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Ideas For Action

Issue 119

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IDEAS FOR ACTION

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Parivar Seva Sanstha

TAPOL
8a Treport St
London SW1B 2BP
Tel: 01-874 3262

AIMS

To provide a world-wide network with information and publications about the human rights situation in Indonesia and East Timor. To campaign for the release of political prisoners. To inform people about the annexation of East Timor and the right to self-determination of the West Papuans.

METHODS

Monitoring and reporting information from sources in Indonesia and elsewhere.

Publicising cases of injustice and repression in Indonesia through the international press.

Working with other groups on the adoption of political prisoners.

Providing speakers for meetings

Campaigning activities directed towards organisations. individuals, the British and Indonesian governments.

Publishing the hi-monthly TAPOL Bulletin. This is in English and is distributed to subscribers all over the world.

Publishing pamphlets and special publications.

SUCCESSES

TAPOL would not claim to have secured the release of any particular prisoner, but many prisoners have thanked us for being instrumental in their release.

The Indonesian human rights movement has recognised TAPOL’s role in the fight for human rights in Indonesia and East Timor.

FAILURES

After 8 years of campaigning there are still many political prisoners in Indonesia.

Acts of repression and violations of human rights are all too common, especially in East Timor, West Papua and Acheb.

Unfortunately there remains a general lack of awareness and interest in these matters in Britain.

FUTURE PLANS

To extend and intensify TAPOL’s work on behalf of those Indonesian and East Timorese people whose rights have been or are in danger of being violated.

A book is being written by TAPOL on West Papua.

HELP NEEDED

Voluntary help in preparing the Bulletin and general help in the TAPOL office is always required.

Sources of reliable information from people or organisations connected with Indonesia are particularly valuable for our work.

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Canadian Save the Children Fund

PEACE ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN
P.O. Box 24,
Oxford OX1 3JZ
Tel: 099-389 686

AIMS

To question the assumption that fear, threats and force are a normal basis for human relationships - personal and international. To give ordinary people the confidence to have a say in their own and their children’s future.

To provide an avenue for people with professional media skills to put them at the service of the peace campaign.

METHODS

We raise funds by voluntary donation from individuals, trusts and companies in order to finance individual press advertisements and poster campaigns.

A central working group plans the basic form of the campaign and solicits or commissions artwork and copywriting for these advertisements. Where WDC, CND, END and other groups wish to sponsor billboard posters, we provide a booking service with the benefit of discounts due to block booking on a national scale

SUCCESSES

About 750 copies of our giant billboard poster. The average British family spent~l6 a week on arms last year’ were posted in 100 different towns and boroughs. One was sited right opposite the Imperial War Museum in London during the autumn 1981 national CND demonstration.

A succession of press ads. — one voted Ad of the Week in the Guardian — have helped raise public awareness of the way the arms race is impoverishing everyone, North, South, East and West.

FAILURES

We have so far failed to dent the war paranoia on which the arms race feeds. While many peace organisations have been encouraged by our work to think in terms of laying hands on the major levers of publicity, we still haven’t really got into the big league.

FUTURE PLANS

A second wave of billboard advertising this autumn based on a new poster design and a determined attempt to involve industry in financing it, as a way of helping get more economic resources devoted to productive not destructive activity.

HELP NEEDED

Professional ad writers and above all visual designers. Realistic sources of major finance to ‘gear up’ the campaign.

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World Runners

GLOSA
29 Pandora Road
London NW6 1TS
Tel: 01-435-1416

AIMS

To improve, simplify and economise international communication

To establish direct, accurate communication with the Third World worker.

To provide a common auxiliary language for the EEC, and for scientists, technicians, computers and view data, around the world.

METHODS

No textbook is necessary as there is no grammar. The Basic Dictionary of 1,400 words contains all the information needed for speaking and writing in Glosa. Glosa words are Greek and Latin which are already internationally familiar. They are short, easily memorised and pronounced. A much larger vocabulary is available for literature, poetry and stylistic variety. The Dictionaries are equally suitable for Third World and EEC use. We publish a monthly newsletter, Glosa Notas, with articles on conservation, ecology, education, science and technology.

SUCCESSES

We now have an enthusiastic nucleus of Glosa speakers in every continent and we are continually receiving enquiries from influential organisations. Following an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme, many people wrote to us in Glosa

Several schools in the Third World have started to teach Gloss and one public school in England.

The International Technology newspaper of the Science Policy Foundation published an article in Glosa in their September 1981 issue.

FAILURES

None so far. We have very, very limited funds but we’re finding this is an advantage in some ways as it forces us into better presentation of the project.

FUTURE PLANS

To contact educational, cultural and international organisations. Publicity is essential to our project but with our limited funds we have to concentrate on getting free publicity through the media, wherever possible.

HELP NEEDED

We need the sustained interest of people who can see the urgent importance of our project and who can find time to teach Glosa and communicate in it by letter and tape with people in the Third World. We also want more subscribers to our news sheet and people who can provide gift subscriptions.

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