As many of you must already know, December 10 is acknowledged as the Human Rights Day throughout the world. The Universal Declaration on Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly on this date in 1948.
Quoting from the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:
This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.
In 2014 the message from Human Rights 365 is unequivocal: the UN Human Rights Office stands by its mandate and stands with the millions of men and women globally, who risk their all for human rights.
Since human rights are trampled upon in the war-torn, conflicted and autocratic areas of the world, I urge you to write a haiku or tanka or both to give words to why you think human rights are important, how they are ignored, and what all should be done for the propagation and widespread attention towards the importance of Human Rights.
Every person is entitled to certain basic rights to live, to consumption of safe food and drinking water, to security, to health, and to peace. In order to give power to your words, you can also use a haiga or a video haiku or tanka for sharing your thoughts.
You might find it quite unconventional of me to use such topics as social issues and human rights for haiku prompts, but I have realized that nature and spirituality are much related to the happenings of the world and the environment and society that we live in. Before attaining spiritual thought, we have to fight the discord after all.
What to do next?
1. Publish a post with your haiku or tanka if you have a blog. If you haven’t got a blog, you can share them in the comments down below. In case you have published a post, you can submit its link in the linking widget.
2. After you have made the post, take some of your time and visit the links of other participants. This is how we learn and improvise. Return again at the end of the week if you have made your post during the weekdays because there would be new links to visit, which would help us all to make connections and develop the feeling of community and togetherness in our adventure every week. Even if you can’t take out the time to visit all the links, then visit at least the link shared before or after you and offer your feedback and develop comradeship with that person.
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