Justice Updates – February 11, 2020

Object the Use of Landmines

On January 31, 2020, President Trump lifted the restrictions on the use of landmines by U.S forces.  This decision reverses a 2014 Obama administration ban on the use of such weapons.

Allowing the use of landmines puts countless lives at risk in areas at war or previously at war. As the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor noted in a report last year, 71% of the casualties caused by landmines in 2018 were civilians.

For further details please click on this link.

Please contact President Trump on the White House comment line by calling (202) 561-1111 or click here to send an email.

A Letter from the Border

Sister Esther Calderon has sent an update regarding the effect of the “Remain in Mexico” protocol enacted by the Administration last year. Border Patrol has been returning at least 30 people a day back into Nogales, Sonora (Mexico) with orders for these families to report to Ciudad Juarez to begin their asylum hearings.  The families must not only find a way to travel the 350 miles unassisted from Nogales to Juarez in time for these scheduled hearings, but must also find a way to survive within Mexico with little to no resources.

Human Rights First documented 636 publicly reported cases of kidnapping, gang rape, torture, assault, and other violent attacks against asylum seekers and migrants returned to Mexico—likely only the tip of the iceberg. Among these were 138 kidnappings or attempted kidnappings of children.

Learn more about this tragic issue by clicking here.

Speak out Against an Unfair “Peace” Plan

The release of President Donald Trump’s long-delayed Israeli-Palestinian “peace plan” took place yesterday during a joint Trump-Netanyahu press conference. All the Israeli apartheid deniers, from Sheldon Adelson to Jared Kusher to mayors of the West Bank settlements, were in the room as Trump and Netanyahu announced a plan for even deeper repression of Palestinian rights. It has blown open the door for Israel to complete its theft of the West Bank. Congress must act immediately.

Palestinians had no say in the process. They rejected the plan in advance and have made clear that their rights, dignity, and lands are not for sale.

The plan calls for:

  • Annexing almost all of the West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley;
  • Rejecting the Palestinian right of return;
  • Carving the West Bank into swiss cheese such that no contiguous Palestinian state could ever be possible;
  • Insisting that Palestinians accept a permanent status where they have no control over their borders or their self-determination.

Speak out against “peace plan that isn’t” by clicking here, or by calling your representative.

Suffering at the Border

Norma Pimentel, a sister of the Missionaries of Jesus, and executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley sheds light on human suffering she is witnessing at the border as a result of the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP). Click here for her letter to President Trump following his State of the Union address. 

Stop Trafficking

The latest issue of the STOP TRAFFICKING is now available. Please click here to read.

 

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