Monday, May 05, 2008
Bloggers Unite For Hope-Human Rights
BlogCatalog.com, the fastest-growing social network for bloggers on the Internet, is partnering with Amnesty International, a worldwide movement that campaigns for internationally recognized human rights, to expand a global social awareness campaign for human rights by launching a major initiative on May 15.
Sadly Jamaica is at the top of the amnesty list for abuse to the gay community. I have long took a stance in my mind that this is wrong. I feel that to kill someone for their sexual preference is likened to killing someone (or persecuting them) for their belief. However, now more then the crimes committed against the gay community is basic crimes against "humanity."
This was quoted from an article at the Amnesty international website, "Jamaicans face challenges that are replicated among many of the world's nations, especially in the developing world. In 2007, the Human Development Index published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) ranked Jamaica 101 out of 177 countries, situating the country in the medium Human Development category and on the lower end (second to Haiti) in the Caribbean. Crime and violence occur there at perennially alarming levels. Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the right to life, warrants special mention. The year 2005 was particularly deadly with 1650 homicides (a rate of 63 per 100,000), and was followed by 1300 in 2006 and over 1500 in 2007."
So on May 15th I will be joining other bloggers in uniting for basic human rights for individuals in Jamaica. I am asking all my fellow Jamaican brothers and sisters to take up the plight as well. Please join me in this request.
Fellow Jamaican bloggers I will be sending this request to are: