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Group 48 Newsletter - June 2009

Group 48 Newsletter - June 2009

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Published by Joanne Lau
June 2009 newsletter of Local Group 48 of Amnesty International USA in Portland, OR
June 2009 newsletter of Local Group 48 of Amnesty International USA in Portland, OR

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Amnesty International
USA Group 48
In This Issue . . .
1 Congressional In-DistrictLobby Weeks June 29th –July 5th2 Urge UN to IncreaseCivilian Protection in DRC4 Vote imminent: SupportOfce or Global Women’sIssues
Central America RAN: Actto protect Human RightsWorkers in GuatemalaAIUSA-Group 48http://aipdx.org503-227-1878Next Meeting:Friday June 12thFirst Unitarian Church1011 SW 12th Ave7:00pm inormalgathering7:30pm meeting starts
NewsLetter DesignedBy Michelle Whitlock 
e need your help. ens o thousandso individuals will be detained tonight,tomorrow, and the next day at anaverage cost o $95 per person, per day.Among them are survivors o tortureand human tracking, undocumentedimmigrants, asylum seekers, lawulpermanent residents, and even U.S.citizens. Te individuals are caught in aU.S. immigration detention system thatis expensive, ineective, and that deniesbasic human rights.You can help x it. Eective alterna-tives cost as little as $12 per day, andsome commonsense measures will savemoney and help stop abuses against themore than 300,000 men, women andchildren detained each year.A ew members o Congress havestepped orward to lead the reorm.With your help, leading a visit to yourRepresentative or Senators, we'll pressCongress to end human rights abuses indetention acilities in the US.Amnesty International will provide youwith the support and training you needto be an eective Delegation Leader.Serving as a delegation leader will takea time commitment o about 15 hours,which includes reading backgroundmaterials, participating in our onlinetraining, meeting with members o yourdelegation and meeting with your electedocials' oce some time during theworkday between June 29th – July 5th.Sign up at the link below!http://www.amnestyusa.org/immigrant-detention/join-a-delegation/page.do?id=1011618
Congressional In-District Lobby Weeks,June 29th – July 5th
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he key concern o Amnesty International in the Demo-cratic Republic o Congo (DRC) is the protection o civiliansduring the ongoing ghting.More than one million civilians have been displaced in NorthKivu province,most recently during the joint Congo-Rwandacampaign against the FDLR(Rwandan Hutu militia linked tothe 1994 genocide in Rwanda and responsible or much o the violence in North and South Kivu.During the period May 14-21, 2009, the UN Security Council visited countries in Arica, including the DRC. Te inability o MONUC, the UN peacekeeping orce, to protect civil-ians in the Kivu region is a key concern o both the Security Council and Amnesty International. Te Security Council hasapproved the sending o 3000 reinorcements to bolster MO-NUC but these have yet to materialize. MONUC is unable torespond to attacks on civilians in the Kivu provinces and willbe unable to adequately protect civilians when MONUC andthe FARDC (Forces Armées de la République Démocratiquedu Congo, Congolese army) move against the FDLR in SouthKivu province, as expected.Te UN Oce or the Coordination o Humanitarian Aairs(OCHA) and others have expressed concern the military op-eration into South Kivu will lead to the urther displacemento hundreds o thousands o people in that province, on top o more than 1 million already displaced in North Kivu.
Fighting has been continuous in eastern DRC since 1996,when Rwanda and other neighboring countries invaded. Atthe beginning o 2009, Rwanda and DRC reached an agree-ment, whereby Rwanda would cease support or the Congo-lese utsi warlord, General Laurent Nkunda. In exchange,DRC would conduct joint military operations with Rwanda,against orces o the FDLR (predominantly Rwandan Hutu) inNorth Kivu province.Despite the end o the joint DRC-Rwanda military oensiveagainst FDLR elements, the humanitarian situation has not
Urge UN to Increase CivilianProtection in DRC
Group Coordinator
 Joanne Lau
971-221-5450 jlau@easystreet.net
Concert Tabling 
Will Ware
Newsletter Editor
Dan Webb
 Janan Stoll
503-282-8834 jjjn4now@aol.com
Dan Johnson
Central Africa RANOR State DeathPenalty Coordinator
Terrie Rodello
Central America RAN
Marylou Noble
503-245-6923marylou_noble@ yahoo.com
Guantanamo cases& Darfur
 Jane Kristof 
Marty Fromer
Indonesia RAN
Max White
AIUSA Group 48 Contact Inormation
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Civil Liberties Under the ObamaAdministration: Are We Still at Risk?Public Forum on Civil Liberties andNational Security
Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 7:00 PMPortland State University
Hateld School of Government Urban Center 
506 SW Mill, Second Floor Gallery (SW Millbetween 5th and 6th Avenues)
(Portland Streetcar, bus lines 8, 9, 12, 19, 94;parking available)The National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Or 
egon and the American Constitution Society aresponsoring an evening seminar entitled "CivilLiberties Under the Obama Administration: AreWe Still at Risk?".
The seminar will cover 
continuing issues of race, preventive detention, the Obama adminis
tration's plans for Guantanamo detainees, andethnic and religious proling. Panelists will alsohighlight ongoing efforts by ACLU and NationalLawyers Guild to uncover the abuses of theprevious administration.
Speakers will include
Tom Nelson and AshleeAlbies, lawyers who are litigating a case againstthe NSA for warrantless wiretapping; StevenWax, Federal Public Defender, who has rep
resented a number of Guantanamo detainees;David Fidanque, Executive Director of the ACLUof Oregon; and Joann Bowman, Director of Oregon Action.
For more information contact:Mark Kramer: 503.243.2733;mark@kramer-associates.com
improved in North Kivu. Te UN Oce or the Coordinationo Humanitarian Aairs (OCHA) ound that since January, atleast 150,000 were displaced and probably many more. Mostdisplacements had occurred due to civilians escaping romFDLR activities.FDLR ghters have returned to many o their ormer posi-tions since Rwandawithdrew its army and this has led torenewed violence and displacement.Te FARDC (Congolese armed orces) are expected to extendtheir operations against the FDLR into South Kivu province, astronghold o the FDLR. MONUCwould collaborate with the FARDC in this campaign. Rwan-dan troops apparently would not be used. Te joint operationmight lead to urther displacement and attacks on civilians by FDLR in South Kivu, as well as human rights violations by theFARDC.In addition to recent FDLR reprisal attacks in North Kivu,which have included many unlawul killings o civilians, rapesand other violations o international humanitarian law, thereare already reports o threats and attacks against civilians inSouth Kivu by the FDLR. FARDC troops moving throughSouth Kivu towards the ront lines have also been responsibleor numerous human rights violations, including rapes andthe orced displacement o civilians rom their homes. Am-nesty International ears that this situation is likely to worsen.
Action Request
Amnesty International believes the Security Council musttake immediate steps to protect civilians in the DRC. Pleasewrite a polite letter, email or ax to Susan Rice, US Ambassa-dor to the UN, urging the Security Council to take the ollow-ing steps to protect civilians in the DRC. Ensure that the additional 3000 peacekeeping troops, airliand intelligence capacities authorized by the Security Coun-cil in November 2008 are placed in the DRC. Without theseadditional resources, MONUC will not be able to protectcivilians in North Kivu and in South Kivu when MONUC-FARDC operations begin. Implement specic MONUC-FARDC plans to assist aect-ed civilian populations in South Kivu, including the deploy-
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