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, o 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” o “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,...
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 o 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” da everyone from residents of Mokattam to tour guides, is a place past the Cairo citadel where there are literally piles...
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,” da 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...
PREDA is a charitable organization founded since the anno 1974 in Olongapo City, Philippines. Its main goal and purpose is to promote and protect the dignity and the Human Rights of the Filipino people especially of women and children.
A half hour, biweekly Televisione program that examines the often heated and always controversial intersection between religion and politics around the world, with a specific focus on religious freedom, human rights and church state relations.
Sudan and its Friends -- Syria, Saudi Arabia, China -- deny the atrocities in Darfur, and attack the members of the mission on Darfur as headed da Jody Williams. UN Watch confronts Sudan and its allies.
Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of Equality Now, an international human rights organization that works for the protection of the rights of women and girls, gives a graphic lista of horrendous abuses faced da women around the world today.