Archive | August 2015

Join with Amnesty International to stop the imprisonment of conscientious objectors in South Korea

What’s happening?

In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to join the military and serve for two years, and then report for reserve training over the next eight years. Those who refuse, no matter what the excuse, face up to three years in prison. Conscientious objectors are those who refuse to join the military for reasons of conscience.

South Korea imprisons more people for their objections than the rest of the world combined. Since 2000, they have held over 10,000 conscientious objectors in prison for their refusal to undertake military training. For these men, there is no other option available where they could undertake an alternative form of civilian service.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is heading up a campaign of signatures to send to the South Korean authorities to stop the imprisonment of conscientious objectors.

“Refusing to perform military service for reasons of conscience or profound personal conviction, without suffering any legal or other penalty is part of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, found in Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which South Korea is a state party, as well as in Articles 19 and 20 of the Constitution of South Korea.” – Amnesty International

We can call on them to recognise the right to conscientious objection as a human right inherent to the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and ask them to make appropriate provisions for conscientious objectors to military service.

Supporting Amnesty International

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join Amnesty International in their call for action by signing their petition.

“Your signatures are powerful. Your names, in their thousands, can persuade the South Korean authorities to stop the imprisonment of conscientious objectors!” – Amnesty International

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/actions-south-korea-conscientious-objection-is-not-a-crime/

 

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Join with Avaaz and help stop the whale hunt in St. Kitts

What’s happening?

The Icelandic whaling fleet is preparing to leave port to hunt and kill over 150 endangered fin whales as part of their annual hunt. Iceland and Norway are currently the only countries that openly defy the International Whaling Commission’s 1986 ban on hunting whales.

Avaaz campaigns to end the slaughter of endangered whales and to support whale conservation instead.

“Our community already helped push European countries to shun this shameful trade. Let’s now get St. Kitts to stop helping the whalers!” – Avaaz

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz is working to stop the whale hunters. A shipment of last year’s whale meat is to be sent to Japan, and the ships will be unable to leave the port if the tiny nation of St.Kitts and Nevis remove their flag.

“As the whalers continue the slaughter, their boss is trying to ship last year’s whale meat to Japan right now. Over 1,700 tonnes are about to be sent through the icy passage between Russia and the North Pole. Tourism is the main pillar of their country’s economy and we can put their reputation on the line by throwing them into our giant global spotlight.” – Avaaz

Avaaz plans to deliver their campaign and petition of over one million voices to the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Timothy Harris, and if he doesn’t respond quickly they will take their campaign to their biggest tourist market – the US, to show them how St. Kitts is supporting the slaughter of these magnificent animals.

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Avaaz and add your voice to the petition to stop whale hunting.

“…stop supporting Japan’s lethal research in the Southern Ocean at the IWC and support whale conservation instead. No country should engage with the slaughter of these majestic creatures.”

Avaaz

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_rb3/?slideshow

 

 

Join with Oxfam and help end global poverty, one gig at a time; Oxjam

What’s happening?

Poverty is a global issue. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is working towards a world in which poverty is abolished.

“Using a six-sided strategy to weave together the complex web of our efforts and joining with others, we seek to overcome poverty.” – Oxfam

Oxfam’s six-sided strategy is;

1] Helping people claim their basic human rights, to empower themselves to escape poverty.

2] Working with women and girls towards gender justice.

3] Disaster relief in emergency situations.

4] Lobbying for action on climate change.

5] Securing global food supplies so people don’t go hungry.

6] Helping people access basic services such as health and education.

Oxfam’s campaign; Oxjam

Oxjam is a month-long festival that you can be a part of, to help Oxfam end global poverty.

“Join thousands of other music lovers and music makers to either host your own gig, hit the stage or get your party on. Saving the world has never sounded so good.” – Oxfam

Oxjam has been running successfully in the UK for nine years, raising funds to address poverty around the world. This year, it had been brought to Australia. This month, you can be a part of hundreds of gigs to be held across Australia for a great cause – fighting global poverty.

“Teams of awesome gig-makers, big-hearted artists, and amazing venues are putting their hands up to do their bit. Madre Monte lead singer, Mauro Gomez says “We’re really proud to be part of OXJAM and encourage everyone to join the party, have fun, and make a positive change in the world” – Oxfam

Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

You can get involved with Oxjam by hosting your own gig, performing at one, or supporting the cause by going to the gigs.

Check out Oxjam and join with Oxfam to help end poverty:
http://www.oxjam.org.au/

 

You can help save Africa’s lions

What happened?

At the beginning of July this year, Cecil the lion was shot dead in Zimbabwe. Cecil the lion was a well known attraction at Hwange local National Park and was being tracked for research purposes by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University. Cecil was lured out of the park at night and then shot with a bow and arrow. It was 40 hours later that he was hunted down and found by the hunters, where he was then killed, beheaded and skinned.

Dr Andrew Loveridge, one of the principal researchers on the project at Oxford University, has said that Cecil and another male lion named Jericho led two prides with six lionesses and a dozen young cubs, and he now fears for the safety of the cubs now Cecil had been killed.

“Jericho as a single male will be unable to defend the two prides and cubs from new males that invade the territory. This is what we most often see happening in these cases. Infanticide is the most likely outcome.” – Dr Andrew Loveridge

Avaaz’s efforts

We are now in a unique position to save the world’s lions. Wealthy hunters from around the world enjoy going to Africa to pay to hunt lions and other exotic animals for sport, and then send their trophies home. Avaaz is heading an effort to ban the import of trophies when they threaten the survival of these animals. With our help, we can reach out to American and European authorities to ban the import of trophies.

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Avaaz and help ban the import of trophies, and save the lions and other endangered animals of Africa.

“As concerned citizens deeply disturbed by the tragic killing of Cecil the lion, we urge you to act swiftly to stop the decline in lion populations across Africa. We call on you to ensure they are classified as an endangered species and ban the import of any hunting trophies that threaten the survival of these majestic animals.” – Avaaz

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_africas_lions_loc/?slideshow