Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Human Rights Action Update December 28-January 4

Miriam, Human Rights Defender, 1947-2012

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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


We are starting the new year with a call to donate to the organizations that guide us in our charitable giving. We salute Charity Watch, Charity Navigator and Israel Gives for their help in avoiding pitfalls and bad sites. This week we ask you to support Charity Watch.  
The others will follow in turn during the next few weeks.


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 raise the issue of forced development and its deadly effect on uncontacted tribes.  Please open the links and post them wherever you can.


We have added this section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labor which is all about modern slavery. We call your attention to the anti slavery campaign. There you can sign up for action updates.The importance of checking your sellers' supply chains cannot be overemphasized.
Look for these logos:


  Find a campaign to work for. Light must be made to shine in the darkest of places.
 Note the magnitude of the slavery issue in products around the world. Raise your voice and post this poster on all your social media sites.


33 reasons to be positive about 2016 

Amnesty International posts some good news about human rights achievements during 2016. It was a bad year, but not as bad as we thought.



Urgent Action Victory! Human Rights Defender Reunited With Family

Human rights defender Wahid Baloch has been released more than four months after suspected enforced disappearance by state security forces in Karachi. No information about his situation or whereabouts had been available to his family.


Australian unions beat back union-busting at AB InBev's Carlton United Breweries

Six tough months on the picket line, with strong national and international support, have defeated brutal union-busting by management of Australian brewer Carlton United Breweries, now owned by brewery giant AB InBev. In July, union maintenance workers at the company's Melbourne brewery were told their jobs would be outsourced to a new contractor but they could return to work as employees of the subcontractor - with a 65% pay cut! Unions and management have now concluded an agreement providing for: all workers who wish to return to work to do on their original union pay and conditions; any new contractor must meet the existing conditions; and no involuntary redundancies.

The AMWU describes the settlement as an 'enormous win' which defeated the company's attempt to use contractors to slash union-negotiated pay and conditions, and has warmly thanked all who supported the workers by sending messages to the company.


Urgent Action: Two LUCHA Youth Activists Missing 

Youth activists Gloria Senga and Musasa Tshibanda went missing on the evening of 16 December after they met with another youth activist in Kinshasa. Gloria Senga and Musasa Tshibanda are members of the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA). Please act for them.


Urgent Action: Two Political Activists Charged With Rebellion 

Two Papuan political activists have been detained as a result of their peaceful political activities and charged with “rebellion” under the Indonesian Criminal Code. They are prisoners of conscience and could face up to life imprisonment. Please call for their release.


Urgent Action: Activist's Bail Revoked For Commenting On Facebook 

Activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa may face up to 15 years’ imprisonment for posting a news article online. On 22 December authorities revoked his bail – allegedly for making joking comments on social media – and detained him in Khon Kaen Central Prison in north-eastern Thailand. Please call for his release and the protection of free speech in Thailand.

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