Control Arms!!!!

Lack of controls on the arms trade is fuelling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses worldwide. Every government is responsible. The Control Arms campaign is asking governments to toughen up controls on the arms trade.

After three years’ hard work by campaigners all around the world, the Control Arms Million Faces petition has now reached its target.

But we still need your support, to send a powerful, global message to the world’s governments, calling for an International Arms Trade Treaty.

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Some of you may have notices a new box on the right hand side of the blog. This is a campaign being run by Amnesty International on Press Censorship by Governments and Internet Corporations.

Irrepressible Adj.
1) Impossible to repress or control.

Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information.

The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments – with the help of some of the biggest IT companies in the world – are cracking down on freedom of expression.

Amnesty International, with the support of The Observer UK newspaper, is launching a campaign to show that online or offline the human voice and human rights are impossible to repress.

Sign the pledge on Internet freedom to call on all governments and companies to ensure the Internet is a force for political freedom, not repression.

Undermine censorship by publishing irrepressible fragments of censored material on your own site. The more people take part, the more we can defeat unwarranted censorship and create an unstoppable network of protest.

“That exists. Not here, but now.”

Amnesty International’s Swiss Scetion has launched a fabtastic campaign against torture.

With this campaign, Amnesty International wants to make people conscious owing to the fact that the human rights are daily violated, in many places on this planet. It is not a question of an abstraction but, for the people concerned, of a hard lived reality. Amnesty wants to sensitize the people living in Switzerland and to cause the discussion – but also to show at which point it is important to engage in favour of the human rights.

The central task of Amnesty International is to update, to count and make known publicly the violations of the human rights. It is only when many people know what occurs elsewhere, and that they engage together, that the human rights can effectively be protected.

There are many forms of violations of the human rights and they occur in very diverse contexts. But there is a constant: in fact human beings are concerned. The principle of Amnesty International of bringing back the violations precisely, by checking their authenticity and with respect for the victims, also implies to name the things by their name. That means to show what really occurs. The posters show – apart from very rare exceptions – very recent photographs of press.

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