Archive | May 2015

Join with Amnesty International and help stop torture in Morocco

What’s happening?

In Morocco, hundreds of men, women and children are speaking out about torture, but their words are falling on deaf ears. Investigations into torture are rare and few torturers have ever been punished.

“In 2014, 27-year-old Moroccan activist Wafae Charaf was sentenced to two years in prison after she reported being tortured following her attendance at a protest. When 22-year-old Oussama Housne did the same, he received three years in jail. Both were convicted for “falsely reporting” torture and for slandering Morocco’s police force, even though neither of them accused the police. Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience.”
Amnesty International

This year, Morocco is reforming its justice system and this will be the country’s biggest opportunity to finally stop torture.

Amnesty International’s campaign

Amnesty International are campaigning to stop torture in Morocco and you can add your voice to the cause. Your message will be sent to King Mohammed VI of Morocco and will call on him to release Wafae Charaf and Oussama Housne, as well as protect other Moroccan activists.

“Victims and witnesses of torture and other ill-treatment must be protected against retribution or intimidation, including threats of counter-charges, as a result of making complaints. Torture will only be stopped if victims can safely report violations and suspected perpetrators are brought to justice.” – Amnesty International

Supporting Amnesty International

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How you can help

“A flawed justice system convicts people based on “confessions” made under torture. And those who torture carry on unpunished. With the upcoming reform of Morocco’s justice system, now is the time to stop torture once and for all.”
Amnesty International

Add your name to the cause and help stop torture in Morocco:
https://www.amnesty.org/action-release-moroccan-torture-complainants/

 

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You can help support Australian aid

The importance of Australian aid

Australian aid helps some of the world’s most promising people build a better and fairer future. The government has brought cuts to the aid budget up to $11.3 billion in just one year. The cuts will take Australia’s contribution to below 0.23 per cent of our gross national income – lower than 23 cents in every $100, in two years’ time – which will be its lowest point since the beginning of the OECD’s records in 1960.

Humanity has made great progress in shaping a more just and equal world and Australian aid overseas is one of our greatest accomplishments.

“We’ve cut global poverty by 50 percent in the last ten years. We’ve doubled the number of people who have access to clean water. We’ve dramatically reduced the number of children dying every year, and we’ve nearly halved the number of women dying during childbirth.” – Oxfam

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are campaigning to save Australian aid. You can join the cause by writing a letter to your local newspaper saying that you don’t support cuts to Australia’s aid program.

“ When we work together to break the cycle of poverty and inequality, we empower women, men and children around the world to take control and turn their lives around.” – Oxfam

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Join with Oxfam and help send a message to our leaders, telling them you don’t support cuts to Australia’s aid program.

“Together, through Australian Aid, we’ve all played a part in this story. Australian Aid helps some of the world’s most promising people build a better and fairer future. Add your voice to the movement committed to a brighter future for Australian Aid.” – Oxfam

Write to your local paper here: https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/millennium-development-goals/campaign-for-australian-aid/write-to-your-local-paper-to-support-australian-aid/

Add your voice here: https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/millennium-development-goals/campaign-for-australian-aid/

Send a message to our leaders here: https://www.oxfam.org.au/2014/12/save-australian-aid/

 

 

 

You can help protect Uruguay’s anti-smoking laws

What’s happening?

The tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing Uruguay for having some of the best anti-smoking laws in the world. Smoking in Uruguay in enclosed public spaces became illegal on 1 March 2006. On that date, bars, restaurants or offices where people are caught smoking began facing fines of more than $1,100 or a three-day closure. Uruguay was the first country in Latin America to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces, which is among the world’s toughest and is similar to bans already in place in Ireland, Sweden, and Norway. The multinational tobacco company Philip Morris International filed a complaint against Uruguay and complains that Uruguay’s anti-smoking legislation devalues its cigarette trademarks and investments in the country.

Avaaz’s mission

Avaaz has set up a call-to-action to support Uruguay’s anti-smoking laws to ensure the judges in the courts in Uruguay don’t turn a blind eye to the cause.

“Let’s tell the court that this doesn’t just affect Uruguay — if Big Tobacco gets their way, it opens the door for challenges everywhere — at least 4 other countries are in the legal crosshairs, and many more have anti-smoking laws at risk.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Add your voice to the cause and help support Uruguay’s anti-smoking laws.

You can send your message to the ICSID Tribunal arbitrating the Philip Morris-Uruguay BIT dispute:

“We call on you to rule in favour of Uruguay in the lawsuit brought against them by Philip Morris for passing effective anti-smoking laws. Uruguay has the right to protect the public health of its citizens, and a ruling in Philip Morris’s favour would open the door for them to attack anti-smoking laws in all of our countries. These laws are saving lives everywhere, and our governments should be able to enact and enforce them everywhere.” – Avaaz

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/uruguay_vs_big_tobacco_loc_2/?slideshow

 

 

You can call on Governments across the world to ban mass surveillance

What’s happening?

Governments across the world are spying on everything we do online. In June 2013, whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that the US National Security Agency was authorised to monitor phone and internet use in 193 countries around the world. State intelligence and security agencies are using mass surveillance to monitor up our private emails, calls, internet searches, contact lists, phone locations, webcam images and more.

Within the US, there is strong opposition towards US surveillance of Internet use with more than 72% of 15,000 people polled opposing it and only 16% approving.

The United States shares the results of its mass surveillance program with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom under the Five Eyes Alliance. Even in these countries, more than three times as many people oppose US surveillance (70%) as support it (17%).

Amnesty International’s campaign

Amnesty is taking legal action against the US and UK governments, challenging “the lawfulness of their indiscriminate mass surveillance programs.” Its new campaign, #UnfollowMe, calls on governments to create oversight and transparency around mass surveillance.

“These [mass surveillance] programmes are a violation of the human rights of people across the globe. They violate privacy on a massive scale and have a chilling effect on freedom of expression. The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in her report on “the right to privacy in the digital age” raised many concerns about the implications of indiscriminate mass surveillance activities on human rights.” – Amnesty International  

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

“The message is clear: even citizens of the United States’ closest allies do not want their internet use recorded by governments. The UK and other Five Eyes countries should be open with their own people about how they are sharing the spoils of surveillance – our personal data.”

  • Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General

By signing the petition, you can call on the USA and UK – as well as their close allies Australia, Canada and New Zealand – to end indiscriminate mass surveillance today.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/action-unfollowme-tell-governments-to-ban-mass-surveillance/

 

Join with Oxfam to provide emergency relief in Nepal

What’s happening?

On Saturday the 25th April, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake Nepal has affected 8 million people across the Himalayan nation, the United Nations estimates. With currently more than 4000 dead and more than 1.4 million people in need of food assistance, Nepal is in a state of emergency and rescue organisations around the world are sending teams, aids and medical assistance. The area was further shaken by a series of aftershocks on the 26th April.

Officials have warned that the number of casualties could rise as rescue teams reach remote mountainous areas of western Nepal. Initial reports suggest that many communities, especially those close to mountainsides, suffered significant quake damage. “Villages like this are routinely affected by landslides, and it’s not uncommon for entire villages of 200, 300, up to 1,000 people to be completely buried by rock falls,” said Matt Darvas, spokesman for aid agency World Vision.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam have already sent out teams to respond to the devastation. Oxfam teams responding with lifesaving essentials – clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies.

“Our priority is to ensure that people affected have adequate humanitarian assistance and we are able to prevent secondary disasters, including outbreak of disease by providing safe water and critical sanitation support. Hundreds of thousands of displace people need urgent humanitarian assistance now – including children and women who are forced to be out in the open, huddled in groups with no food, safe water, or shelter.”

  • Zubin Zaman, Oxfam India Deputy Director

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

The situation in Nepal is critical. Your donation can help get emergency relief to those most affected.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/earthquake-devastates-nepal/

 

 

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