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A letter to you all friends

February 19, 2009

Hi friends,

        When I was written the post ‘Srilankan Tamil Woes and Indian leaders ignorance’ many of you have seen the issue related to Srilankan government and it has nothing to do with Indian government. You are all right but I posted that article on the basis of killing of Srilankan Tamils, to be precise humans. How our government can support a government which kills it’s own people? Even though it has been said that they are wiping out the LTTE many of the civilians are being killed. If they are a responsible government means they must ensure the safety of the civilians. But that is not happening. And also the treatment being meted at the Tamils were a condemnable one. They are undergoing tortures which can’t be explained in words just because they are Tamils.

           If we see the issue on the humanity ground, we are for sure will oppose the Srilankan government. The Srilankan Tamils rights are being curbed. So as humans we need to support them. We are not getting the proper news about this, and our mainstream Medias are just reluctant to show the truth. They are just behaving as the agents of the government. It is their responsibility to bring out the truth. They are not doing that and we are also doesn’t have access to those news. So I have thought like if we have some site which gives comprehensive news about the human rights violation around the world, be it India, Srilanka, Tibet, Palestine or any other country that will help us in understand the situation and if possible we can find a organized way to fight against them.

     Ok fine… Let this can be widened to human rights.. When it comes to that everybody has the right to live, but is that happening here. For somebody to live, many are put to death. I am not seeing this as a right way. From my view, A child who is not able to get a quality education, is a violation of human right, then if somebody not able to get a job because of his caste or religion or gender, is a violation of human right, there are many I can say….

Here are the declarations which is accepted by UN and its members:

 

Article 1 
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2 
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3 
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person
Article 4 
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slaveryand the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5 
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 6 
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
Article 7 
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Article 8 
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Article 9 
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Article 10 
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Article 11
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
  1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  2. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Article 12 
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Article 13 
  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
  2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
Article 14 
  1. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
  2. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 15 
  1. Everyone has the right to a nationality.
  2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
Article 16 
  1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Article 17 
  1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Article 18 
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Article 19 
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Article 20 
  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
Article 21 
  1. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of their country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  2. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in their country.
  3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Article 22 
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
Article 23 
  1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Article 24 
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
Article 25 
  1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Article 26 
  1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
  3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 27 
  1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Article 28 
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
Article 29 
  1. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
  2. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
  3. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 30 

    Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

     The above things may look ideal ones. But what making them as ideal is the fact that, we are living in all kind of biased world. When the human race originated, without above declarations thay lived peacefully. But now????????

         So when I asked about this with my friend Raj, to open a blog relating to this along with him, he readily accepted and created one. He is the one who inspired me to start this one, his comments on my post on Srilankan issue made me more knowledgable about the issue. Thanks Raj.

        We will post the news about the human rights violation in any part of the world, at times with our views. And also I like to know from you all, about, how can we fight against this in a organised way?

Our blog URL: www.standupforhumanrights.wordpress.com

     We will try to update it regularly with the trusted news. I have a request to you all. Please put this url in your blog so that many will come and read about the true fatcs behind the conflicts.

Have a nice day.

Thanks,

Kanagu.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2009 11:28 pm

    dude, human rights are lost in Sri Lanka now, i agree… and I condemn it, and also condemn the fact that our gov is not doing anything to solve it but why cant the LTTE lay down its arms…. they are part of the problem as they certainly are not part of the solution…..

    Kanagu: See Ajit, they have been given the tag of terrorists by Srilankan government. So now they are not a responsible unit.. but government is responsible for its citizens lives and rights.. but they themselves killing them.. now say.. who is to blame???
    And also I never mentioned LTTE in my post.. but why you asked about it my friend? This is the wrong interpretation everybody has.. when somebody speaks in support of Srilankan Tamils.. they think that they are supporting LTTE.. its not like that.. I support Srilankan Tamils cause and not LTTE

  2. February 19, 2009 11:40 pm

    That is a very good initiative there 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Smita.. I am expecting you to put up the link 🙂

  3. February 20, 2009 12:54 am

    The government of Sri Lanka is not the only one that thinks of LTTE as a terrorist organisation…..

    Anyway as for the humanitarian crisis its not for national governments to intervene but the United Nations exists for that very purpose. Its a different story that it does not play its role. I think we should mind our own business and not interfere at all. In fact it is the LTTE that has held Tamils in Sri Lanka hostage all these years and even now it is doing so.

    kanagu: Yeah.. we can’t interfere… but why our government should not voice out opinions against the killings… by keeping silent it’s like approving their activities… LTTE.. whenever I talk about Tamils you are linking them with LTTE.. I am seeing both of them as different..

  4. February 20, 2009 1:23 am

    way to go..nice writing 🙂 ..am adding you as a friend

    kanagu: Welcome here Rahul.. 🙂
    Thanks for adding me as your friend.. I am honoured 🙂

  5. February 20, 2009 1:41 am

    great idea Kanagu, will surely add this link..
    all the best to u n analienearthling!!!
    ur new site looks cool n neat…very very interesting…promise to read the Srilankan Tamil issues posted there soon…
    keep it up, guys!!

    kanagu: Thanks Vinnie for appreciating our efforts and putting the link in your blog 🙂
    We will try to do justice to the campaign we have started 🙂

  6. February 20, 2009 2:19 am

    Dude, I am all in support for the civilians there… and I just mentioned LTTE in my comment because violence is not the key to solve any problem and I did not criticize you for supporting civilians, actually I am with you in this cause….
    I am against LTTE and also the Sri lankan gov for what they are doing…

    kanagu: hmmm.. thanks Ajit for understanding it… and supporting the Srilankan Tamil’s cause

  7. February 20, 2009 8:27 am

    @ Kanagu

    I accept it hundred percent its a violation of Human Rights- but what I dont like is painting it as a race based issue and the stupid morons in our state…the people killed there were humans alright- but why din’t anyone oppose for the brutal killing in Irag, Afghan and in so many other parts of the world why take it to that extent- what did the chennaites do when Mumbai was attacked???why din’t they protest to make the government efficient- not even a rally to show the support to Mumbai brothers…Dude at times I am wondering whether anyone even has a slight feeling that we are Indians rather than tamils, mallus, kannadiga, gujus and so on???first lets try to put off the fire in our house later we can worry about the fire in neighbours house…yes I am selfish when my country is stalled by stupid protests- for the past two months the court proceedings are stalled in Mad Hc and yesterday you saw what happened between the police and lawyers – what rubbish – you know the loss caused due to the bandh?? why so?? and politicians using it for their political mileage…well if you want to support it as human rights (which Kanagu is doing) I am all for it- but if its done in the name of a race then I am against it…I will put in the link dude…

    P.s: And ask the Srilankan tamils who live outside Sri Lanka- they never wanted to relate themselves with tamils or Indians at any cause – I have spoken to many…

    kanagu: Whatever happened yesterday was absolutely rubbish.. no second thoughts about it… but its a race issue.. have u ever heard of srilankan government killing the Sinhalese people.. why those journalists are being arrested or killed… keeping our mouth shut is equal to supporting their crime..
    /*And ask the Srilankan tamils who live outside Sri Lanka- they never wanted to relate themselves with tamils or Indians at any cause – I have spoken to many…*/
    Why they have to relate with us.. after all Srilanka is their country.. we are supporting them as a human, not to join with us..

  8. February 20, 2009 10:34 am

    Thats a good gesture and i will put up the link too!! just give me a couple of days!

    kanagu: Thanks Sakhi!!!!
    take ur time… but please put up 🙂

  9. Chirag permalink
    February 20, 2009 11:07 am

    Absolutely Man, great way forward. Least we can do is educate folks. I will have the link on my page, by evening.

    kanagu: Thanks Chirag… 🙂 I am really happy 🙂

  10. February 20, 2009 11:21 am

    Lancelot,

    I don’t know where you live, but I would request you to read local news about Chennai regularly. To say that Chennaites did not oppose violence anywhere is simply not true.

    Perhaps you have missed noting the massive anti-war protests when Iraq was invaded. I have not. I remember it quite well.

    what did the chennaites do when Mumbai was attacked???why din’t they protest to make the government efficient- not even a rally to show the support to Mumbai brothers

    Please do not make wild allegations. Do take a look and these are just two links that I found:

    http://www.hindu.com/2008/12/06/stories/2008120651480200.htm

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chennai/Muslims_meet_at_Thousand_Lights_mosque_to_condemn_Mumbai_terror_act/articleshow/3817863.cms

    kanagu: Raj, for your info, Lancelot was an Indian and also from our own Chennai 🙂

  11. February 20, 2009 11:50 am

    Kanagu,

    My previous comment has gone into moderation because of the links.

    Anyway, it was you who suggested the idea and the title, so I must thank you! 🙂 Sorry about not having written a post there, but I’ll do so soon. I know our views on the issue do not exactly converge, but the basic human rights concerns are the same, so there is absolutely no divergence there.

    I’m happy to see the positive response to this post, full credit goes to you. It’s a pity that concern for fellow humans is not an inborn thing even in the 21st century unless the affected persons are relatives, friends or members of one’s one tribe, religion, etc., but then, I’ve learnt to expect very little from humans.

    Kanagu: Thats nice of you Raj…. Anyway if you haven’t accepted it means it would be really difficult for me to start..
    We just forgotten that we belong to one community – HUMAN and one land – WORLD

  12. February 20, 2009 12:03 pm

    @ lancelot : I agree absolutely there is no reason to go in to Sri Lanka just because the other party is Tamil. We have the same role as any other country. If anything we should wait and watch and be very careful about this situation. It is imprudent to forget that there is a state of war in that country and such a war is at a very critical phase.

  13. February 20, 2009 12:24 pm

    exactly Odzer you and me will not be fighting in streets if India moves into Kashmir and do awaya with all the terrorists- to me LTTE’s are nothing less than morons who killed our former PM (however inefficient he may be)and as I listed the number of Tamil Leaders who tried to bring in solution to this issue peacefully who were killed brutally by LTTE and now the tamils are held as human shields by none other than LTTE…whats the difference between them and ajmal??both are terrorists may be in different name and different place…

  14. February 20, 2009 2:34 pm

    Rights group says many Sri Lankan civilians killed

    By RAVI NESSMAN – 1 hour ago

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Civilian casualties in Sri Lanka’s civil war have skyrocketed in the past two months, Human Rights Watch said Friday, calling on the government to stop firing artillery indiscriminately into the northern war zone.

    The criticism came as John Holmes, the U.N.’ top humanitarian official, visited the country amid mounting concern for the fate of the ethnic Tamil civilians in the north. On Thursday, Holmes called on both sides to try to avoid civilian casualties. He was to tour displacement camps near the war zone Friday.

    The government has repeatedly denied responsibility for any civilian deaths in its fierce battle to destroy the Tamil Tiger rebels and end the country’s quarter-century civil war. In recent months, the military has cornered the rebels in a small strip of land in the northeast, where tens of thousands of civilians are also trapped.

    Health officials and witnesses have accused the government of launching artillery barrages into areas crowded with civilians, while also accusing the rebels of shooting civilians who tried to flee to safety. Confirmation of the allegations is not possible because independent journalists are barred from the area.

    The violence has led to a “dramatic increase” in civilian casualties, with independent monitors estimating 2,000 civilians have been killed and another 5,000 wounded over the past month, Human Rights Watch said in a report Friday.

    “This ‘war’ against civilians must stop,” James Ross, legal and policy director at the New York-based rights organization, said in a statement.

    The group accused the military of repeatedly shelling hospitals and government-declared “safe zones” in recent weeks.

    It also accused the rebels of violating the laws of war by attacking civilians who have tried to escape and forcing those remaining — including children — into combat or deadly labor along the front lines.

    The rebels have denied holding civilians as human shields against the mounting military offensive or shooting at those who flee.

    Meanwhile, the rebels said government artillery attacks Thursday killed 34 civilians. In a statement on their Web site, they also said a soldier being held as a prisoner of war was killed Wednesday in a government airstrike.

    Aid groups estimate about 200,000 civilians remain trapped in the shrinking war zone along with the rebel fighters. The government says less than 100,000 civilians are there and that more than 30,000 have managed to flee across the front lines in recent weeks.

    Human Rights Watch accused the government of secretly screening those who fled to remove potential rebel sympathizers and detaining others in internment camps with the goal of keeping their ordeal from public scrutiny.

    The group compiled its report after a two-week fact-finding trip to the north. It did not say how it received access to the area.

    The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent state for minority Tamils after decades of marginalization by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.

  15. February 20, 2009 2:50 pm

    A good initiative, bro’… All this mindless violence. Very very disheartening. Get this composition published somewhere. Send it to a leading daily…

    Peace.

    kanagu: Thanks Kartz…. and thanks for your idea..
    This violence is just brutal 😡

  16. February 20, 2009 8:23 pm

    I, too, am putting the link on my blog…

    kanagu: Welcome here Manju 🙂
    Thanks for putting up the link 🙂

  17. February 21, 2009 12:59 am

    I have linked you guys….coz I believe in PEACE!!

    kanagu: Thank you very much Ajit 🙂

  18. February 21, 2009 8:35 pm

    I never would be able to imagine the pain they suffer..
    I still can’t believe how a nation can indulge itself against its own citizens..

    -Aiz.

    kanagu: That is the saddest truth in this world princess 😦

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