This year thousands of people decided the time had come to claim their rights. They took to the streets and demanded change. Many found their voices using the internet and instant messaging to inform, inspire and mobilize supporters to seek their basic human rights.Common "ideals and values"? Puh-leeze! The Cairo Declaration is a competing "universal" articulation of humanity's rights, and, for a good chunk of the UN's membership, its' is the only "universalism" that matters. And the mere fact of young'uns tweeting-and-texting is meaningless. Once the excitement has died down, they're not going to give you a "human rights" utopia. Quite the reverse, in fact.
Social media helped activists organize peaceful protest movements in cities across the globe—in Tunis, in Cairo, in Madrid, in New York, and in cities and towns across the globe—at times in the face of violent repression.
It has been a year like no other for human rights. Human rights activism has never been more topical or more vital. And through the transforming power of social media, ordinary people have become human rights activists.
Human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. As a global community we all share a day in common: Human Rights Day on 10 December, when we remember the creation 63 years ago of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...
Thursday, December 8, 2011
UN "Human Rights" Body Tries to Horn in On the Occupy Wall Street/Tahrir Square Action
The United Nations "human rights" racket (its annual "Human Rights Day" is on the 10th) is under the impression that union-bankrolled Occupy protests and Egyptians tweeting in Tahrir Square signal that "human rights" are on the march: