Human Rights Day

Believe it or not, these are our Human Rights

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Today is Human Rights day and yet all over the world people are being denied these. Not just in war torn, poor countries... Right down your street, too.

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7 replies since 10th December 2008 • Last reply 10th December 2008

Oh I didn't know that was today!

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this is a day to remember

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....wow....i didnt realize how BASIC these are. thats incredible that these are being violated...

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Thanks for posting. Last month Amnesty International had an event and walk for Human Rights in Oceanside, CA. It was fun, hundreds of people showed up.
First we had a few speakers, the most prominent was Rebiya Kadeer, a human rights activist and former businesswoman in China. She is actually Uygahursan (wugers) a separate country that China invaded just a year before they invaded Tibet.

At 61 Rebiya Kadeer is an advocate for the rights of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan (aka
Xinjiang Province in northwest China), she established a multimilliondollar
trading company and worked to provide opportunities for
disadvantaged Uygahurs. Previously held up as a model of Uyghur success,
she fell from government favor after she began calling upon the People's
Republic of China government to change its repressive policies against the
Uyghurs. Kadeer spent nearly six years in prison before being released to
the U.S., after which she has continued advocating on behalf of Uyghur
human rights. Kadeer’s children and other family members have
frequently been persecuted by PRC authorities in retaliation for her
human rights advocacy.

After her talk we had a candle light walk with our signs. We were all given signs that depicted people who had been killed, raped, and detained only for speaking their rights. My sign had a picture of Shi Tao ( shur tawo) who was arrested and detained for using Yahoo mail to send his critical opinions of the Chinese government to outside of the nation.

Overall it was a very inspiring event despite the atrocities we learned about. It' so much more horrible to hear from someone about their imprisonment or rape than when I read it or see it online.

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We had a Human Rights day at college. Someone came in from Amnesty International to talk to us, which was interesting because I'd never really thought about how there are so many basic rights that I take for granted that somne people are deprived of. We had a "debate" as well (which wasn't really a debate, it was more 2 students expressing points of view in the style of a Law lesson) about whether people should be allowed to wear headscarves to school, which was fine until someone in the audience said something and one of the people doing the debate responded with "Yeah well if I wanted to dress like a Nazi at college that would be fine because it's what I believe in". This just ruined the whole thing because everyone carried on talking about Nazis for the whole debate, missing the point entirely.

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I think that I should have the right to duct tape people's mouths shut.
actually not really...only on mondays

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People SHOULD have the right to marry ANYONE they want

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