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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Billionaire donates $100 million dollars to a Human rights organization


"George Soros, a billionaire financier, , is giving US $100-million to a human rights organization  which has been identified as  the New York-based "Human Rights Watch", which is dedicated to investigating human rights abuses." I found this out by reading an article at: http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Billionaire+financier+donates+100M+human+rights+organization/3492772/story.html

Human Rights Watch has a website at  http://www.hrw.org/  I found the mission statement of the Human Rights Watch at their website and I want to share it with you:

"Mission Statement:
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all."

You can read about some of the wonderful success stories of this organization by going to the following part of their website:

http://www.hrw.org/en/about/success-stories 

 Source of image:http://lifedividend.biz/2009/07/13/types-of-investors/george_soros_lightbox/

According to the The 19th annual World Report  (which details human rights violations in our World), last year  documented proof of  "ongoing human rights abuses by states and non-state armed groups across the globe, including attacks on civilians in conflicts in Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of  Congo, Georgia, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Sudan, and political repression in countries such as Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe. It also highlights violations by governments trying to curb terrorism, including in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The report also addresses abuses against women, children, refugees, workers, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, among others."
 You can download the report by going to the following link:

http://www.hrw.org/world-report-2009 

I found the following statements on pages  5 and 6  of the report:

"There are many different reasons why some governments choose to play negative
or indifferent roles with respect to human rights. Certain serious offenders, such
as Belarus, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, push back against any human rights scrutiny
to forestall international consideration of their own abuses. They are not leaders
in international forums but they do speak up and vote. They seek to avoid any
external constraint on how they treat their people. Sovereignty, not rights, is their
watchword."

"Other states play more of a leadership role in trying to limit human rights scrutiny.
They include the governments of nations with poor human rights records, such as
Algeria, China, Egypt, Pakistan, and Russia. They also include certain democra-
cies from the developing world, such as India and South Africa, which boast
strong institutional guarantees protecting rights despite committing some ongoing
violations. Some of these governments also want to avoid scrutiny of their
domestic rights practices, but they are motivated as well by a rejection of what
they see as a US-led imperialist vision of international politics and development.
In addition, some members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference resist
what they perceive as a war against Islam waged by the United States and other
Western powers."

"The governments seeking to subvert human rights articulate a litany of excuses
for their actions. They cite Western double standards in promoting rights—a
deplorable reality, but irrelevant to the plight of the victim. There is no question
that Western governments are at times responsible for committing, supporting, or
ignoring serious human rights violations, and they deserve criticism for those
transgressions. But few people facing slaughter, rape, or arbitrary detention
would forsake rescue simply because someone else’s suffering is being ignored.
Nor should they be forced to by the spoilers’ ideology of convenience."

According to Human Rights Watch, the following statement indicates what is necessary to improve the state of Human rights in our World:

 "For the first time in nearly a decade, the US has a chance to regain its global credibility by turning the page on the abusive policies of the Bush administration,"
"The successful defense of human rights will require serious self-examination and a willingness on the part of the world's democracies to change course,"  stated Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.  "The task facing the human rights community is to convince both the traditional supporters of human rights and potential new ones to seize this opportunity."

As someone who has had my human rights violated due to the prejudice and hatred of others, I applaud George Soros for donating this large amount of money to help an organization improve the quality of human rights in areas of the World where these rights are violated or where these rights many of us take for granted, do not even exist!

Here is an eight minute video I found on Youtube in which Amnesty International
talks about the state of Human Rights in the World in 2010: (this video was posted to Youtube on May 27,2010.)




The "United States Government" recently admitted human rights violations were occurring in the United States! The Obama Administration has released to the public a 29 page report which  describes these violations.You can read a summary of this report by going to the following website:
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/04/19/submission-universal-periodic-review-united-states

The entire report , in PDF format can be downloaded for reading by going to the following website:
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/146379.pdf
It certainly is interesting that President Obama has been willing to admit these violations are occurring, so that they can be dealt with. In doing so Obama
and the United States can hopefully cause other nations where Human Rights abuses have been documented, to follow the lead of the United States and admit these violations are "officially" occurring. Then once these violating countries admit these violations they will have to do something to recitify these violations (at least that is what President Obama apparently hopes will happen).

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Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



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Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.