On May 15th, 2008 Bloggers will unite with Amnesty International in support of Human Rights. This Beach Called Life has joined with rest of the blogging community in support of this initiative by highlighting human rights violations still plaguing the world.
The Government of Myanmar preventing aid from reaching those affected by Cyclone Nargis is a scandalous human rights violation. The Government of Myanmar is yet another example of how power comes before people for governments. Presently, there is a threat of another tropical storm developing into a significant cyclone and affecting Myanmar again. But what does the government care.
Darfur is a country with starving people who are being killed by the government backed Janjaweed for no reason other than they live in Darfur and don’t support the government. It appears that Darfuris are not significant enough to the rest of the world for anybody to intervene on their behalf. It is obvious the senseless killing of people is a characteristic of human nature that shows no sign of letting up.
According to Amnesty International China currently holds the world record for the largest number of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents. One of the most prominent stories includes journalist Shi Tao, who is serving a 10-year sentence in a Chinese prison for sending an email! Amnesty is accusing Yahoo! of being responsible for the imprisonment of Shi Tao when Yahoo! passed on vital email information to the Chinese Government. I am wondering what the neurotic and insecure Chinese Government said to Yahoo! to get them to invade someone’s privacy. I don’t approve of Yahoo’s stance and will be protesting by sending an email to the Yahoo execs and changing my home page to Google. Little things do add up.
Another issue raised by Amnesty International is the illegal detentions at Guantanamo Bay by the United States of America. Amnesty is calling on the US to charge the detainees and then give them a fair trial before independent and impartial tribunals such as U.S. federal courts. Help tear it down. Except for Harold and Kumar, no one has ever escaped from Guantanamo Bay.
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is not famous for human rights violations except for the chronic bumbling incompetence of the Government and for getting away with murder. The murder rate in Trinidad and Tobago is likely to become the highest per capita in the world and the government is indifferent to this fact. The murder detection rate is close to zero but the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is more concerned with willfully destroying the environment, getting a private jet for the Prime Minister, and legalizing corruption. The enormous wealth this country possesses is being wasted on bling-bling and palaces for the few. Incompetence and nepotism is practiced by the government, which ensures the poor gets poorer, the police get lazier, and the rich buy houses in Florida. However, despite the best efforts of the government, there are still beautiful people and places in Trinidad and Tobago.