5.02 countering political repression, promoting human rights

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Human Rights and "Asian" Values

Authors: Amartya Sen

Summary:

When Zilu asks him "how to serve a prince," Confucius replies, "Tell him the truth even if it offends him."

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The Burmese Cyclone, Nonviolent Action, and the Responsibility to Empower

Pushing the relief truck out of the mud, photo: Beyond Rangoon Project, May 17, 2008
Authors: Patrick Meier

Summary:

It is not acceptable to let regimes like Burma's dictate the rules of humanitarian intervention.

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Assisting Burmese Cyclone Survivors: Defying the Government to Save Lives

A generous monk who shared relief supplies with his entire region stands in front of the village's damaged monastery photo: © Beyond Rangoon Project, May 17, 2008

Summary:

When we made it to villages farther down the road, we found that a monk had shared the rice for his village with all the surrounding villages, which had received no aid and were starving.

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Stop the Killing: Arab Activists Call for Ending the Death Penalty in Arab Countries

Egyptian labor bloggers Hossam el-Hamalawy and Kareem el-Beheiry. Kareem was jailed from April to early June 2008 after promoting and covering an April 6 general strike (partially organized via Facebook!) and ongoing independent labor union activism cente

Summary:

Sharia'a law insists that room be left for forgiveness and reconciliation.

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A Politics of Inclusion: An Interview with Egyptian Democracy Advocate Saad Eddin Ibrahim

 Following a fire in the Qale't el-Kabsh slum of Cairo, residents were promised replacement housing and compensation, but many received nothing. After a prosecutor told residents and the Egyptian Center for Housing Rights that they would not pursue

Summary:

Women got upset and marched to the Royal Palace. The King called me and said, 'Saad, do you see what is happening?' I said, 'Yes, but that is democracy, your Majesty.'

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The Damascus Declaration for Democratic National Change

Summary:

The process of change has begun. It is not directed against anyone, but requires everyone's efforts.

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Syrian Human Rights Defenders Brave Jail: Repression Met with Waves of Resistance

Syrian stamps celebrating the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Photo: Joseph Morris

Summary:

Ali Abdullah has been jailed three times. One of his sons is serving a five-year sentence for involvement in a pro-democracy youth group. The other chose exile.

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Diversity is the Revolution: The Tharwa Manifesto for Nonviolent Change in the Middle East

Families of Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian, and Egyptian men who disappeared into Syrian prisons during the Lebanese civil war staged a sit-in protest in front of the UN House in Beirut for more than a year. photo: E. Zarwan,June 27, 2006

Summary:

We approach our struggle in the spirit of hope, love, and magnanimity.

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Majora League:An Interview with Majora Carter, Founder of Sustainable South Bronx

Majora Carter
Authors: Majora Carter

Summary:

The debate has to examine how environmental improvements to low-income communities lift up the economy, the safety, and the morale - not just locally, but regionally and nationally.

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