Thursdays in Black: Watch the Watchmen
Why Wear Black?
It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.
Link of the Day:
Why I Chose this Link:
Much like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch is an international organisation devoted to the protection of human rights and, in particular, the exposure and identification of human rights violations all over the world. Their mission is an important one, and unfortunately very necessary in today’s world. From their About page:
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.
They also cover a wider range of rights than Amnesty International, ranging from LGBTQ issues to Women’s Rights to Migrants and People with Disabilities. A truly multi-faceted and wide-ranging organisation! If you have the time, I suggest you sign up for their newsletter updates. After all, as their motto states: staying informed is the first step towards creating change.