Archive | October 2015

You can demand the release of prisoner of conscience, Aster Fissehatsion

What’s happening?

In 2001, Aster Fissehatsion was arrested together with 10 other members of a group of political dissidents known as the Group of 15 (or G-15), including her former husband, former vice-president and foreign minister of Eritrea, Mahmoud Ahmed Sheriffo. Before their arrest, the G-15, who were all senior party officials in the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice Party (PFDJ), Eritrea’s only political party, wrote a letter to party members describing and proposing solutions for the “crisis of Eritrea”. The letter contended that the President and the PFDJ were obligated by the Constitution to call internal party meetings, follow correct parliamentary and government procedures and follow up on a number of promises the party had made, particularly regarding judicial reform.

In August 2001, the Secretary General of PFDJ accused the G-15 of attempting to destabilize the country and in response the G-15 published a letter in a newspaper, calling upon the Eritrean people to help solve the country’s problems. On the night of 18 September 2001, 11 of the 15 signatories of the letter were arrested.

For close to 14 years, Aster’s family has not seen or heard from her.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International are working to get Aster released from prison.

“The President and his cohorts are guilty in the court of conscience; therefore, they are the real prisoners. My parents’ conscience and ideals are roaming free within and beyond the four walls of their cells.”  – Ibrahim Mahmoud Ahmed Sherifo [Aster’s son]

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

You can send your message and join with Amnesty International to demand the release of Aster.

“I urge you to immediately reveal Aster’s whereabouts and fate, to ensure that she is granted access to her family and to legal representation, that she is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and provided with all necessary medical care.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/demand-the-release-of-prisoner-of-conscience-aster-fissehatsion/

 

You can help out during the crisis in Syria

What’s happening?

The crisis in Syria has raged for over four years. The unrest began within the context of Arab Spring protests, with nationwide protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government, whose forces responded with violent crackdowns. The conflict gradually morphed from prominent protests to an armed rebellion after months of military sieges.

During this time, more than 200,000 people have been killed. Over 11 million people have fled their homes and over 4 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries including Jordan and Lebanon. Three-quarters of these refugees are women and children.

Oxfam’s efforts

This is a crisis of staggering proportions, one that requires a massive international humanitarian response. Oxfam has assisted more than 1.3 million people across Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, but the crisis continues to escalate. The situation continues to go from bad to worse with over 12 million people affected by the Syrian crisis and in need of humanitarian aid. Oxfam are collecting donations to help during this time and your small donation can go a long way to help Oxfam provide access to food, water and sanitation.

$129 can provide hygiene kits to 3 Syrian families in Lebanon, minimising the risk of hygiene related illness.

$240 can give 50 people living in tented settlements in Jordan access to showers.

$567 could give a blanket, mattress and pillow to 7 households of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, allowing them to have a decent night’s sleep.

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 out during the crisis in Syria. Any donation will help, and should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Oxfam Australia will direct donations to their International Crisis Fund to enable them to rapidly address emergencies as they occur.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/syria-crisis/

 

Join with Avaaz to stop the crackdown on civil society

What’s happening?

Right now, Governments around the world are passing gag laws that are prohibiting protests and closing down organisations. This is the biggest crackdown on civil society in a generation and it is making it hard for organisations like Avaaz to work.

Avaaz staff have been kicked out of Egypt and they have been vilified and harassed by the government in India. In Egypt, there are new laws that criminalize peaceful protest and authorize the police to violently disperse public meetings. People have been arrested, beaten and dumped in the desert outside Cairo for protesting these laws.

Avaaz loses their power when governments pass gag laws. Their power is our voices joined  together.

“If governments outlaw us or sabotage our strategies, we are done. It’s time to fight back!” – Avaaz

Avaaz’s efforts

In the last three years, over 60 countries have passed laws that inhibit non-governmental groups. In Spain, Avaaz staff could be fined up to 600,000 euros just for organising a peaceful protest. In Israel, a draft law threatens to label brave human rights organisations as “foreign agents”, and cut off their international funds. And in Uganda a government body could soon dissolve any group it doesn’t like.

Avaaz has got a new killer plan to protect our democracies — a global legal defence team.

“… people rarely get a good lawyer, because it’s too expensive. That’s where we come in. Avaaz already has a tiny world-class legal team. But, if we build the biggest, baddest, crowd sourced pro-democracy legal group in the world, we’ll challenge repressive laws when they are drafted, and then destroy the worst attacks in court.” – 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

With a small donation, you can help Avaaz protect our freedoms:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/36_gag_laws_loc/?slideshow

 

Join with Avaaz and help save a 500 year old ancient South Korean forest

What’s happening

Right now in South Korea, Olympic organisers are tearing down a forest, with trees half a millennia old, to make room for new ski facilities. They are clear cutting the ancient forest for an Olympic ski competition. The destruction of the forest on Mount Gariwang for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is shortsighted, illogical and irreversible decision. Once the forest is gone, it’s gone forever.

The forest is a 500 year old ancient forest, and is home to four threatened species. It deserves to be protected, not cut down and replaced with ski facilities.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz has put together an urgent campaign to deliver our voices directly to the Olympic Committee offices. We can all help by signing the petition and then sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, and email.

“The International Olympic Committee laid down a mandate that this event should be a “Green Olympics” built and operated by principles of sustainability. If we launch an enormous global outcry from every country participating in the Winter Olympics, we can shame the International Olympic Committee to live up to their ideals.” – 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

You can join with Avaaz by signing the petition and spreading the word amongst your friends and family. Your message will be sent to the International Olympics Committee and the South Korean government.
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_ancient_korean_forest_loc/?slideshow

“As concerned citizens from across the globe, we call on you to stop the destruction of forest on Mount Gariwang for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and to protect what remains of this forest that has been a sanctuary for over 500 years. We urge the IOC to ensure that all Olympic Games truly live up to ideals of sustainability and environmental protection.” – Avaaz

 

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