Happy Human Rights Day

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December 10 is a very beautiful day no matter how cold it is where you are: the U.N.'s Human Rights Day. This year is special because it marks the kick-off of a year-long celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

This theme for 2008, “Dignity and justice for all of us,” reinforces the vision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a commitment to universal dignity and justice. It is not a luxury or a wish-list.  The UDHR and its core values, inherent human dignity, non-discrimination, equality, fairness and universality, apply to everyone, everywhere and always.  The Declaration is universal, enduring and vibrant, and it concerns us all.

Since its adoption in 1948, the Declaration has been and continues to be a source of inspiration for national and international efforts to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Here's hoping that 2008 will be the year that the U.S. is reclaimed. Wouldn't it feel good to congratulate ourselves on rejoining the world community in a fellowship of dignity and justice? I have faith that we can pull through. It's time to complete this aberrant cycle in our history. Even Canadian judges have spoken up about our immigration policies (as well as that whole kidnapping and torturing an innocent Canadian thing).

There are lots of little things anyone can do today. Help tear down Guantanamo! Support a prisoner of conscience. If you're not already a member, join a human rights org. You could also spread all sorts of love by grabbing some memberships as holiday gifts.

Amnesty International
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Watch


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A coping strategy, advocacy outlet, and form of protection. My life has been nearly destroyed by the unconstitutional practices of politically/socially-motivated private intelligence contractors and the corruption and cronyism that allow them. Apparently because I speak out in ways that prioritize the little guy and human and environmental health above gargantuan profit margins, and believe that facts are as important as PR spin, I was someone who had to be completely discredited. In 2007, after a few months of a surreal and relentless invasion of privacy and dignity, I started to spend six hours each week researching, communicating about, and advocating legal and ethical responses to assaults on our shared democratic and republican ideals. For most of that time I was writing from the perspective of someone whose life was manipulated into a constant state of terror and emergency. In 2010, many of the array of entrapment attempts seem to have failed and it seems no longer possible to get away with such excessive, obvious harassment and overt interference. As we take more practical steps to address what has been allowed to happen to my family, we do expect to see some more harassment and intimidation. But I should be able to chronicle it from a more measured perspective, rather than that of someone in constant fear. Part of me would like to go back and delete earlier posts, because even I find them hard to relate to in some ways. But this blog has been one of our only forms of protection as everyone in any official capacity ignored the truth and tried to spin and frame us into the troublemakers and perpetrators of one form or another. So I leave it up as a form of protection, a record of what has occurred, and (with luck) the account of our way back to credibility and some form of legitimate justice. All content on this site is property of Kyeann Sayer. All rights reserved.

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