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Every Human has Rights

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Every Human has Rights2008 is the 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human rights.The Elders say that the government have been signing this declaration for the past 60 years but now you have the chance to sign it in Every Human Has Rights website. You can read a plain language version of the declaration in this homepage and be one of those who sign and join this campaign.
The Hub, the media site specialized for human rights, is also working with Every Human Has Rights campaign to build a global digital databank of human rights stories, in text, audio and video.

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Amnesty marks sixth 'anniversary' of Guantanamo with prison cell protest outside US embassy
Today was the sixth "anniversary" of Guantanamo prison opening, Amnesty International organized protests in London, Belfast in front of the US embassy to call for closure of this prison.

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The Iranian government is relying on its broadly worded “security laws” to suppress virtually any public expression of dissent, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday.
This 51-page report which is titled: “‘You Can Detain Anyone for Anything’: Iran’s Broadening Clampdown on Independent Activism,” documents the expansion in scope and number of the individuals and activities persecuted by the Iranian government over the last two years.
To read this report you can see here (PDF) or in Persian PDF.
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Some good news

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Getting close to the end of the year there are some good news for human rights activists: 

UN Calls for Moratorium on Death Penalty: The global campaign against the death penalty secured a landmark victory on Tuesday when the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the call for a worldwide moratorium (suspension) on executions. In a landslide result, 104 UN member states voted in favour of the ground-breaking resolution. 54 countries voted against, while there were 25 abstentions.

Also see:

 UN General Assembly calls for a global moratorium

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Summer Olympics

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The 2008 Summer Olympics will take place from 8-24 August 2008 in Beijing, while China still remains one of the countries with most human rights abuse in the world and it is the biggest prison for journalists and cyber-dissidents. This Olympics is a good chance to pressure the Chinese regime to respect the human rights issues. China's hosting of the Olympics provides it with a unique opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to human rights Amnesty International has a campaign to make sure that this opportunity does not pass by without notice, action and sustained improvements. Here are the links for and campaign pages, you can go to these pages and take action.

Human Rights for China - Amnesty International
Also take a look at the following webpage which is a campaign for Tibet, go to the page and watch the comic film:

In this weblog you can find a collection of other campaigns.
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What more to say?

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  • Can you believe this? A raid against women wearing boots! Well believing will be easier when you know that for the occasion of international Human rights Day (10th of December), an Iranian governmental official said that International deceleration of Human rights doesn't fit with Islamic rules! (Roozonline, Persian) So he thinks that the deceleration should be reviewed and those about Women rights should be changed to fit the Islamic rules, So much for all those trying to say that human rights and Islam are not in contrast.
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    Stupid censorship!

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    Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
    Noam Chomsky

    My good friend Jadi has written in his Persian weblog that the webpage of The world's Aids day is filtered (censored) inside Iran! Isn't that amazingly stupid? Jadi has a category in his page which is called Stupid Filtering where he introduces these kind of stupid censorship.

    In a previous entry here I posted an Amnesty advertisement, I found another one while surfing in the internet which is also very interesting and effective, especially I guess it is interesting for people of my country, you'll find out why when you go to the rest of this post:
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    Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Mass arrest and imprisonment of Women right activists continues in Iran as Maryam Hosseinkhah, Journalist and Member of the "1 Million signature Campaign" Arrested. To know more about this campaign visit their webpage.
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    Access denied map

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    Sami Ben Gharbia of GlobalVoices has created the Access Denied Map, an interactive Google Maps mashup that provides information about the censorship targeting various online social networking communities and web-based applications. The picture above which I made from the video of his post in GlobalVoices shows countries that censor participative Web and user-generated content. For those who are living in free countries it is good to know the level of censorship by looking at this map; it will surprise you. 
    If you want to know which web pages are censored in China to get an idea of the level of censorship, you can take a look at the great firewall of China. Well; personally I do understand censorship as I come from a country that is listed as one of the leaders in press suppression. Also personally I've experienced censorship as the small group weblog which I used to write in, with an average of 300 readers per day was censored inside the country, let alone other bigger websites.
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    “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

    Edith Wharton American novelist (1862–1937)

    I first saw this quote in an Amnesty international commercial on YouTube. I was surfing in YouTube for the Amnesty international advertisement which you can watch here. I find it really well made,I thought I will share both with you.

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