International News & Action
Silwan is an area in occupied East Jerusalem where Palestinian families face imminent and ongoing threats of dispossession of their homes and businesses. Some 1,500 Palestinians are under threat of having their homes demolished as Israel attempts to replace them with settlers, an act unlawful under international law. Take action today by writing to the Foreign Office. Read the NEU statement about Silwan here.
Write to your MP on the UK aid cuts
Boris Johnson’s government is presiding over the most draconian cuts on record to UK aid – over £4bn. Education is being hit hard with cuts of over 40%. This will have a devastating impact on the education, health, and wellbeing of the world’s poorest children. Lives are at risk. Please write to your MP and ask them to urge the Government to reverse the cuts.
Statement of Solidarity with the 28,000 Striking Workers in the Oilfields of Iran
The NEU have written a statement of solidarity with the striking oil workers taking action to defend themselves and to voice against economic poor conditions such as minimum unpaid wages. The immediate demands of the strike are for higher wages, adequate social security and better onsite living conditions. Read the full statement here.
NEU Statement: Demolitions and Eviction of Families in Silwan, East Jerusalem
The NEU has issued a statement condemning the evictions of Palestinian families and demolition of their homes in Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem. The statement calls on the Israeli government to withdraw its forces, halt these unlawful evictions and comply with its obligations under international law.
Help End the Repression of Uyghur Communities in China
Since 2017, an estimated one million people or more have been detained by the Chinese government. In a crushing wave of repression, men and women from predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities such as Uyghurs and Kazakhs have been targeted and sent to camps in China’s Xinjiang region – many have experienced torture. Add your voice to the Amnesty International petition calling on the Chinese authorities to immediately release everyone arbitrarily detained and reunite them with their families.
Palestine: Lobby of Parliament
Over the last month hundreds of thousands of people have come together in solidarity with Palestine. Now the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is asking supporters to take that energy into Parliament by registering for its national Lobby of Parliament for Palestine on Thursday 8 July. Click here for more information and to request to join a meeting with Palestine Solidarity Campaign experts and your local MP. Full briefing pack and training provided in advance.
Cuba: Breaking the Blockade 3: Reactions to the 2021 UN Vote
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has once again overwhelmingly voted in favour of Cuba’s resolution demanding the end of the US blockade. In a strong show of support for the island, 184 countries voted in favour, and only 2 against (US and Israel), while 3 countries abstained (Colombia, Brazil and Ukraine). Join Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) live from New York on Wednesday 30th June at 6.30pm to discuss the results of the latest vote with Ana Silvia Rodriguez, Deputy Permanent Rep. of Cuba to the UN. Click here for more information and to register.
Write to your MP on the UK aid cuts
The Government is presiding over the most draconian cuts on record to UK aid – over £4bn. Education is being hit hard with cuts of over 40%. This will have a devastating impact on the education, health, and wellbeing of the world’s poorest children. Please write to your MP and ask them to urge the Government to reverse the cuts.
Conflict in the Middle East: Issues for Schools
The NEU has updated its advice, Conflict in the Middle East: Issues for Schools, which aims to support members to deal with the reactions of pupils and the wider community to the conflict. While some of the challenges staff face may require short-term measures to be taken, there are also longer-term issues around anti-racism that can be addressed on an ongoing basis through the curriculum and by the promotion of a positive all-school environment and ethos. Please circulate the advice widely.
NEU International Solidarity Conference 2021
The NEU International Solidarity Conference took place on Saturday 10th July. This year’s event featured inspiring opening speeches from Mary Bousted and David Edwards, General Secretary of Education International; Kevin Courtney in conversation with Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; and an inspiring session in which Junior Vice President Louise Atkinson interviewed Ziauddin Yousafzai, teacher, father of Malala and co-founder of the Malala Fund. Five ISOs spoke about their inspiring international solidarity work and there were also six workshop on some of our key international campaigning priorities. You can watch all the sessions on the NEU’s YouTube channel.
NEU Statements on School Attacks in Afghanistan and Russia
On 8th May a bomb attack targeted Sayed Al-Shuhada school in Afghanistan. 85 people, mostly girls, are known to have died and another 147 have been wounded. In a separate incident, on 11th May, seven children and two educators were killed in a school shooting in Kazan, Russia. Read the Joint General Secretaries’ statements on these heinous attacks.
Refugee Week will take place from 14-20 June. The annual event encourages understanding of refugee experiences and provides a platform for the voices and creative work of people who have sought safety. This year’s theme is ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’. There are 6 ways you can take part or check out the Refugee Week 2021 Event Organiser Pack. Please see Kevin and Mary’s blog.
Disabled Children’s Right to Education Must be Realised
Every child has a right to education. However, even before the pandemic, as many as 33 million disabled children in low- and middle-income countries were out of school. The G7 and Global Education summits have the potential to transform the lives of disabled children. Sign the open letter and call on world leaders to prioritise the children most risk at of being left behind. For more information and further actions click here.
Justice for Colombia
Register to attend this NEU supported documentary hosted by Justice for Colombia. A Colombian Family tells the story of Ruby Castaño, a trade unionist who has seen family and colleagues killed because of trade union work, and her daughter Yira, who lives in exile. Post-screening Q&A with Ruby Castaño and Mariela Kohon, Senior International Officer, TUC.
Cooperation with Cuba
Early Day Motion 1550 calls on the British Government to promote international cooperation between the UK and Cuba and urge the Biden administration to normalise relations and end the US blockade. Please ask your MP to sign EDM 1550.
The Britain Palestine Friendship and Twinning Network
Show solidarity for the people of Palestine by joining or starting a friendship or twinning link with a group or community in Palestine. There are already over thirty of these groups and links across the UK – so you could join one that already exists or begin your own, with full support from The Britain Palestine Friendship & Twinning Network (BPFTN). For more information please get in touch by email or visit the website.
Tell Big Banks to Cancel the Debt
Covid-19 could push up to 150 million people into extreme poverty. However, many large banks continue to demand debt repayments from countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Big banks are making up to 250% profit on their loans to global south governments and are currently owed enough by African governments to vaccinate the entire continent against Covid-19 three times over. Sign the petition and tell banks to cancel the debt today.
#YemenCantWait – Stop British Support for the War
Years of conflict in Yemen has led to failing systems and the added pressure of the pandemic has pushed the population to famine. The UK Government’s decision to drastically cut humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen last week could be the difference between life and death for millions of people. Please call on the Prime Minister to protect aid to Yemen.
Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign
Support the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign (NSC) by running the in-person London Marathon or the Virtual London Marathon, please click here for more information and share the link with fellow members. Participation will help raise awareness and funds for NSC’s work.
Stand with Syria
Ten years ago protests erupted across Syria against the security forces’ brutality and escalated into a nation-wide uprising with hundreds of thousands of people demanding a more democratic, equal and just Syria. However, the Assad regime has survived, at the cost of at least 400,000 dead and millions of refugees. Click here for more information and to add your name to the MENA Solidarity Network statement and stand with Syrian refugees.
Tell Dominic Raab: Don’t Cut Aid to Burmese People
Burma Campaign UK is calling on the British government to reverse cuts in international aid, and to protect the aid budget for Burma in light of the military coup and growing humanitarian crisis in the country. For more information and to write to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab telling him not to cut aid to Burma, click here.
Free Palestinian Child Prisoners
Support an end to the mistreatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military detention. Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids by soldiers; blindfolded, bound, and shackled; interrogated without a lawyer or relative present; put into solitary confinement; and forced to sign confessions. Sign the petition calling for the rights of children to be protected.
Film about the Roma – A People Uncounted
This film weaves stories from the Porajmos – the Roma word for the Holocaust – to provide a deeper understanding of the experience of the Roma people during the Holocaust/Porajmos and what is happening in many parts of Europe today. To request the log-in details to view this film (suitable for over 16s only), email firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement of Solidarity with Uyghur Women and Uyghur Muslims
The NEU has been sickened and horrified by the latest reports on the treatment of Uyghur women in “re-education” camps in China’s Xinjiang region. Systematic rape, sexual abuse, and torture have been documented in new accounts obtained by the BBC. The NEU condemns these gross violations of women’s and human rights in the strongest possible terms. Read the NEU statement here.
Statement of Solidarity with Women in Poland
Following the enforcement of a near total ban on abortion in Poland, the NEU reaffirms its commitment to women’s rights in Poland, across Europe, and around the world. Read the NEU statement here.