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December 10, 2008
WAWA Blog December 10, 2008: Human Rights Day UPDATED 3PM EST

On December 10, 2008 Human Rights Day will be celebrated globally to honor the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, of 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).


At UN headquarters in New York City, United States, the day is usually commemorated by high-level political conferences, meetings, cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues.


Might this year, pomp and circumstance be replaced with reflection that will lead to action, so that the leaders of nations and states-at LEAST those that claim to be Democracies- would actually become the change to make the words of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS reality in 2009:


UPDATE: Nobel Peace winner urges Obama to focus on Mideast

By DOUG MELLGREN and KARL RITTER, Associated Press Writers Doug Mellgren And Karl Ritter, Associated Press Writers

OSLO, Norway – Finnish mediator Martti Ahtisaari accepted this year's Nobel Peace Prize with a plea to President-elect Barack Obama: Start pressing for Middle East peace as soon as you can.

Receiving the coveted award in Oslo, the former Finnish president rejected the notion that "the Middle East knot can never be untied" and criticized world leaders — as well as the Israelis and Palestinians — for letting the violence continue.

"The international community and those in power are sitting there letting them destroy each other," Ahtisaari, 71, told The Associated Press in an interview before Wednesday's prize ceremony. "They are allowing both parties to make their lives in the future even more complicated and difficult than it is today."

He reiterated that call in his acceptance speech, with a special message to Obama.

"I do hope that the new president of the United States, who will be sworn in next month, will give high priority to the Middle East conflict during his first year in the office," he told dignitaries at Oslo's City Hall.

Obama has pledged to make progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a key diplomatic priority. He has called for a sustained push to achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state in Israel and a Palestinian state, that can exist in peace and security. He has also pledged to end the Iraq war and employ diplomacy more often than Bush.

Ahtisaari received this year's coveted Nobel Peace Prize for his three decades of peace work spanning three continents.

He was a senior Finnish diplomat when in 1977 he was named the U.N. envoy for Namibia, where guerrillas were battling South African apartheid rule. He later became undersecretary-general, and in 1988 was dispatched to Namibia to lead 8,000 U.N. peacekeepers during its transition to independence.

"No single diplomat did more than he did to deliver Namibia's independence," committee chairman Ole Danbolt Mjoes said.

After serving as Finnish president 1994-2000, Ahtisaari returned to peace efforts in Kosovo and in Indonesia, where he negotiated a 2005 peace deal between the government and Aceh rebels.

Ahtisaari, who founded the Crisis Management Initiative, a mediation group, has not sought a role in the Middle East, saying the process was already in good hands with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair mediating.

"It's difficult if you have too many cooks in the kitchen," he said.

By selecting Ahtisaari for the prize, the Nobel committee returned its focus to traditional peace work after tapping climate campaigner Al Gore and the U.N. panel on climate change last year.

In his speech, Ahtisaari insisted that wars and conflicts are not inevitable.

"Peace is a question of will. All conflicts can be settled and there are no excuses for allowing them to become eternal," he said.

He also warned the global financial crisis would strike hard at the developing world, and urged governments to not cut back on foreign aid.

The peace prize ceremony was in Oslo, while the Nobel awards in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and economics were presented in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, in line with the 1895 will of prize founder Alfred Nobel.

U.S. economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman accepted the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of how economies of scale can affect international trade patterns.

The medicine prize cited French researchers Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, in 1983. They shared the award with Germany's Harald zur Hausen, who was honored for finding viruses that cause cervical cancer.

Japan's Osamu Shimomura and Americans Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien shared the chemistry prize for discovering and developing a fluorescent protein, while Japanese scientists Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa split the physics award with American Yoichiro Nambu for research on the smallest particles of matter. Nambu, 87, canceled his trip to Stockholm for health reasons and was to receive his award at a ceremony in Chicago.

The Swedish Academy continued a trend of honoring European writers by selecting Frenchman Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio for the literature prize. The author of more than 40 works including "The Book of Flights" and "Desert," Le Clezio holds dual nationality with Mauritius and spends much of his time in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The prizes — including a $1.2 million purse, a diploma and a gold medal — are always handed out on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death in 1896.

Karl Ritter reported from Stockholm, Sweden.

Remarks by Dr. Al-Arian Regarding the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights read at The Hague, Holland.

UN Declaration of Human Rights

      As we approach the sixtieth anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, issued in December 1948, in the aftermath of a devastating world war, it is fitting to recall some of its essential promises to humanity. Its preamble recognized the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. It was an utter repudiation of the tremendous abuse and cruelty to which oppressed people throughout the world were subjected.

       This declaration also emerged only months after the wholesale expulsion of the Palestinian people from their ancestral homeland. Yet, millions of Palestinians today are still denied justice, freedom, peace, and security - and consequently their human rights - after so many decades in exile or subjugation within their own homeland.

       My story, then, is the story of the Palestinian, not only denied his right to live in freedom and dignity, but also denied the right to tell his story to the world, to stand up and speak out, to raise her voice or cry out. The story of the Palestinian is the story of struggle and resistance against occupation, oppression, and arrogance.

       My story is also the story of the Arab and Muslim in post-9/11 America, where irrational fear trumped reason and good judgment; where the forces of hatred and intolerance hijacked the inherent forbearance and goodness of the American spirit.

       The Arab and Muslim community in America understands that our struggle today is part of the long continuum of the civil rights struggles in this great society. All the civil rights triumphs of the past could not have been achieved without the tremendous sacrifices of many segments of American society. The greatness of this society is in its ability to allow for such successes as well as its propensity for introspection and self-renewal. Our struggle is thus another difficult challenge testing the ideals and values of the American experience

       Despite our family's unjust suffering and agonizing ordeal, we ache for the continuous horror and misery afflicting the Palestinian people, from hundreds of thousands in despicable refugee camps, to more than ten thousand in dreadful Israeli prisons, and the millions under military siege and blockades.

       The dawn of peace will not arise without the spark of justice and the beam of freedom. All people, whether from or inside the holy land, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and others, deserve to live in freedom, equality, peace and security. But this will only occur if we move in unison and determination. When the world recognized the evil of Apartheid, it was united in purpose and determination to end it.

      Now is the time for the world to unite and end the immorality of occupation and subjugation, and to stop the incessant injustice of exile, siege, and military strikes. It is high time for the conscience of the world to be spurred into action. It is time to uphold the promise of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Dr. Sami Al-Arian released the above statement to be read before the broadcast of the award-winning Norwegian-produced documentary USA v. Al-Arian on the Greek television network ERT. This speech will also be read today at the screening of the documentary at Amnesty International's Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague, which is being held in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.


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