UPDATE: Myanmar: Joint NGO statement supporting Human Rights Defenders in Burma

Human rights organizations from around the world are concerned for the safety and freedom of human rights activists within Burma following the brutal crackdown on peaceful protestors.
Source: 
WLUML networkers

Myanmar: Petitions against the violent crackdown on peaceful protestors in Burma

Myanmar's military regime has faced weeks of peaceful protests sparked by a staggering increase in fuel prices in August. Buddhist monks and nuns, along with students and human rights activists, have emerged as leaders of the protest movement, which has now escalated into the biggest challenge to the junta in nearly two decades. The protestors are being subjected to daily violence, arrests and repression and the fatalities are rising.
Source: 
Women's Human Rights Defenders Network
Action needed: 
PETITION 1

Urgent: Act Now to Stop Bloodshed in Burma

Click Here to Take Action:
http://action.humanrightsfirst.org/campaign/Burma/

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the legitimately elected government of Burma, has been transferred to Insein Prison, called by one former prisoner "the darkest hell-hole in Burma."

This courageous human rights defender, the more than 1000 political prisoners detained, and the hundreds of thousands of people in Burma engaged in peaceful protests against an oppressive military regime, deserve the freedom and democracy they have struggled for since the 1988 uprising. Those peaceful protests ended in the slaughter of 3000 people. Already, news reports indicate that the army has started to use violence against the protestors. Let us act now to avoid another bloody crackdown.

United Nations Security Council members are meeting later today in a special session to discuss the situation in Burma. Please call on Security Council members to take the strongest possible measures to prevent further violence. Urge them to authorize a special mission to Burma by U.N. Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari; to call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi; and to demand an end to violence against peaceful protestors.

Time is of the essence; the lives of peaceful protesters in Burma are at stake.

Thank you for your efforts.

Click Here to Take Action:
http://action.humanrightsfirst.org/campaign/Burma/

Learn more about this case:
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/media/ij/2007/alert/368/index.htm

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PETITION 2

Dear friends,

Burma is ruled by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world. For decades the Burmese regime has fought off pressure--imprisoning elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy activists, wiping out thousands of villages, imposing forced labour, creating refugees, etc.

But last Tuesday Buddhist monks and nuns, revered in Burma, began marching and chanting prayers. The protests spread as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and public figures joined in, finding the hope they’d lost. Now they’re facing crackdown – so please, show your solidarity to this movement towards reconciliation and democracy and sign the emergency petition supporting the Burmese people -- it'll be delivered to United Nations Security Council members and international media all week:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/tf.php

In the past, Burma's military rulers have massacred the demonstrators and crushed democracy. The world must stand with the Burmese people at this time, to show the military rulers that the world will not tolerate repression and violence.

Right now, global leaders are gathering in New York for the annual United Nations summit. In speeches, press interviews but also in real actions, we need them to show Burma's military junta that the global community is willing to act in solidarity with the protesters.

Iran: UPDATE: Iranian-American academic Haleh Esfandiari released on bail

Detained Iranian-American academic Dr. Haleh Esfandiari was suddenly released from a notorious Tehran prison Tuesday after spending months behind bars on charges of endangering Iranian national security — allegations her family vehemently denies. However it remains unclear if Haleh Esfandiari, 67, will be allowed to leave the country.
Source: 
International Herald Tribune

UPDATE: Pakistan: Teenage girl abducted, raped and disrobed

Due to pressure from women's human rights activists in Pakistan, the gang-rape case of Nasima Labano has been ordered to be transferred to the Court of District and Sessions Judge of Karachi.
Source: 
Shirkat Gah

UPDATE: Pakistan: Shamial and Shahzina released and together

Updates and Clarifications: There has been considerable confusion on various aspects of this case and the situation Shahzina Tariq and Shamial Raj are in, especially since people in Pakistan and elsewhere have been misinformed. Nighat Said Khan of the ASR Resource Centre clarifies:
Source: 
ASR/WAF

UPDATE: Pakistan: Teenage girl abducted, raped and disrobed

Women Action Forum (WAF) and Joint Action Committee (JAC) Karachi have organized a number of demonstrations and press conferences to draw government’s attention towards the issue of the ordeal faced by Ms. Nasima Labano, who was abducted, raped and forced to parade naked in January 2007.
Source: 
Shirkat Gah / WAF

UPDATE: Pakistan: Transgender couple released on bail

On 28 June 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued orders to release Shamial Raj and Shahzina Tariq on bail on a security bond of Rs 50,000 each. However, the jail authorities have not released the two as yet.
Source: 
Shirkat Gah

UPDATE: Iran: Stop the stoning to death of Mokarrameh Ebrahimi

Jafar Kiani was stoned to death in Iran on 5 July...this could soon happen to his partner, Mokarrameh Ebrahimi, unless action is taken now.
Source: 
Stop Stoning Forever
Action needed: 
We are asking you to help us find a way to save Mokarrameh's life from stoning. Tell us how you think Mokarrameh Ebrahimi can be saved.

Please share your ideas on the SSF campaign website here:

www.meydaan.org

Addresses: 
Or contact one of the Stop Stoning Forever campaign organizers directly:

Asieh Amini asieh.amini@gmail.com

Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh mab.ngotc@gmail.com

Sanam Dolatshahi khorshid@gmail.com

Shadi Sadr shadisadr@gmail.com

Soheila Vahdati soheilavahdati@gmail.com

UPDATE: Pakistan: Transgender couple sentenced to three year imprisonment; need your letters of support

Women Living Under Muslim Laws supports Shamial Raj and Shahzina Tariq who were sentenced by Lahore High Court (LHC) to three years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine on charges of perjury. Presently, Shahzina is imprisoned in Central Jail, Faisalabad, and Shamial in Kot Lakpath, Lahore.
Source: 
Shirkat Gah
Action needed: 
Shamial and Shahzina urgently need your letters of support and solidarity addressed to them. Your show of support is crucial for their morale at this time, especially as this is a case in Pakistan without legal precedent.

Please address your letters of support to Shahzina and Shamial and any information that may assist in their appeal (e.g., relevant legal information on other cases of transgender or multiple gender-identified people facing adversity). You may email your letters to Nighat Said Khan who is working on this case and will take your letters to Shamial and Shahzina in prison.

Addresses: 
Please address your letters to Shamial Raj and Shahzina Tariq and email them to:

nskhan46@yahoo.com
nskhan@brain.net.pk
asr@brain.net.pk

You may also send your letters via Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre: sgah@sgah.org.pk

Iran: UPDATE: Temporary Success: Stoning of Mokarrameh and her Partner Suspended

The stoning of Mokarrameh Ebrahimi and the father of her 11 year old "illegitimate" child was stayed by the written order of the Head of Judiciary in Tehran addressed to the head of the judiciary branch in Takistan. The stoning had been scheduled for Thursday morning, local time, and the order came less than 24 hours before the scheduled time.
Source: 
Stop Stoning Forever
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