The success of the new Egypt is no doubt dependent on many political factors. However, no real democracy or legitimacy can be won if everyone is expected to support the rulers only. Dissent, pluralism and different points of view are essential to guarantee democratic rule.
Forty in Turkey. Thirty five in Iran. Thirty two in China. Two in Russia. One in the United States. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), those numbers represent only some of the imprisoned journalists in 2013.
As hundreds of millions of people, many very poor, across most of the world obtain Internet connections, see web-based news that governments find hard to censor, even in China, so the pressures on authorities to attack graft mounts.
As we reflect upon the meaning of a day to respect Human Rights, we must insist on justice for all of those who have been killed, for those who are still held captive and for those under threat, merely for their efforts to stand up for basic rights.
History will judge us harshly, if we stand by idly, and legitimate the use of chemical weapons -- and weapons of mass destruction in general -- by allowing their use in the view of the full world to go unpunished.
Shield Laws aren't simply for protecting journalists and their sources, they are to ensure the ability for investigative journalism to continue informing the public and strengthening democracy. Cherry picking who gets protected is another way of criminalizing journalism.
No one can assure a perfectly safe future. Public spaces in democratic countries will always be risky, but they do not need to become murderous. It is within our power to reduce the chances of future attacks if we live by our own ideals and promises, and treat others not as lesser humans.
The UN needs to take tougher action on member states that deliberately disrespect their obligations. This will hopefully deter other suspects from Darfur, Sudan from visiting other member states of the UN.
Here are some notes from a nation in which the wealthy and powerful increasingly act with near impunity and the lesser off just have to "suck on this" -- in the immortal and unwittingly apt phrase of one of our elite pundits.
Impunity is one of the great building blocks of the state of oppression in Egypt. In a government where torture and abuse is systematic, police and security officials rarely are brought to trial for their actions.
Turning a blind eye to egregious human rights abuses is a recipe for disaster. The UN Security Council, when discussing the protection of civilians in armed conflict, must hold perpetrators of these abuses accountable.