Union of youth against Sectarianism and bigotry

http://u-y-a-s-b.bebo.com

A friend sent me the above link. It is an excellent idea.

brothers and sisters,
in september 2006 a group of young men from socialist and unionist mindsets formed the union of youth against sectarianism and bigotry,
we as a group feel that the centuries old divide between republicans and unionists, catholics and protestants needs to end and end now.
we as a group support the re-instatement of the northern ireland assembly at stormont castle, the move for equality, peace and justice in N.I. and the full co-operation of all sides in a fully working society

This is a good cause and should be supported. You can also become a groupie for them. Their bebo band url is http://UYASB.bebo.com

Steve

Irrepressible.info



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.

ACTIONS:
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.

For more info click here (Original French)

June: Bloggers Against Torture!

Well this June is Toture Awareness Month, if you notice there is a blogoll in the sidebar of bloggers against torture. Torture is high on the international agenda again with USA under huge pressure to close Guantanamo and accusations of rendition flights in which 14 EU states, including Ireland , are implicate in a Council of Europe Report. More info can be found here and here

Bebo Profile – excellent idea




I was just looking at the bebo homepage and i noticed the first link. Its a NSPCC and Childline profile on sexual abuse. I think its a fantastic idea and well done to bebo for facillitating it as it makes people more aware of the work done by the NSPCC and Childine two excellent services to children!

Check it out http://donthideit.bebo.com

Did you know sexual abuse isn’t just when you’re forced to have sex? It can be when you’re touched in a way you don’t like or when you’re made to look at sexual pictures or videos. In fact it’s anything sexual that makes you feel uncomfortable and which you think is wrong.

It can happen anywhere, to anyone, even those you least expect. The chances are it will never happen to you, but if it does, you’re not alone. There’s no need to put on a brave face. You don’t need to hide it any more.

IDAHO – International Day Against Homophobia


Towards an international recognition of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans People

“According to an opinion widely held, homosexuality is said to be freer today than ever before. It is present and visible everywhere: in the street, in the newspapers, on television, at the movies. It is even supposedly completely accepted, judging by the recent legislative advances made in many countries for the recognition of same sex couples. Certainly, some work remains necessary in order to eradicate the last vestiges of discrimination. But with changing public opinion, it will only be, according to some people, a matter of time, the time needed for a movement begun many decades earlier to achieve its goals.

“For the slightly more attentive observer, the situation is globally very different. To tell the truth, the 20th century has undoubtedly been the most violently homophobic period of history: deportation to concentration camps under the Nazi regime, Soviet gulags, blackmail and persecution in the United States in the McCarthy era… Obviously, all of that can seem very distant to us now. But quite often living conditions in the world today remain very unfavorable. Homosexuality is discriminated against everywhere: in at least 80 countries, homosexual acts are forbidden by law (Algeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Bosnia…)

read on here

Sign the petition

‘Talk’ YFG Anti-Suicide Campaign launched in Cork


The Cork City Branch of Young Fine Gael (YFG) recently launched their ‘Talk’ campaign in Cork City. The ‘Talk’ campaign us a campaign to raise awareness of mental health problems and remove the stigma surrounding them in Ireland. The stigma that surrounds mental health problems makes it difficult for some people to seek help or discuss their problems with friends. This causes further problems for people and can lead to many more problems such as; alcoholism, drug addiction or attempt to commit suicide.

Suicide is a major problem in Ireland. Every 45 minutes, the time it takes to watch half a soccer match, someone in Ireland aged between 16 and 25 attempts suicide. This is a shocking statistic and something must be done.

When the current Government came to power in 1997 they commissioned a report into the problems of youth suicide in Ireland. This report made a number of recommendations to try and solve the problem of youth suicide. The Government has yet to implement any of the recommendations made in this report.

YFG is calling for the problems of mental health and youth suicide in Ireland to be tackled competently by the Government by implementing recommendations in current reports and increasing the mental health budget which has decreased over the past number of years in comparison to the overall health budget.