December 10, Human Rights Day.

Within a few days it will be Saturday December the tenth. Traditionally that’s Human Rights Day. Promoted by the United Nations Human Rights Day is intended to let people think – if not more often than at least for that single day – about human rights issues. About how their governments work for human rights. Or how they do not.

This year the kickoff was given by Hillary Clinton at the United Nations in Geneva yesterday. A magnificent speech about LGBT (gay, bisexual and transgender) rights across the globe. It was a memorable and forceful speech in which she underlined the US devotion to human rights.

Of course she didn’t talk about the prisoners as Guantanamo Bay.

Tomorrow the European Committee in Brussels organizes a special day on human rights in South Asia. And I will participate although it’s only one day before my departure to Nepal, India and the Bhutanese refugee camps. Tomorrow I will listen to a speech by Miss Anuradha Koirala, an amazing women from Nepal who started the Maiti Nepal organization battling the trafficking of children and women from Nepal to India. She is very special, CNN hero of the year and an inspiration for me.

But I will not travel alone. There’s a whole group leaving from The Hague to Brussels. Including a committee from the Bhutanese community with the purpose of advocating the case of the Bhutanese exiles. I will join in, film the day and hopefully get the opportunity to advocate for setting up an international monitoring team in Nepal to report on problems, issues and progress of both the registration and resettlement processes of the Bhutanese refuges. I hope that this will prove to be another step to true advocacy for these people.

Alice © 2011

One thought on “December 10, Human Rights Day.

  1. Hoi Alice,
    We hopen dat je dit leest. We denken aan je.
    Anita en ik zitten op je site te kijken, want we zijn nieuwsgierig hoe het met je gaat. Mimi mist je erg, ze miauwt de hele dag. Ilona heeft ook, maar even wat voer ingeslagen, want er was niets in huis.Het Is wel een beetje zielig voor Mimi, want Ilona is ook veel weg, Ze heeft in ieder geval te eten en de kattenbak wordt verschoond. Hopen dat het heel goed met je gaat en dat je veel plezier hebt. Wij gaan er hier een gezellige kerst van maken met veel lekker eten en gezellige mensen. Kom weer veilig terug. Kijk uit met al die vrouwen daar. Straks zit je misschien met een gebroken hart en we willen dat je met een blij hart weer terugkomt en mooie verhalen. dat zal wel lukken. Harteijke groeten en knuffels.Ook voor Evelien.

    Anita en Ilona

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