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On this Human Rights Day, it is my hope that we will all act on our collective responsibility to uphold the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration. We can only honour the towering vision of that inspiring document when its principles are fully applied everywhere, for everyone."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

We must work for the full implementation of human rights on the ground in a way that affects and improves the lives of the men, women and children who are all entitled, regardless of their race, sex, religion, nationality, property or birth, to realization of each and every right set forth in the Universal Declaratio.
High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay

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Comment by Hippy on December 26, 2008 at 4:53pm
Thank you Hope for the invite,
Now if every one in my country,
The US of A can keep this Lady Liberty's words TRUE ,< center>The land of Liberty,We all here will be doing our part for world Peace,
and hope the rest of the world fallows our lead

Comment by sasko on December 26, 2008 at 1:37am
Stories on Human Rights
A young man’s racism challenged, a gender discrimination story told with dark humour, and a depiction of waste illustrating social injustice are some of the stories in a series of short films commissioned by OHCHR to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Twenty-one films were produced by leading filmmakers and artists from around the world to help communicate the ideals of the Declaration.

“Stories on Human Rights” will be used to inform and educate people everywhere about their human rights. All are thought-provoking and meant to trigger discussion about human rights.

Leading filmmakers and artists from around the world were invited to address six cross-cutting themes: Culture, Development, Dignity and Justice, Environment, Gender and Participation.

The films are in the original language of each of the directors and sub-titled in the six official languages of the UN.

Daniela Thomas from Brazil made one of the films with Culture as its theme. To illustrate the concept she worked with Villa Lobinhos, an NGO based in Rio de Janeiro which gives music training to talented young people from the poorest neighborhoods of the city.

Thomas says, “The possibility of dreaming and achieving one’s dream is central to our work in cinema.

“Human rights are about living one’s life to the fullest,” she says.

Sarkis from France, exploring the Environment, has made a film about the recycling of plastic to make a traditional African percussion instrument, the djembé.

Sarkis says, “The ecological situation we live in is catastrophic and alarming. Recently I met some people who made a wonderful instrument using plastic waste: they transformed something harmful to mankind into something positive, something mankind can use. I wanted to hymn this situation and let it sing out on its own, to assume my positive role!”

Writing about her film which considered Gender, Teresa Serrano from Mexico says, “Every woman has experienced some kind of discrimination, either in private or professional life. There is always someone who tries to put a stop to your careers, giving annoying and graphic opinions not only concerning your work but also your way of life. Art world included.”

These films are all three minutes long. They’ve also been compiled into a single 80 minute-long feature and a complementary book. Each chapter of the book represents one of the six themes, and includes works by 12 internationally-known writers, including five Nobel Prize winners, and interviews with each of the directors, describing their films and careers.

The project was a collaboration between the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and an NGO, Art for the World. It was supported financially by the European Union, the French Government and the Business Social Services of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Comment by Icewitchie on December 25, 2008 at 11:28pm


Thank you for inviting me.
//Love & Light
Comment by Motasem Abu Zant on December 25, 2008 at 7:18pm
it's good to find all of Humen rights lovers..

But I would like to ask from Marqarita to provie me with a link about Hamas new laws.. becasue I'm In Jordan and never heard of it tell now!!
I also would like point that what is done is Bahrain and IRan is not Islam..

please advice us what's the relation with such issue with humen rights?
Comment by sasko on December 25, 2008 at 4:23pm
Zimbabwe government and international community must do more

"The severe crisis affecting Zimbabwe is ravaging the country with alarming speed. The government and the international community must do more to rebuild the health system, end the cholera epidemic, and ensure adequate food for all people" say four human rights experts of the United Nations.

"Zimbabwe's health system has completely collapsed – it cannot control the cholera outbreak which is spreading throughout the country, with a daily increase in the death toll. New cholera cases are being reported with no medical system or staff with the capacity to contain the epidemic," remarked the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, Mr Anand Grover. The Experts expressed particular concern about the closure of the main public hospitals due to lack of medical supplies and health professionals. They also highlighted the shortage of anti-retroviral therapies and essential medicines to treat acute diseases. The Experts emphasized that the participation of communities is crucial for the development and implementation of plans to rebuild the failing health system.

"There is no access to clean water sources and the country is faced with poor sanitation and meager waste disposal and management infrastructure greatly exacerbating the incidence of the disease" said the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque. She noted that "unsafe drinking water is also contributing to severe malnutrition. Ensuring access to water and sanitation is essential to guarantee the human rights of the people of Zimbabwe." With more and more people affected every day, the situation is becoming disastrous and is likely to deteriorate as the rainy season approaches, worried the Experts.

"There is just not enough food either at the national or household level. An estimated 5.5 million people may need food assistance. Food and agricultural production have decreased drastically. With rising unemployment, and hyperinflation due to several years of economic instability, people have been suffering for too long in Zimbabwe; their right to adequate food has to be fulfilled now," argued the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter.

The Experts are particularly concerned that the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights by the population and particularly the most disadvantaged groups is threatened by the escalating crisis in Zimbabwe. The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya noted that "the crisis is compounded by the use of unjustified force by the authorities in response to peaceful demonstrations and the recent abductions of human rights defenders." Ongoing violations of civil and political rights, stated the Experts, make it harder for the authorities and the people of Zimbabwe to unite and cooperate with the international community to tackle the humanitarian crisis.

The Experts noted that "Zimbabwe had one of the best public health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, and was considered its 'breadbasket'. Stable systems for providing access to health, water, sanitation and food must be restored and respect for civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights assured."

The Experts reiterated their willingness to work with the Government of Zimbabwe and the international community to find urgent solutions to these problems.
Comment by Fintan on December 25, 2008 at 2:09pm
What is the aim of this group if you don't mind me asking. Are we going to be writing letters and trying to get people like the UN to enforce human rights laws in the correct manner ? I mean 52 minds so far working together.We could certainly make some impact.
Comment by Sabine Lucas on December 24, 2008 at 10:56pm
This group is crucial to ipeace. It is the basis of the peace movement. Thank you for creating it!
Comment by Marica on December 24, 2008 at 8:32pm
Comment by Gemi Taylor on December 24, 2008 at 4:49pm
Talk is what we do...Action is whats really needed...There are so many pockets of the human collective that know the rules...but choose to ignore them for the sake of greed.There truly is enough food,housing,education, go around.The big picture shows that...Look'll see.
Comment by Motasem Abu Zant on December 24, 2008 at 4:28pm
Greetings :)

First of all let me wishh all a happy holidays and let it be full of love and peace..

Second thing.. it's good to have a group that talks about Human Rights.

Alot of Nations in the world suffers with the bad feeling of injustice ad really would hope we talk alot about it.


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