Human Rights Day – December 10th

“We shine light into dark corners to expose human rights abuses–because such crimes threaten us all.”

The other day I received this ribbon and information from an organization called the Human Rights Watch. Since I knew noting about this non-profit organization, I thought I’d share some of the literature I received.

Here are some of their accomplishments:

1. HRW co-founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, sharing the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for their effort to initiate the Mine Ban Treaty.

2. HRW helped negotiate and was the driving force behind the International Criminal Court in 2002.

3. HRW undertook strategic global advocacy that led to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Here is the main mission of HRW, as posted in their mailing:

Through rigorous fact-finding and reporting, we’re a trusted source of information for journalists, policy-makers and diplomats.  At the same time, our thoughtful, targeted advocacy build intense pressure to hold abusers accountable.  In the process, we make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions of innocent men,, women, and children.”

If you would like to contribute to the Human Rights Watch or become a member, their website is

During the rest of December, I plan to feature other human rights issues and/or organizations and hope you can make a contribution to one of them or one of your own choosing.

In the Jewish faith there is a phrase: The world in new to us each morning.  When I took this picture early today, I thought about the phrase and am making a wish that tomorrow morning, when the world is new again, someone who has had his/or her human rights denied will have them restored.

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