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The Right to be Human: Human Rights Organizations that work

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 […]

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Murder through the Centuries: Infamous Killers in Recent Times

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Crying Wolf Truthfully: Tips on Filing an Amber Alert

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No Room for Discrimination: Reporting Discrimination as you see it

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The People in your Neighborhood: Doing Accurate Background Research

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The Right to be Human: Human Rights Organizations that work

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 […]

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Murder through the Centuries: Infamous Killers in Recent Times

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Crying Wolf Truthfully: Tips on Filing an Amber Alert

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No Room for Discrimination: Reporting Discrimination as you see it

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The Right to be Human: Human Rights Organizations that work

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 […]

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Murder through the Centuries: Infamous Killers in Recent Times

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Crying Wolf Truthfully: Tips on Filing an Amber Alert

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No Room for Discrimination: Reporting Discrimination as you see it

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The Right to be Human: Human Rights Organizations that work

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.

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Murder through the Centuries: Infamous Killers in Recent Times

What goes on inside the mind of a killer? No one knows, but it’s no secret that humanity has the capacity for two things—as much as they have the capacity for great evil, they can counter it with an even greater good. Some, however, just don’t have it in them to do the right thing.

These men went the other way. When people would rather help, they took, they pillaged, and they struck fear in the hearts of both normal people and lawmakers alike.

The Ripper of Craigslist

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People have taken to Craigslist because it’s a readily available market of information. They could find what they needed there; this killer, however, found unwilling victims were abundant in the online directory. The killer has 17 women to his name and most of them reminiscent of the London Ripper’s victims—many were either involved or willing to work in the sex trade.

Doctor Death

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Harold Shipman started young. He was supposed to be saving lives, but instead, he took great pleasure in killing them. He was put away for 15 proven murders but it is speculated that the number was nearer 250. He used diamorphine for his patients, and then modified their medical records to indicate they were under the spell of death. He escaped by suicide.

Shooter in Phoenix

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A killer who was only recently famous, this ‘shooter’ was dubbed the ‘Serial Street Shooter’. He was responsible for 7 kills while wounding 2. The victims’ ages ranged from their late teens up into the early 60s. His weapon of choice was a semi-automatic handgun and he always chose to commit his crime under the cover of darkness—he killed at night.

Daytona Ripper

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This killer had a fetish for women. It was during 2005-2007 when he was active in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. His target were likely prostitutes and he has anywhere between 4 to 7 women to his name. His tactic was classic—lured them into a car purported to be a Mercury Sable or a Ford Taurus then shot them execution-style. A single shot to the head with a .40 caliber.

Crime Beat Reporter turned Real-life Criminal

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Vlado Taneski was a reported who went in too deep in his research—his articles were so strangely accurate, and the articles he wrote—of three elderly women raped and murdered—became so detailed. These victims were poor, uneducated, and the common theme between them was they knew his mother. He also killed himself in prison while in the process of being interrogated for a fourth murder.

Like in the movies, these people did terrible things, although ‘great’ is not a word used to describe their deeds. You must be vigilant enough to spot people who are lurking in your neighborhood with the capacity for harm such as them.

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Crying Wolf Truthfully: Tips on Filing an Amber Alert

A missing child is something no one wants to see. What they are supposed to do—in a perfect world—is to play and just be children. That’s why when a child goes missing, everyone should be concerned. That’s what the ‘Amber Alert’ is for.

Not all missing cases are eligible for Amber Alerts, though. Here’s the right time to call it such and report it to the authorities.

A confirmed abduction. It’s either you were a witness of the abduction or someone from the law enforces the notion that the child has been abducted. If this is the case, then you should create an Amber Alert. The case will be reviewed, but once there is enough evidence to call it abduction, the Amber Alert is in effect.

About 17 or younger. Amber Alerts are reserved only for children. Children, in this case, means the missing person should only be as old as 17. Anyone younger than that is fine enough to be reported under an Amber Alert. It’s a different although equally serious case if the person missing and in threat of danger is older than 17.

Danger or harm has been confirmed. You can confirm that the person missing is in grave danger or someone can say that they were in danger the moment they went missing. This is one of the criteria where a missing child can be reported as an Amber Alert. Once this is confirmed, by all means, be quick about creating the report.

Proof of abduction is available. Have you seen any suspicious characters in the area the day the child went missing? Is there anyone else who knows who could’ve abducted them? An Amber Alert is needed if there is proof that they didn’t just run away or went missing on their own, but someone else was involved in why they are missing.

A data entry into the databanks. Once the report is made, the information should be placed under the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databanks. It should be complete; information about the abduction of the child should be entered and classified under child abduction. These details will be used by federal, state, and local agencies, so be sure to make the entry as detailed as possible.

Anyone wouldn’t want their child, loved one, or the friends of their children to be reported under the Amber Alert tag. Be sure to coordinate with the local authorities in case of one and be extra vigilant in your area for suspicious persons.

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No Room for Discrimination: Reporting Discrimination as you see it

Discrimination can happen anywhere. It can happen on the street as you’re walking. It can also happen in the workplace between co-workers. It can happen on your daily commute, just like in the case of Rosa Parks all those years ago. In a truly global society, discrimination by race, age, gender, or social status just doesn’t have any room.

If you or someone you know is suffering from discrimination, you should take action.

Confront those who discriminate. It’s best to let the person know that you’re not going to take his or her discrimination sitting down. However, you also need to keep a cool, calm, level head when you’re talking to them. Don’t bully them, but let them know that you’re taking the discrimination seriously too.

Tell the authorities about it. If you feel like you can’t take action against the discrimination, report it to the authorities. They’re in a better position to act on it, after all; they will find the right avenue to address it and they should take action, after all.

Contact the federal government. If the act of discrimination is something being done not by a person, but by a group, it’s best to leave it to higher authorities. The federal government usually steps in to address it when a group commits a collective act of discrimination against a person or group of people.

Make a record of the event. If you intend to report it or take it somewhere legal, you can jot it down. It can be used in a case if you need it. You can also create a diary entry of events in the same way you would create a diary for events that occurred in your day.

Bring the case to the courts. Diary or not, if the discrimination is something you can’t resolve alone or with only a few people, you can make a case out of it. Bring the discrimination to the courts; with evidence, it just won’t stand a chance.

Seek advice. Unsure whether to report the case of discrimination or resolve it on your own? Seek advice from people who may know how to deal with it. If it’s a widespread problem, you can also report it to organizations like the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Never take discrimination lightly. They say that evil triumphs because good men do nothing. In the case of such adversity, people must take action against inequality.

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The People in your Neighborhood: Doing Accurate Background Research

Our choice of place to live in is weighed in quite a few areas. You would love a good location. You’re going to love it even more if it is an ideal place that fits your description of a good home. However, the description of a good home surely wouldn’t include a place that’s violent or a bad neighborhood.

It’s obvious that we want a place that’s safe to raise our family in. Here’s what you should do before settling into a neighborhood.

Going to the Web

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Almost everything can be found on the Internet these days; this includes information about a particular neighborhood where your dream home is located. For a summary of what the neighborhood may be like, the FBI-backed Bureau of Justice Statistics and City-Data are a compendium of what may be right or wrong in that part of town.

Contact the cops

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Go a little deeper into your due diligence and schedule a visit at the police office that monitors the neighborhood. If anyone has in-depth knowledge of what it’s like to live there on a daily basis, it would be them. They might also have a record of people you’d want to avoid while living there.

The kind of people

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Speaking of people, the neighborhoods in the US are covered by a census; it’s been that way since the first one was conducted in 1790. It’s been done every ten years since then and the latest was conducted in 2010. You’re sure to find the people who’ll become your neighbors in there.

The structures near it

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Would you prefer a neighborhood where you can stroll down to the grocery store or the pizza parlor? Your due diligence should include an ocular inspection of what it’s like to walk in that neighborhood. For this, apps like Walk Score or Bike Score (for bikers) are good tools to use. You’ll find out which parks or stores are near where you’re going to live.

The public transportation

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Most important of all is the public transportation. If you don’t have your own car, you should have at least a good access to places where the bus stop or train stations (light rail included). For this, an app like Transit Score is the perfect partner. It rates these places of public transportation and will help you also decide whether it’s time to buy a car already or not yet.

There’s no perfect neighborhood but the one that exists in our minds. However, with the right people, low level of crime, and places to visit, it could very well become home for you and your family.

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Human Rights and You: Your Basic Human Rights

Human Rights—these are laws that exist that surpasses even the basic laws of people as citizens of their respective countries. There are countries that dispel of these rights, and they are countries that are problems of big governments like the US and most European countries.

Since the advent of civilized times, people have been governed by these rights. Here are some basic rights you should live by.

The Right to Equality

It goes without saying that people should be equal. No one should be above anyone and that includes even presidents or kings. At the end of the day, we’re all the same people living on a planet called Earth. If someone asserts themselves as higher than you are, then by all means, you are free to assert this right.

The Right to Freedom from Discrimination

Discrimination comes in many forms. The most prevalent may be racial discrimination; even then, you can be discriminated from something as simple as your choice of music to more complex choices like your gender or your status in life. There’s a right against this and no one is free to go and style themselves better than you on basis of their discrimination.

The Right to Freedom from Slavery

Slavery is an outdated form of styling one’s self as master over men; in the past, people have fought wars over it and entire kingdoms have been overthrown because of it. If this can’t show you that slavery is bad, then nothing else will. That aside you should obviously know that no one is above anyone in a civilized society.

The Right to Equality before the Law

If you’re a king, a prince, or a president, there may be governing laws in countries placed to make you immune from suit, but that doesn’t mean that you’re above the basic right of equality before the courts. It’s a human right that everyone has and it should apply to everyone, no matter if you’re a prince or a pauper begging on the streets.

The Right to a Nationality

No person should be allowed to exist without a country. You may be born in one place and then live in another country and that makes you a citizen of two countries—that also is your right, according to whatever law it is in that country. But no one should exist as a person devoid of allegiance or affinity to any existing country.

There are many other human rights, but it’s all basically pointing toward one point—we are not black, white, Hispanic, or Asian. We’re all humans breathing the same air, living on the same planet, and with equal rights as the other.

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Know your Rules: How to Access Public Records

Acquiring access to public records—records that have since been de-classified by the government or otherwise—isn’t that easy to do. You’re going to have to prove the need to look at it and you’re going to have to convince the record keepers about the legitimacy of your need.

Not to worry; there are a few things you can do to get access, although you’re going to need to be in an agency or have a legal need to look into those records.

Snoop around your agency

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Is the agency you’re getting information from covered by the statute of freedom of information? You should be aware of the law and its governing limitations. There are agencies that haven’t been covered by the law. Perhaps, a quick look at what is being covered by the law would help you figuring out whether you’re doing the right thing or not.

Don’t be too overzealous

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You can invoke the law, by all means. You can use it to have your way and take a look at whatever record it is that you need to see. Don’t forget, however, to be straightforward in what you’re going to do. Tell them what it is you need to see and why you need to see it; otherwise, you could end up being smart for absolutely nothing and look foolish doing so.

Don’t forget the statute

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In this request, always include the statute. While such a request can be made without including the statute, by doing so, you’re making it into a legal document that enforces a legal cooperation between you and the agency. It wouldn’t be so easy for them to stop you from accessing the information.

Invoke your right to information

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Such information can be incriminating or destructive; if it’s your first time asking for information from a certain agency or place, the clerks there will do all kinds of trivial actions to delay. You knowledge of the law regarding this—updated or not—may counter them from making such actions.

Getting a written form of denial

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If the agency denies you, it is important that you get such denial into writing. This makes it legal as well and you could read it to see which loopholes you can bypass or if they are simply delaying you. If the reasons are valid, however, the problem becomes yours; you’ll have no choice but to follow their denial of your request.

Having knowledge of the law and the right to freedom of information are good to have in the pursuit of knowing public records. However, always keep within the law, as much as the agency you’re talking to is obliged to abide by it.

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No Room for Discrimination: Removing Discrimination from the Workplace

Discrimination of all forms should have been abolished, but for some reason, it still persists in some forms. It isn’t right, especially if we’re going to treat each other like equals as we should. Here are some ways in which you can do your own part to put a stop to discrimination.

Study the Law/ one of the best ways to keep discrimination away is to be educated about it. This includes not only the law, but the forms in which it exist. Race is not the only thing people can discriminate about.

Educate your co-workers about it/ education stands as the single-most greatest weapon against ignorance. To stop people from being ignorant about discrimination, educate them about its forms and the law against it.

Include anti-discrimination as a standard/ in your workplace or if you’re a student, you should enforce anti-discrimination as one of the standards. You should suggest it if it isn’t a standard just yet.

Don’t be afraid to assert the right thing to do/ you should be steadfast and do not be worried if you’re in the right. Sometimes, this is a big reason why people ignore blatant shows of discrimination. Be steadfast behind your reason, but don’t confront.

Look into complaints of discrimination/ any standing complaints of discrimination should be looked into. You never know whether it’s a cry for help or just a cry for attention. You also never know whether you already need to take action or not yet.

Always remind people of anti-discrimination/ people need reminding from time to time that discrimination is not right. If they’re forgetting, remind them of the right things to do. It’s just as simple as that.

If people are pro-active in recognizing each other’s rights, perhaps the world would be a better place to live in. Be active always in reminding each and every one of the wrongs of discrimination and its immediate abolishment, if it’s present.

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For the Record: Limited Access to Public Records

What is a public record?

People should realize the importance and the definition of it. A public record is information stored by the government—you, as a citizen, havethe right to view it if you have need of it. No one should be denied access of it except for the reason that the person asking for it has no business in reviewing the document.

With this, you should be reminded of how you should deal with public records.

Restricted access//

Despite the availability of public records for viewing, know that there are still certain caveats to it. Quite a few states and some county governments withhold public records from online view. The amount of those agencies sums up to about 25% or more.

For a fee, of course//

You shouldn’t expect the government to give up records so easily. There is still sensitive information available in those files and most of them have upkeeps to be maintained. Therefore, you should be prepared to pay a certain fee for some records, while some may be free.

Anyone in particular//

The names available in these public records are, at best, just common names. No identifying marks of any kind will separate a name from another. If you’re in need of a particular person, you’ll just have to head straight for the source or review from a paid public record repository.

Cannot be clear//

At best, the information available—when viewing through access sites—is basic. This means that you should go through other means to look through records. If you simply have to look at it, use the access sites as an entry way to pinpoint the records that you need.

The search for public records is a complicated and taxing chore. However, in the pursuit of truth, it’s a great tool to have if you’re searching for something or someone.

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