human rights

A Quote by Thom Yorke on politics, greed, economics, environmentalism, genocide, law, destruction, spiritual, sneakers, human rights, china, violation, malls, capitalism, tesco, hands, and dirty

"It's just the law governing western politics pure blind greed - economics is an unquestionable sacred law above all humane considerations (is this just me), it is a justification for slave labour, genocide, environmental and spiritual destruction. Everyone wants their cheap sneakers and bloody stupid keyrings and plasticware above all else, and are happy to leave China unchecked, happy to condone their blatant violation of human rights. After all how can we justify our cathedral-like shopping malls and rusting capitalist monoliths, other than finding the next oppressed population and get them on the payroll? "Thank you Tesco, thank you Tesco." All our hands are dirty."

Thom Yorke

Source: Talking about Tibet

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by Henric C. Jensen on human rights

if we start haggling with human rights we end up in a society where the only one having any human rights is the one who has deprived everybody else of theirs.

Henric Jensen

Source: SOB's Grins and Grumps: Page on Human Rights http://dovaryeh.net/essays-and-excursions/udhr-universal-declaration-of-human-rights/

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A Quote by Jon Stewart on religion, homosexuality, choice, human rights, and gay marriage

Religion is far more of a choice than homosexuality. And the protections that we have for religion — we protect religion. And talk about a lifestyle choice — that is absolutely a choice... It’s a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to have to make their case that they deserve the same basic rights as someone else.

Jon Stewart

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A Quote by Chinua Achebe on women, oppression, religion, myth, and human rights

The original oppression of Woman was based on crude denigration.  She caused Man to fall, so she became a scapegoat.  No, not a scapegoat which might be blameless but a culprit richly deserving of whatever suffering Man chose thereafter to heap on her.  That is Woman in the Book of Genesis.  Out here, our ancestors, without the benefit of hearing about the Old Testament, made the very same story differing only in local color.  At first the Sky was very close to the Earth.  But every evening Woman cut off a piece of the Sky to put in her soup pot, or in another version, she repeatedly banged the top end of her pestle carelessly against the Sky whenever she pounded millet or, as in yet another rendering - so prodigious is Man’s inventiveness, she wiped her kitchen hands in the Sky’s face.  Whatever the detail of Woman’s provocation, the Sky moved away in anger, and God with it.

Well, that kind of candid chauvinism might be ok for the rugged taste of the Old Testament.  The New Testament required a more enlightened, more refined, more loving even, strategy - ostensibly that is.  So the idea cam to Man to turn his spouse into the very Mother of God, to pick her up from right under his foot where she’d been since Creation and carry her reverently to a nice, corner pedestal.  Up there, her feet completely off the ground, she will be just as irrelevant to the practical decisions of running the world as she was in her bad old days.  The only difference is that now Man will suffer no guilt feelings; he can sit back and congratulate himself on his generosity and gentle manliness.

Meanwhile, our ancestors out here, unaware of the New Testament, were working out independently a parallel subterfuge of their own.  Nneka, they said.  Mother is supreme.  Let us keep her in reserve until the ultimate crisis arrives and the waist is broken and hung over the fire, and the palm bears its fruit at the tail of its leaf.  Then, as the world crashes around Man’s ears, Woman in her supremacy will descend and sweep the shards together.

The women are, of course, the biggest single group of oppressed people in the world and, if we are to believe the Book of Genesis, the very oldest.

Chinua Achebe (1930 -)

Source: Anthills of the Savannah, Pages: 97-99

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A Quote by Thurgood Marshall on poverty, wealthy, poor, wealth, united states, u s, goal, inequality, gap between rich and poor, and human rights

"A child born to a black mother in a state like Mississippi . . . has the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for."

Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)

Source: Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country--And It's Time to Take It Back, Pages: 116

Contributed by: Inukshuk

A Quote by Blaine Jackson on heroes, heros, human rights, and integrity

We need more everyday heroes. Heroes are ordinary people who take a stand for what is right.

We need more everyday heroes like Sumner Davenport, Brenda Mueller, Cherryl Stewart and others who take a stand for human rights. These heroes act with integrity, look fear in the face, go the distance, stand against oppression and endure the cost of disappointment, betrayal and sometimes, pain.  

These everyday heroes experience immeasurable rewards for their journey. We all have the opportunity to be everyday heroes. These women show us it is possible.

Blaine Jackson

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A Quote by Hannes on human rights and birthright of man

When the waters rise the fish eat the ants;
when the waters recede the ants eat the fish.

Hans Alfred Loeffler

Source: http://www.cambodia.org.nz/Cambodia.htm

Contributed by: Hannes

A Quote by David Bornstein on social enterprise, technology, information, environment, poverty, education, human rights, health, problems, and communication

The communications revolution has given millions of people both a wider and more detailed understanding of the world. Because of technology, ordinary citizens enjoy access to information that formerly was available only to elites and nation-states. One consequence of this change is that citizens have become acutely conscious of environmental destruction, entrenched poverty, health catastrophes, human rights abuses, failing education systems, and escalating violence. Another consequence is that people possess powerful communication tools to coordinate efforts to attack those problems.

David Bornstein

Source: How to Change the World : Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas , Pages: 7

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A Quote by Jimmy Carter on human rights, foreign policy, nationhood, soul, and jimmy carter

“Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.”

Jimmy Carter (1924 -)

Source: thinkexist.com

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