THECOMMUNITY.COM: RAISING THE VOICES OF CHANGE

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José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Chairman, TheCommunity.com

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Why are more than 100,000 people willing to risk torture and death to escape Burma?

The Muslim Rohingya in Burma have been subjected to a campaign of hatred that has included burning their communities and displacing them to camps where they are barred from receiving aid or even the most basic medical care.

Driven from homes that some have lived in for four and five generations, many have attempted to escape the conditions by putting themselves and their families in the hands of human traffickers who promise to get them to a neighboring country. Instead of safe harbor, the uncovering of mass graves is showing that a large number are facing death and torture at the hands of the traffickers.

While the world tries to help, take a few minutes and understand the history behind the conflict, and why we need to care.

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In 1948 the world was still coming out of World War II and struggling with the memory, still fresh, of atomic weapons being dropped on civilian populations.

The United Nations had just been formed, to ensure that World War would never happen again.

Within the UN, a committee was formed, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, to draft a document outlining the basic rights and freedoms of all men and women, the rights we inherently hold just by being human. The document was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948. It was the beginning of the human rights movement.

Twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates have written to President Barack Obama asking the US to close the dark chapter on torture once and for all. Please add your voice, and share the letter widely.

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To understand Sudan it’s important to know South Sudan from Darfur from the Nuba Mountains.

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Regular updates from around the world on the Sudan conflicts and those working to resolve them.

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George Clooney on Sudan

George Clooney talks to TheCommunity.com’s Youth Ambassadors about how elementary and high school kids can help the people of Sudan.

Find out about school sponsorships and other ways to help.

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It is no coincidence that the Nobel Committee has twice awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to individuals working on the environment and climate change. The link between climate change, peace and human rights is an inextricable one.

The need for oil to power our booming economies has underpinned many of the armed conflicts of the last century, even contributing to the escalation of World War II. As our world shifts and precious resources, such as water, become more scarce, these too will become sources of armed conflict.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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As responsible citizens of the world – sisters and brothers of one family, the human family, God’s family – we have a duty to persuade our leaders to lead us in a new direction: to help us abandon our collective addiction to fossil fuels. Reducing our carbon footprint is not just a technical scientific necessity; it has also emerged as the human rights challenge of our time. READ THE LETTER

José Ramos-Horta

jrhNobel Peace Prize laureate and former President of Timor-Leste José Ramos-Horta addresses the climate change conference in Bangkok on climate change and the small island nations, July 3, 2015. READ THE ARTICLE

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