Monday, June 8, 2009

Human Rights Issues & News 6/8/09

Awareness is key to our survival...

1)Laura Ling & Euna Lee

The North Korean government released information at about 1am eastern standard time this morning that Laura Ling & Euna Lee received a sentence of 12 years of labor prison for undisclosed "crimes against the state." What a load of horse bull! It appears that the North Korean government is using these women as pawns in their pursuit of nuclear arms and so forth. I know that this is all part of the diplomacy game, but that doesn't make it right. These women are human beings and deserve to be treated as such. On top of everything else, Al Gore seems strangely silent regarding his two employees. Yes, these two women work for him at Current TV. It amazes me that this has not had more attention. Citizens should be screaming from the Atlantic to the Pacific. I don't know about anyone else, but I will be calling and emailing people in our government and in the United Nations tomorrow. Something must be done. This situation is akind to a hostage situation. North Korea has taken two of our citizens. We want them back!

2)websites of note

Op-Ed: "Don't fall for North Korea's Trap"

Incidence of Rape in Democratic Republic of Congo Soaring

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Right-wing’s hijacking of ‘racism’ unfunny

Victims of trafficking need more than words

Lakhdar Boumediene: I was tortured at Guantanamo

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