Thursday, 15 May 2008

Blog for Human Rights

Bloggers Unite is urging people to blog on human rights issues today, Thursday May 15th.

Bloggers Unite

This is nothing new for me as I tend to blog on this subject anyway, but Bloggers Unite wants to highlight some specific, current human rights abuses which should concern us all:

Human Rights in China

Illegal Detentions at Guantanamo Bay

Crisis in Darfur

The use of torture in the so-called 'War on Terror' is particularly horrifying from the standpoint of my specific interests, because it just shows how far we haven't come since the military regimes of 1970s Latin America. 'Waterboarding' isn't torture? Funny, because call it 'submarino' administered by a member of the Argentine security forces and it seems to leave little room for doubt. Yet, those same South American regimes were trained in the School of the Americas and supported by the US in Operation Condor, so perhaps this should hardly surprise us.

Depressing though this state of affairs is, brave and dedicated groups continue to fight for justice, and it is largely due to their efforts that the news reports I draw attention to in this blog, about court cases and commemorative acts, continue to occur and to be noticed. Thanks to them all.

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