Monday, July 11, 2011

Peace and Human Rights

Peace is most prevalent in those countries where human rights are most respected. Aside from natural disasters violence in the United States that has disrupted internal peace has been connected to groups pursuing human rights. The Civil War and the violence during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's are two examples that come to mind. Dr. Martin Luther King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 because of his determined stance to honor passive resistance and avoid use of violence while promoting the cause of human rights for African Americans in this country. Therefore, I believe that the person or group that can be instrumental in affecting change and bring stability to Afghanistan is not some outside military force but those people within the country who are working at great risk to their own safety to advocate for human rights. One such person is Dr. Sima Samar, Chairwoman of the Afghanistan Independent Rights Commission. Read about her work as an Afghan rights advocate at

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