy and wear arrive on shop shelves after a long journey that starts at the source, cotton being a main contributor. Cotton is grown and harvested in faraway fields, then spun, dyed and woven into fabric in factories, to be sold to consumer markets all over the world.Choose your action. The most important thing you can do is to flood your social media with information about the clothing and fashion market.
You might start with Gap. We're asking GAP to help end human trafficking in their supply chain by committing to the Make Fashion Traffik Free Protocol.
Gap are one of the largest international buyers of cotton and garments from the Tamil Nadu region in India where we know thousands of young women and girls are trafficked to work in hard and exploitative conditions in cotton mills.
Four labor activists in China have been formally arrested on charges believed to be solely as a result of their legitimate activities defending workers’ rights in Guangdong province, south-east China. Two labor activists detained with them have since been released. Please call for their immediate release.