|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/
TUNISIATunisian teacher Abdelfattah Said has been freed. His case was dismissed by a court of appeal on 5 February. Thanks to all who acted for him.
SOUTH SUDANJoseph Afandi, a journalist with the El Tabeer daily newspaper who was held incommunicado by the South Sudanese National Security Service (NSS) since 29 December 2015 has been released. Thanks to all who helped.
CHARITY CORNERIn the wake of the closing of the Titan and Pollyanna blogs, we are continuing the charity corner here. This week we refer you again to the Kasiisi Project Girls Support Program. Their mission is threefold: keeping girls in school, informed about their sexual health, and economically independent. The Kasiisi Project Girls Support Program has developed initiatives to assist girls in successfully completing their education. These programs include: Supplying sanitary pads to girls who are menstruating; Constructing private 'girls only' latrines; Providing accurate health information and mentorship through a female health worker. This may seem to be a somewhat delicate issue to raise, but it is a human rights problem and the future of the developing world depends on providing education to girls and young women. The Kasiisi Project is a most worthy cause.
|Primary school girls|
© Bikash Khemka/Survival
This week we call your attention to the Dongria Kondh, a tribe in eastern India, who are facing a new threat from mining on their ancestral land, despite having won a major “David & Goliath” legal battle in 2014.
The Dongria Kondh were originally threatened by international mining corporation Vedanta Resources, who tried to open a bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri hills, but were prevented by the Indian Supreme Court, which ruled that the Dongria should decide whether to allow the mine to go ahead.
The tribe unanimously rejected Vedanta’s plans to mine their hills during a historic referendum in which all twelve villages that were consulted voted against the mine. The mining company is back with the aid of the state government.
Please blast this scandal out to the world on all your social networks and take the steps requested on the site.
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY
We 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. Look for these logos:
This week we refer you to the the issue of children kidnapped into forced begging in Bangladesh. Read and watch the story of a seven year old who was mutilated after refusing to beg. Four men surrounded the 7-year-old boy, bound his hands and feet and cracked open his head with a brick. They held him down and took a switchblade to his throat. They sliced his chest and belly in an upside down cross. And in a final brutal act, they hacked him sideways, chopping off his penis and his right testicle. He survived and now we must all try to put an end to this evil. Put this out on all your social media.
People all over the world were shocked and saddened to learn of the torture and murder of Giulio Regeni, a young academic who was in Egypt to research the situation of independent trade unions. There was a great response as reported by Eric Lee, but more pressure is needed.
A big thanks to the more than 10,000 of you who very quickly turned our campaign demanding justice for murdered Italian researcher Giulio Regeni into one of our largest. But we need many more people to sign up, so please share this link widely. Please join the protests and demand true answers from the government of Egypt.