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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Defending Reverence for Life as an Abiding Principle for Humanity

Mike Schwager | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Mike Schwager

We owe it to ourselves, our ancestors and our posterity, that the principles enunciated in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the fundamental spiritual principle of Reverence for Life, be upheld and honored everywhere, and for all future generations

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Humor, Hope, and Human Rights: On the Loss of Robin Williams

Jack Healey | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

He had a legion of fans who found him a fountain for laughter, but he also had a number of us who knew him as a wellspring for support for human rights and human dignity.

Manifest Delusion: Debunking American Exceptionalism to Protect Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As a country, we have continued to lose standing throughout the world as a legitimate voice for human rights, as a responsible member of a community of nations, as an arbiter of peace, or as a party protective of the planet. We have seen our standing reduced from a beacon of freedom to a beacon of financial self-interest.

Revolvers: Blurred Lines Between Human Rights Organizations and the State Department

Jack Healey | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Helping is now big business. Human rights groups have become big industries with big salaries. While I do not believe activism is better with poorly paid staff, the focus should be on helping others rather than personal gain.

Twenty Five Years After Tiananmen

Jack Healey | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Jack Healey

The Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred 25 years ago, with troops moving into Beijing and the Square by late on the morning of June 3 and with a full assault going on by the early hours of June 4.

On a Human Rights Attitude and Advocacy: The Gregory-Chappelle (or Angelou-Baldwin) Doctrine

Jack Healey | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Take Angelou's injunction seriously with regard to human rights and keep your anger to defend them and march it and vote it and let your representatives know that you intend to do so, wherever you may be.

Sunflowers, Symbols, and Nukes: A 2014 Taiwan Primer

Jack Healey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Only a month or so after the Sunflower Movement willingly ended their occupation of the Taiwanese legislature, there is another mass movement afoot, this one demanding an end to the attempts to complete another nuclear power plant on the island.

Of Padraig and Principle: Why Americans Got Saint Patrick's Day Wrong Again

Jack Healey | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

What happened to the hope? It is high time that take time to celebrate the example of Saint Patrick worldwide, not by getting drunk and stupid while wearing green. It is high time that we drive the snakes out of politics and move towards the other world that is possible right here and right now.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...

First Ladies, First Principles, and Foundational Documents

Jack Healey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

In 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt took examples of the dregs of history and aimed for a better ever after. She shepherded the creation and ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As the legal foundation of the international human rights movement, the document clearly needs help.

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

Spring in the Horse Year: Free Chen Shui-bian

Jack Healey | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
Jack Healey

There is a strong belief that the judicial process of prosecuting Chen Shui-bian was badly tainted with party (KMT against DPP) bias. There is a very strong belief that there continue to be human rights principles violated.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Are Animal Rights 'Human' Rights?

William F. Schulz | Posted 02.16.2014 | Green
William F. Schulz

There is a vast difference between opposing animal cruelty and elevating animals to the level of claimants of rights. We can support animal welfare without framing that support in terms that have customarily applied only to humans.

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...

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.

What a Day for a Daydream... of Universal Human Rights

Martin Lewis | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Over the years the struggle for human rights has had the benefit of some very captivating entertainers who have helped draw attention to the cause and raise funds for Amnesty's essential research and campaign work.

Why Snowden's Passport Matters

Norman Solomon | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Cancelation of the passport wasn't just an effort to prevent the whistleblower from getting to a country that might grant political asylum. It was also a declaration that the U.S. government can nullify the right to travel just as surely as it can nullify the right to privacy.

Connectivity Is a Crucial Right

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
The Miami Hurricane

UM students don't need to worry about the cost of Internet, how much data they can use, or how to go about gathering information. But five billion people on this planet can't say the same.

We Have an Ethical Obligation to Intervene in Syria

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Joseph Amodeo

The United States has an ethical obligation to intervene in the humanitarian crisis plaguing Syria. This obligation is not born from seeking to "spread" western principles of governance, but rather to ensure the sustainability of civilization itself.

When You Can't Love Someone's God, Then What?

Jessica Joseph | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

As a Universalist deist, I believe that regardless of the claims by various religious apologists, it is humans who are looking up at the sky, imagining what the Divine First Cause might be. We can no more understand its scope than plankton can understand the ocean.

Repairing the Rift Between Businesses and the Public

John Friedman | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
John Friedman

The bottom line is, people are not willing to be cuckold again, and so they are very, very reluctant to trust, particularly those same companies that hurt them. One can hardly blame them (us). So here's my prescription for restoring a healthy relationship between businesses and the public.

Dehumanizing with Drones and Torture

Jack Healey | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Jack Healey

If both parties can't be united in having extrajudicial remote-control killings, is there any hope to solve the sequester quandary? Is there any hope for human rights?

Rights Are Not Entitlements

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

As Americans discuss our system of social supports, we constantly hear the word "entitlements" and rarely the word "rights." Of course, in America the word "entitlements" is not a neutral word.