Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Human Rights Action update September 29-October 5

Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012


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".



Survival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country. You can also find embassies at


As communities across Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba hunker down to weather Hurricane Matthew, they are also bracing for extensive damage and continued loss of life. The storm has already claimed at least four lives, the latest in Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti, when a boat capsized out at sea, killing the fisherman inside. No where is more vulnerable to the looming natural disaster than Haiti. Here's how you can help Hurricane Matthew victims, particularly those in devastated Haiti.  Of the various options listed in the link, we recommend the Mercy Corps who as usual were the first on the ground.

Good News! -IRAN Homa Hoodfar Freed After Global Campaign  

Canadian-Irish-Iranian citizen Dr Homa Hoodfar, a prominent professor of anthropology, was released on 26 September and flown out of Iran to Oman. She had been detained in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison since her arbitrary arrest on 6 June.


Demand Protection for Family of Disappeared Man  

The relative of a disappeared young man in Mexico has been assaulted and threatened in an apparent attempt to stop him and his family from campaigning on their case. In July the authorities withdrew police protection for the family, days after another relative visited Canada to campaign with Amnesty International. Existing protection measures are inadequate as they failed to prevent the latest attack. Please demand action on the part of the authorities.


Help Prevent Forcible Return of Syrian Refugee 

 A Syrian refugee is at risk of being forcibly returned from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey deal. His asylum application was dismissed on the grounds that Turkey is a “safe third country.” A decision on his appeal before Greek courts is expected within days. He is currently in police custody on the Greek island of Lesvos.


Amnesty International has gathered harrowing evidence strongly suggesting the repeated use of chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, in Jebel Marra - one the most remote parts of Darfur.
The effects of these chemicals on the human body are gruesome and frequently fatal.
Based on testimony from caregivers and survivors, Amnesty International estimates that between 200 and 250 people may have died as a result of exposure to chemical weapons agents. Many – or most – are children.
Amnesty International's investigation found that at least 30 suspected chemical attacks have taken place so far this year. The most recent was on 9 September.
It is time to expose the harrowing human rights violations taking place in Jebel Marra to a world that has so far ignored them.

That’s where you come in.

By signing up to the latest Amnesty Decoders project, you can help us document the level of destruction in the region.
From 6 October, we will be mobilising a global network of digital volunteers to analyse satellite imagery and identify whether villages appear to have been attacked, damaged, or destroyed.



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