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This report is the culmination of a 10 month investigation
of alleged Chinese cyber spying against Tibetan institutions.
It documents a vast suspected cyber espionage network of over 1,295 infected computers in 103 countries, referred to in the report as GhostNet.
Close to 30% of the infected hosts are considered high-value political and economic targets,
and include computers located at ministries of foreign affairs, embassies,
international organizations, news media, and NGOs.
The capabilities of the attack tools used by the GhostNet
system were far-reaching, and include the ability to retrieve documents,
and turn on web cameras and audio systems. The investigation was able to conclude
that Tibetan computer systems were compromised by multiple infections that gave attackers
unprecedented access to potentially sensitive information, including
documents from the private office of the Dalai Lama.
Read more


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If you ever needed a reason not to buy imports from China this is a good reason!Crisis in Burma and Darfur! Among the hundreds of others. They have the ability to influence the crisis in Burma,Darfur,and the health and well being of people and the planet and so do you! Check the label before you buy it.Find out whats behind that corporate fashion label your sporting? Find out where it is made?
Chances are your dollars are directly supporting oppressive governments such as China ,Corporate greed that is directly connected to to the destruction of the planet and humanity, poor working conditions and numerous other inhumane conditions around the world, for Shit we don't even need!It may look good but chances are the label tells a story of oppression and destruction from somewhere in the world! Think before you buy! Become involved,It's your world It's your money, and you do have an impact! Especially now that they will be hosting the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing China your influence is even greater! Spread the word!Speak out in honor of those around the world who don't have freedom of speech.Share what you have ,shop at thrift stores,build community!Grow food.Take back the planet for a sustainable future!



The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


(other language versions | Human Rights Day 10 December | 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948


On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other

educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

PREAMBLE
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations, Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Article 2.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.

(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14.
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property. Article 18.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 27.

(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Article 28.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.

Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.


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The violence in Darfur is getting worse. More than 80,000 Darfurians have been displaced in recent months and increased fighting has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

We cannot let China turn away from the genocide in Darfur. China must use its influence to pressure the Sudanese government to stop the violence.

Click here to tell Liu Guijin, China's "special representative to the Darfur issue," to use his power to help deploy UNAMID peacekeepers and end the genocide before more lives are lost.

As a member of the UN Security Council, China has enormous leverage over the peacekeeping mission. However, instead of using its leverage to advance peace, China continues to defend Sudan's interests, expand trade, and bolster the Sudanese government's military capacity.

We can't be fooled by the aggressive propaganda campaign launched by China in advance of the 2008 Olympics. While China has made a few modest steps forward, these efforts have not improved conditions in Darfur.

China's "special representative on the Darfur issue," Liu Guijin, must do everything in his power to push the Sudanese government to allow the swift, full and effective deployment of the UNAMID peacekeeping force. Click here to send a message to Liu Guijin today.

Thank you for your continued work on behalf of the people of Darfur.

Save Darfur Coalition



At what point does freedom become pointless? When those who have it become complacent!
How can it possibly be acceptable to go to the summer Olympics as a spectator, participate as an athlete or be a sponsor of the games in a country that so overtly violates the basic humane rights of people so openly and violently? Speak up ,Speak out, don't participate in silence ,his/herstory calls upon you to use this opportunity to make a difference! Will your participation be tarnished in blood and oppression or courage and hope It's not just a game It's peoples lives.
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China Rights Activist to Go to Prison

By Associated Press
4:51 AM EDT, March 24, 2008

BEIJING - A Chinese activist who circulated an open letter titled, "We want human rights, not the Olympics," was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, a court official said.
Court security shocked Yang Chunlin repeatedly with electric batons after the 20-minute hearing when he tried to speak with family members, the China-based Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch said in a statement.
Yang had been convicted of subverting the power of the state, a charge that authorities commonly use to clamp down on opposition activists. His trial was the latest in a series of similar cases as China's leaders try to stifle dissent in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, which start in August.
Yang had gathered more than 10,000 signatures, mostly from farmers, for the petition that pushed for greater protections for human rights ahead of the Olympics that begin Aug. 8.


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The Diane Rehm Show
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The Chinese government crackdown on Tibetan protesters in Lhasa have brought renewed scrutiny of China's human rights record and the unresolved question over Tibet's political future. Our guests will discuss the events there this past week and their impact on the upcoming Olympic games in Beijing.
Guests
Bhuchung Tsering, A native of Tibet, Bhuchung Tsering fled to India with his family in 1960. He is currently vice president for special programs, overseeing Chinese outreach and Tibetan empowerment programs at the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, DC
Steve Marshall, senior adviser to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Simon Elegant, Beijing Bureau Chief, Time Magazine
T. Kumar, advocacy director for Asia and the Pacific region at Amnesty International USA