May 15, 2008

Bloggers Unite for Human Rights

"While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations.

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. What those topics may include — the wrongful imprisonment of journalists covering assemblies, governments that ignore the plight of citizens, and 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."


...recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world

—Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 194

Yet...

there is Censorship in China

Beijing Faults on Tibet

genocide is funded in Darfur

China's all-seeing eye
(courtesy Eccentric Optimism)


13 comments:

EXSENO said...

It's a shame but censorship still exists in so many places. Sad but true.

BoatoLuxo said...

Could be great that every country repect these ideas.

bye

kannan udayarajan said...



http://w2.eff.org/br/

something similar..

I hope atleast this one survives and makes a real difference.

It would also be wonderful if we had people seeing things from a neutral point of view.Only bloggers can do that because they have an independent publishing platform.The media can, but only to a certain extent.

for eg :
Iran will always be a terrorist state in the US media..even while most of the world views US invasions in sovereign countries as bigger acts of terrorism ..

Whats missing in the media is objectivity ..and thats where bloggers can fill in..

and the even more important thing is not to get mutated into armchair critics...

Id it is said...

kannan,
Not wanting to be judgmental, but I am a trifle undecided on putting up that blue ribbon on my site for the EFF. Freedom of speech is a powerful phenomenon and so far reaching that it is scary to imagine how grossly it could perform were it to be misused as a propagandist tool on an unsuspecting audience. However does that mean the freedom of speech (in the blogosphere or otherwise) ought to be curtailed? Certainly not, but I'm just not ready to advocate for it, for now, hehe

Onyeka Nwelue said...

Thank you so much for all you've written so far on your blog. I've not visited in a long time and I'm happy that at last, I've been opportune to read a good review of Amitav Ghosh's new novel. It's really engaging and I hope to get my own copy soon...

I'm also glad to note that you and your friend have written a novel. I would like to know how it went...

AVIANA said...

thank you for bringing these issues out...

blogging is illegal in many countries... which is basically saying that people's thoughts and feelings are illegal....

thoughts and feelings illegal? wow!

anyhow...

CoffeeDrinking said...

How did I miss this? And shouldn't we, if we are concerned, be concerned with human rights everyday?

D said...

Blame it on Rushdie but haven't been able to check a few blogs which i generally do...the post on why one write was very impressive...make me reminds of rushdie's opening lines...which roughly are---"Find a man who can understand various tongues, for their is a story waiting to be narrated."
On Bloggers unity...as always am cynical of any kind of uprising :)

Deb said...

Blimey, I missed the day. Didn't even know about this one.

Lotus Reads said...

Thanks for highlighting this Id, a pity I discovered it so late...hope they have another one...there is so much to discuss...Burma, Tibet, Zimbabwe, Dafur etc. Mustn't forget the "forgotten conflict" in Sri Lanka either.

txandi said...

Your post appears to be precursor to my celebratory eulogy in my Memorial Day in memoriam.

Peter said...

I joined up too! Let's unite!

txandi said...

you know i would~t~