November 1, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Environmental Rights Defender To Appeal Suspended Sentence (Madagascar: UA 237.17)


Malagasy environmental human rights defender Raleva has been released after the Mananjary Tribunal in Madagascar handed him a two-year suspended sentence on 26 October. His conviction came after he publicly challenged a Chinese gold mining company to provide proof that it had the necessary permits to continue its mining activities in Mananjary. He is appealing the sentence.

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Malagasy environmental human rights defender Raleva has been released after the Mananjary Tribunal in Madagascar handed him a two-year suspended sentence on 26 October. His conviction came after he publicly challenged a Chinese gold mining company to provide proof that it had the necessary permits to continue its mining activities in Mananjary. He is appealing the sentence.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the authorities to quash the conviction and sentence against Raleva since it is related solely to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and his human rights work;
  • Urging the authorities to ensure the criminal justice system is not misused to target or harass human rights defenders and ensure a safe and enabling environment in which it is possible to defend and promote human rights without fear of punishment, reprisal or intimidation;.

Contact these two officials by 13 December 2017:
Madame la Ministre de la Justice
Mme RASOLO Elise Alexandrine,
43 Rue Joel Rakotomolala
Faravohitra – Antananarivo
Madagascar
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Son Excellence

Charge d’Affaires Velotiana Rakotoanosy Raobelina, Embassy of Madagascar
2374 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20008
Tel: 202 265 5525
Fax: 202 265 3034
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 237.17
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