I started this blog for personal matters, to publish my art and literature, Now it seems I am turning this blog to a reporting media of Human abuse and Human being in wretched plight all around the World. I hope, We all citizen should rush to the crying and disturbing souls and help and support them. Protest and publicizing can help stop atrocities on public and bring safety measure to the mass under calamities.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bhopal compensation as insufficient

Campaigners dismiss Bhopal compensation as insufficient

25 June 2010

An elderly victim holds a poster outside the court in Bhopal.  Photo: 7 June 2010 Thousands of people were affected by the gas leak in December 1984

A $280m compensation package announced by the Indian government for victims of the Bhopal gas disaster has been denounced by campaigners.

The compensation announced late on Thursday is the latest is a series of pay-offs made by the authorities to victims of the disaster.

The money will go into cleaning up the polluted factory site and improving medical treatment of surviving victims.

Some 3,500 people died within days and more than 15,000 in the years since.

The move follows public outrage after seven former managers at the plant were given two-year jail sentences.

The convictions are the first since the disaster at the Union Carbide plant - considered to be the world's worst industrial accident.


Campaigners say that the $280m compensation package is based on outdated numbers of the dead and the maimed. They say that 525,000 people have died or been disabled by the toxic gas during the leak and its aftermath.

Campaigners also want the government to treat the bulk of victims as "permanently injured", instead of "temporarily injured", since they have to visit hospitals regularly for treatment. They also want them to receive more compensation.

It has taken more than two decades for the government to announce this package, but clearly it will not mark the closure of the tragedy in any way.

The government says Thursday's announcement will double the payout to families of the dead to $22,000, and increase payments for those with health defects.

It paid "interim compensation" of 3.6bn rupees ($78m) to victims in 1990.

And 20 years ago Union Carbide paid $470m (£282m) in compensation to the Indian government.

Amid rising public and media pressure the government appointed a group of senior ministers to look again at issues such as increased compensation for those affected, and what to do about continued pollution at the now abandoned plant.

Campaigners and groups working for the gas victims are meeting in the capital, Delhi, on Friday to protest against what they call the failure of the government to give "enhanced compensation" for the victims.

'Severely affected'

"We are not satisfied with the compensation, we are not satisfied with the rehabilitation [plan for victims] and we are not satisfied about the approach to corporate liability [in the new compensation package]," Rachna Dhingra told the BBC.


Men carry children blinded by the gas leak in Bhopal. Photo:  December 1984
  • Initial deaths (3-6 December): more than 3,000 - official toll
  • Unofficial initial toll: 7,000-8,000
  • Total deaths to date: over 15,000
  • Number affected: Nearly 600,000
  • Compensation: Union Carbide pays $470m in 1989

Source: Indian Supreme Court, Madhya Pradesh government, Indian Council of Medical Research

Bhopal voices: 'Justice denied' 'Travesty': Indian papers react

Information Minister Minister Ambika Soni said the government would also gather new evidence against Warren Anderson [the then chairman of the US-based Union Carbide parent group] and "thereafter press the request for [his] extradition".

Mr Anderson is retired and lives in the US.

"More than 45,000 victims who were affected most severely by the tragedy will receive additional ex gratia payments," Ms Soni was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

The funds will be also used to upgrade local medical facilities and set up a research centre in Bhopal.

They will be used to clean up the polluted factory site which will be dismantled by 2012, Ms Soni said.

Dow Chemicals, which bought the company in 1999, says this settlement resolved all existing and future claims against the company.

But campaigners like Satinath Sarangi, who heads a group of survivors, said that the government must take "strong action" against Dow Chemicals.

"The government has failed to understand the scale of damage," Mr Sarangi said ahead of Thursday's announcement.

"There is no mention of the second and third generation victims and the constant medical complications being caused by the contamination," he added.

Correspondents say the fact that the Bhopal tragedy is back in the news at the same time as the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has added to the sense that victims of the 1984 disaster have been terribly let down.

An extradition treaty does exist between India and the United States - but so far all requests by India for Warren Anderson's extradition have been turned down by the American government.

Source : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10411047.stm

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I Love You : Is it an offensive phrase?

'I LOVE YOU' is not an offensive phrase, if any body says so I don't believe he/she is right person for Human Rights activities.

I got comments from friends in Myspace....... 'Muahs', ' Mwuahs', 'I love you', 'kisses', 'Hugs' 'you are my heart', and there are more romantic phrases. Hundreds and hundreds in number. If you do not believe you come and see the comments of members in Myspace and in my profile. How many people said it to me! I dont find any wrong in it, Its a mere someone's expression for me in virtual world. When some one says it to me I feel a warmth from unknown, unseen friends, makes me comfortable and cordial with her or him. A stimuli helps run the relation long in virtual world in social networking sites.

In the beginning, when I encountered these words I felt shy I used to delete the comments as soon as possible lest somebody known to me reads. I was so shy, LOL. But very soon I have explored and become familiar and accustom with these words and phrases. Actually, these are vehicle to pass one's emotion to other showing steady friendship, a way of convincing genuineness some mute words. An expression of excitement, warm feelings or convey some bond for somebody and totally these expressions are for virtual world. It has no effect in real world. And I started to post such words and phrases back in return to my friends postings or comments.

A few days ago I had posted ' I Love You' out of emotion. And I had to pay a heavy price. At the bottom of someone's photo in Facebook I wrote 3 words ' I love you' as comment. I can not believe these simple innocent words can pull me in embarrassment and force me feel small and harm. It is not illiterate's world, its from western cultural people living in London ( probably) and she is an online officer of a world Human Rights organisation has caused me grieve and pain.

I am not bringing any allegation against somebody but it is harmful to an organisation who are working for mass. You are playing football in mud your body will be muddy you should know. If you are in Japan, what language you speak does not matter people will speak japanese. In Online you know you will be treated as online people. You are dealing with public you should know you have to face the anger of public. In rain you are drenched , in sun you get heat. Otherwise you stay home locked inside. no one will go to you. Among public you are one of the public no one will woo you as an individual. We are out here to serve the society/nation, we see you as a representative of an organisation among public, whatever we say you we say it to your organisation, not individually you.

' I love you ' is the most used phrases worldwide. if your mind is full of vulgar you will mean it as vulgar, if your mind is sacred you will mean it as sacred. it depends how you see it . Not the people who said it. You are proving what you are.

I am basically a poet and painter, for last 3 years, I am addicted to online, All I do is spreading the news/message from Human Rights. I read online bulletins/ News published by different organizations such as International PEN and its centers, Article19, IFEX, Amnesty international, UN, and other org. working for Freedom of Expression. I republish the important news in my blog ( I maintain a number of blogs) and some times I sum up the news and add my views , sometime I draw cartoons or create a painting. This take a lot time and energy. Its not so much easy and fun. besides every month, I have to pay about one thousand Rupees for broadband connections. It is high price for a poor Indian. ( I did not have any service, trade/ business, as a freelance writer and artist I spent my whole life in misery. I wrote about 100 hundred books which are used by lakhs people every year, this contribution of mine helps promote users life but not mine LOL I dont get royalty, simply they dont pay me). My financial state is very poor, due to this my family has to starve but it never deters me from doing so, I feel pleasure, I know I am rendering a great service to this nation/ world. This makes me happy. And forget all pain.

This activities have become a part of my life. I have about one thousand friends in social networking sites, my favourite is 'Myspace' where everyday I have to post almost one hundred comments or scraps, because I receive scraps from friends. I fear if i keep silent or ignore they will not listen me in my need. I pull traffic from these sites ( Orkut, Facebook and Bebo).

' I love you ' this expression has brought a lot of friends to me and to other users. I dont see any wrong with this word. Say with me ..... I LOVE YOU.

This is a part of a story, some documents and conversations will be added soon keep in touch till I am back

Refugees in Malaysia arrested, abused and denied right to work

Refugees in Malaysia arrested, abused and denied right to work

© AP Photo/Marcus Yam">Refugees are refused legal recognition, protection, or the right  to work

Refugees are refused legal recognition, protection, or the right to work

© AP Photo/Marcus Yam

© Amnesty International">The volunteer police force RELA arbitrarily detains refugees and  asylum-seekers

The volunteer police force RELA arbitrarily detains refugees and asylum-seekers

© Amnesty International

16 June 2010

The Malaysian government should give refugees in the country the right to work, Amnesty International said on Wednesday as it revealed a litany of abuses suffered by refugees in Malaysia, the vast majority of whom are from Myanmar.

Released ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the report Abused and Abandoned: Refugees Denied Rights in Malaysia documents the plight of refugees and asylum-seekers who have reached Malaysia, where they are refused legal recognition, protection, or the right to work.

"Refugees should be able to live with dignity while they are in Malaysia. The government should move immediately to issue refugees official ID cards and grant them the right to work," said Chris Nash, Head of Refugee and Migrant Rights at Amnesty International.

Refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia are subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention in appalling conditions, caning, extortion, human trafficking and deportation back to the persecution that they fled.

In February, Malaysian Home Secretary Hishamuddin Hussein proposed the introduction of government ID cards for UN-recognized refugees, and stated that refugees should be able to take on "odd jobs" but not have the full right to work. However, no concrete steps have been taken to introduce the ID cards since then.

Government ID cards would give refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia some immediate protection from arbitrary detention, harassment and extortion by police and the People's Volunteer Corps (RELA), who routinely refuse to recognize cards issued by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The Malaysian volunteer police force RELA continues to operate in a climate of impunity, despite recent government assurances that the organization would cease to be involved in immigration enforcement.

The US Department of State 2010 Trafficking in Persons report confirmed this week that RELA arbitrarily detains refugees and asylum-seekers, that "refugees were particularly vulnerable to trafficking", and that despite government efforts, there was limited progress in convicting traffickers.

Amnesty International said it acknowledges that in the last year Malaysian officials have stopped handing refugees and asylum-seekers to human traffickers operating on the Thai-Malaysian border.

"There is a long way to go for Malaysia on refugee rights, but government-issued ID cards are a start. This is the right time for Malaysia to take this very simple, but concrete and positive step that will make a huge difference to the lives of tens of thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country," said Chris Nash.

Amnesty International has urged the government to continue to improve refugee policies, including by building on its cooperation with the UNHCR instructing law enforcement agencies to stop detaining UNHCR card-holders.

It has also urged other countries to increase their resettlement of refugees currently in Malaysia.

Resettlement provides a small number of refugees with the opportunity to rebuild their lives in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and in Europe. However, there has been a notable lack of resettlement of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority from Myanmar.

Malaysia has not ratified the Refugee Convention, and refugees and asylum seekers are treated as irregular or undocumented workers under Malaysian law. UNHCR is the only authority in the country that recognizes refugees and offers them any assistance.

There are 84,200 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia, although the numbers of unregistered people in similar circumstances are estimated to be over twice that.

Over 90 per cent of registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia are from Myanmar.

This work is part of Amnesty International's Demand Dignity campaign, which aims to end the human rights violations that drive and deepen global poverty. The campaign will mobilize people all over the world to demand that governments, corporations and others who have power listen to the voices of those living in poverty and recognise and protect their rights. For more information visit the Demand Dignity website.

Malaysia is 'home' to between 90,000 and 170,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, most of whom end up living in its urban centres. They come to Malaysia seeking safety, having fled situations of torture, persecution or death threats. But once they arrive, they are abused, exploited, arrested and locked-up – in effect treated like criminals. This report focuses on the human rights violations experienced by refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia. These rights must be respected in line with international standards. A coherent migration policy should be implemented.

Source : http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/refugees-malaysia-arrested-abused-and-denied-right-work-2010-06-16

Photo credit : http://www.unhcr.org.my/project/unhcr/theme/images/swf/refugeesinmsia.swf

Click the photo to enlarge its size

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Floods across southern China take heavy toll

Floods across southern China take heavy toll

Sunday, 20 June 2010 08:26

In residents are evacuated after heavy rains caused floods in  Huaiji in south China’s Guangdong province (15 June) An estimated 68,000 houses have been damaged in the flooding

Torrential rain and landslides in southern China have killed 132 people, with more heavy rain forecast.

A further 86 people are missing and 800,000 residents have been evacuated.

There have also been power cuts, collapsed reservoirs and widespread damage to roads. Millions are without drinking water supplies.

Dozens of rivers have passed safety levels, including the Pearl River in Guangdong province.

China's rainy season, which began in May, follows the worst drought in a century in the south-west.

'Rain intensity increased'

The National Meteorological Centre warned on Sunday of more rainstorms to come.

"The scope and intensity of the rain have increased," it said in a statement on its website.

"In parts of Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Henan, Guangxi and other areas of the south, the rainfall will be 100-180 millimetres. In other parts, the rainfall will be more than 200 millimetres."

A total of 68,000 houses have been damaged and more than 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) of crops have been affected, the reports said.

State TV broadcast images of soldiers leading rescues from roof tops, submerged fields, overturned cars people wading through waist-high water as they tried to cross a flooded bridge.

Source : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10359596.stm


UN launches $71m appeal for Kyrgyzstan refugee crisis

UN launches $71m appeal for Kyrgyzstan refugee crisis

Saturday, 19 June 2010 04:19 UK

Ethnic Uzbek civilians cross the Uzbek border on their way back  into Kyrgyzstan, 18 June Some ethnic Uzbeks were seen returning from Uzbekistan

The UN has announced a $71m (£48m) flash appeal for Kyrgyzstan, where it says some 400,000 people have been displaced by inter-ethnic fighting.

The Central Asian state's interim leader believes the number of people killed since violence erupted just over a week ago may be as high as 2,000.

Up to a million people are said to have been affected by fighting between the Kyrgyz majority and minority Uzbeks.

Many of those who fled their homes are staying in Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan's government has asked the UN to launch a similar appeal for its own camps next week.

Having accepted tens of thousands of refugees, it fears its capacity to help them will soon run out, reports the BBC's Tom Lane from the UN in New York.

'Shocked and appalled'

John Holmes, head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is meeting donor member states, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said.

The focus of the Kyrgyz appeal will be food and shelter, with the hope that the aid will last at least six months.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announces the emergency appeal

There are shortages of food, water and electricity, said Mr Ban, because of looting, lack of supplies and restrictions on movement.

"Hospitals and other institutions are running low on medical supplies," he added.

Mr Ban said an estimated 300,000 people were living displaced within Kyrgyzstan and up to 100,000 had fled to Uzbekistan, of whom 80,000 were located in refugee camps.

"Tens of thousands more are reportedly waiting to cross the border," he added.

He said he had contacted Kyrgyzstan's interim leader, Roza Otunbayeva, Uzbek President Islam Karimov and others "to explore options for restoring order, preventing further loss of life and coordinating humanitarian assistance".

Mr Holmes urged a "generous and rapid response" from donors.

"I have been shocked by the extent of the violence and appalled by the deaths and injuries, widespread arson, sexual violence, looting of state, commercial and private property and destruction of infrastructure," he said.

Map of Kyrgyzstan

The UN Human Rights Council called on the Kyrgyz government to conduct a full and transparent investigation into the clashes.

Unknown death toll

Ms Otunbayeva's estimate of 2,000 deaths is 10 times higher than previous official figures.

On Friday, she flew into Osh, the city at the centre of the violence, to inspect the damage.

As her helicopter landed in the city's main square, she emerged wearing a bullet-proof vest and surrounded by bodyguards with automatic weapons.

Even so, the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports, she made no attempt to enter the Uzbek neighbourhoods of the city.

It is there that the worst of the damage was done in four days of ethnic bloodletting last weekend.

Kyrgyz men in Osh show pictures of dead relatives, 18 June Kyrgyz men in Osh showed Ms Otunbayeva pictures of dead relatives

She said the Muslim tradition of burying the dead before sunset on the day of death meant many hundreds of victims had not been counted.

Her government now faces the difficult task of persuading tens of thousands of refugees to return to their homes, our correspondent says.

Visiting a refugee camp in Uzbekistan, US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake said there must be an independent investigation into what had happened.

Eyewitnesses and victims have repeatedly said that the violence was orchestrated, and many have accused soldiers from the Kyrgyz military of being involved.

Since taking power after the overthrow of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April, the interim government has struggled to assert its authority in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic of some 5.5 million people.

Source :


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Is Love an offence? Shame on society

Death penalty in India 'honour killings'


Indian community torn apart by 'honour killings'

Satvati Satvati shows the house where the killings took place

Umesh Kumar and his wife Satvati Devi were woken in the middle of the night by loud cries coming from the neighbouring house.

"She was crying loudly. She was pleading, 'Kill me, but please don't hurt him.' She loved him and they wanted to get married," Ms Devi tells me.

Two days after teenage lovers Asha and Yogesh were brutally killed, Swaroop Nagar colony on the north-western outskirts of the Indian capital, Delhi, is still trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

Asha's family was opposed to a marriage because Yogesh belonged to a different, lower caste. Police have described the murders as a case of "honour killing".

They have arrested Asha's father and uncle in connection with the deaths and are looking for others.

In this poor, semi-rural community, tiny homes sit cheek-by-jowl and paper-thin walls offer little sound-proofing.

'Tied up'

When the cries on Sunday night became unbearable, Mr Kumar tried to intervene.

"When I went in, Yogesh was tied up in ropes. He had bruises all over him. And they were beating Asha," Umesh tells me.

"They" were Asha's uncle Omprakash Saini, her father Suraj Saini, their wives and her cousin, he says.

Titoo Saini

Honour in our community and society is paramount to us

Titoo Saini

"I tried to save the girl, but they pushed me around. They broke my spectacles. They told me not to interfere since it was an internal family matter."

The Sainis also warned Mr Kumar against calling the police.

"I don't have a phone, the pay phone booths are closed at night, and the other neighbours were too scared to get involved," Mr Kumar says.

The cries finally stopped at 4am. Ms Devi was sitting outside her front door when the Sainis came out, locked the house and left.

"We were wondering what happened to Asha and Yogesh," she says. "There were no more sounds from inside."

The bodies were brought out in the morning once the police arrived. And details began to emerge of the torture and beatings to which the young couple were subjected.

No remorse

"Their mouths were stuffed with rags, there were signs of beating and small burns on legs suggesting that they were possibly electrocuted," a senior police officer who was the first to reach the crime scene told the BBC.

Asha's uncle and father were arrested but the two men have shown no remorse.

"I'm not sorry," a defiant Omprakash Saini told reporters after his arrest. "I would punish them again if given a chance."

Meera devi

If they wanted to kill their daughter, that's okay. But they shouldn't have killed our boy

Meera Devi

The killings have stunned Delhi. Cases of "honour killings" are regularly reported from the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, but in the capital they are uncommon.

Assistant commissioner of police Pankaj Kumar Singh, who is posted at Swaroop Nagar, says that although the area is part of the capital, the mindset of its people is the same as in the villages.

"A majority of the people here are migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states. People here are deeply rooted in their traditional beliefs," Mr Singh says. "Caste considerations hold much sway."

In traditional Indian societies, women are often regarded as family property. Marriages are carefully arranged by parents and elders and relationships outside of caste are frowned upon.

But proximity to the city and access to education often bring in modern influences, sometimes creating a conflict between traditional beliefs and modern aspirations in the minds of the young.

And these sometimes have fatal consequences, as in the case of Asha and Yogesh. Although her family is no better off than his, it is from a higher caste.

There are no statistics on the number of "honour killings" in India, but Mr Singh says for every case that gets recorded, several others go unreported.

In the Gokulpuri area of north-east Delhi where the lovers lived and met, I visited the homes of both Asha and Yogesh, five minutes apart.

A group of local women sit mourning outside Yogesh's house. His sister, Renu Jatav, weeps inconsolably.


"I had no idea this could happen," she says. "He was having dinner, it was 9.30pm on Sunday when Asha's mother came and called him. Yogesh was a driver. She said someone needed the car, and he went."

"Four or five policemen came to our house the next morning. They said Yogesh had died," Renu's husband Rakesh Kumar says.

Renu Jatav Renu Jatav is inconsolable over the murders

"We want strict punishment for them. We want the death penalty. We want them hanged."

The neighbours vouch for Yogesh's character.

"He was a very good boy," one of them, Meera Devi, says. "We are very angry. We want justice. If they wanted to kill their daughter, that's okay. But they shouldn't have killed our boy."

At Asha's home, her relatives are equally angry.

Cousin Lokesh Kumar Saini says: "We had talked to Yogesh and his family in the past and told them to stay away. We had also found a good match for Asha and she was engaged.

"What will any parent do if they see their daughter in a compromising position with a man? What would you do if you were in the same situation?" he asks me angrily. "That's why my uncles killed them."

Another of Asha's uncles, Titoo Saini, is convinced "the killings were justified".

"We did it for our honour. Honour in our community and society is paramount to us," he says.

I ask them what honour the family has now that they are accused of murdering their own daughter?

"If she had run away with Yogesh, what honour would we have left then?" he asks.

"Moreover, that would have set a bad precedent for the other children in the family. They would have done the same. Then it would have been a slow and painful death for us every living moment. This is better," he says.

"Asha played in my arms as a baby. I carried her for her funeral. Did that not make me unhappy?"

But Titoo Saini is clear that marriage outside of caste is a bigger evil than murder.

"How can we marry outside the caste? This cannot be tolerated. Only an impotent man will accept this. If I was in their place, I would have done the same," he says.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10334529.stm

NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought a report from the Delhi Police on the alleged torture of a girl along with her friend to death for wanting to marry against the wishes of her family.

The commission has taken suo motu cognizance into the incident wherein a 19-year-old and her boyfriend were beaten throughout the night by the girl's family in North East Delhi and killed by electrocution and flogging, NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas said in a statement.

"We have sought an action taken report from the police in this matter," she said.

Asha and Yogesh were found murdered at her uncle's residence on street number-3 of Swaroop Nagar area on Monday morning and Om Prakash and other members of her family were untraceable after the incident. Saini and Om Prakash were arrested late on Monday night.

Read more info : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Delhi-honour-killing-NCW-seeks-report/articleshow/6058721.cms

30 March 2010

Death penalty in India 'honour killings' case


Five men have been sentenced to death and one jailed for life over the 2007 murder of a couple who married against the wishes of village elders.

The court in the northern state of Haryana last week convicted the men of the murders of Manoj and Babli, who were killed a month after they eloped.

Elders said they violated local customs by marrying within the same sub-caste.

Observers say this may be the first time an Indian court has awarded such a penalty over an "honour killing" case.

The young couple were kidnapped while they were travelling on a bus in Haryana in 2007. Their bodies were discovered later.

Those sentenced to death are all relatives of the girl, Babli, and include her brother, two uncles and two cousins, Indian media reports say.

The head of the village council in Haryana's Kaithal district, which ruled against the couple's marriage, was given life imprisonment. A driver found to have helped abduct the couple was given a seven-year prison term.

The village council said that by local tradition people within the same sub-caste are considered to be siblings.

The case was brought by the family of Manoj, Babli's husband. Unconfirmed media reports say that the couple had approached the police with their fears shortly before they were kidnapped and killed.

Campaigners hailed the verdict as a blow against "honour killings", which are quite common in parts of northern India.

Correspondents say such killings have often not been reported or widely discussed in the past because families usually accept the verdicts.

Those found guilty in the case have the right to appeal. Death sentences in India are rarely handed down and even more rarely carried out.

Source : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8595168.stm

Saturday, June 12, 2010

An International Team Defending Human Rights


Stand Up United - An International Team Defending Human Rights

Stand Up United

As national football teams fight it out at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, another team is lined up to fight for human rights.

The 11 members of Stand Up United defend human rights around the world. They have a common goal – equality, dignity and justice for all.

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Mukhmed Gazdiev

Mukhmed Gazdiev from the Russian Republic of Ingushetia is till searching for his son who has not been seen since he was reportedly abducted in 2007. Mukhmed Gazdiev campaigns relentlessly to raise awareness of alleged involvement of security forces in disappearances.



Nataša Kandić

Nataša Kandić is a Serbian lawyer and human rights activist. She continues to challenge impunity for war crimes committed by Serbian military, police and paramilitary forces during the wars during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.


China & Tibet

Dhondup Wangchen

Dhondup Wangchen has been detained by Chinese police since 2008. He is in prison for making the documentary, “Leaving Fear Behind” highlighting Tibetans’ views on human rights in Tibet.



Shadi Sadr

Shadi Sadr is a lawyer from Iran who has successfully had the convictions of several women sentenced to death overturned. She is also a journalist and activist campaigning for women’s rights. The picture shown in the banner, for example, was taken when she was still in Iran during a rally over four years ago calling for an end to legal discrimination against women in Iran.

HAJ SAMI SADEQ, Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories

Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories

Haj Sami Sadeq

Haj Sami Sadeq is a Palestinian community activist in Aqaba village in the West Bank, occupied by Israel. As head of the village council, Haj Sami Sadeq continues to face many challenges resulting from restrictions on construction by Palestinians.



Amina Janjua

Amina Janjua is from Pakistan. Her husband is believed to have been held in government custody since he disappeared in 2005. Determined to find out what happened, she tirelessly petitions the government to reveal the whereabouts of hundreds who have disappeared.

Joel Nan Cameroon


Joel Nana

Joel Nana, born in Cameroon, West Africa, campaigns for the right to health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people across the African continent including Senegal, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa.



Father Alejandro Solalinde

Father Alejandro Solalinde from Mexico has dedicated his life to providing a haven for migrants. His solidarity with migrants has provoked attacks and harassment from xenophobic members of local communities, criminal gangs and local officials.



Claudia Lema

Claudia Lema works to reduce the number of women who die needlessly in childbirth in Indigenous communities in Peru. She is firmly committed to supporting women to pressure the government to make health care services meet their needs..

‘P’ (ANONYMOUS), South Africa

South Africa

'P' (Anonymous)

P is a community activist who challenges negative attitudes towards women in a neglected and impoverished rural area in South Africa. She also provides practical support to women experiencing domestic violence or living with HIV.



Wilter Nyabate

Wilter Nyabate lives in Soweto East, Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum. She has two children and is the sole breadwinner in her house, yet still works to expose the intolerable conditions her community is forced to live with.

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দারিদ্র্য ও মানবাধিকার নিয়ে বিতর্কে আমাদেরকে সহায়তা করুন

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দারিদ্র্য ও মানবাধিকার নিয়ে বিতর্কে আমাদেরকে সহায়তা করুন

প্রিয় পাঠক,

মর্যাদার দাবী প্রচারাভিযানের লক্ষ্য হলো দরিদ্র মানুষের অধিকারের স্বীকৃতি ও সুরক্ষা প্রদানের কার্যক্রম জোরদার করার মাধ্যমে বিশ্বকে দারিদ্র্য মুক্ত করা।Demand Dignity Badge এই প্রচারাভিযানকে এগিয়ে নিয়ে যেতে দরকার নেতৃত্ব, জবাবদিহিতা ও স্বচ্ছতা, যা মানুষের দারিদ্র্যের কারণ মানবাধিকার লংঘন অবসানের জন্য অপরিহার্য।তবে এখনো অনেকে দারিদ্র্যের সঙ্গে মানবাধিকারের যোগসূত্র থাকার বিষয়টি বিশ্বাস করেন না। তাদের চিন্তায় ও বিশ্বাসে পরিবর্তন আনতে আমাদের দরকার আপনার সহযোগিতা।

আপনি কিভাবে এই কাজে যুক্ত হতে পারেন?

আপনার নিজের যদি ব্লগ থাকে কিংবা আপনি যদি অনলাইন ফোরামগুলোতে সক্রিয় হন, তবে আমরা আপনার কথা শোনার অপেক্ষায় আছি। আপনি যে আমাদের সঙ্গে যুক্ত হতে চান সেকথা উল্লেখ করে আপনার নাম, দেশ আর শহরের নাম এবং আপনার ব্লগের লিঙ্ক কিংবা অনলাইনে প্রকাশিত আপনার লেখা আমাদেরকে ইমেইল করে পাঠান Bangla.OnlineCommunity@amnesty.org ঠিকানায়। আপনার আবেদনপত্র গৃহীত হলে আমরা আপনাকে একটি আমন্ত্রণপত্র পাঠাবো সেসঙ্গে পাঠাবো কণ্ঠ দূত বিষয়ক উপকরণ (ভয়েস এম্বাসেডর টুলকিট), এবং প্রতিমাসে আপনার ঠিকানায় পাঠানো হবে মাসিক ইমেইল, যা আপনি আপনার অনলাইন লেখালেখির কাজে ব্যবহার করতে পারবেন।

আপনি কেন?A Nairobian's Perspective Blogpost on Demand Dignity

আপনার স্বাতন্ত্র্যসূচক সুনির্দিষ্ট বক্তব্য আমাদের প্রচারাভিযানের সাফল্য লাভ সম্ভব করে তুলবে। আপনি যখন কথা বলেন, মানুষ শোনে, এবং সম্মিলিতভাবে তখন আমরা আমাদের লক্ষ্য অর্জনে সক্ষম হতে পারি। তাছাড়া, আপনার নিজের সমাজ, দেশ কিংবা অঞ্চলের মানবাধিকার পরিস্থিতি সম্পর্কে আপনার জ্ঞান ও দক্ষতার কোন বিকল্প নেই।

আমরা কিভাবে আপনাকে সহায়তা করবো---

• কণ্ঠ দূত উপকরণ (ভয়েস এম্বাসেডর টুলকিট) সরবরাহ

• অনলাইনে লেখালেখির জন্য সহায়ক মাসিক ইমেইল প্রেরণ

• অনলাইন কমিউনিটি টিমের সদস্যদের সঙ্গে স্কাইপি সফটওয়্যার ব্যবহার করে যোগাযোগের সুযোগ (স্কাইপি ওয়েবিনার)

• একটি প্রাইভেট ইমেইল তালিকায় অন্তর্ভুক্তি যার ফলে অ্যামনেস্টি ইন্টারন্যাশনালের অনলাইন টিম এবং বাকি কণ্ঠ দূতদের সঙ্গে যোগাযোগ করা সম্ভব হবে।

বর্তমান কণ্ঠ দূতদের কয়েকটি ব্লগপোস্ট

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এই ইমেলটি আপনার আরো দশজন বন্ধুর কাছে পৌছে দিন। মানবাধিকা‍রের প্রতি আপনার অব্যাহত সমর্থন ও অঙ্গীকারের জন্য আপনাকে ধন্যবাদ।

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