Bloggers Unite For Human Rights

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Tens of thousands of bloggers from all over the world will write about human rights on Thursday, May 15, as part of Bloggers Unite For Human Rights campaign.

In many cases, the first step to ensuring human rights is to help broaden everyone's understanding of why all people were born with inalienable human rights -- life, liberty, and justice -- and that neither governments nor corporations have the authority to supersede these rights.

Tens of thousands of bloggers from all over the world will write about human rights on Thursday, May 15, as part of Bloggers Unite For Human Rights, a campaign that recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and drawing attention to reported and unreported human rights violations all over the world.

The campaign is being spearheaded by the members of BlogCatalog.com, the fastest-growing social network for bloggers on the Internet, with organizational support by BlogCatalog.com; Copywrite, Ink., a strategic communication and writing services company; and Amnesty International USA, a worldwide movement that campaigns for internationally recognized human rights.

"Amnesty International is thrilled to be a part of Bloggers Unite for Human Rights," said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA. "Bloggers Unite for Human Rights is a great way to harness the power of the Internet to make the world a better place."

Amnesty International is promoting the event to hundreds of thousands of members and providing source material for bloggers related to: the wrongful imprisonment of journalist Shi Tao in China; the illegal detentions at Guantanamo Bay; and the continuing murder, rape, abduction and displacement of citizens in Darfur, Sudan.

"With so many members from all over the world, we anticipate many bloggers will cover these issues and may even bring to light human rights abuses that no one has ever considered before," says Antony Berkman, president of BlogCatalog.com. "In many cases, the first step to ensuring human rights is to help broaden everyone's understanding of why all people were born with inalienable human rights -- life, liberty, and justice -- and that neither governments nor corporations have the authority to supersede these rights."

On May 15, bloggers and members of the media are asked to help make human rights the dominant issue on the Internet. Non-bloggers are asked to leave supportive comments on participating blogs; take action by writing their congressmen about various human rights issues; and support the continuing efforts of Amnesty International.

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights is the fourth social awareness campaign launched by BlogCatalog members in the last year. When BlogCatalog members were asked what they wanted to focus on for the May 15 campaign, they overwhelming chose human rights. For more information about the campaign or highlights from past campaigns, visit http://unite.blogcatalog.com/.

Since 1961, Amnesty International members have worked to stop the abuse of internationally recognized human rights in over 150 countries and territories and in every region of the world. Visit http://www.amnestyusa.org for more information. Amnesty International USA has also set up a Facebook event (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=37370045252) with specific actions for consideration.

Since 2007, BlogCatalog.com has evolved from a blog directory into a member-driven online community for bloggers. More than 100,000 approved bloggers interact on BlogCatalog every day.

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