HUMAN RIGHTS NOW
Last week on the program we encouraged you to go to Amnesty’s website and email a letter to the Saudi Arabian embassy to stop the horrendous torture of prisoner of conscience, Raif Badawi. This week, Amnesty member, Ken Loders, suggested that we go one step further and call the Saudi embassy and respectfully ask them to release him immediately and unconditionally.
Ken’s message said the embassy has received 120,000 letters and 1000 phone calls.
We urge you to go to:
and follow the phone instructions and email the form back to Amnesty USA.
May 27, HUMAN RIGHTS NOW
Don and Dennis talk about positive result of individual and group human rights efforts.
March 11, HUMAN RIGHTS NOW
After President George W. Bush’s political appointees at the U.S. Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice advised President Bush’s administration that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp could be considered outside U.S. legal jurisdiction, military guards took the first twenty detainees to Guantanamo on 11 January 2002.
The Bush administration asserted that detainees were not entitled to any of the protections of the Geneva Conventions. Ensuing U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 2004 have determined otherwise and that the courts have jurisdiction: it ruled in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld on 29 June 2006, that detainees were entitled to the minimal protections listed under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.
Former President Jimmy Carter, in a NY Times editorial (June 24, 2012) said, “… [T]he detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, now houses 169 prisoners. About half have been cleared for release, yet have little prospect of ever obtaining their freedom. American authorities have revealed that, in order to obtain confessions, some of the few being tried (only in military courts) have been tortured by waterboarding more than 100 times or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons, power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers. Astoundingly, these facts cannot be used as a defense by the accused, because the government claims they occurred under the cover of ‘national security.’ Most of the other prisoners have no prospect of ever being charged or tried either.”
Join us March 11 at 11:30 AM on KSKQ 89.5 FM when we talk with Robert Doell, member of Veterans For Peace, about GITMO and how we view human rights.
March 4, HUMAN RIGHTS NOW
Using violence and misuse of the law to intimidate the press and media is common through out the world. In Honduras, a country we’ve been highlighting the last two weeks, at least 35 journalists and media commentators have been murdered since the 2009 coup. This week we will highlight four journalists, three from Gambia and one from Honduras who have criticized the governments of their countries and have paid the price.
- Journalist Ebrima Manneh was arrested in July 2006 by officers believed to be from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Missing ever since. This is an unsolved case and the government of Gambia refuses to answer questions from fellow journalists and the Media Foundation for West Africa. They filed an application on behalf of him to the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), summoning the Gambian government to answer charges over his disappearance. The Gambian government responded with silence, and Ebrima Manneh continues to remain missing.
Take action: download and fill out the letter below and mail it to the Gambian Government office(s) listed.
- Journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah
Two Gambian journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah, who were arrested on January 13, 2014 and released on bail the 16th. If tried they can be sentenced to two years in prison. You can download the action form for the two journalists on our website under blog updates
Take action: download the PDF file and compose a letter and send it to the Gambian Government offices listed on the PDF:
- Honduran Journalist Juan Carlos Argeñal
On December 7, 2013, Honduran journalist Juan Carlos Argeñal was shot and killed by two unidentified men in his house. Honduras is an extremely dangerous country for journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders to carry out their work. A full and impartial investigation is urgently needed. Juan Carlos Argeñal was a correspondent for both Radio Globo and Globo TV, as well as the owner of a local TV station and an activist for the Freedom and Re-foundation Party (Partido Libertad y Refundación LIBRE). In the months prior to the killing Juan Carlos Argeñal had reported about corruption in local government.
Take action: download the PDF file and compose a letter and send it to the Honduran Government offices listed on the PDF:
Lucy Edwards, Ashland resident and international human rights accompaniment volunteer for the international organization PROAH (Proyecto de Acompanamiento Internacional en Honduras) will join us for a continuation of her report on human rights in Honduras. Tuesday 11:30 AM on KSKQ 89.5 FM.
February 11 HUMAN RIGHTS NOW
This Tuesday, February 11, Human Rights Now producer-hosts, Don Wertheimer and Dennis Remick, will talk with Lucy Edwards, Ashland resident, member of the Ashland UCC and former news director at Jefferson Public Radio from 1996 through 2002.
Since 2010 Lucy has been commuting to Honduras every few months as an international human rights accompaniment volunteer for the international organization PROAH (Proyecto de Acompanamiento Internacional en Honduras). In Honduras she provides an international presence and witness for threatened organizations, communities and individuals who work defending human rights, indigenous rights and the environment.
She and her husband, SOU anthropologist Dr. Jim Phillips lived in Nicaragua and Honduras in the mid 1980s, visiting and living in threatened communities and documenting the effects of the contra war on the civilian populations in both countries.
Lucy has provide a list of links that give recent information about human rights in Honduras that we will refer to during Human Rights Now.
Recent Human Rights report: (last quarter, 2013)
Recent elections: analysis
PROAH-Honduras Accompaniment Project
Senator Ron Wyden
221 Dirsksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Jeff Merkley
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Join us Tuesday, February 11 on KSKQ 89.5 FM at 11:30 AM for a Honduran human rights update with Lucy Edwards.
JANUARY 28 – HUMAN RIGHTS NOW
Since 1979 the Islamic Republic of Iran has maintained a systematic program of imprisonment, torture, murder and denial of basic human rights to its largest religious minority! Tune in Tuesday, January 28 at 11:30 AM on KSKQ 89.5 FM for an interview with Dr. David Young, member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, who will discuss with us the QUIET GENOCIDE occurring in Iran.
“The Baha’is in Iran are a kind of bell weather for the treatment of other minorities in Iran. As the Baha’is are treated, so goes their treatment.” – Dr. David Young
Later in the week, see details here, the United Nations Club – SOU and Amnesty International – Southern Oregon are screening the documentary interview with Dr. Payam Akhavan, Professor of International Law at McGill University and former war crimes prosecutor at The Hague.
Attend the screening and add your Amnesty voice by signing the petitions and letters to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, to end this shameless crime against humanity.
Petitions will also be available to aid Senator Ron Wyden (D) of Oregon and Senator Mark Kirk (R) of Illinois in their work to ensure that human rights issues will be part of any nuclear agreement with Iran.
On our second program, January 14, Dennis and Don were joined by Marvin Woodard, Multi-Cultural Resource Center and Diversity Scholarship Coordinator at Southern Oregon University, who discussed the upcoming Martin Luther King Day, the unfinished work of Dr. and our modern view of Dr. King.
Don and Dennis made the first broadcast of Human Rights Now on KSKQ 89.5 FM. Feedback was positive. The new antenna is in place but it is not at full power yet. We did get a report of a fairly strong signal from a cattle rancher located on the side of a steep hill in the Green Springs.
You will be able listen to the archived program in a few days.
One of the segments on the program was Take Action – Take One. We asked listeners to go to our blog page, Take Action – Pick One, click on the link with Amnesty International USA and select a prisoner of conscience or join a campaign and invite family and friends to join with you to write letters of support to the prisoner. Then fill out the form on Take Action and send it to us and we will put it on the air.
Our next program will be this coming Tuesday, January 14 at 11:30 AM on KSKQ 89.5 FM. Our guest is Mr. Marvin Woodard, Multi-Cultural Resource Center and Diversity Scholarship Coordinator at Southern Oregon University. Mr. Woodard will discuss the upcoming Martin Luther King Day and the modern view of Dr. King. Please join us and Take Action.