human-rights-defenders

anonymous asked:

hply shit. Chechenya's (an autonomous region of Russia) recently opened concentration camps for LGBT peoples. 100 gay men have been captured and 3+ have died

I don’t even have the words for this.

Human Rights Watch states:

For several weeks now, a brutal campaign against LGBT people has been sweeping through Chechnya. Law enforcement and security agency officials under control of the ruthless head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, have rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, torturing and humiliating the victims. Some of the men have forcibly disappeared. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. At least three men apparently have died since this brutal campaign began.

This chilling information was first publicised by Novaya Gazeta, a leading independent Russian paper. Their report came out on 1 April, prompting the spokesperson for Chechnya’s Interior Ministry to dismiss it as an “April fools’ joke.” Kadyrov’s press secretary immediately described the report as “absolute lies and disinformation,” contending that there were no gay people in Chechnya and then adding cynically, “If there were such people in Chechnya, law-enforcement agencies wouldn’t need to have anything to do with them because their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning.”

Mass pro-Kadyrov rally organized by Chechen authorities in Grozny in January 2016.

Chechnya’s official news agency, Grozny Info, quoted numerous local commentators bashing Novaya Gazeta and other “enemies” of Chechnya and Russia for supposed attempts to discredit the Chechen people, “foster sodomy,” and undermine “traditional values.”

The information published by Novaya Gazeta is consistent with the reports Human Rights Watch recently received from numerous trusted sources, including sources on the ground. The number of sources and the consistency of the stories leaves us with no doubt that these devastating developments have indeed occurred. LGBT Network in Russia opened a special hotline to provide emergency support to those who find themselves in immediate danger.

The Russian LGBT Network has released a statement with stories about what has happened to some (obviously anonymous) men.

It’s really important to share the Russian LGBT Network’s statement overall:

The Russian LGBT Networks is highly disturbed and concerned about the information on the kidnapping and killing of people in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation. We are also outraged by the reaction of the officials of the Chechen Republic, who in fact justify the killings.  No national and/or religious traditions and norms can justify kidnapping or killing of a human being. Any references to “traditions” to justify kidnappings and killings are amoral and criminal.

The Russian LGBT Network makes every effort to contact the victims and to provide the emergency support. Taking into account the recent statements of the Chechnya officials, we believe that the only thing that can work out is the evacuation. We cooperate closely we the human rights defenders both in Russia and abroad, and ready to evacuate.

On Monday, the Russian LGBT Network will appeal to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation with two claims. The one is the demand to investigate the information on the crimes, published in “Novaya Gazeta”. Another one is the claim to check whether the public statements of the Chechen officials made on April 1 and justifying the killings, contain the elements of the offence.

We are grateful to everyone who contacted us and asked how they can help. What do we need now?

  • Help us to spread the information about the fact that the Russian LGBT Network is ready to evacuate people. Please think for whom this information can be useful. You can spread the information publicly or personally. Everyone who needs help can contact us by email or call the Hotline (8 800 555 73 74). The call is free all over Russia.
  • In accordance with the Russian legislation, every citizen can apply to the Investigative Committee with the demand to investigate the information about the crime published in mass media. We encourage everyone to apply (the template of the claim will be published tomorrow).

We understand that many people want to help those in need. But please remember that any uncoordinated actions can put in additional danger people in need and those who are ready to help. Therefore, we do not recommend to collect the addresses of people who are ready to provide temporarily shelter.

Be aware, that the situation with the human rights in the North Caucasus is truly difficult. Now people’s lives are endangered and the only way to help is the evacuation. The Russian LGBT Network has the necessary resources to evacuate people, there is a team that already makes every effort to safe lives. That is why we ask everyone to share with us the information about people in need and any offers of assistance.

Again, their contact information is here for all Russians, and the number is free to call.

This is very real, modern day evil and this information needs to be shared.

Why I'm voting Labour this June.

These are just a few of the policies from the Labour manifesto, they are also my favourites.

  • £10 minimum wage for every person over the age of 18. 
  • Banning zero hour contracts. This means first time workers wont get exploited with unfair hours and unstable salaries.
  • Rented accommodation to be suitably fit for habitation.
  • Renationalise the NHS. The conservative government has widdled away portions of our NHS to be privatised meaning that less funds go into the national parts of it leaving poor people unfairly vulnerable and those who can afford private healthcare prioritised. Labour will reverse this.
  • Free school meals for every child!!
  • National education service. Takes a viewpoint of education being a right, not a commodity.
  • Scrap tuition fees. Students in the UK typically leave university with £50,000 of debt, this needs to stop.
  • Restore NHS bursaries. Last year the Conservative party cut bursaries for student nurses resulting in a 10,000 applicant drop, Corbyn will give that back.
  • Disabling major corporations for ripping off their supplier.
  • Reverse the Conservative corporation tax cuts. 
  • Defending human rights better than ever. 
  • Rekindle the free market.
  • Housebuilding. With a total immigration count over 500,000 annually and only 2% of land prioritised for housing we certainly need more. 
  • Tackling inequalities within the workplace, within the household, everywhere.( Focuses on class inequalities, wage gaps, the reform/eradication of racial and homophobic stigmatic ideals, name blind applications to be introduced within the work place, more help for romani travellers to find work etc etc )

Lluís Montabes, one of the 14 young Catalan people, between 19 and 22 years old, who have gone to trial today (September 25th, 2017) for creating a mirror of the referendum website, which tells people where they have to go and what to do if they want to vote in the referendum for independence that will be help on October 1st. These people are being judged officially for the “crime of disobedience”, or, more accuratelly, for defending human rights from the attacks of the Spanish state.

The Spanish government has closed over 20 websited in the last week for being about the referendum as part of their repression Catalan people’s right to vote.

This boy specifically, mirroed the referendum website to the domain marianorajoy.cat, and titled it “Mariano Rajoy fan page”. (Mariano Rajoy is the president of Spain). Lluís, you’re a hero!

And btw, while they were in court, someone replicated the website yet again! We are unstoppable.

No esteu sols! / You’re not alone!

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OSPAAAL / Cuban propaganda posters

“Bold, colourful and eclectic, OSPAAAL posters are widely considered the front-runners in propaganda art. They reveal the idealistic spirit at the core of the Cuban revolution, intent on fighting globalisation, imperialism and defending human rights. Politics aside, they are a testament to the creativity of the Cuban people, an important legacy that has put Cuba at the centre of cultural activity in the Hispanic world for a generation.”

The leader of the local Communal Action Board, Alirio Zabala, was killed along with his son, Geovany Zabala.

Indigenous leader, Alirio Zabala, and his son, Geovany Zabala, killed in Tumaco, Colombia

An Indigenous leader and his son have been killed in Tumaco, located in Colombia’s southwest Nariño department, adding to the list of murdered social leaders following the signing of the country’s peace agreement.

The leader of the local Communal Action Board, Alirio Zabala, was killed along with his son, Geovany Zabala.

Both were shot dead by unknown suspects. Alirio was a well-known leader of the community who had already been the victim of a previous attack, in which two of his other children died.

The Awa Indigenous community said they are alarmed by the levels of increasing violence in the area. They claimed things have gotten worse since the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group announced its disarmament and right-wing paramilitaries began taking over the area.

In recent weeks, there have been several violent incidents in Nariño. These include the killings of seven coca farmers, six civilians, a teacher and an Afro-Indigenous activist.

With 203,000 inhabitants, Tumaco is one of the most coveted routes for drug exports to the United States and is the epicenter of a war between 12 criminal gangs fighting for territory.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he will deploy 4,000 members of the Armed Forces and 2,500 police officers to Tumaco, whose mission is “to take control of the whole territory, with emphasis on the rivers, which have become corridors for drug trafficking.”

At least 101 social leaders and human rights defenders were killed between January and August of 2017, according to a recent report by the political group Patriotic March.

every libertarian that acts like i’m holding a gun to their head by saying “uphold basic human rights and stop defending child labor in the 21st century” is correct, it’s called the tolerant left gun and i’m not afraid to use it

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This week thousands of indigenous participants are UN Headquarters in New York to discuss issues affecting human rights defenders, indigenous women and youth.

They are also marking ten years since the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on indigenous peoples’ rights and established a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples.

📷: UN Photo / Evan Schneider, Rick Bajornas

Harassment and house arrest in China as Trump has 'beyond terrific' time

Human rights defenders and their families placed under heavy surveillance by Xi Jinping’s agents as US president is feted

    Li Wenzu, wife of lawyer Wang Quanzhang, during a protest in Beijing against the detention of human rights defenders. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

    On day one of Donald Trump’s “state visit-plus” to China he was treated to a tour of the Forbidden City, a night at the opera and an intimate dinner with President Xi Jinping. “Beyond terrific,” he boasted.

    Li Wenzu got a loud knock at the door from a man claiming to represent the domestic security agency tasked with suppressing political dissent. “The US president is in town,” the 32-year-old mother-of-one says she was informed by the agent. “Do not go anywhere … you must cooperate with our work.”

    Li is the wife of Wang Quanzhang, a crusading human rights lawyer whom she has not seen since the summer of 2015 when he was spirited into secret detention during a roundup of attorneys and activists known as Xi’s “war on law”…..

    Read on:- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/09/harassment-house-arrest-china-trump-beyond-terrific-time

    My name is René, many also know me as Residente and I am from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States. We are the oldest colony in the world. For years, we have been used as an experimental island. From the medical experiments on our people to the chemical experiments on our land. From 1941-2003 on the island of Vieques, the United States Navy undertook a series of experiments with different chemical and biological weapons while using the island as a bombing range. To this day, the land and people of Vieques have not fully recovered from this devastation. There’s a Puerto Rican, a political prisoner, who has been incarcerated for over 34 years, longer than Nelson Mandela. His name: Oscar López Rivera, and he deserves to be free, today. More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have served in the U.S. military. In our schools, children are taught more about U.S. history than the history of their own country. That is a colonial education. Without giving you exact numbers, I can tell you the U.S. gets more out of Puerto Rico economically than Puerto Rico receives from the U.S. We are currently living an unprecedented economic crisis and have the highest rates of poverty and unemployment of any other place in the U.S., yet the U.S. does not even allow us to restructure our debt. And this is the best one: People in Puerto Rico cannot vote for the President of the United States. In other words, we are not allowed to choose the person who makes crucial decisions regarding our country. I didn’t come here to complain, but rather put things in proper context. You may wonder, what I’m doing here? A person like me with all this information has come to the Bronx to support a candidate for the U.S. presidency. I will explain. I support Bernie Sanders because he has been the only candidate with logical proposals and has expressed support with my country’s debt relief. He did not come up to support us now, in the middle of an election cycle to win votes, but he spoke out from the moment the economic crisis began. I support Bernie Sanders because I think he is the most honest candidate there is. I support Bernie Sanders because he is the only candidate who furiously stands up and defends human rights and the rights of the LGBT community. I support Bernie Sanders because he has spoken out against those Latin American dictatorships financed by the United States which left more than half a million people dead or disappeared. He’s been opposed to a Pinochet in Chile, Ríos Montt in Guatemala, Videla in Argentina, just to name a few. I support Bernie Sanders because someone like Hillary Clinton does not deserve my vote. The thought of Hillary Clinton, who has dared to praise the likes of Henry Kissinger, the author of the most despicable Latin American genocide and the architect of Latin American dictatorship, responsible for all of those who disappeared in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, is enough for me not to vote for her. I’m not with her. It will represent an insult to consider yourself Latin American and vote for her. Not just an insult to oneself, but for the many victims that still suffer from this history. An insult to countless children who have lost their parents and grandparents. I support Bernie Sanders because I believe there are still good people like him in this country. And when Sanders wins the upcoming election, people will see the United States in a different light. It will no longer be a country that invades, that provokes wars, that quiets people. It will not be a country that tortures or believes in colonies instead. The United States will be a country that strives for unity, equality and peace. If Bernie Sanders were Puerto Rican , I’m certain who would fight with all his mind and all his heart as many Puerto Ricans have done, to bring freedom and self-determination to his country. I am here like all of you to support Bernie Sanders because we all support change in the world. Thank you. —René Pérez Joglar René Pérez Joglar (Full Speech) Bernie Sanders Rally South Bronx, New York 3.31.16 Full video: https://youtu.be/G4sAWtGYP1s?t=18m43s

    Originally posted by thegirlwhoobsess

    anonymous asked:

    What can we do to help the lbtq+ community in Russia ? It's horrible what they are going through

    i know i can’t stop thinking about it either and my heart hurts so much.

    i just read this article in the huffington post 

    with a link to a charity you can donate to here

    this is the statement the russian lgbt network’s board gave regarding what’s happening in chechnya:

    The Russian LGBT Networks is highly disturbed and concerned about the information on the kidnapping and killing of people in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation. We are also outraged by the reaction of the officials of the Chechen Republic, who in fact justify the killings.  No national and/or religious traditions and norms can justify kidnapping or killing of a human being. Any references to “traditions” to justify kidnappings and killings are amoral and criminal.

    The Russian LGBT Network makes every effort to contact the victims and to provide the emergency support. Taking into account the recent statements of the Chechnya officials, we believe that the only thing that can work out is the evacuation. We cooperate closely we the human rights defenders both in Russia and abroad, and ready to evacuate.

    On Monday, the Russian LGBT Network will appeal to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation with two claims. The one is the demand to investigate the information on the crimes, published in “Novaya Gazeta”. Another one is the claim to check whether the public statements of the Chechen officials made on April 1 and justifying the killings, contain the elements of the offence.

    We are grateful to everyone who contacted us and asked how they can help. What do we need now?

    • Help us to spread the information about the fact that the Russian LGBT Network is ready to evacuate people. Please think for whom this information can be useful. You can spread the information publicly or personally. Everyone who needs help can contact us by email or call the Hotline (8 800 555 73 74). The call is free all over Russia.
    • In accordance with the Russian legislation, every citizen can apply to the Investigative Committee with the demand to investigate the information about the crime published in mass media. We encourage everyone to apply (the template of the claim will be published tomorrow).

    We understand that many people want to help those in need. But please remember that any uncoordinated actions can put in additional danger people in need and those who are ready to help. Therefore, we do not recommend to collect the addresses of people who are ready to provide temporarily shelter.

    Be aware, that the situation with the human rights in the North Caucasus is truly difficult. Now people’s lives are endangered and the only way to help is the evacuation. The Russian LGBT Network has the necessary resources to evacuate people, there is a team that already makes every effort to safe lives. That is why we ask everyone to share with us the information about people in need and any offers of assistance.

    “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated” said Mahatma Gandhi, a misogynistic man who claimed women was to blame for being sexually harassed and violated, who believed that women who were raped lost their value as human beings, and who argued that it was justified if fathers killed daughters who had been sexually assaulted for the sake of honour. This is a mindset recurrent in so many men who believe themselves to be enlightened, progressive and stand for justice, men who are considered geniuses and great revolutionaries and leaders: they don’t give a shit about women, and in fact take part in the subordination and exploitation of women, as if women were objects, not living, thinking, feeling beings, as if women existed for men, as if the world could be just and humanity enlightened without the liberation of women. Men who criticize animal abuse but defend porn, men who see themselves as morally superior for being vegans but claim to have a right to buy sex, men who claim to defend human rights but forget women are humans too. If a man doesn’t take how nations or how men treat women into consideration when judging their greatness, he is undeniably a misogynist.

    I just wanna give a shout out to millenials. Whether anyone has said it or not, your generation works hard, and has integrity.
    As a 30 year old there doesn’t seem much difference in our age, but there were vast differences in equality. I spent the majority of my young adult life in the closet. I kept my sexuality private because it was and still does present a threat to ones professional and personal life. The millennial generation has does wonders to make schools safer, staying aware of human rights, and defending lgbt people from ideals that once governed us into silence. While mine, and generations before have made strides toward equality, young people today have this amazing resilience to hate. You have seen it, learned about it’s histories, and the majority have rejected the concepts publicly and with bravery. I hate to be nostalgic, but when I was your age, the general idea was that “gay” was something that adults did when they were out on their own far away from the potential harassment of family and school mates. Your partner was a “roomate” and at work you had a “fiance” because it didn’t imply any gender. Some people still live like this. I have only recently begun to hold my girlfriends hand in public. I served in the Navy for 8 years and everyday of service I could have lost my job to discrimination.
    I hate to be sentimental but your contribution has changed everything and it has made the world better. Your mindset of inclusion and equality will shape the entire future. Despite the rise in hate mongering thanks to the Trump admin and cutthroat economics that use lgbt rights as distractions from a hopelessly broken system of government , there is still this air of zero tolerance for hate coming from the youth.
    I guess I just want to say is, I’m thankful for your advocacy, your blogs, art, media’s, and writings that breath inclusiveness into the world. I’m proud of you and all you have accomplished.

    anonymous asked:

    wait, are you accusing the rnm writers of being nazis? because... I think they're all showing how vehemently antifa they are.

    What? No my friend that was a gif of a Nazi getting punched by Rick Sanchez - I was inferring that the writers were taking down Nazi scum, my apologies for any confusion caused. I’ll take down the post and genuinely I’d like to give my most sincere apologies for the post and how it was presented and could have been read. The Rick and Morty writers are doing us a service right now by defending human rights and fighting for minorities and I am incredibly proud to be a part of this fandom and what it ultimately stands for. Again, I couldn’t be more sorry for how this post came across. We’re all a part of this fight and this social movement to resist xenophobia, racism, sexism and all other forms of discrimination.

    “Never stop learning.”

    Clara Barona de Ayerbe, Chief of Communication for Development, UNICEF Angola

    After 25 years with UNICEF in Colombia, Bolivia and Angola, Clara has just retired. Before returning to her native Colombia, she spent the last eight years of her career at the UNICEF office in Luanda.

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    The police's job is to police. It's in the name.

    Police, law enforcement- not protector, defender of human rights, defender against immoral government. It’s the same in the other languages I speak too.

    “First attested in English in the early 15th century, initially in a range of senses encompassing ’(public) policy; state; public order’, the word police comes from Middle French police (‘public order, administration, government’), in turn from Latin politia, which is the Latinisation of the Greek πολιτεία (politeia), "citizenship, administration, civil polity”.This is derived from πόλις (polis), “city”.“

    Public and civil control from state, not for the people, not from the people. The order of the government, not the righteousness of good.

    This may seem like an absurd dramatization to you, but my god, it’s this simple. Beyond the propoganda, everything about them straight out tells you their job- they do not serve you. The governors you trust already know this. This was literally the job designed from before democracies establishment around the western world, and it hasn’t changed it’s nature- so it’s name follows. Other state jobs that came before the large scale abolishment of dictatorships have died, yet police remains exactly as it was.

    The police are paid to work for the state to protect it’s law, with no regard to what’s right outside their limited individual choices- which when on the side of justice will get them in trouble for not doing their job.

    anonymous asked:

    Congratulations on independence! Please stay safe in the coming days, and even if Spain and the EU are against you, know that the Catalan people have supporters all around the world!

    Thank you very much! ✊ we will stand firm to defend human rights, for us and also for the rest of the stateless nations of the world.

    Long live the Catalan Republic!

    Holy cow. There’s a first year in my dorm who thinks that a) universal health care isn’t a human right and that b) defending people identifying with non-binary genders violates other people’s rights to freedom of speech. The implications he’s making in these arguments (because he’s trying to defend himself to a friend of mine) are that people in third world countries don’t have a right to health care and that people are allowed to deny people’s gender identity in favor of their right to free speech. What a douchebag.

    “We have no other path than struggle.” This was the most common slogan on Friday, March 4th, by organizations gathered outside the Honduran embassy in El Salvador, to demand justice for the murder of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres. The human rights defender was killed in the early hours of March 3rd, while sleeping in her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras. She was the 2015 Goldman Prize winner for her tenacious struggle in defense of the environment. She received constant threats for her opposition to the construction of the Agua Zarca dam on Gualarque River, a pillar in the life of many indigenous communities.

    “No nos queda otro camino más que luchar”. Esta fue la consigna más coreada este viernes 4 de marzo por las organizaciones que se congregaron frente a la Embajada de Honduras en El Salvador, en la colonia Escalón de la capital, para exigir justicia por el asesinato de la activista hondureña Berta Cáceres. La defensora de los derechos humanos fue asesinada en la madrugada del 3 de marzo, cuando descansaba en su vivienda en el pueblo La Esperanza, del departamento de Intibucá (Honduras). Berta Cáceres había sido galardonada por el Premio Goldman 2015, por su tenaz lucha en la defensa del medio ambiente. La activista había recibido amenazas constantes por su oposición a la construcción de la represa Agua Zarca, en el río Gualcarque, un pilar en la vida de distintas comunidades indígenas.