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4 months ago

Thx Davida! Signed and shared

Stop deadly attacks against journalists in Pakistan
4 months ago

Copyright: Aamir Qureshi


On 28 March 2014, journalist and human rights defender Raza Rumi narrowly escaped death. He was returning home from work in Lahore when his car was sprayed with bullets. Rumi suffered minor injuries. His security guard, Anwar Hussain, received serious gunshot wounds and was paralyzed. His driver, Mohammad Mustafa, was killed.


The incident was far from unique. Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. 34 journalists have been killed as a likely consequence of their work since 2008. 


Harassment, abduction, torture and killings occur with alarming frequency and  there is nowhere journalists can look for safety; attacks come from state intelligence officers, members of political parties and armed groups like the Taliban.


On 19 April, the TV anchor Hamid Mir narrowly escaped an assassination attempt that his relatives blame on the ISI, Pakistan’s spy agency. Mir was previously targeted by the Taliban in November 2012 for his coverage of the group.


Over the last twenty years only two cases of journalist killings have resulted in anyone being prosecuted. The signal is clear: those who target journalists can literally get away with murder. 


To stop abuses against journalists, join Amnesty International in demanding justice for journalists under attack in Pakistan.   

5 months ago

Signed, thanks Pamylle

5 months ago

I hope the concerned will listen.

Urge Canada to Listen to First Nations
5 months ago

First Nations are concerned about Northern Gateway

The proposed pipeline is intended to transport a daily average of more than a half-million barrels of bitumen and oil from the Alberta oil sands to a new facility in Kitimat, B.C. where it would be loaded onto tankers for export.

Approval of the project would lead to :

• pipeline construction across roughly 1000 rivers and streams in the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples in Alberta and British Columbia;

• the transport of bitumen, oil and industrial chemicals across these territories and through coastal waters vital to other Indigenous nations; and

• an expected increase in demand for oil sands extraction on Indigenous peoples’ lands in Alberta.

Please write to Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources, urging his government to live up to its human rights obligations by guaranteeing that the project will not proceed against the wishes of affected First Nations.

6 months ago


On 25 February, conscientious objector Murat Kanatlı was imprisoned for 10 days. He refused to pay a 500 TL fine (approximately 165 Euros), after
a military court in LefkoÅŸa/Nicosia (territory of northern Cyprus) had
found him guilty of ‘noncompliance with the mobilization call’ as a result of his refusal to take part in military training.
MuratKanatlı declared his conscientious objection in 2009, having previously completed his compulsory military service. He refused to take part in annual compulsory military
training in 2009, 2010 and 2011, therefore there are three cases against Murat Kanatli.
He was convicted on 25 February in relation to his refusal to take part in compulsory military training exercises in 2009. Participation in the annual military training is required by the Law on Mobilization (No. 17/1980) in the territory of northern Cyprus. He still faces two further charges for his refusal to participate in the military training in 2010 and 2011.
7 months ago

Putin: Stop The Crackdown ACTION
World  (tags: LGBTI community, freedom of assembly, humanrights, Russia, activists jailed, government )
Nancy - 1 hour ago -

Mikhail Kosenko is locked up in a psychiatric hospital because he took part in an anti-Putin rally. Another 5,000 people have been detained around Moscow for similar 'crimes' since 2012. Art exhibitions and even a pillow fight have been shut down by...
8 months ago

World  (tags: Amnesty International )
Michael - 5 hours ago -

There are growing concerns for the safety of Carlos Zorrilla, an environmental activist in Ecuador, and others who have protested against development projects in the northern region of Intag.
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9 months ago

"Rise Up For The People."

These people could use your help! I do not want you to have to scroll down to read the Petition. There are extremely graphic pictures on that page, so I will put the text here. If you choose to scroll down, scroll all the way down, and gradually scroll up. You can miss seeing the photos that way.

This is a Petition to help "Migrant Workers Worldwide."

From the page, ( Petition by Rozina Negusei Atlanta, GA )

"It is time for ordinary people of the World to, "Rise Up For The People," currently under siege in Saudi Arabia and many other parts of the World!

We have to unite, fight for and be the the collective voice of an engaged Global civil society that speaks on behalf of our violated fellow human beings. We cannot remain silent and watch the human rights of these innocent domestic migrant workers be violated. It is criminal not to rise up together to stop and exercise the growing Power of the People's voice. We will ensure that their suffering is not in vain. Our campaign can and will transform their plight now.

â¦Â We petition Governments responsible for allowing the the atrocities that are perpetuated against migrant domestic workers within their borders to ensure that domestic workers obtain legal protection and have prompt and immediate access to remedies and justice, and that employers are aware of their obligations when recruiting domestic workers. We want employers who break these rules to be held accountable and punished by law so that no more migrant domestic workers are harmed again. They need counseling to overcome the suffering they've endured.
â¦Â We petition the migrant domestic worker's Governments, to defend and support them as needed.
â¦Â We petition the UN Committee on Migrant Workers and the Committee Against Torture(CAT)to monitor the implementation of the Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment by its State parties within the countries where migrant domestic workers are being abused.
â¦Â We petition the International Labor Organisation (ILO) to register our complaints against entities that are violating international rules and assist Governments in developing and implementing new laws, policies and action plans.
â¦Â We would like to see an increase in the quality and quantity of International Media coverage addressing migrant domestic workers issues Worldwide.

United Nations, Human Rights Charter, Article 1., states:
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

Article 5., states:
"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

Article 7. states:
"All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.""

Current total is 1241, Please tweet, facebook, and pass this link on.

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.
Mary Oliveau { hugs } 

This post was modified from its original form on 07 Dec, 4:00
Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia
9 months ago

Imagine being imprisoned for voicing a New Year's Eve wish for peace and democracy.

That was one of the reasons Ethiopian authorities sentenced iconic dissident journalist Eskinder Nega to 18-years in prison on charges of terrorism and treason.

Free speech is not a crime - it's a human right. Help us defend it.

Join Amnesty in calling for Eskinder Nega's immediate and unconditional release.

Eskinder is one of 10 urgent human rights cases highlighted in Amnesty International's 2013 Write for Rights campaign, the world's largest and most effective letter-writing event.

Every day that Eskinder and other journalists remain imprisoned, the dark cloud of oppression in his country grows more menacing.

Eskinder and his family have endured arrest and harassment from authorities for years. In 2006 and 2007, Eskinder and his wife, Serkalem Fasil, along with 129 other journalists, opposition politicians and activists, were detained and tried on treason charges in connection with protests following the 2005 election.

Serkalem gave birth to their son Nafkot while in prison.

9 months ago
Another petition, from Amnesty USA
Free Yorm Bopha! Justice for Cambodian Housing Rights Defender

This may be our last best chance to free for Yorm Bopha. She is a powerful voice for the rights of the Boeung Kak Lake community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where thousands of people have been forcibly evicted since 2007. The Cambodian government has tried to silence her, convicting her of baseless, fabricated charges as a result of her peaceful activism defending the rights to housing and freedom of expression. This Friday, November 22, she has an appeal hearing before the country’s Supreme Court, which could be her last chance for release.

The housing rights’ advocate and mother of one has been locked up since September 4, 2012, when she was arrested on charges of planning an assault on two men. Yorm was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in December 2012, despite the fact that no evidence links her to the crime. Without your help, Yorm Bopha will remain behind bars until September 2014.

Time is short -- send a message NOW to demand Cambodian officials release Yorm immediately! No one should be punished for peacefully standing up for the rights of others."
1 year ago

Thank you for this post. Signed!

1 year ago

Signed, thank you for posting Pamylle.

1 year ago

Petition signed. Thank you, Pamylle.

Perenco: Oil and Violence in the Mayan Forest
1 year ago

The Anglo-French company Perenco operates oil wells in the Laguna del Tigre National Park in Guatemala, the largest wetland in Central America. Local people are being deprived of rights as basic as the right to education, the right to health, or access to title to the land they live on. 

Instead of guaranteeing human rights for residents of this area, the Guatemalan government has created an army battalion, financed in part by oil exploitation, to intimidate and forcibly displace groups they consider “troublesome” for the development of the region. 

Local communities in Petén need our support so that violence against them ends and their rights are respected

Shell: Own up. Pay up. Clean up.
2 years ago

We the undersigned write to express our concern about the ongoing impact of oil pollution on economic, social and cultural rights in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

We urge you to acknowledge Shell’s responsibility for the impacts of oil pollution in the Niger Delta, and we call on the company to:

  • Contribute the full $1 billion identified by UNEP as the start-up amount needed to establish an independent fund to clean up pollution in Ogoniland.
  • Carry out a comprehensive clean-up of oil pollution and environmental damage in Bodo and all other affected sites, in consultation with local communities.
  • Support the need for further assessment of oil pollution across the wider oil-producing Niger Delta region.
  • Pay fair and adequate compensation to all affected communities.
Actions taken, so far

Drop the pending charges against Sudanese journalist Abuzar Al Amin
2 years ago


Drop the pending charges against Sudanese journalist Abuzar Al Amin

 Abuzar Al Amin, former deputy editor-in-chief of Rai Al Shaab, a Sudanese newspaper affiliated with the opposition Popular Congress Party, was arrested in May 2010. Rai Al Shaab’s office was raided and shut down by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NIS the following day. He was convicted and sentenced to five year’s imprisonment on 14 July 2010 under articles 50 and 66 of the 1991 Criminal Act, for “undermining the Constitution” and &ldquoublishing false news” in relation to articles he wrote that were considered critical of the government. One article was an opinion piece, which claimed that the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir did not enjoy wide support among the population. In May 2011, the Supreme Court reduced his sentence to one year and his release was marked for 3 July. The NISS brought a further two charges against him two weeks prior to his release date.

 Abuzar Al Amin was finally released on bail on 22 August 2011. However, the charges against him have not been dropped and he has not been brought before a court. As a result, he is currently limited in his capacity to work due to the risk of re-arrest. His newspaper Rai Al Shaab had been reopened in October 2011 but was shut down again on 2 January 2012.

 Abuzar Al Amin was considered a prisoner of conscience at the time of his detention, during which he was held incommunicado and reportedly tortured and otherwise ill-treated by the NISS.

 The right to freedom of expression has long been curtailed in Sudan. In the last two years, the government’s intolerance to dissent intensified, and with it, the repression of all vocal critics of the ruling party. Journalists facing criminal charges like Abuzar Al Amin constantly fear arrest and intimidation.

Amnesty International is calling for all charges against Abuzar Al Amin to be dropped, including the charges brought against him in July 2011, which are believed to be politically motivated.  Join us in demanding an end to these violations.


 Send an email to the Minister of Justice in Sudan, Mohammed Bushara Dusa, urging him to drop all charges against Abuzar Al Amin.

2 years ago

All AI actions here have been taken...thanks!  1love

Don't Let Congress Gut the Violence Against Women Act
2 years ago

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) -- a key piece of legislation that aims to protect women in the U.S. from terrible acts of violence and exploitation.

But critical parts of the bill -- to protect Native American, LGBT people and immigrant women in particular -- are in danger of being left out. We strongly support women's human rights and the Violence Against Women Act; help us ensure that we have a strong bill that protects ALL women.

Native American and Alaskan native women face domestic and sexual violence at epidemic proportions -- and Amnesty has worked on researching this human rights crisis for years. One in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime. Two in five suffer from domestic violence. The Violence Against Women Act would be tragically weakened if it doesn't include protections for Native women, who endure such extremely disproportionate rates of violence.

Don't let Congress kick Native American, LGBT people and immigrant women to the curb. Demand that Congress protect ALL women by supporting the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act today! Read More »

Illegals are the good folks who stole this area by conquest back in 46...
2 years ago

History lesson; A) who is not really an illegal immigrant in the southwest B) who really are the illegal immigrants(hint-it's the folks building fences)....

Make the DREAM Act Come True -US
2 years ago

Amnesty International supports the DREAM Act, which will take an important step toward ensuring respect for the human rights of young undocumented immigrants. The DREAM Act provides an opportunity to gain legal status for undocumented students who entered the country before the age of 15, have been physically present in the United States for at least five years, graduate from high school, and/or complete at least two years of college or military service. Take action now for immigrants, youth and future generations by calling on your Members of Congress to support the DREAM Act. Read More »

Stop the Execution of Reggie Clemons in Missouri
2 years ago

Reggie Clemons was sentenced to death in St. Louis as an accomplice to a 1991 murder. There was no physical evidence and since allegations have arisen of police coercion, prosecutorial misconduct, and a ‘stacked’ jury in the Clemons case. Despite so many lingering questions, Missouri is still planning to execute Reggie Clemons.

The Clemons case illustrates many of the flaws of the US death penalty system. Urge Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to stop the execution. Learn more

Whether Reggie Clemons is innocent or guilty, traveling to Missouri's death row to meet him in person sharpened my belief that the death penalty is an inherently contradictory moral proposition.

Help Secure the Release of Dhondup Wangchen
2 years ago
Dhondup Wangchen risked everything – his family, his livelihood, his life – to help the Tibetan people speak of their suffering to the world. Now he is in prison, suffering from medical neglect and other abuses. Come together to demand his freedom.

In 2008 Dhondup made a film called "Leaving Fear Behind," capturing the voices of fellow Tibetans on the eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. China was awarded the prestigious Games with the hope that human rights in Tibet and elsewhere in China would improve.

Instead, China's repression in Tibet has only worsened.
Attempts by Tibetans to secure their human rights are routinely crushed. Dhondup has been punished severely. He was tortured and held without charge for nearly a year, then sentenced in a secret trial to six years imprisonment for "inciting separatism."

Dhondup suffers from Hepatitis B and was denied medical treatment. My sister in-law takes food and clothes to the prison every month, but it is extremely difficult to obtain reliable information about Dhondup's condition.

Call on the Chinese authorities to give Dhondup the medical attention he urgently needs and to immediately release him and all prisoners of conscience.

Dhondup and I come from northeast Tibet -- the epicenter of recent protests against the Chinese authorities. In my husband's documentary, people express their frustration with the situation, which seems to grow worse each year. Nomads are evicted from their pastures, school children were recently expelled for demanding Tibetan textbooks, natural resources are exploited with no respect for nature, monasteries are under constant surveillance, and Tibetans fear that they might never see the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

My people have responded with dramatic acts of self-sacrifice -- including setting themselves on fire -- as a last attempt to demand the same freedom and rights that every human being should enjoy. I saw horrific photos and videos of these self-immolations and wonder why something like this has to happen in our world.

Never give up hope
My husband tried to show the world both beauty and struggle inside Tibet. Despite our hardships, my family believes in humanity -- we will never give up the hope that there is a better tomorrow.

Please join me in showing Dhondup that
you see him, you hear him, and that you will speak for him and all prisoners of conscience when their voices are silenced.

Please act today. Click here to join Amnesty International's global campaign demanding the release of Dhondup and all prisoners of conscience.

I am incredibly grateful for your kind acts.

 Lhamo Tso

PS - At the moment, I am travelling through North America to speak about Dhondup. My tour is organized by different groups, including Amnesty International USA. I feel encouraged to meet people who show sincere concern about the situation of my husband and the many other political prisoners in Tibet. Please check my itinerary -- it would be a pleasure for me to meet you!

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