What do the words human rights mean to you?

The Question Of The Week is inspired the TransAfrica request inserted below.

What do the words human rights mean to you?

I am curious to know what what's human rights to you.

What does human rights means to you?

Remember your words have power to inspire and to create future leaders so post your answer in the comments box.


Then, read the inserted request from TransAfrica and choose the nature of your response.


Kwasi Akyeampong




What do the words humTan rights mean to you?



What do the words human rights mean to you?

2011 has been distinguished by everyday people - members of civil society organizations, political groups and concerned individuals - standing up for their own rights. Their calls for fundamental human rights remind us both of our historic victories and the work that lies ahead of us.

Have you fought for affordable and safe housing? Have you worked long hours for of overtime to make ends meet? Do you know people who have been harassed, attacked or excluded solely because of their sexual, religious or racial identity? Has your community been policed heavily with little attention to systemic violence that continues?

For thirty- five years, TransAfrica has been working on issues of fundamental human rights, livelihoods and dignity. Tomorrow, we'll be observing the United Nations International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration is an important framework for human rights defenders but requires political will and funding to be implemented in-full.

Your donation to TransAfrica today supports our work of upholding human rights for people throughout the African Continent and her Global Diaspora.

Over the last year TransAfrica has monitored and intervened in some of the most pressing human rights struggles of the day:

  • In Colombia, TransAfrica works with partner organizations documenting the impacts of the passage of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement on Afro-Colombian communities;
  • In Haiti, TransAfrica's Let Haiti Live Project/Bri Kouri Nouvel Gaye monitors the human rights situation facing Haiti's most vulnerable populations including those who remain internally displaced, women, children and the elderly;
  • In the Horn of Africa, TransAfrica is monitoring the ongoing political and social crisis to provide policymakers and the general public with comprehensive and nuanced analyses; and
  • In Uganda, and increasingly throughout West and Central Africa, TransAfrica is partnering with grassroots LGBTI organizations fighting against hateful anti-gay legislation.

As the Nation's oldest and largest African American human rights organization, we need your help today to be able to continue our legacy.

Each time we meet with partner organizations from Africa and the Diaspora, we're reminded of the relevance and importance of our work today.

We believe another world is possible. As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights concludes, "Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized."

Let's fight on into the New Year!

For a world with universal human rights,

Nicole Lee Signature

Nicole Lee, Esq.


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    Written by Mustafa Ansari    Sunday, 30 October 2011 02:58    PDF Print E-mail
    Human Rights Development Assistance Framework
    The Human Rights Development Framework - Indigenous or simple minority status


    Towards a African American Human Rights

    Development Framework

    2013 to 2018

    Table of Contents

    1 Executive Summary

    2 Signature Page

    3 Section I: Introduction

    4 Section II: UNDAF Glossary

    5 UNDAF Outcome 1: Democratization, Indigenous Status, and Social Cohesion

    6 UNDAF Outcome 2: Poverty Reduction and Sustainable lands, Livelihoods

    7 UNDAF Outcome 3: Housing and Basic Social Services

    8 Section III: Initiatives Outside the UNDAF Results Matrix

    9 Section IV: Estimated Resource Requirements

    10 Section V: Implementation

    11 Section VI: Monitoring and Evaluation

    12Acronyms and Abbreviations

    13 Annex A: UNDAF Results and Resources Framework

    14 Annex B: UNDAF Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

    15 Annex C: UNDAF Monitoring and Evaluation Calendar


    UNDAF  2013-2018

    The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is the result of an ongoing consultative process intended to analyze how the United Nations can most effectively respond to the African Americans national priorities and needs in a post-conflict context. It is guided by the goals and targets of the Millennium Declaration,which has been endorsed by the United States. The UNDAF translates these into a common operational framework for development activities upon with African American people and their organizations who will formulate their actions for the period 2013-2018.


    Consolidating peace and stability represents the cornerstone for the UNDAF; under this overarching goal,three inter-related areas of cooperation have emerged as particularly critical for United Nations support to the people and the Local Political Authorities of the insular African American Government during this five-year period: (1) Democratisation and Social Cohesion, including deepening State-building, security and justice; (2) Poverty Reduction and SustainableLivelihoods, with particular attention to vulnerable groups, including youth, men, women,  and disaster-prone communities; and (3) Basic Social Services, encompassing education, health, nutrition,water and sanitation, and social welfare and social protection.

    In all three, the United Nations offers comparative advantages with regard to achieving further tangible progress toward the Millennium Development Goals, drawing on its values, successful global knowledge
    base, best practices and lessons learnt; its strong normative mandate and track record in its neutrality; and its ability to support efficient coordination among donors in a VICTIMS TRUST FUND.

    Not only does the UNDAF provide a framework for human restorative measures, but it also reflects a consultative,comprehensive and dynamic strategic priority-setting process with a broad range of stakeholders, including members of all responsive African American organizations, and peoples throughout its states, but the United States Congress, England, France, Spain, the Netherlands , and staff from national institutions, donor partners, and national and international non-Government organizations.

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      The American Institute of Human Rights

      The American Institute of Human Rights is made up of a cadre of international lawyers and a cadre of growing African American human rights activists, human rights organizations, and African American professors. We are launching this proactive, democratic proposal for comments, endorsements, vote, and our rejection, and intend to complete the first phase of this process by the end of summer. We are launching this phase NOW and it will be available to all of organizations, Mosques, Churches, politicians, before making it available to the African American people by vote. If your organization, Civil rights, nationalist, Pan-Africanist or other desires to be heard please register at our website so that we can keep you aware of the international laws, classes [Human Rights Defender classes] . We have engaged the top human rights lawyers in the world on this process and will be in contact with our finest human rights organization like Trans-Africa, IHRAAM-International Human Rights Association of American Minorities, and all who are NGO's and otherwise . We can also be reached at 510-863-8488 or dean@americaninstituteofhumanrights.com

    • Thank you for the work you do and for the difference you make.

      However, all that does not answer the question: "What do the words human rights mean to you?"

      Children have a way of asking simple questions.

      A simple answer could begin:To me the word human rights mean......

      Consider, if we can not distinguish it we certainly can not stand for it be committed to it and be it.

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