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Human Rights Day

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 ...

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 02.07.2015 | Gay 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 02.10.2014 | Gay 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.

Basic Human Rights That We Take For Granted, In 1 Infographic

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact

Tuesday marks the UN’s Human Rights Day, which means people are taking to the streets to demand that they get the treatment, equality and opportunit...

Human Rights Day in Cuba: A Day of Threats, Arrests and Beatings

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

"Repetition is the mother of learning," an old professor of Military Preparation in my high school used to say. He wasn't, however, referring to the repetition of a phrase in order to learn it, or of a particular mathematical operation to memorize it. In fact, he was referring to punishment.

Inspiring New UN Video Reveals Seismic Shifts in Global LGBT Rights Debate

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

Certainly the debate at the United Nations on the rights of LGBT people remains fractious, exposing sharp divisions of opinion among countries and strong opposition from some quarters. But stand back a couple of paces and the longer-term trends appear far more positive.

Advancing Freedom and Fundamental Rights Demands a Global Effort

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
The George W. Bush Institute

By Amanda Schnetzer and Elizabeth Hoffman Last week, it was announced that North Korea's largest labor camp has recently grown in size. Known as kwan...

On Human Rights Day, Maintain Focus on Protecting Peaceful Protest and Assembly

Jeffrey T. Smith | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey T. Smith

No longer relying on brute force alone, autocrats in nations such as Zimbabwe, Egypt, Uganda, and Morocco are enacting legal measures to stifle peaceful protest and freedom of assembly, often under the dubious guise of public safety.

Every Day Should Be Human Rights Day

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as the date for honoring adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, led by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. It is an opportunity to reflect and ask, "How can I help?"

Our Nation has a Secret: Felony Disenfranchisement in America

Jotaka L. Eaddy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Black Voices
Jotaka L. Eaddy

Today, nearly 4.4 million people in America have families, own homes and have even started their own businesses. They are pursuing the American Dream with one exception -- they cannot vote.

Why Human Rights Matter

Patrick Davies | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Patrick Davies

Human rights and poverty reduction will always be at the core of the British government's foreign policy. Belief in political and economic freedom, in human rights and in the rule of law, are part of our national DNA.

Human Rights Day: U.S. Should Support Victims of Violence Against Women

Amanda Klasing | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Amanda Klasing

On this Human Rights Day, stand in solidarity with victims of violence against women around the world. Encourage your member of Congress to support I-VAWA without reservation.

December 10, 1948

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

As we celebrate International Human Rights Day this December 10, we need to realize how far we must go compared to the promise of 1948.