Networking Newsletter: Issue 21: December 1998

Last updated: December 1998

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Thursday 10 December is a special birthday that everybody in the world should be celebrating. It will be fifty years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was signed and agreed. Unfortunately, not everybody is in the mood for celebrating - thousands around the world are still imprisoned and tortured for their beliefs by governments who are blatantly breaking several Articles of the UDHR.

Although, in signing up, governments have promised to educate their peoples on the contents of the UDHR it is, according to Amnesty International, one of the world's best kept secrets.

In this issue of the Networking Newsletter we focus on what the UDHR should mean to all citizens of Planet Earth and what local groups are doing to ensure the principles of the UDHR, such as equality to all, are upheld, both at home and abroad.

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This section covers news, information, and updates on campaigns and issues relevant to activists in the region.
Dying to End Vivisection Due to Labour's Lies
Barry Horne is on hunger strike over the government's failure to meet its election manifesto promise to set up a Royal Commission on vivisection

Fifty Years of Human Rights?

Get the $HELL Out of Nigeria
Shell action in memory of Ken Saro Wiwa

Tameside Carers
Latest news from the striking Tameside Care Workers

Human Rights in Sri Lanka?
News on human rights issues in Sri Lanka

Manchester Amnesty
What does Amnesty International actually do, and how does the Manchester group help?

Mumia Mustn't Die
Recent actions to highlight the plight of Mumia Abu-Jamal, currently on "Death Row" despite pleading his innocence

Vanunu, prisoner of conscience, for telling the world about Israel's nuclear weapons

Trident Waives the Rules
How Trident breaks the UDHR

Western Sahari
Hope, at last, for the Saharawi?

Human Rights
Silver Lining for Transport
Report from GM Transport Action Group's 25th anniversary celebrations

Rolls Royce Base is Disgraced
Report from a national anti-nuclear action day held in October

Genetically Modified Food goes Wild in the Aisle
The FFBI (Frankenstein Food and Beverages Investigators) check out what the Coop are selling

Hands off our Genes
Another Gandalf Victory
The remaining GA (Green Anarchists) and ALF editors have their court case dismissed

Depleted Uranium Weapons
Breaking the silence on one of the deadliest of weapons

Arthur Battles On
Latest news from the campaign against Manchester Airport's second runway

Down With Laptops - joke


Not included in the on-line version
News included in the newsletter, but not here, includes:
  • Victory - Manchester City Council's plans to deface the Free Trade Hall with a towering hotel are rejected
  • Typing to Save Lives - raising awareness of the US' Death Row and how it breaks the UDHR
  • Siemens - meeting the big knobs to discuss why Siemens sell energy efficiency products in Western Europe but dangerous nuclear reactors in Eastern Europe
  • Human Economy Forum - power to the people, not to faceless institutions
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