AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME
In a country where people face a variety of political issues, economic turmoil and social problems, it has always been a constant challenge for Amnesty International Philippines to harness the “power of the individual” to contribute significantly to make a difference in the lives of others.
AI Philippines believes that through individuals, it can take its message of hope for human rights to where it is as good as forgotten, to the most idyllic space to the most commonplace – the ride to and from work or school. AI Philippines is bringing its message back home.
“AI Philippines mobilizes from the broadest and most diversified groups of people. Inspired by hope for a better world and outraged by human rights abuses, two hundred people gathered here today in the name of human rights. It is people who make the human rights cause a strong force to reckon with.” Said Wilnor Papa, Campaign Coordinator, during his key note speech at the launching of Riders With A Cause: Small Places Tour
AI Philippines organized “Riders With A Cause: Small Places Tour Project” which aims to specifically celebrate the 60 Day Countdown to the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Together with partners, Pugad Lawin Philippines, Bagbaguin Cycling Club and District 1 Riders Club, the event was attended by 200 individuals from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Philippines Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and AI Philippines- NCR groups.
“2008 is a landmark year in the global campaign to make human rights a reality for all people, it marks 60 years since the birth of its most important document - the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) - adopted by UN member states on 10 December 1948.” Added Papa.
A series of public events nationwide will be held within the 60 days countdown to the 60th anniversary to bring the UDHR across the country.
“The UDHR preamble states that "(the declaration) be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally... without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories". This is what Amnesty International and its partners are doing.” Concluded Papa.
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