Freedom is a basic right of all the people in the world, but it is also included in a person’s rights. A collection of these—and ones that surpass whatever government is ruling a country—are called human rights. These govern the people of the world and protect them against any form of persecution. All countries try […]
Freedom is a basic right of all the people in the world, but it is also included in a person’s rights. A collection of these—and ones that surpass whatever government is ruling a country—are called human rights. These govern the people of the world and protect them against any form of persecution.
All countries try to follow these as much as they can. Some groups, however, took it upon themselves to create a way to preserve their rights.
US Program of Human Rights Watch
A non-government organization, theyare like a watchdog; whenever they hear of a human right violation committed by the government, they’re there to investigate and point out the problem. They choose no particular level—whether it’s from the local to the federal level; they’re there to call the President or the governor out on their mistakes.
All Burma Monks’ Alliance
Formed in Burma, this has got to be the bravest organization in the world. In 2007, they organized a protest that led to mass action; this is despite the threat of force or organized military action against them. They did flee Burma after the protests and eventually found their way to the US. Their fight is for a free, democratic, and equal Burma.
Soofia Asad Photography
Soofira Asad, a photographer from Karachi, Pakistan, made this organization with the aim of exposing the harrowing situation women—not only in Pakistan, but everywhere—face daily. She has worked tirelessly to expose the daily problems women in society face in the work place, on the streets, and, in some cases, even at home.
Nuclear World Project
At the risk of sounding like a Cold War reject, this organization is still relevant, as nations haven’t really walked away from the table of nuclear discussion. Their work is to expose the very real situation of nuclear proliferation still happening worldwide. The danger of nuclear fallout and a war using these weapons is still existent, and they feel a voice like theirs is needed.
Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia
Otherwise known as COSA, this organization was founded by Mickey and Anna Choothesa, a photographer and social worker, respectively. In this corridor of Asia, the threat of human trafficking and child exploitation is a common problem. The organization works tirelessly and one of their accomplishments is their COSA Thailand shelter which houses 15 young women who escaped trafficking.
Human rights organizations have one thing in common—where no one would speak, they would raise their voice under threat of violent silencing or persecution. It’s a well-needed trait in a seemingly insensitive world.