what is a “Human rights defender”

United Nation General Assembly in 1998 pass resolution a/res/53/144 adopting “The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders”

The duties of states of which to but not limited to protect, promote and implement all human rights, and to provide effective means of redress for the victims of human rights violations.

The United Nations Human Right commission has describe what is a “Human rights defender” That can be anyone who “contributing to the effective elimination of all violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Peoples and individuals”.

This means a person can either do it through professional activities in capacity of voluntary or paid positions.

Human Rights defender can’t pick and choose which human rights that you will accept, you must be acceptance of the basic principle that everyone has a right to live.

Human Rights Defender must take action that does no harm and must be peaceful to comply with nonviolence.

As journalists Ie; bloggers we must educate and bring awareness to issue of human rights why its important to have a diversified community.

Don’t forget Human Rights Day is December 10, 2011

Two quotes from Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

quote 1

“Human rights defender is a title each and every one of us can earn. It is not a role that requires a professional qualification. What it depends on is regard for our fellow human beings, an understanding that we are all entitled to the full range of human rights and a commitment to seeing that ideal become a reality.”

quote 2

“In deciding to act on principle, the security of human rights defenders and their ability to work is often jeopardized, either by blatant repression and violence, particularly in areas of conflict, or by increasingly insidious patterns of restrictions and abuse. Each one of us has a responsibility to support their efforts and to add our voices to those who demand protection for the defenders and their families. ”

Reference;

http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2010/about.shtml

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/SRHRDefenders/Pages/Defender.aspx

 

 

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About JPlanck

Jason Planck; I have been a disability advocate for over 25 years (1990) and continue to bring awareness about the needs and concerns of the disability community. I grew up in and around Southern California and Las Vegas Nevada after father retired from the military. I returned to upstate New York to help with my family in 1994 and I have remained here since. I have received an associate degree in 1998 from Adirondack Community College Queensbury New York in Business Administration My hobbies include visiting historical sites, traveling, cooking, bird watching, and photography. I have been a human rights disability defender and an advocate for persons with disabilities for the last twenty five years (1990), and I continue to advocate to help persons with disabilities to achieve independence and success in their lives. I have conducted disability sensitivity training for various companies and continue to do disability consulting and training work for compliance with disability civil rights laws. I’m currently writing a book on disability civil rights laws title: Disability Civil Rights Laws and Movements: An in depths look at the Executive Branch role from the President Woodrow Wilson through President George W. Bush administrations. I have received two grants from the following libraries to aid in traveling to the library; • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum “Arthur M. Schlesinger Fellowship” • Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Hyde Park, NY I continue to seek out grants to help in accomplishing the goal of being able to travel to the different Presidential Library to finish the work and publish a book. As of to date I have completed eight other presidents. One of my major goals for the next 10 years is to see acceptability and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the community and workplace. I will be able to accomplish the first part of this goal through education and awareness of the needs of the disabled community as human rights disability defender. Second part of the goal is to work with the community and the workplace to implement solution of full inclusion of the Disabled Community. -30-
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