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News by MisterH posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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THIS IS VERY URGENT AND NOT A JOKE! ALSO DON'T GOOF OFF!!!!

I really mean it! What would wewe be able to do if SOPA/TPP censors the internet? What would wewe be able to do if uandishi fanfics and drawing fanarts become illegal? What would wewe do if it's illegal to do a cover of your inayopendelewa song on YouTube? What would wewe do if downloading things from the internet (music, movies, TV episodes, etc) became illegal? What would wewe do if SOPA/TPP wins the war and takes away internet freedom? Net Neutrality is already dead so far, we can't risk the freedom of internet from getting killed kwa SOPA/TPP!


SOPA may have been stopped, but large companies with many copyrights are trying to re-institute portions of it under other names and policies. This attempt to protected speech in the name of copyright is unacceptable, and must be resisted.
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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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A photograph against human trafficking. Photo by Royce DeGrie
"Remember the Holocaust"

That's the mantra we hear on Veteran's Day, and in any class we take on Modern World History. "Remember the Holocaust." Remember, so that we will never let it happen again. That's what we tell our students, that's what we tell our friends, that's what we tell ourselves.

But we aren't remembering the Holocaust. Because to remember the Holocaust, and for that memory to be a preventative measure against any future Holocaust, we cannot dwell in the tragedy of the past. We must be vigilant in defending against tragedy in the future. In the present. That's how wewe honor the victims of the Holocaust. Not kwa conveniently "remembering" them once a mwaka on a holiday, au running your fingers over their names carved in stone at a memorial.

The sentiment - "Remember the Holocaust" - is an important sentiment, and important rule, but it's not one we follow. And when we do, it's to rehash and explain the atrocities that happened decades ago, relive it, even be entertained kwa it in film au documentary. All of these serve as "reminders." But these reminders have us looking backwards, and we miss what's going on...
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Guide by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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This mwaka for fanpop Human Rights Awareness Month, I am doing an ikoni theme. I want to have four Human Rights ikoni Contests (one for every week of December), with different themes for each week.

Themes
November 27-December 7: The first theme will be World AIDS day, which is December 1st. This contest will start now, and go until December 6th. Voting will occur on the 7th.
December 8-December 14: The sekunde theme will be Celebrate Human Rights, in accordance with the theme for link on December 10. This contest will start on the 8th, and go until the 13th. Voting occurs on the 14th.
December 15- December 21: This is a general Human Rights theme, where anything goes. This contest will start on the 15th and go until the 20th. Voting occurs on the 21st.
December 22-Dcember 31: This theme will be a tri-themed ikoni contest. Three concepts, determined kwa the winners of the first three contests, will be aliyopewa to contestants, who can make ikoni based on one au all three themes. The winner of...
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Opinion by africagirl posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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Children deserve love, home, loving people which care for them, security, education, life, chance, respect, hope, future, health, support, safety, justice, independence and much zaidi things.

They just want the simplest and most basic things in life, but instead they get this:
hatred, violence, indifference, death, pain, homelessness, starvation, loneliness, rape, childLabor, disease, sorrow, escape, compulsion, injustice, misery, exploitation, trafficking and much zaidi things.

We should really protect them from evil, because they are our future, our descendants, our flesh and blood. But we are the ones who do them all that and expose them to all.
For us, it's easy to do such things with them and treating them, because they are smaller and weaker than us. They can’t defend themselves and must surrender to their fate.
We should use the wanyama as our model, because they care for their children, they upendo them, give them a life.

Children have rights - and we should be aware of this so they can live a normal reasonable life.
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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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Half-arsed attempt at an image for this year
For Fanpop's third annual Human Rights Awareness month, which I have organized every mwaka since 2008 (OK, for two years), I am going to do...

Absolutely nothing.

And I am terribly guilty about it. au I was. I'm disgustingly busy this year, so much that I barely have time to fanpop at all, let alone head an entire campaign that, let's be honest, only a handful of people on fanpop really care about anyway.

But I know that the people kusoma this makala are part of that handful of people who do care about Human Rights, and about HRAM on fanpop this December, and were maybe even wondering, "Hey, how come Cinders hasn't made a peep about HRAM and it's already the sixth of December?" (Sappp, I'm thinking of you).

So for those of wewe who do care, I want to say this - thank you. And I want to say that I don't feel guilty about not doing much for HRAM this mwaka because I'm worried that people will forget about Human Rights, au won't appreciate it as much without HRAM (like that ever happened anyway). I'm sad because I'm letting the few people who DID enjoy HRAM, and DID think zaidi about helping out our fellow human beings this...
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Article by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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NOTE: I screened all of these entries personally. If wewe imewasilishwa a poem, but don't see it up here, it's because wewe didn't follow one of the link. If I doubted a poem's relation to the theme and asked wewe to justify it, and wewe did not justify it at all, au well, then wewe won't find your poem here. If wewe didn't reply to my maswali asking wewe to fix your poem so it fit into the five rules linked above, then your poem won't be here. This is to clear up any confusion.

If, however, wewe did follow all the rules and don't see it up here, it was probably due to human error, so kwa all means e-mail me and let me know.

Change in Judging: There will be no individual judging. A pick will be opened up inayofuata week to vote for your inayopendelewa poem, as there were only a handful of entries.

And now, to the poems!

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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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December 1st is World AIDS Day, which makes it the perfect siku to begin Human Rights Awareness mwezi here on Fanpop.

Now the disease itself is not a human rights concern. True, the HIV epidemic is devastating, but we can't charge the virus with human rights violations. What is a human rights concern is the lack of preventative measures, as well as treatment for those infected, the world over. Secondly, the stigma of being HIV positive is still a chanzo of major discrimination. And that is definitely a human rights concern.

In order to help with the discrimination problem, the World AIDS siku Official Website has a orodha of link. I'm going to orodha some of them here.

HIV is spread through bodily fluids, specifically blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. wewe can not catch HIV kwa touching, hugging, au even kissing someone who is infected. The most common ways of spreading the disease are through unprotected sex (any kind of sexual activity, including vaginal, anal, and oral), sharing needles, and from mother to child in pregnancy or...
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Guide by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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Following the format of the link in January of this year, the Human Rights Spot is sponsoring the fanpop Human Rights Poetry contest for Human Rights Awareness mwezi in December.

Rules
1) All poems imewasilishwa must be related, in some way, shape au form, to the human rights theme.
2) Poems may have been written at any time, so long as they are the property of the submitting user.
3) Poems must be sixty lines au less, au under 400 words.
4) Submissions are limited to one poem per user.
5) The deadline for submitting poetry is November 24th.

Submission Process

If wewe wish to submit a poem to the contest, please send me a private message which includes your poem in full, and "Poetry Contest Submission" in the title. On November 24th, I will gather up all of the submissions and post them in a single soapbox where they will be able to be viewed altogether. Instead of your user name residing inayofuata to your work, wewe will be assigned a number (such as "Contestant Number 4") which...
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Article by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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Hello, fellow human rights enthusiasts! We're three months away from the winter solstice, which has long since been a time for loving, giving, and charity in several religions the world over. That's right, I'm talking about December! The mwezi of Christmas, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Al Hijra, Kwanzaa, Zarathosht Diso, Ashura-- wewe know!

I strive to think of a religion that doesn't have a holiday in December. Hinduism doesn't have one this year, but soon enough, Diwali, the Festival of Lights, will be in December again, and then it will.

At any rate, humanitarians have a very important siku in December as well-- December 10th, which is the International Human Rights Day. This mwaka will mark the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights kwa the United Nations.

So what better mwezi to celebrate the rights of our fellow human beings? December is a time for giving-- so let's give a part of ourselves to raising awareness for people who have had their rights suppressed au taken away completely.
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Article by love_not_war_75 posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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On 10 December:
Celebrate Human Rights siku and the 60the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Stand up with people all over the world who want to make human rights a reality for everyone.

Every human has rights. That is the essence of our humanity. It places on each of us the duty to stand up, not just for our own rights but also for those of others - and to help turn the vision of the UDHR into a reality. That is the spirit of international solidarity. That is the true meaning of universal, indivisible human rights.

On this significant anniversary, people will be gathering together in hundreds of places all over the globe, to light a candle, moto au flame as part of a mass demonstration. On Human Rights Day, stand up for human rights and onyesha your solidarity with people all over the world who are committed to making human rights a reality for everyone.
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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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Hi there, and first of all, thank wewe all for participating in Fanpop's Human Rights Awareness Month. HRAM was declared back in November of this mwaka and requested that everyone who participates link for the mwezi of December to help spread Human Rights Awareness.

In addition to ikoni changes, I have created the Human Rights Advent Calendar, which will be in the form of this soapbox. Every day, throughout the mwezi of December, I will add holiday themed Human Rights content to this spot and link to it in this article. In addition to that, I will also release one Human Rights Fact and one Human Rights Quote every siku until December thirty-first.

If wewe have content that fits this category that wewe would like to add, please post it to this spot and maoni on this article, and it will be added as bonus material for whatever siku wewe ilitumwa it.

Human Rights Advent Calendar 2008
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List by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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Author's Note: I would like wewe all to know that this task was exceedingly difficult. First of all, I narrowed it down to ten in link and that was hard enough. But I decided to organize them into a orodha like this, and that was tremendously hard. All of the people on this orodha beat out heavy competition, and I respect the one in tenth place as much as I respect the one in first place. There was a lot of switching around. Also, this orodha is incredibly biased.

10) Kevin Carter
link was a photojournalist from South Africa who committed suicide after winning the Pulitzer for his photograph of a starving Sudanese toddler. Kevin makes this orodha because I feel that his actions should be recognized and commended as human rights efforts, because he told a story that not a lot of the world at the time was hearing. He captured the brutality of South African Apartheid and the horrors of famine and war in Africa as a struggling continent. It is photographers like Carter, less famous but...
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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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Cinders (in the red sweatshirt) volunteering at a preschool in Vietnam with classmates
Inspiring words often do little in the long run to spur anyone into action, because we forget about them, surrounded as we are kwa such extravagant distractions like television, iPods, and the Internet. So this makala asks wewe to fight the urge to ignore that voice inside your head when wewe hear inspirational speeches au nukuu and stop just talking about things. Go out and do something.

I heard the great legend, Quincy Jones, speak today at the 2008 commencement exercises for the chuo kikuu, chuo kikuu cha of Washington. While intrigued that such an influential person would be speaking at my brother's graduation, I was in no way prepared for the way that his speech would seriously inspire me, and help me make a decision about what to do with my life. Among other things, Mr. Jones encouraged us all to travel, to tell our Marafiki we upendo them, and to go out there and keep learning. Absorb other people's culture. A person's culture is embodied kwa three things: they're food, their music, and their language. Mr. Jones alisema that if wewe truly want to experience another culture, eat their chakula and listen to their muziki and learn thirty to forty words of their language....
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Opinion by Kegel posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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This is zaidi of a rant than a well-thought out article, but since this here is called "soap-box", I am going to use it.


I'm currently uandishi my paper for my Human Rights class. Sometimes I come upon makala that are so messed up...

I can understand makala that argue for example for economic interests against human rights. I do not agree with those, but at least they have often an argumentation that makes sense.

But the makala I just read... it was actually published in a booklet kwa Amnesty International. I have no idea why they put that in there. Maybe to onyesha how ridiculous some argumentations are.

So, the makala deals with the swali whether countries should pressure other countries to respect human rights.

The makala goes like that:

[i]* Nowadays with human rights are not only meant political and economic freedom as originally, but also social rights, and this is so wrong!

* If countries pressure for human rights, they will pressure for social rights.
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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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Background

Rachel Corrie was a 23 mwaka old college student and human rights activist from Olympia, Washington. On March 16, 2003, she was run over and killed kwa an Israeli military bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza, while defending a Palestinian nyumbani from demolition. A gifted writer, Rachel left behind a series of diaries and emails from an early age which were crafted into a play kwa Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner. While the United States government in its annual human rights ripoti describes Rachel as "a US citizen peace activist" and designates her as a human rights observer, this is often obscured kwa the fog of misinformation surrounding her.

Their Words

"She didn't take sides, although she went to defend Palestinians. It isn't about taking sides. It’s about defending human life. That's the basis of all human rights. That's the basis of what every country proclaims it stands for."-- Vanessa Redgraves on Rachel Corrie


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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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After my last article, and the discussion going on over at the link, I've been thinking a lot about the rights of a child, au a fetus as the case may be.

The phrase in the UN Declaration of Human Rights is “All human beings are born free and equal,” a modern rephrasing of the US Declaration of Independence’s “All men are created equal.” But what does the phrase “everyone” au “all human beings” entail? Does it really mean everyone? Immanuel Wallerstein points out the problems with being so absolute:

“… It is almost universally agreed that an infant does not have these rights, au at least not all of them, on the obvious grounds that an infant does not have the mental capacity to exercise them wisely, if at all, for himself au others. But if we agree about infants, then what about, successively, the senile aged, small children, sociopaths, au felons… the young, the neurotic, the soldiers, the aliens, the uneducated, the poor, the women? Where is the self-evident line that distinguishes capacity from incapacity?”
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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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Listening to the Instant Karma CD, I started thinking about Darfur and how there were all kinds of Sudanese refugees all over Egypt, having been expelled from their country au left it willingly for a variety of different reasons. I remember, a friend of mine went down to help them learn English every weekend as one of her many community service projects. And then that reminded me of going down to Mokattam to see the orphanage.

Mokattam, colloquially called “Garbage City” kwa everyone from residents of Mokattam to tour guides, is a place past the Cairo citadel where there are literally piles of garbage in which Cairo’s poorest families can be found living amongst and rummaging through.

I include the image for clarity’s sake, to give an idea of what the area looks like. You’ll notice I wasn’t kidding when I alisema there are piles of garbage. But the residents of Mokattam count their blessings. For they do have a steady chanzo of income. Most of Mokattam’s community are garbage collectors, au Zabaleen, who go around and collect trash from the bustling metropolis kwa morning and sort through it in the evening to see if they can find anything...
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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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I’ve been thinking about human rights in art and literature. Two specific things come to mind. In my English class, we read Melville’s Billy Budd, a Christian allegory about impressed sailors. In my anthropology human rights class, we talked about “the Rights of Man,” kwa Thomas Paine and my mind drifted to the name of Billy’s original ship, the Rights-of-Man (abbreviated to “Rights.”) It was an obvious allusion to Thomas Paine. It was incredibly blatant symbolism that Billy was impressed onto a ship called the Indomitable. Impressment is just one of the times in history in which the human right to choose was violated and Melville deals with it in his novella.

The sekunde scholastic memory I have about encountering maswali on human rights involves the two plays my advanced uigizaji class put on. It’s evident in Henrik Ibsen’s Enemy of the People, but zaidi specifically the play link kwa the Junction Avenue Theater Company which analyzed the South African Apartheid effect on a variety of different relationships, from a perverse...
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Opinion by Cinders posted zaidi ya mwaka mmoja uliopita
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An interesting case study we looked at in my human rights course was that of link, a German cannibal whose link

According to the UNDHR (link), human rights are inalienable and a person cannot even voluntarily give them up. This is a major point of controversy, and understandably so. We don't have the right... to give up our rights?

It was this main clause in the UNDHR that prompted German judges to convict Meiwes of torture and murder.

But it still begs the question... Should we have the right to voluntarily give up our human rights? If Meiwes victim truly wanted to be eaten , who are we to say he cannot do that? If Brandes (Miewes' victim) was in his right mind (and given, we can never truly be sure if he was au not as he was never psychologically evaluated), and responded to Miewes' advertisement, then... is it really a crime?
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