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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Support Irene Fernandez Final Trial in Malaysia

As a person I deeply salute people who decided to do something despite the difficulty and dangers this might give to him or her. While reading my emails I was heartbroken that someone who just want to help our fellow Filipino migrant workers was suffering inside a Malaysian jail. I hope that through this simple post in this blog and through your support we could together help Irene Fernandez get the justice which she so deserves... please read on below...

Dear Friends,

Greetings!

We have drafted a petition letter for Dr. Irene Fernandez's freedom. Dr. Fernandez is a staunch human rights activist and is the director and co-founder of Tenaganita, a Malaysian NGO that promotes the rights and welfare of migrant and agricultural workers. She is also a Steering Council Member of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) and the People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), among many organisations. In 2005, she was given the Right Livelihood Award for "her outstanding and courageous work to stop violence against women and abuses of migrant and poor workers".

In 1995, Dr. Fernandez published a report on the living conditions of migrant workers in Malaysia’s detention centres. She was charged with 'maliciously publishing false news' against the Malaysian government in 1996. After seven years of trial, the longest in Malaysian judicial history, she was found guilty in 2003. She was allowed bail pending appeal. Her civil rights are now restricted, but she carries on her everyday life and continues her work.

The trial of Dr. Fernandez will resume on 24th- 28th November, 2008 and this may be the final round of hearings in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

We call on organisations, institutions and individuals to support Dr. Fernandez by signing the petition letter which is addressed to the Malaysian government and other institutions in Malaysia, and is posted at http://www.foodsov.org/html/petition11.php

By signing the letter, you and your organisation or institution will appeal for justice and rights of human rights defenders like Dr. Fernandez and it may give her the freedom to continue her work with migrant workers as well as helping communities achieve genuine people's Food Sovereignty.

Please circulate widely.



Thank you.
Clara Guzman - PAN AP


I hope that you find time to sign the petition and help Irene.

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