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Bloggers unite for human rights

July 17, 2009
Human rights logo from Bloggers Unite

Human rights logo from Bloggers Unite

Today those of you with an interest in human rights should be able to find a rash of posts across the blogosphere to get you fired up and/or inspired.

It’s hard to know which aspect to focus on – internet censorship, torture, the hardships and terrors faced by journalists trying to work in, for want of a better word, oppressive regimes, those imprisoned for speaking out against their governments. The list goes on and on – and could be extremely bloody depressing if it weren’t for the fact that there are actually so many people who do care about these horrors and want to do what they can to stop them.

The participants in this Bloggers Unite event, the tireless workers at Amnesty, the good folk at Human Rights Watch – they are all fighting the good fight.

In the end the topic choice seemed to have been taken out my hands. How could I ignore the brutal murder of Chechnya’s leading human rights activist Natalia Estemirova? She was abducted near her home the day before yesterday and murdered.

Natalia was known for her fearless defence of human rights and vocal demands that perpetrators be held accountable. She knew speaking out was dangerous but didn’t allow that to hold her back. She was a courageous woman and it is more in hope than expectation we call for her killers to be brought to justice.

Here in the UK, we don’t face such dangers, we are blessed with free speech, and despite what the more cynical of our citizens may think, we’re actually extremely fortunate. Sure, things could be better – our own human rights record for one thing – but comparatively, we’ve got it good.

So, count your blessings, head off to one of the human rights websites mentioned above and do your bit to fight the good fight.

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