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Human Rights Day

Showing Pride 24/7

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In this current era as the political and theocratic Right attempts to reverse progressive human and civil rights initiatives won over the past decades and to prevent such measures from taking root where they have not grown previously, I am extremely encouraged by the leaders from the highest levels and from the grassroots showing courage in the face of resistance and backlash.

Intersex and the City

Jason Cianciotto | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jason Cianciotto

"Because intersex is framed as a disorder within the medical model," Morgan told me, "the medical community is using the tools it has to make people fit into the definitions of 'sex' and 'gender' created by society."

This Human Rights Day, Fight for Human Rights in New Ways

Samina Ali | Posted 12.11.2015 | Women
Samina Ali

Despite well-meaning political declarations, the achievement of basic human rights is far from reality for too many women around the world.

The Human Rights Crisis We Ignore

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

At the heart of the American mental health crisis today lies the highly flawed, dangerous and unspoken assumption that people with mental disabilities are somehow less than human.

#JusticeForSalwa is Justice For All

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Hibaaq Osman

On Human Rights Day last year, activists across the world united in demanding justice for Salwa Bugaighis, the Libyan human rights defender murdered a...

When Freedom From Fear Is a Fantasy

Curt Goering | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Curt Goering

Upon arrival in the United States, refugees speak of the exhilaration they feel in breathing air of optimism and hope. But given the current climate of heinous backlash against refugees in this country, the ground feels like it's shifting beneath our feet. How on earth did we get here?

In Solidarity With Women, For Women

Philomena Kwao | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Philomena Kwao

Today, December 10, we observe Human Rights Day, marking the 67th anniversary since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the end of the UN's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.

Girls' Rights Are Human Rights

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 12.12.2015 | Impact
J. Mijin Cha

As we celebrate Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the signing of the declaration, we face the hard truth that we are falling far short of protecting human rights around the world. In no area is this clearer than the failure to protect far too many young girls.

"I Thought Only Men Have Rights"

Jennifer L. Windsor | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Jennifer L. Windsor

These are the words of Zainab, a Nigerian woman who suffered years of abuse from her husband, in part because she did not know she had a right to live free from violence.

International Human Rights Day: Using Media and Tech for Social Justice

Witness | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Witness

With major platforms like Facebook and Twitter constantly changing, and new apps emerging nearly every day, it's often hard to determine which of these tools and strategies are the best fit for a human rights advocacy campaign or non-profit organization, and it can be difficult to navigate the ethical dilemmas that arise when consuming and sharing social media.

Has D-Day Arrived for Cuba?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Events arrive in fragments, an advance here, a loss there. With no cries of "Long live free Cuba," nor uncorked bottles. Life obscures from us this turning point that we would mark forever on our calendars.

On Human Rights Day in Cuba: Instead of Bread and Circuses, We Get Beer and Repression

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

How many times as a child was I part of a carnival of repression without knowing it? What naive parties did I participate in that, in reality, were a cover for the horrors? Have those dances and street festivals also been a police operation? After this, it will be hard for me to ever enjoy a parade again.

The Rights, They Are A-Changin'

William F. Schulz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
William F. Schulz

Few of the "emerging" rights have yet garnered sufficient consensus to be considered established universal rights. But what the political nature of human rights does point to is this: each one of us has a role to play in shaping the human rights of the future.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 66: How Do We Make the Promise a Reality?

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

As this generation rises to power in public and private leadership roles, those at decision-making tables across the spectrum will have an opportunity to think critically about their own actions.

Human Rights: The Key to Changing Business as Usual?

Cherie Blair | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Cherie Blair

My advice to organizations I work with is always to be proactive rather than simply reactive when it comes to human rights issues.

On Human Rights Day, We Remember Salwa Bugaighis

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Hibaaq Osman

Today we spread the message that human rights are nothing if they are not universal. We seek justice for Salwa, not merely in the prosecution of her assassins, but in peace, security and democratic freedom for the people of Libya.

Co-Education: A Holistic Approach to Human Rights

Barry Segal | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Nichols and Peter Luis. Peter Luis is the Founder and Executive Director of the Indigenous Education Foundation of T...

Changing the World One Letter At a Time

Amnesty International | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Amnesty International

We all have the power to bring human rights home.  We all have the power to change the world.  Join us. Write a letter, change a life.

Celebrating Muslims on International Human Rights Day

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

To my mind, those who draw upon their religious tradition for the betterment of our world are so much more deserving of recognition. Yet, such individuals often represent a void in our public discourse.

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

India's Dodgy Human Rights Record

Kayonaaz Kalyanwala | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Kayonaaz Kalyanwala

What do a teacher, cultural activist and human rights worker have in common? They can all be branded anti-state elements and be jailed. Just like the people whose testimonies you will watch in the below videos.

Indian Police Beat Christian And Muslim Protestors

Religion News Service | Vishal Arora | Posted 12.11.2013 | Religion

NEW DELHI (RNS) Police in India’s capital used water cannons and canes on peaceful Christian and Muslim leaders Wednesday (Dec. 11) while they were ...

Human Rights Day -- A Day to Do Something

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

In the wake of Human Rights Day and Nelson Mandela's state funeral, it is more clear than ever that we are all called to be our higher selves. We are called to believe and act like our lives make a difference.

5 Extraordinary People Making The World A Better Place

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 12.11.2013 | World

Commemorating International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, the United Nations honored five individuals and a nation's high judicial court. The cerem...

I Am Human Rights and So Can You

Liz Rebecca Alarcon | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Liz Rebecca Alarcon

Human rights are so broad and all-encompassing, that it's almost impossible not to be able to incorporate some form of awareness into our daily practices.