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Human rights are constantly violated but it is not something that should ever happen to anyone. The point of creating something like the constitution is to protect people and their rights to be able to live and to be able to get what they need from different situations. It is important that people recognize this and that they do what they can to make sure that they are helping others out so that they will be able to get more out of the situations that they are constantly put in. For Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, it is something that is near and dear to their heart so they constantly work to make sure that they are helping people out who have had their rights violated.

 

It is a good idea to note that the two of them were once arrested and had their own rights violated. That is because they were put into a different situation and that they were violated against because of the options that they had that were not related to the way that they could do things. For Larkin and Lacey, doing things to help other people out is just another aspect of their life and is something that they do willingly so that they can make sure that others don’t have to go through the same problems.

 

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were both investigating the sheriff’s department in their hometown. They wanted to find out more about it and learn what they could about the evasion practices that the department had been doing. They were simply using their constitutional rights of free speech to be able to help other people out and learn what the sheriff’s office was doing. It was all legal and they were just doing their job to report crimes that were going on.

 

The sheriff’s department did not like that. They came into the homes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to arrest them and they put them in jail for the things that they had said about the sheriff’s department. What the department didn’t realize, though, is that it was Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s constitutional right to be able to talk about the sheriff’s office no matter what they were saying. It was something that they were allowed to do and something that they had to make sure that they were doing the right way to show people.

The year 2016 is going to be a very intense one as November gets closer. The presidential election will heat up, and words will be used as a double edged sword. Front runners at the moment include Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio.

Sanders has some rather controversial words in his campaign platform. For Thor Halvorssen (the founder and current CEO of the Human Rights Foundation), one of those controversial words is “socialism”. While he does support some aspects of socialism, such as in those that Sanders is talking about, there are other times where he believes socialism breeds a toxic environment.

As a documentary film maker, Thor Halvorssen categorizes what Sanders is pushing as socialist policy. He defines socialism as a government run market that exploits the people of the country. However, when there is rule of law and oversight to the program, socialism can aid democratic societies in small and large ways alike.

As for full out socialism, the human rights advocate doesn’t support it. His father was a political prisoner in Venezuela; the regime gunned down his mother; his first cousin is still in prison in Venezuela. Furthermore, he has noted and called out that the democratic front runner as of early March 2016 has been supported by countries with dictatorships and socialist governments. He simply does not wish to support a candidate whom has taken money from countries that kill people for expression, restrict the press, and oppress the people.

So, Halvorssen did something that some have found controversial given his stance on socialism. He donated the largest amount he could to fund Sanders’ campaign. However, given the fact that Sanders is trying to help someone who is not being funded by those he considers to violate basic human rights, this act shouldn’t be so controversial. He’s funding whom he believes is best.

Either way, he has made his opinions clear on the subject. He does not support socialism as a governmental choice, but as a policy choice it can be effective. With as much personal experience as he has with this topic, it’s understandable that he’d support Sanders. Follow Thor on Twitter to keep up with news and other information.

She was notified by the Human Rights Foundation that they objected to her doing the concert for Unitel, because it is wholly owned by the Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos. They asked Ms. Minaj to cancel the concert because dos Santos has proved to be a oppressive despotic dictator with a horrible human rights track record. He has been cited as an evil villain by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization.

Some of the details were reported about the group’s request that Nicki Minaj break her contract in protest. The letter they sent Nicki Minaj actually stated: “the payment you are receiving from your Angolan sponsors is the result of government corruption and human rights violations.” It went on in some detail: “During their brutal three decade authoritarian rule, the dos Santos family has exploited Angola’s diamond and oil wealth to amass an illegitimate fortune while maintaining control over all branches of the government, the military, and civil society. Dos Santos has made it his policy to harass, imprison, or kill politicians, journalists, and activists who protest his rule.”

News of the controversial performance hit the gossip sheets and the buzz has been a big boost for her music’s profits. When this group asked her, very seriously, to take a hit in profits for the sake of principle and to make a very public statement against the dos Santos regime, she did not miss a beat. She packed up the band and traveled along with her backup vocalists to Angola, Africa to honor her contract and perform the concert.

It was Thor Halvorssen who founded Human Rights Foundation in 2005. He is a real activist, champion of human rights, and an ardent producer of movies and books that make a difference. He grew up fighting the super racist apartheid South African government in the 1980s. Venezuela had abducted, beaten, and tortured his father; a very high ranking official, as ambassador at one time. He grew up in an environment of despotic governmental terror and threats from thug squads.

Thor’s father had no hope of survival and freedom until the International Society for Human Rights, called Amnesty International, and also many other human rights groups and several public figures got involved in his case. Mr. Halvorssen’s mother was murdered while at a peaceful meeting in public by the government security goons. This was in 2004. She was a child psychologist and the violent bloody attack was broadcast on live television.

As long as there was humanity, there were human rights violations. The only difference between then and now is that it was almost universally accepted. In modern day society, even though there are still gross violations of human rights, many developed countries and societies do not accept it. While certain countries are free and striving towards equality, there are plenty of countries that are still overtly treating certain groups as less than human. Fortunately, there are activists that are fighting this issue. One such activist is Yeonmi Park. Yeonmi Park is a North Korea defector and a human rights activist with a riveting story of how her family has survived and escaped the grips of the Kim Jong family.

Throughout her childhood, she was taught to keep quiet and not say anything out of fear of offending the great dictator. The Kim Jong family has ruled the North Koreans in a way that is very oppressive and restrictive. The North Koreans are controlled in every aspect of their lives. They are not allowed to say anything or even think anything that is contrary to the dictator in power. They are also taught that the bloodlines that Kim Jong Un belongs to has some kind of deity in them. They are forced to believe legends of the dictator.

After defecting to a different culture, Yeonmi Park has experienced some kind of culture shock. She has seen that freedom of expression is encouraged to a much greater extent than in North Korea. She has eventually grown to love it and now fights to protect human rights as a human rights activist. She has appeared on TV shows where she has told her story and it was a powerful story. It brought tears to the eyes of everyone that has heard it.

As a human rights activist, she does face opposition from people of North Korean media with accusations such as lying about her fathers place of death. The media states that her father has died in North Korea, while Yeonmi Park states that her father has died of cancer in China while getting treatment. His tomb is in china which is an indication that he in fact did die in China.

After escaping North Korea, Yeonmi Park and her family spent time in China which is a whole new interesting tale in and of itself. During the time in China, a few men tried to rape Yeonmi Park. Fortunately, her mother stepped in and took the sexual assault in order to protect Yeonmi. They were also sold to human trafficking. Yeonmi’s owner has told her that if she becomes his mistress, he will also get her parents to stay with her. Yeonmi agreed to that. After her father’s death, Yeonmi’s mother has decided that they wanted to have their dignity and live like humans. At that, they escaped for America. This is when Yeonmi Park learned about the culture and what she is allowed to do and say. She has learned what it is like to be a human being. She then became an activist in order to protect the humanity of others.