Today is Blog Action Day. This year's topic is human rights and the aim is to encourage bloggers from around the world to raise awareness about human rights by posting something about it. I posted a Blog Action Day badge in my left hand column last week. I hope you guys have been clicking on it.
But it doesn't just happen somewhere else. It happens in our own backyards too. Here in Canada I think of the plight of the poor and of Aboriginal people as two examples. In my province of Quebec, the government has come up with a Charter of Values that would forbid public employees from wearing religious and cultural artifacts in the workplace. This would include such items as kippas, turbans, burkas, hijabs and large crosses.
That's just plain silly. And it makes about as much sense as the following.
In one African nation, government officers wrap themselves in a cloak of invisibility while it tramples the human rights of their people. But I see through that.
Elsewhere, a Middle Eastern nation issues leather uniforms to their officers as Human Rights offences mount. But they can't hide from me.
Meanwhile, in a somewhat odd approach to force the population to bend to the will of the government enforcement officers' uniforms in another nation bear the digits 666 on the front and back. Ah, but I've got their number.
The issue of human rights violations is far more serious than my punny attempt at humour betrays. Think about it today. Visit the Blog Action Day website and see what other bloggers are saying. And leave your views in my comments.
In the meantime, take two and a half minutes to view this thoughtful video which summarizes the 30 articles of human rights...