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The world we are living in is one that is filled with both good and bad. The direction that it takes wholly depends on the side that people decide to embrace; the good or the bad. However much we may like to believe that good is what we live for, the world is in truth full of vices. Obliterating them would make the world a better place. However, there are some of the issues that are not necessarily a result of vices, but purely human ignorance. Others are due to natural causes, and most of them are avoidable and resume their.
Avaaz aims at solving some of the issues that it can. Through an online activist network and platform, the group allows its members to take part in campaigns against sensitive problems that the globe faces every minute of every day. Being that there are many members and equally as many issues, the organization allows its participants to take part in the campaigns of their choice and Avaaz’s lacrosse camp.
Ideological differences arise from different perspectives of certain things, problems, and happenings. Every person has a different feeling about everything that happens. Therefore, disagreements occur when a consensus is not reached. Avaaz realizes that struggling to achieve a consensus on every matter is both a waste of time and also difficult thing to do. Therefore, it allows members to choose the campaigns they want to participate in. Avaaz also is member funded. It, therefore, does not accept donations from governments, other groups or institutions. This way, it gets to keep its independence in both decision-making and its running and operation and more information click here.
In 2012, Thor Halvorssen, President of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, a watchdog group that seeks to end abuses on the part of authoritarian regimes, wrote a watershed piece in Forbes about the global arms trade and the extent of American involvement in trafficking arms, as well as the ramifications of the international arms trade on human rights all over the world.
Halvorssen uses as his touchstone the embarrassing revelation that the American government had contracted with a Russian state-owned firm to outfit the Afghan military with attack helicopters. This was as tensions between the Obama administration and the Assad regime were at their peak over the treatment of protesters and rebels, and all the while the Russian government continued to ally itself with and support Assad.
Arguing that tyranny cannot exist without some level of support and collaboration, Halvorssen dismisses the State Department’s explanation that the transaction is a separate issue from Russian support of Assad. He uses the Rwandan genocide as another moving example. After exports of weapons to Rwanda were banned by the British government, one UK arms company actually succeeded in lifting the ban, despite the widespread death and devastation that came to the nation as a result of one of the most horrific episodes of genocide ever seen.
In addition to serving as President of the HRF, Venezuelan-born Halvorssen is CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum. As an advocate for human rights, he has put his own life in peril, inspired by the torture of his father at the hands of the Venezuelan government and an assassination attempt on his mother. He is steadfast in his belief that no ideological allegiance can excuse the violation of human rights, and has criticized both left-wing and right-wing dictatorships, governments, and politicians for their transgressions of individual liberty and basic human rights.
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