Thursday, October 31, 2019

MOROCCO: Detained Journalist in Critical Condition - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, October 30, 2019.

Moroccan journalist Rabie Lablak has been on hunger strike for over 45 days in Tanger 2 prison where he was transferred in April 2019 after being detained in Casablanca prison in May 2017 for his involvement in the Hirak El-Rif protests. 

Lablak is protesting the alleged torture and ill-treatment he has suffered at the hands of Moroccan security officials. Lablak’s hunger strike has continued for more than 45 days while the prison administration denies knowledge of the strike and confirms that Rabie never informed the administration of his strike and that his activities prove he is in good health.

AUSTRALIA: Refugees Held for 7 Years - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International Autralia, October 29, 2019

I am writing to you from Port Moresby where we have spent the past few days meeting with many of the refugees and people seeking asylum sent here more than seven years ago by the Australian Government.

If all goes well, by the time you read this, we will be back in Australia, safe with our families and friends.

The men here have no such opportunity. It’s a human crisis that has shocked me to the core. Just a handful remain on Manus Island now, the rest scattered throughout Port Moresby, recognised as one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

I have met mostly young men in their late 20s or early 30s. Though they came here as teenagers, in the prime of their life, their youth has been stolen. Hopes of going to university, starting their careers, having a family... all lost to them. They are doctors, musicians, marketing executives, social workers and even athletes. 

...From Craig Foster, Amnesty International Australia

Saturday, October 26, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS: Archbishop Calls for Firing of LGBTQ Teachers - ONLINE PETITION

Faithful America, October 25, 2019.

The Archbishop of Indianapolis has spent the past year pressuring Catholic schools to fire LGBTQ teachers across the archdiocese. Leaders at a local Jesuit high school refused -- so he issued a decree cutting ties with the school. 

Under pressure from Archbishop Charles Thompson, Roncalli High School has already fired two LGBTQ guidance counselors, Shelly Fitzgerald and Lynn Starkey. Now a third school staff member, social worker Kelly Fisher, says she has been fired for standing by her LGBTQ former colleagues on Facebook.

Every human being was created in God's image. No one should ever lose their job as punishment for how they were born -- or for loving their LGBTQ neighbors. Let's show Archbishop Thompson that Catholics and other Christians across the country stand with Jesuit leaders and LGBTQ Catholics in opposing this cruel discrimination!

INDONESIA: Six Face Life Imprisonment - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International Australia, October 25, 2019.

Six in Jakarta are facing life imprisonment.

Dano (Anes) Tabuni, Charles Kosal, Ambrosius Mulait, Isay Wenda, Arina Lokbere, and Surya Anta Ginting are charged with ‘rebellion’ for peacefully expressing their support for West Papua’s right to self-determination.

IRAN: Freedom for Nasrin Demanded - NEWS

Amnesty International, USA, October 24, 2019.

You have played an important part in our ongoing efforts to win the release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. Thank you.

UPDATE:   One million signtures demanding Nasrin’s immediate and unconditional release have been delivered to Iranian embassies.

Each signature represents someone like you — someone who is outraged by her cruel sentence and is willing to demand her freedom.

Monday, October 21, 2019

TUNISIA: Activist Acquitted - GOOD NEWS

Amnesty International, October 20, 2019.

On 19 September 2019, a court in Tunis acquitted 18-year-old activist Maissa al-Oueslati of all charges after facing trumped-up charges that could have resulted in her imprisonment for up to 4 years. On 4 September 2019, the police arbitrarily detained Maissa al-Oueslati and her 16-year-old brother, for filming a protester threatening to set himself on fire in front of a police station. They were interrogated without a lawyer, in a blatant violation of Tunisian law and international human rights law.

Thursday, October 17, 2019


Amnesty International, Australia, October 16, 2019.

I’m writing to you to ask you to help me reunite my family.

I haven’t seen my husband since 2017. 

I miss talking to him, I miss hearing his voice. I am scared I will forget what he sounds like.

I loved watching him play with our eldest, they were like best friends. He never had the chance to play with his youngest daughter, or just hold her hand in his, because she was born after he was cruelly taken from us. They have never even met. Giving birth to her without him by my side was heartbreaking.

I fear he has been detained in China but I have never been told where he is or even why he was detained; I have no information about him after all this time.

Where is he? I wonder about this every day. Is he safe? Is he being treated well? We miss him so much. I just want to know where he is, to speak to him again, to make sure he is safe and well.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

MADISON: Dreaming of Freedom - EVENT

Just World Educational.

Meet Yousef Aljamal, a young writer who grew up in a refugee camp in Gaza and lived through the three devastating Israeli military assaults between 2008 and 2014. He will share his experiences and insights about the lives of youth there and elsewhere in Palestine, including tens of thousands imprisoned by Israel's military regime in the West Bank since 1967.

A contributor to the anthology Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza Palestine Aljamal has recently translated into English the book Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019
2-4 pm
Christ Presbyterian Church,
944 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Amnesty International, USA, October 9, 2019.

The new sentence of 33 years in prison brings Nasrin’s total sentence - after two grossly unfair trials - to 38 years in prison. Nasrin has dedicated her life to peaceful human rights work, including defending women who peacefully protest against Iran’s degrading forced hijab (veiling) laws.
Women and girls in Iran are not allowed to leave their homes unless they cover their hair with a headscarf and cover up their arms and legs with loose clothing. Nasrin wanted to change this and she was jailed for it.
This is the harshest sentence recorded against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years, suggesting that the authorities are stepping up their repression. These sentences keep Nasrin separated from her husband and two children and stop her from being able to carry out her important work as a human rights lawyer.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

2019 Write for Rights is Live!

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You care about making a human rights impact. 
And right now, we’re kicking off the world’s largest campaign on behalf of people who have been attacked, harassed and jailed, including for their human rights work. It’s called Write for Rights, and you can be a part of it.

This year’s campaign is unique because we’re focusing Amnesty’s efforts on young people who have been targeted — young people like 23-year-old Yasaman Aryani, in the photo above.

Her case is outrageously unjust. Just this year, Iranian authorities sentenced her to 16 years in prison for peacefully protesting Iran’s compulsory veil laws for women. We must free her!

As part of Write for Rights, we are mobilizing our global community to write letters on behalf of targeted young people — showing them our support.

This works.

Former human rights defenders tell us that Write for Rights letters gave them hope during their most dire moments. Further, in the last five years, Write for Rights has helped release 26 people who were unjustly imprisoned around the world.

Birtukan Mideksa, a former Write for Rights case and human rights activist from Ethiopia told our team, “I am proof that your letters have power. Your letters set me free.” How powerful!

Next year, Yasaman could be thanking you.

MYANMAR: Rohingya Women Victims of Sexual Violence - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Australia, October 2, 2019.

You glance back. You see black smoke and fire where your village once thrived. The soldiers are burning everything.

You scramble through the forest, mud pulling at your ankles and skirt. Your baby boy is cradled to your chest. He starts wailing.  You stumble. The soldiers are getting closer.
Thousands of Rohingya women fleeing persecution in Myanmar are survivors of sexual violence at the hands of soldiers.

Rohima*, pictured above, is one of them. “I couldn't escape by myself,” she says. “Approximately 5 or 6 of them [the military] came and raped me.”
Rohima and other Rohingya women deserve justice. 

Call on the Australian Government to hold Myanmar’s military to account for sexual violence and other crimes against humanity.