Archive | October 2017

Join with Amnesty International to stop the torture of human rights defenders in Bahrain

 

What’s happening?

The Bahraini authorities have started rounding up people that stick up for the rights of others in Bahrain, torturing and sexually assaulting them. Nabeel Rajab is one of those brave people speaking up. He’s been in detention for over one year and been kept for nine and a half months in solitary confinement, which amounts to torture. He was sentenced to two years in prison for giving TV interviews on 10 July. He’s also on trial right now for tweeting about alleged torture in a Bahraini prison and for criticizing the killing of civilians in the Yemen conflict. He further faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Ebtisam al-Saegh is another brave person who speaks out for human rights in Bahrain. She was tortured, including by sexual assault, by members of the Bahraini National Security Agency on 26 May because of her work. She was arrested again on 3 July and there’s a high risk that she will be tortured again.

This kind of treatment has, of course, intimidated human rights defenders in Bahrain – and silenced many of them. It’s another risk for these brave people to face along with the usual threats, travel bans, interrogation and charges for participating in “illegal gatherings”.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.

By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. They support people to claim their rights through education and training.

Supporting Amnesty International

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How you can help

Act now and stop the Bahraini authorities torturing and ill treating, detainees, and harassing and intimidating the brave people that speak out for human rights in Bahrain.

Your email will be sent to the the King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa via the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/stop-the-torture-of-human-rights-defenders-in-bahrain/

 

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Join with Greenpeace to ban plastic pollution

 

What’s happening?

Plastic pollution is killing our marine life. Turtles find it impossible to tell the difference between floating plastic bags and jellyfish. When a plastic bag gets trapped in a turtle’s stomach, the air pocket causes the turtle to float. Unable to swim, or get food, the turtle dies slowly, exposed to all the elements on the surface of the ocean. This is just one tragic consequence of plastic pollution – our marine life is literally suffocating on trash.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

Greenpeace’s core values are;

Independence: they do not accept money from governments, corporations or political parties because it would compromise their core values.

Bearing witness: their peaceful protests work to raise awareness and bring public opinion to bear on decision-makers.

Non-violent direct action: they strongly believe that violence in any form is morally wrong and accomplishes nothing. Greenpeace takes non-violent direct action at the point of an environmental crime to expose an environmental problem.

Greenpeace uses our generous gifts to:

  • Investigate and bear witness to environmental destruction.
  • Take action to expose issues in creative and non-violent ways.
  • Develop and champion green and just solutions to these issues.
  • Challenge our political and economic leaders to drive change.
  • Inspire people to join you in taking action to protect our planet.

Supporting Greenpeace

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How you can help

You can join with Greenpeace to help end ocean plastics by:

  • Exposing the root causes of the global issue of plastic pollution.
  • Increasing the pressure on companies to choose sustainable packing.
  • Inspiring others to join you in taking action to protect our oceans.

https://www.greenpeace.org.au/donate/ocean-plastics

 

 

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