Human Rights & Social Justice


Human Rights & Social Justice

This group is dedicated to defending human rights, and standing up for injustices.

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The 3 Deadliest Words In The World - "It's A Girl"

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 12, 2013. 1 Reply

Westboro Baptist Church Gets the Message

Started by Lillie. Last reply by Lillie Mar 22, 2013. 3 Replies

Violence and Silence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 18, 2013. 4 Replies

Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 23, 2012. 4 Replies

UAE - Camel Jockey Slave Kids

Started by A Former Member May 16, 2012. 0 Replies

Hemley Gonzalez: The Truth About Mother Teresa

Started by A Former Member Dec 18, 2011. 0 Replies

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

Started by A Former Member Dec 15, 2011. 0 Replies

International Committee Against Stoning

Started by A Former Member Oct 3, 2011. 0 Replies

Clean Up the Oil Industry in the Niger Delta

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Sep 11, 2011. 2 Replies

Stop LGBT discrimination in Turkey!

Started by A Former Member Jul 15, 2011. 0 Replies

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Started by A Former Member Mar 10, 2011. 0 Replies

Stand Up for Colombian Human Rights Activists

Started by A Former Member Apr 26, 2010. 0 Replies

Stop Police Brutality Against Samburu People

Started by A Former Member Apr 7, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by A Former Member on July 19, 2010 at 5:01pm
Stop Violence Against Native American and Alaska Native Women

Sexual violence against Native American and Alaska Native women is at epidemic proportions. Native American and Alaska Native women are more than two and a half times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than women in the United States in general. More than one in three Native American and Alaska Native women will be raped in their lifetime and, according to Department of Justice statistics, 86 per cent of perpetrators of sexual assault and rape against Native women are non-Native men. Because of a confusing maze of federal, state and tribal jurisdictions, perpetrators of these crimes are frequently not brought to justice.

The Tribal Law and Order Act is a historic effort to tackle major jurisdictional challenges that allow crimes against Native American and Alaska Native peoples to go unpunished and unabated. The Senate recently and unanimously passed the legislation by including the bill as an amendment to H.R. 725, the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendment Act of 2010. Now we need to ensure that the House does the same!
Comment by A Former Member on July 19, 2010 at 4:41pm
Ask Obama to Endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Country: United States
Issues: Human Rights

I write to urge you to immediately endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration is a set of principles that would provide Native Americans and Native Alaskans with greater security regarding their basic human rights, including their rights to equality and non-discrimination.

Around the world, 147 countries have endorsed the declaration. Since it is not a treaty it does not require the advice and consent of the Senate for the United States to endorse it. The declaration fortifies much of what is already a part of U.S. law. But it goes a step further and recommends that States adopt a number of principles that would ensure that Indigenous Peoples can exercise their right to free, prior, and informed consent before governments approve projects such as hydroelectric dams, mines, logging, etc., or military activities on their lands. It also affirmatively supports Indigenous Peoples' rights to teach their languages to their children, and to manifest, practice, and develop, and teach their spiritual and religious traditions to their children. While the declaration is not a self-executing treaty with the full force of law, it comprises the world's most comprehensive and up-to-date statement of the rights that all Indigenous Peoples -- individually and collectively -- should possess, and articulates the standards that States should strive to attain to ensure that their rights are protected.

Most of the world's national governments have endorsed the Declaration. Only two "no" votes remain: Canada and the United States. Let's not be the last country to endorse an internationally negotiated Declaration that begins to amend historic wrongs against Indigenous Peoples here and around the globe.

Sincerely yours,

Your Name
Comment by A Former Member on July 19, 2010 at 3:34pm
Take Action for Worker Safety

The ugly environmental costs of dirty energy are obvious. But what about the human cost?

In February, a natural gas plant explosion in Connecticut killed six workers. In April, a refinery explosion in Washington state killed seven workers and an explosion at the Massey coal mine in West Virginia killed 29 miners. These are among the 5,000 workplace fatalities that occur each year.

Take action for commonsense safety regulations that save lives and hold lawbreaking corporations accountable!

More regulatory enforcement is essential to protect workers and avoid tragedies like these. The Mine Safety and Health Act of 2010 (H.R. 5663) would protect miners, prosecute bad actors and close dangerous mines. It also would provide much-needed reforms to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, strengthening protections for workers in all industries.

Type your zip code into the box below. Use the form that appears to tell your member of Congress to support the Mine Safety and Health Act.

Please type your zip code into the box below. Then take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. You can also ask your representative to support the Mine Safety and Health Act by phone by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Let us know how it goes with an email to action (at) citizen (dot) org!
Comment by david hartley on June 23, 2010 at 5:58am
This lady knows what it means to be subjected to fundemental religion
Comment by david hartley on June 18, 2010 at 10:28am
This man seems to have escaped any censure and is still free to be his own apologist
Comment by david hartley on June 18, 2010 at 6:07am
I have only recently looked at the mohammed cartoons that caused the uproar, only recently because i really don't give a toss about the religious or their concerns. So i looked in the mohammed images archive (no link available). What shocked me was that although they were angry at the images in the e mail comments on the page all their violent thoughts and threats of action were against women. They wish the males they view as responsible ill will however there revenge according to them would be taken out in raping your mothers sisters and daughters. Whilst those that would claim to be moderate islamics would say it is not representative they did not seriously condemn them and as we see here the vile comments are more in keeping with the middle east in general. There is a slight difference between christianity's and islam's take on the old testament however, islam murders their rape victims christians marry them. As we move further away from such biblical led horrors we should pay heed to the studies that show the most successful societies are those in which women are free and equal partners whilst remembering that old testament ignorance is not confined to the middle east.
Comment by A Former Member on March 26, 2010 at 2:27pm
It is the world's most pervasive human rights violation. One of every three women in the world faces violence, coercion or abuse as part of her everyday life -- and more than 70% of women will experience violence in their lifetime. It crosses cultural and geographical boundaries -- from rape in conflict areas to honor killings and sex trafficking in even the richest countries -- and the impact of violence against women affects us all.

Such a complex problem requires a broad-based, comprehensive solution. That's why people all over the globe are taking a stand against violence -- and we at the UN Foundation would like to invite you to join.

Take action now -- add your voice to the growing chorus condemning violence against women, and tell your representatives in Washington that ending violence against women needs to be a real priority.
Comment by A Former Member on December 26, 2009 at 8:34pm
Invisible Children

Who We Are
Motivated by the unseen war in Northern Uganda, Invisible Children was created by three young filmmakers with a singular mission:
To use the power of stories to change lives around the world.

Our Team
The core team of people at Invisible Children is a dynamic, youthful bunch, passionate about the children of Northern Uganda. Visit the Team page to learn a little more about each department and who's responsible for what in our one–of–a–kind organization.

Our Network
Bringing people and organizations together is at the root of Invisible Children's movement. From politicians to other NGO's, we have lined up a network of partners to make the best impact in Northern Uganda. Learn more about our partners and how we work together.

What We Do
We are story tellers. We make documentaries about war-affected children in east Africa and tour them around the world.

We use the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa. Our model has proven effective, and hundreds of thousands of people have been called to action through our films and the volunteers that tour them.

We are made up of a tireless staff, hundreds of full time volunteers, and thousands of students and supporters. We are young, we are citizens of the world, we are artists, activists, and entrepreneurs. This fall, we are using our voice to ask President Obama to spearhead efforts to bring peace to Northern Uganda. We are mobilizing a generation to capture the attention of the international community, and make a stand for justice in the wake of genocide.

But our work extends far beyond storytelling.

With the support we receive from our tours and young supporters, we are able to implement cutting edge programs on the ground in Uganda. To prioritize and understand the needs of the community, our Uganda staff is 95% Ugandan. We focus on long-term development, working directly with individuals and institutions, to best understand the needs of these war-effected areas. We rebuild schools devastated by war, benefiting over 8,400 Ugandan youth in the areas of water and sanitation, books and equipment, refurbishment of structures, teacher support, and technology and power. We provide 690 scholarships to specifically chosen secondary students and 180 full ride scholarships to University. We employ mentors that holistically oversee healthy development for our students. We have also implemented micro-economic initiatives that are impacting 360 Ugandan’s in transition from internally displaced camps to their original homes as well as 13 formerly abducted child mothers who are now self-sufficient through our tailoring center that provides training in savings, investment, numeracy, literacy and health. These savings-and-loans initiatives have allowed villagers to save money and earn interest for the first time, freeing them to start their own businesses and provide for their families like never before.

We believe that the problems of central Africa need to be tackled comprehensively, from peace to education. Solving them is no easy task, and it will take all of us doing all that we can to ensure it. Join us in the race for peace, click here to find out what you can do to get involved.
Comment by Leslee Love on December 9, 2009 at 7:29am
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Comment by A Former Member on November 21, 2009 at 3:06pm
Disgusting Muslim filth. - DG

Somali girl 'was stoned to death'

Amnesty International has condemned the stoning of a 13-year-old girl in southern Somalia. The human rights organisation claims the teenager was stoned to death after her father informed the authorities that she had been gang-raped. She was reportedly accused of adultery and the stoning, in front of a crowd of around 1,000, was her punishment. Reporter Jon Manel and Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International, discuss the influence of militant Islamist group Al Shabab, which has control of some areas in Somalia.

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