Archive for the ‘ Human Rights ’ Category

Thursdays in Black: Refuge for Refugees

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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:

UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency

Why I Chose this Link:

Hard as it may be to believe for those of us living in relative safety, a staggering number of people do not have the luxury of stability in their environment. Some 43.3 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes by violence or persecution, with almost 1 million new asylum seekers in the past year alone. The UN Refugee Agency was founded in 1950 by the United Nations to help protect and potentially repatriate those forced out of their homes. In their own words:

The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

In more than five decades, the agency has helped people restart their lives.

An important and sadly necessary Agency, whose work should be supported.

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Thursdays in Black: Watch the Watchmen

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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:

Human Rights Watch

Why I Chose this Link:

HRW Official Logo (C) Human Rights WatchMuch 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.

Thursdays in Black: Support the Sisterhood

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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:

Women For Women (International)

Why I Chose this Link:

Women For Women logoGiven that last month’s Social Justice Challenge theme didn’t really get off the ground, and we’re still waiting on June’s intro post, I thought I’d get a head start on this month’s theme and focus on a link about Genocide this week. Women For Women is a wonderful site that helps the female survivors of war to rebuild their lives and grow. It’s more or less based on an adult version of Girl Theory: that women are and can be a powerful force for change if given the opportunity, and it’s our responsibility to ensure they receive it. From their About page:

Participation in our one-year program launches women on a journey from victim to survivor to active citizen. We identify services to support graduates of the program as they continue to strive for greater social, economic and political participation in their communities.

As each woman engages in a multi-phase process of recovery and rehabilitation, she opens a window of opportunity presented by the end of conflict to help improve the rights, freedoms and status of women in her country. As women who go through our program assume leadership positions in their villages, actively participate in the reconstruction of their communities, build civil society, start businesses, train other women and serve as role models, they become active citizens who can help to establish lasting peace and stability.

I consider myself a feminist – I believe all human beings deserve the chance to live safe, happy lives, no matter who they are or what sex they are born. This, I think, is a step in the right direction, and it’s wonderful to see.

Thursdays in Black: The One Stop Shop for Human Rights

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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 bi-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:

Amnesty International

Why I Chose this Link:

I know that pretty much everyone has heard of Amnesty International (and if not, where have you been living?!), but like all good things it’s a name that bears repeating. They’ve been around since 1961, campaigning against human rights abuses the world over. In many ways, the idea that Amnesty supports – that all human beings have rights, and that those rights need to be protected – forms the basis for the majority of social action and volunteer efforts out there. In addition, Amnesty International is important because it provides an international hub for Making a Difference: from their site, you can participate or find ways to participate in hundreds of different campaigns at a local or a global level. They campaign against the death penalty, poverty, violence against women, the global arms trade and more.

So I figured it was time to pay my respects to this wonderful organization, and remind people that if you want to fight for human rights, there’s no better place to start.

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all.

Our supporters are outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world – so we work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity…

We have a record of real achievement.

We know this because the people we try to help tell us that our pressure has had an effect on their own lives and because at key times governments are persuaded to change their laws and practices.

Our international solidarity helps keep hope alive locally.