UDHR- promoting dialogue

In 1948, in a global effort to ensure that the inhumanity of the Second World War would never happen again, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. The UDHR is the first comprehensive agreement among nations as to the specific rights and freedoms of all human beings. It is the closest humankind has ever come to agreeing a common global understanding of human rights and obligations.

Amnesty International’s group on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in Ireland are creating an internet based forum for dialogue on human rights in the region. Serious human rights abuses continue to occur in Israel and the Occupied Territories. The undercurrent of violence, abuses of fundamental human rights and disregard for international law have become firmly entrenched and relentless. Civilians in both Israel and the Occupied Territories have borne the brunt of the confrontations. Prospects for a just and durable resolution of the conflict can only come through human rights. This project hopes to enhance dialogue and awareness of human rights.

Amnesty is  collecting photos, testimonies, letters and stories from Israelis and Palestinians willing to share their experience, and from all others that live or work in Israel or the Palestinian territories, or who simply have an interest in human rights. These stories and photos will be published on the website and will be open to anyone to comment on. They are hoping to collect 1,948 submissions as we are celebrating the UDHR.

The Declaration has thirty articles and Amnesty is inviting you to pick an article/s and send your photo, testimony, letter or story relating to that article from the UDHR and use the ‘Submit Your Story’ page to upload your story and images. This action is part of the regional campaign “1001 Actions for Dialogue” launched by the Anna Lindh Foundation the Dialogue between Cultures for the enhancement of peaceful coexistence and intercultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

 

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~ by k-rock and l-jive on June 26, 2008.

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