Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Human Rights Action Update January 4-11

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 Navigator. 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.
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Protest in Brussels against attacks of Islamic State in Iraq © Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Please join the call to the UN to act to stop slavery in conflict regions.



Urgent Action Victory! 

Bahraini activist Dr Sa’eed Mothaher Habib al-Samahiji has been released after completing his one-year prison sentence. He was a prisoner of conscience.


Urgent Action Update: Lawyer Held Incommunicado At Risk Of Torture

Authorities confirm that Beijing human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, last heard from on 21 November 2016, has been placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power”. His whereabouts remain unknown and, without access to a lawyer, is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Please act on his behalf.


Urgent Action: LGBTI Activist Held In Pre-Trial Detention 

Fashion designer and LGBTI activist Barbaros Şansal is being held in pre-trial detention, accused of ‘inciting the public to hatred or hostility’ for a video message and tweet he shared on social media on New Year’s Eve. He was detained on the territory of northern Cyprus and extradited to Turkey the next day. He was assaulted on arrival in Istanbul on the airport apron. Please act for him.


Urgent Action

In the first week of January, over 90 men were killed (shot dead, beheaded or quartered) in prisons in Amazonas and Roraima states in northern Brazil, as a result of riots and conflicts between criminal gangs. Authorities must promptly investigate the killings and adopt measures within the prison system to prevent similar incidents. Please call for investigations and steps to prevent such catastrophes.


DNO must pay its workers

The Norwegian based oil company DNO has not paid its 175 workers in Yemen for 18 months
Please call for DNO to meet its obligations to its exploited workers.

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