“Human rights… It’s just not for me…”

Let me set the scene for you.

I’m at a Dartmouth College Activities Fair and I’m manning the Amnesty International table. Ya know, handing out the pamphlets and talking about what we do.

Then one student comes up the the table and asks “What do you guys do?”

I go into my mini spiel about our petitions, protest, activities, lectures and the workshops we organize.

His response, “Human rights… It’s just not for me.”

Now usually when people aren’t interested in Amnesty International, I’m like ok whatever, it is a time commitment that some people can’t do. But this response got to me.

“What do you mean human rights aren’t for you?” I asked. He looked weirded out by my question and he walked away.

But what is that even supposed to mean? It blew my mind and still continues to blow my mind. With my former years teaching ESL, I soon found out that many international adults had NO IDEA what human rights were and that they were entitled to  safety, water, citizenship, asylum, security etc.

There is this mentality that so long as you have human rights, it doesn’t matter if others have or don’t have human rights. But the truth of the matter is, if we, people who have human rights, don’t call for the human rights of others, our silence implies complicity. It implies that we think it is ok for others to get tortured for different beliefs, or sentenced to death for different ways of life.

That complicity then becomes normalization. The offence and clear disregard for human rights becomes normalized, like a domino effect… and how long before the normalized human rights offending ends up on our doorstep? Who is to say it’s not on our doorstep already?

Wake up. Human rights are for all of us and we all need to care about everybody because any one of us could be next. Not only that, but we should care about other’s human rights because it is right and just. Where are your ice cold hearts?

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This Marine is being punished for doing the right thing.

 

Don’t Punish Marine Who Tried to Stop Child Sex Abuse

 

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Hebatullah,

My name is Chris Showalter, and I am a veteran of the Iraq War. I’m writing you this Veterans Day about a Marine who needs your help.

Right now, military officials are trying to boot Marine reservist Major Jason Brezler from the service. His crime? The unsecure transmission of a warning to fellow Marines about a corrupt and predatory allied Afghan commander.

Major Brezler needs your help. Please sign my petition to urge Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to stop discharge proceedings against Major Brezler right now.

In 2010, Major Brezler and a colleague convinced local police to arrest Afghan police commander Sarwar Jan for corruption, supporting the Taliban and child abduction.

When Jan was placed at another post two years later, Major Brezler attempted to warn US personnel about the Afghan commander’s record from his unsecure email address. His warning apparently went unheeded.

Two weeks after arriving, a member of what The New York Times described as Jan’s “large entourage of ‘tea boys’ — domestic servants who are sometimes pressed into sexual slavery” grabbed a rifle and shot several US soldiers.

As the father of one of the slain Marines told The Times:

“As far as the young boys are concerned, the Marines are allowing it to happen and so they’re guilty by association.”

Brezler’s warning could have saved lives and spared children the awful trauma of abuse, but now he’s being punished for trying to do the right thing.

I’m a former Marine myself, and I firmly believe that no one in the service of our country should be discharged for prioritizing basic human rights, the safety of his fellow Marines, and the welfare of children above protocol.

You can help Major Brezler and force the Pentagon to take a long look how it deals with human rights abuses by our allies. Please sign my petition now.

Semper Fidelis,

 

Chris Showalter

Wichita, KS

 

STATEMENT: The Dutch Safety Board’s Final Report on the Shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release

 STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON

October 13, 2015

The Dutch Safety Board’s Final Report on the Shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

We welcome the important findings of the Dutch Safety Board in its final report on the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.  This report is the result of an independent, transparent, and rigorous 15-month investigation completed in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, and includes contributions from a wide array of experts from many countries, including the United States. 

This report validates what Secretary Kerry first said more than a year ago, MH17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile.  Secretary Kerry also made clear that the United States detected a missile launch from separatist-controlled territory at the moment of the shootdown and drew attention to verified conversations among separatist leaders bragging about shooting down an aircraft in the immediate aftermath of this tragic event.    

We also take note of the finding of the Dutch Safety Board’s recommendations regarding the handling of airspace during armed conflicts, and we are studying them.

Our sympathy and thoughts remain with the families and friends of the MH17 victims.

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Say His Name, Aylan Kurdi

Aylan, the toddler who drowned yesterday fleeing Syria, was just three years old. His town was under attack by Isis. His five year old brother and his mum also died trying to reach safety. [1]

Yet our Prime Minister has just said ‘we won’t take any more refugees’. [2] He thinks that most of us don’t care.

But 38 Degrees members do care. We don’t want Britain to be the kind of country that turns its back as people drown in their desperation to flee places like Syria.

So let’s stand up for Britain’s long tradition of helping refugees fleeing war. If tens of thousands of us write to our MPs, demanding no more drownings, we can force the government into action.

Please can you email your MP now? It’ll just take a minute but it could be our best chance to force the government to help people fleeing from war and violence. There’s some suggested text to help you write your email if you’re not sure what to say:

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If MPs hear from lots of their constituents today, they’ll realise that lots of us don’t agree with David Cameron: we want the UK to do its bit to help refugees fleeing war. And if enough MPs start speaking out, Cameron will feel isolated and start to change his tune. Pressure on MPs today could help stop more children drowning as they try to get to safety.

The tide is starting to turn against the government. Some MPs are already starting to call on them to give immediate sanctuary to refugees. [3] Every message we send to an MP today helps pile the pressure on Cameron.

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Britain has a long tradition of helping people fleeing war. It’s part of being a civilised country. And 38 Degrees members have a strong record of standing up for a Britain we can all be proud to live in – whether that’s through defending the NHS or our countryside, or by making sure we do our bit to help refugees.

So let’s speak up today and tell David Cameron that we won’t stand by while he lets children drown.

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In hope,

Nat, Laura, David, Amy, Megan and the whole 38 Degrees team

PS. Tonight, 38 Degrees members across the country will be lighting a candle in their window as a sign of remembrance for those who have drowned trying to reach safety. Please join in if you feel moved to.

Many of us are also putting signs that say ‘refugees welcome’ in our windows to show the kind of place we want Britain to be. You can find a ‘refugees welcome’ poster to print and put in your front window here:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/refugees-welcome-poster

Or, if you want to donate money, the British Red Cross is running an emergency fundraising appeal to help victims of the Syrian crisis:

http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Emergency-response/Current-emergency-appeals/Syria-Crisis-Appeal

But first of all, please contact your MP and help build pressure on our government to do the right thing:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/email-your-MP-refugee-crisis

NOTES

[1] The Independent: Refugee Crisis Aylan’s life was full of fear – in death he is part of humanity washed ashore:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/refugee-crisis-aylans-life-was-full-of-fear–in-death-he-is-part-of-humanity-washed-ashore-10483670.html

[2] BBC News: David Cameron: Taking more and more refugees not answer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34130067

[3] The Guardian: Migration Crisis: Pressure mounts on David Cameron to relent on taking more refugees:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/03/migration-crisis-pressure-mounts-on-david-cameron-to-relent-on-taking-more-refugees

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DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Job posted by: Sawa Organization Posted on: September 1, 2015

Development Officer

Job posted by: Sawa Organization

Posted on: September 1, 2015

Job description

Sawa Organization is seeking a candidate for the position of Development Officer at the organization. It is a full-time position, which begins with a trial period. There will also be extensive on-the-job training, support, and handover by the current Development Officer.

The Development Officer’s duties include project planning and proposal writing, seeking new funding possibilities, reporting on projects, communications with partners and supporters, assisting with organizational planning and development, and supporting the implementation staff to monitor their projects’ progress, as well as some additional tasks. S/he works closely with the Sawa management on planning, and with implementation staff to gather information for reporting.

The candidate should have prior experience in fundraising, project planning, report writing, clear communication, and related skills. S/he should be proficient in spoken and written English, and spoken and written Arabic is a significant plus. The Development Officer should be motivated and committed to Sawa Organization’s goals of encouraging public discussion of violence against women and children, supporting victims, and contributing to ending these types of violence in Palestinian society.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work in an open and dynamic environment with colleagues committed to achieving social change, empowering the vulnerable, and breaking taboos and stereotypes, through creative and innovative methods.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and CV to info@sawa.ps.

Location

Al-Balooa, Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine

Details

Education requirements
Level of language proficiency
Native or near-native fluency.
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Professional
Job function
Owner’s areas of focus