Entries in Amnesty International (5)
Well, I must say I am very pleased that it is Obama, not Twitter, who received the Nobel Peace Prize! I know there is a lot of criticism around, even in FB threads I can see people disagreening with this choice. But I think it's not about 'well deserved' in this case, it's about responsibility this award carries with itself. Obama is good in speeches but he is also gradually introducing changes. Closing Guantanamo was a big thing - for some of us, activists - a miracle! Great step towards what can be achieved to fight for human rights all around the world. We all know it is not easy to introduce changes, and it's not easy to clean up the mess after few years of irresponsible management of a country. But everything Obama says and does, everything he represents is of a great importance to us all. And maybe I do not agree with the imperalistic and very individualistic mentality embeded in American though since the early times of that country, I do however support smart management of that thinking. If US President is an icon, let him be. If he gradually makes the Change for good - let him do so.
And times like this are the best times for us to point out next steps! Amnesty International has congratulated Obama his award and initiated great action where ten very influencial personalities have made their statement about torture asking Obama to investigate into the times before March 2009 and learn from the mistakes of the past. I fully support each of their letters, and I hope you will find a second to read, sent and spread the word about this project. I think our voice matters just as much as Obama's.
What am I talking about? See yourself here.
'Global Voices aggregates, curates, and amplifies the global conversation online – shining light on places and people other media often ignore.'
If you know my blog, you have probably seen the post in September about Global Voices linking to their site and to my fellow blogger Jez Wegierski, who posted about Global Voices Summit in Budapest this summer. For those who see it for the first time I strongly advice to check out their Advocacy site, where you can find info about issues international bloggers face when beign deprived of freedom of speech.
I have noticed that their translation program lacks Polish, so I have written to them. I received great response and established very professional, pro-active and encouraging communication with cool people, as a result of which I hope to help them out to kick off the Polish site fairly soon.
If you are a blogger and you're interested in joing me or/and them, please let me know! I would love to share my volontary work with anyone else caring for the cause.
Freedom of speech is a sensitive topic, and the info there makes me realise how happy I am to live in the UK and be able to post whatever I want and access all the sites whenever I want to.
At American Studies we had a American Constitution class one ('Congress shall make no law...), where the teacher wanted to show us the true meaning of American concept of freedom of speech. It's importance actually. We were asked to take 10 post-its each and write one of our most important freedoms (freedom to, and freedom from) on each of those. Let's say this way:
1. Freedom to write my own opinions
2. Freedom to travel
3. Freedom from havng to attend one religious gatherings
4. Freedom to choose friends
5. Freedom to think and speak it.
6. Freedom to eat whatever and whenever I want.
7. Freedom to access all books at local library.
8. Freedom from having to wear pink.
9. Freedom to write letters to my family abroad.
10. Freedom to leave the house.
Now, with all this in fron of our face we had to imagine being deprived of one of those. Talk about it. As we got rid of 9 post-its we were terrified. And smarter, if you knwo what I mean.
Freedom of speech is one of our basic human rights. We think it's so obvious, but is it?
Global Voices does a great job bringing the reality, the facts to the public and establishing dialogue among those who ae involved in protecting it. They encourage blogging. You can find their link on Amesty International site too.
BTW what is the freedom you would leave on the last post-it?