May 26, 2004

Worst in 50 years!

Here's the first paragraph of Amnesty International's annual report for 2004 as they declare human rights climate to be 'worst in 50 years':

"Huge challenges confronted the international human rights movement in 2003. The UN faced a crisis of legitimacy and credibility because of the US-led war on Iraq and the organization's inability to hold states to account for gross human rights violations. International human rights standards continued to be flouted in the name of the "war on terror", resulting in thousands of women and men suffering unlawful detention, unfair trial and torture often solely because of their ethnic or religious background. Around the world, more than a billion people's lives were ruined by extreme poverty and social injustice while governments continued to spend freely on arms."

Posted by Pedram at May 26, 2004 08:49 AM


Posted by: Kelly at May 26, 2004 11:12 PM

Wouldn't it be so easy to become cynical and think that no matter what we do, this world is not going to change for the better? But that's a trap we shouldn't fall into; there's a lot we can do. The other day Pedram posed a question to the readers of this weblog: Are you doing all you can? That made at least me do some serious thinking and, as a consequence, I decided to stop being so passive and lend a helping hand where I can. So, Pedram, and everybody else, continue shaking people with a sleepy conscience. Prove wrong the fellow who claimed here some days ago that blogs like this are futile.

My best to all of you from east of Sweden,


Posted by: Tarja from Finland at May 27, 2004 02:18 AM

Wow! That is one powerful statement and paragraph. Makes you want to end it with "Nothing further needed. The prosecution rests it's case".

Also as powerful is Tarja's comment. I'm inspired.

Posted by: Charlene at May 27, 2004 06:44 AM

The reaction of American government to Amnesty International reminds me of both Shah and Islamic Republic government's reactions to AI whenever they were criticized for their human rights' abuses. The American government said the report is false, and America is a "leader" in human rights.

The US is becoming more and more like a third world dictatorship every day. Read this one:
This is one of the first legal steps towards making ordinary people "informants" for the police. Paying people for informing the police about parties? What is the next step? Doesn't it remind you of somewhere?

Posted by: The Other at May 27, 2004 09:13 AM

Screw Amnesty International!! Leftists/Communists.

Posted by: at May 28, 2004 05:57 AM

If it wasnt for Amnesty's ficticious, overblown garbage in the 70s then, the world would be a better place today.

Posted by: Mast at May 28, 2004 08:56 AM

In Farsi, "Mast" means drunk.

What a meaningful name you chose for yourself Mast.

Posted by: Another Iranian Student at May 28, 2004 09:04 AM

سلام وبلاگ قشنگي داري به ما هم سر بزنم

Posted by: mahmood at May 28, 2004 09:28 AM

He/She is not only drunk, but also suffers from obvious hallucinations by living in a ficticious memory of the glorious imperial "Persia".

Posted by: irooni at May 28, 2004 10:19 AM

What a bunch of losers we have here. You guys deserve the Islamic Republic. In fact its too good for you. By the way , what happened to the picture of that slap head at the top of the page?No wonder the ratings have gone down! Bring back the slap head!!

Posted by: Mast at May 28, 2004 10:43 AM

what ratings have gone down?

Posted by: Nasser at May 29, 2004 12:34 AM

I agree with Mast. That's very, very true indeed.

Posted by: at May 30, 2004 01:36 PM

Of course you do. If we didn't have people who'd agree with Mast, we'd all be in much better shape right now.

Posted by: Roya at May 31, 2004 04:15 PM

Yeah! in the shape of taliban maybe ...

Posted by: at June 1, 2004 08:21 AM

How true you are......

Posted by: at June 1, 2004 09:47 AM