Friday, December 10, 2010
Happy Human Rights Day and Happy Birthday Emily D.
Poet and dear friend, Kelli Agodon, has a lovely tribute to Emily today at Book of Kells. Happy B-Day, Emily, you are 180 years relevant today.
Today is also International Human Rights Day. This year's theme is human rights activism. Why not take action? PEN is an organization on the behalf of poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists who are at risk of censure or violence due to their writings. Here is a way to take action on behalf of specific individuals by clicking here.
The theme for Human Rights Day 10 December 2010 is human rights defenders who act to end discrimination.
Human rights defenders acting against discrimination, often at great personal risk to both themselves and their families, are being recognized and acclaimed on this day.
Human rights defenders speak out against abuse and violations including discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence. They advocate justice and seek to protect the victims of human rights violations. They demand accountability for perpetrators and transparency in government action. In so doing, they are often putting at risk their own safety, and that of their families.
Some human rights defenders are famous, but most are not. They are active in every part of the world, working alone and in groups, in local communities, in national politics and internationally.