Sunday, July 21, 2019

GUATEMALA: Xinca Lawyer Threatened - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, July 19, 2019.

Lawyer Quelvin Jimenez reported that on 23 June a group of people, carrying small arms and machetes, disrupted a meeting of the Xinca Indigenous People authorities in Jumaytepeque, Santa Rosa (Southwest Guatemala). 

They verbally threatened and beat some of the participants. Quelvin escaped but was stopped by a vehicle where three people got out accusing him of attacking them.

Police took them all to a municipal police station in Barberena. Hours later, he was released free of charges. The Attorney’s office should investigate these attacks and guarantee Quelvin’s protection.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

MADISON: Gaza Freedom Flotilla - NEWS

Amnesty International, Group 139.

The Gaza Freedom Flotilla comes to Madison July 24-25!

Since 2008, the Freedom Flotilla movement has sent 35 ships attempting to break Israel’s illegal, US-backed military blockade that has devastated Gaza and denied 2 million people –half of them children -- access to food, clean water, fuel, medicine, employment and basic human dignity for 13 years.

On Wednesday and Thursday July 24 and 25th, the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) welcomes the Gaza Freedom Flotilla’s North American Boat to Gaza campaign to Madison with two days of activities.

On Wednesday evening, a pontoon will give visibility to the crisis in Gaza on Lake Mendota offshore from the Union Terrace and The Edgewater. We will also be leafleting the crowd on shore. (Anyone interested in helping with this, please email

On Thursday, former flotilla participants Kathy Kelly (Voices for Creative Non-Violence) and Kit Kittredge (NA Boat to Gaza Campaign) will talk about Gaza, the importance of the flotilla and plans for the next international sailing in 2020 at 7 pm at James Reeb Unitarian Congregation, 2146 E. Johnson Street, Madison. 

This free event will feature a display of Gaza children’s artwork as well as refreshments & dessert including baklawa; donations to benefit the Flotilla and another Maia Project clean water system for kids in Rafah will be appreciated.

For more information, contact MRSCP at ,, or check out the face book event.

Welcomed by WORT RADIO. (Kit Kittredge and Kathy Kelly, fresh from the Freedom Flotilla's activities in Chicago, will be interviewed live on WORT's A Public Affair by host Allen Ruff from noon-1 pm on Thursday 7-25. Kathy Kelly will also be a guest on The Morning Buzz with Jan Miyasaki between 8 and 8:30 am on Wednesday 7-24 … tune in at 89.9 fm or listen live on line.)

Monday, July 15, 2019

ITALY: Roma People Homeless after Forced Eviction - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, July 12, 2019

Around 500 Roma people, including around 150 children, pregnant women and older people, were left homeless after being forcibly evicted by authorities from their settlement in the municipality of Giugliano in Campania, in southern Italy, on 10 May. The families have since found shelter in an industrial area but urgently need adequate alternative housing solutions. Authorities must urgently comply with European mechanisms’ request that Italy adopts immediate measures to eliminate the risk of serious and irreparable harm and guarantee Roma families’ rights and safety.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

PHILIPPINES: Human Rights Defender Threatened - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Autralia, July 3, 2019.

On 22 April, Cristina Palabay received a text message: she would be killed this year.
Hours earlier, someone had shot and killed her colleague Bernardino Patigas. She and Bernadino both worked with Philippines human rights collective, Karapatan.

We need to act now and stop the opponents of human rights from killing Cristina as well.

Call on the Philippine authorities to give Cristina and other human rights defenders police protection.