Friday, May 9, 2008

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights

Bloggers Unite

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. If you are a blogger, consider this appeal from Bloggers Unite for Human Rights, an event sponsored by Amnesty International, BlogCatalog, and Copywrite, Inc.

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights challenges bloggers everywhere to help elevate human rights by drawing attention to the challenges and successes of human rights issues on May 15. Topics may include any number of subjects — the wrongful imprisonment of journalists covering assemblies, governments that ignore the plight of citizens, even censorship of the Internet. What is important is that on one day, thousands of bloggers unite and share their unified support of human rights everywhere.
I'll be blogging that day about human rights here as well at Kunati, Amazon, Heart of Diamonds - Life in Africa, Daily Kos, Red Room, and MySpace. I'll also have a special photo on Photogafrica and even an appropriate cartoon on ToonLand. I hope you'll join me in reminding the world that Human Rights are hard to earn but easy to lose if we don't stay United.

Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds

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Anna said...

Thank you for this. I have my poem about Human Rights here:
Poem: Someone Else's Crime.

I will bookmark this post.

philblog said...

I stand besides your post, blogging for one common Purpose of Human Rights today gives us strength.

Eve said...

Hi Mr Donelson..
Thanks for the comment on my blog re: Human Rights definition. Unfortunately, I beg to differ.

An interesting and thoughtful post. I might argue with you about GITMO and Abu
Ghraib on the basis that imprisonment without defined terms and physical and
mental torture are violations of the person, not just their civil rights. These
seem to exemplify the definitions of human rights abuses you mention in your
last paragraph. Just because they were inflicted on the people involved by a
government whose overall cause may (or may not) be just doesn't make them any less a violation of human rights

While I am not condoning the well publicized actions of some renegade servicemen at these facilities, GITMO and AG are military prisons. As such, the people in those prisons are or have been implicated in international acts of terror or war or as "unlawful enemy combatants". They are not being detained randomly. They are also provided the basics - food, water, shelter. That was my only reason for including these 2 controversial facilties as examples of non-human rights abuses.