Help to end the genocide in West Papua

Petition via Avaaz

Help to end the genocide in West PapuaThe West Papuan people are crying for their freedom – please sign this petition to show your support.

The world’s longest‐running military occupation and genocide has killed more than 500,000 people, and is destroying the world’s second‐largest rainforest and 50,000 years of civilisation. Why haven’t more people heard of West Papua?
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Urgently protect the Human Rights Act – it helped get my autistic son home

Petition via Change.org

My name is Mark Neary and without the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), I don’t know where my autistic son Steven would be today. After the council wrongly took him away, the Act helped me bring Steven home. Continue reading

Girls as young as young as six are being held in sexual slavery by Islamic State

Petition from Global Citizen

Call On The UN Human Rights Commissioner To Establish A Commission Of Inquiry That Collects Evidence

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Nadia Murad was taken as a sex slave by Islamic State (ISIS) militants, when they invaded the Sinjar district of northern Iraq in mid-2014, killing more than 3,000 Yazidi civilians and capturing up to 7,000. Nadia saw her brothers killed and was held captive, like many other Yazidi women and girls, for months before escaping.

Nadia has campaigned for countries to investigate and prosecute the Islamic State for its crimes against Yazidi people to hold IS troops accountable. Continue reading

Tell Nevsun ‘No’ to Modern Slavery and Human Rights Abuses

On May 3, Nevsun – the mining company that operates in Eritrea, northeast Africa, will hold their Annual General Meeting in Vancouver. We will grab this opportunity to show their investors and shareholders that we do not want companies profiting from a system of state-sponsored forced labor. Continue reading

Being gay is illegal in Sri Lanka – Let’s Stop This Discrimination Now

Being gay is illegal in Sri Lanka – and can land you in jail for up to 10 years.

Now, for the first time in decades, there’s a real chance for change: as part of a trade deal with the European Union, the country was asked to drop their anti-gay law.

Their answer? “No way.” Continue reading

Amber Rudd and Theresa May – Protect Whistleblowers

via Protect whistleblowers

Whistleblowers – people who expose things like tax dodging and unnecessary NHS deaths – can reveal secrets that are in the interest of the public. But new plans to potentially lock up some whistleblowers for up to 14 years could have a chilling effect – keeping hidden things we all have a right to know. Continue reading

Avaaz – Free Qatar’s modern slaves

Via Avaaz – Free Qatar’s modern slaves.

Forced to work under the desert’s scorching sun, denied food, drinking water, and barred from escaping home, thousands of men in Qatar are modern day slaves. And we can help free them.

Last year, one person died every other day building a billion dollar mega-project for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup. A major part of the project is managed by an American company with a CEO who lives in a quiet part of Colorado. If more than 1 million of us stand together for freedom, we can confront her with our voices every time she leaves her house to go to work, or to ski, until she takes action.

This same tactic pushed Hilton Hotels to protect women against sex trafficking in days — join the urgent call to help free Qatar’s modern slaves.

No forest destruction for coal! Justice for the people of Borneo!

Deep in the heart of Borneo, communities and local activists are mobilising against a dangerous new threat to their livelihoods.

BHP-Billiton is planning to build massive coal mines stretching over an area more than twice the size of London, destroying some of the last pockets of primary rainforest in Borneo and contributing to runaway climate change.

This would deprive indigenous peoples of their customary land and pollute water sources upon which millions depend. The area also provides a habitat for orangutans, pygmy elephants and numerous other rare and endangered species. Continue reading

Tata: Lead the Fight to End Human Trafficking in Assam – walkfree.org

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“My daughter is not here, my husband is not here. I have only my pain: I live with my pain only.” – Susena1

Susena’s daughter Laxmi was 12 years old when she disappeared, lured by a trafficker promising a better life. Devastated, Susena’s husband left their home in a desperate attempt to recover their missing daughter, joining many others in the search for missing loved ones.

Stories of a unique situation of poverty that leaves generations vulnerable to trafficking and modern slavery in Assam, India are being reported across estates owned by Amalgamated Plantations (APPL) — a company whose biggest shareholder is Tata Global Beverages (Tata), parent company of Tetley tea.2

Here’s the good news — Tata has responded to over 95,000 messages from YOU and your fellow Walk Free activists calling on them to play a leading role in ending modern slavery in the region. Tata wrote to us that they are now working on an action plan following the completion of an audit conducted by the Solidaridad Network of living and working conditions in the APPL tea estates.3

We need to continue to put pressure on Tata Global Beverages: CLICK HERE to tell Tata to take responsibility and ensure transparency in addressing human trafficking in Assam.

Tata’s audit is a step in the right direction, but it’s only the beginning of a long process to ensure the living and working conditions in Assam do not leave generations vulnerable to modern slavery — and this process needs to be transparent in order to have a chance of succeeding.

Men, women, and children from the Assam tea-growing region are being deceived with promises of a new life and great work opportunities and are ultimately being trafficked and exploited to cities across India — a form of modern slavery fuelled by labour practices and working conditions on the tea plantations that leave workers and their families vulnerable to trafficking.

We want to see Tata Global Beverages, as a major shareholder of APPL, take leadership in preventing people being trafficked out of the tea plantations. Tata has a significant role to play and must take their share of the responsibility in tackling this crime.

We call on Tata Global Beverages to be transparent and take the following actions:

  1. Release a full and unedited version of the Solidaridad audit report;
  2. Set a public deadline for the release of a detailed action plan outlining the actions that will be taken to improve the social, living and working conditions of tea plantation workers, reducing their vulnerability to situations of modern slavery.

Tata Global Beverages has the power to do the most good in this situation — with your continued vigilance, we can help ensure that they play the crucial role of leading the fight to end slavery in Assam.

Take action now: Call on Tata take significant and transparent steps to end the “Tea Maid Trade” from the tea plantations of Assam, India.

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1 http://www.stopthetraffik.org/download.php?type=resource&id=833
2 http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/mar/02/tea-workers-sold-into-slavery
http://www.tataglobalbeverages.com/sustainability/statement-on-independent-assessment-of-appl-plantations

Walk Free | Qatar: act now to find Krishna and Ghimire – Walk Free

via Walk Free | Qatar: act now to find Krishna and Ghimire – Walk Free.

 

“I am being followed by the police here. Looks like they will give me troubles now.”1

 

This is one of the ominous final messages Krishna Upadhyaya sent before he and his colleague Ghimire Gundev disappeared in Qatar.

 

Krishna and Ghimire are British campaigners, working in Qatar on behalf of the Norwegian human rights organisation Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD). They had been researching the plight of migrant labourers constructing facilities for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup, conducting interviews with Nepali labourers and investigating the terrible working conditions.

Then they vanished. Krishna was last in touch with a friend who has since said: “He was feeling unsafe to leave the hotel premises and according to him there were many police, most likely undercover ones, coming in very close to him every time he spoke to anyone on the phone. He expressed that he felt very insecure about what might happen when he left the hotel for the airport.”

via Walk Free | Qatar: act now to find Krishna and Ghimire – Walk Free.