Posts Tagged 'human rights'

CFI London

On Friday I attended the official opening for the Center for Inquiry‘s new educational centre in London. The new CFI London has taken up residence in Conway Hall which has a long history of humanism having been established by the South Place Ethical Society. The CFI London is a welcome addition to its still very much active humanist community.

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Guantanamo Bay

Six years ago today the first detainees were sent to the U.S. military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. Of the 775 detainees that have been held there since January 11th 2002 not a single one has been put on trial. Today international protests asking for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and an end to illegal detention took place in London, Belfast, Edinburgh, Washington, Tokyo, Manila, Sydney and Stockholm. There are grave concerns about the human rights and welfare of those detained as well as fear that they may not be given fair trials.

For more information and/or suggestions as to what you can do, take a look at articles from Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Watch, The National Guantanamo Coalition and Wikipedia.

Human Rights Day!

Happy Human Rights Day everyone!

On 10th December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950 the General Assembly invited all states and interested organisations to celebrate this day, and the International Humanist and Ethical Union endorses it as an official day of Humanist celebration. It’s probably a bit late to start organising if you don’t have something planned already, but if you can, maybe treat yourself and a friend, colleague or family member to some cake or something in honour of both the rights and the way that people can work together to create something good and meaningful for all of us. There’s also a poster of the Human Rights Declaration available from the Amnesty International UK shop which is really attractive and stylish.

Best wishes to everyone!