Showing posts with label freedom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label freedom. Show all posts

World Freedom Day- November 9

In many parts of the world, freedom is something taken for granted - the freedom to choose a religious or secular way of life, the freedom to be in relationships with the person you love, the freedom to dress, to travel from one place to another ... and the list goes on. Unfortunately, there are many places in the world where these freedoms are not available to most people, who are forced to live empty, frustrating and inadequate lives because the authorities do not allow them to choose.
If you do not know the fear of expressing your opinion, you are considered lucky people who live in a place where freedom is a basic human right. Like every good thing, the existence of freedom must be celebrated and for this to mark the World Day of Freedom.  
The reason for choosing this day as World Freedom Day is to mark the event of the fall of the Berlin Wall on that date in 1989.
The Berlin Wall was a fortified wall that surrounded the western Berlin enclave between 1961-1989. The wall divided Berlin into two parts: East Berlin controlled by East Germany and Western Berlin under the control of West Germany, and the separation between West Berlin and East Germany.
The Berlin Wall in 1963, a view from the western side of East Berlin (Source: Roger Wollstadt - Flickr)

On August 13, 1961, the East Germans began building the wall, which almost completely severed the connection between East and West and dramatically affected the lives of Berliners on both sides. The wall was considered one of the main symbols of the Cold War for more than twenty-eight years. Its opponents sometimes called the wall "the wall of shame" (Schandmauer).
The wall became overnight a barrier that prevented East Berliners from exercising freedom of movement in their city, and those who tried to cross it found themselves at high risk of dying from the bullets of East German border guards. Over the years, the wall was fortified and reinforced by other means, to the extent that it became an almost insurmountable barrier, and as a result, escape attempts were rare in recent years.
The fall of the wall on November 9, 1989 was a formative event, symbolizing more than anything else the fall of the Communist regimes in those years and the end of the Cold War. Following its overthrow, Germany was reunified in 1990, and reunited Berlin became the capital of Germany.

November 9 is also Chaos Never Dies Day

Amnesty International Day - May 28

"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity."
~ Nelson Mandela
Human rights have been a hot topic in local and international politics since the 1960s. Whether people fought for the right to marry the person they choose or put an end to injustices like child labor, exploitation of the weak, torture of prisoners and more. Amnesty International is an organization that tries to make the world a better place. The organization works to promote human rights around the world and raise awareness of various injustices and how our choices affect other people on a daily basis.

The history of Amnesty International Day
Amnesty International was established in July 1961 in London. Peter Benenson, an English labor lawyer, was inspired to set up the organization after hearing about two Portuguese students imprisoned for seven years after "raising a glass in honor of freedom". Together with Eric Baker, a member of the Religious Society of Friends, and many other intellectuals, including academics, writers, and lawyers, they wrote an article called "The Forgotten Prisoners" that appeared in The Observer on May 28, 1961. This led to a rapidly growing appeal. To an organization that will work to change the world and show that everyone is entitled to a system of basic human rights.

The tireless efforts of this organization have since been central to exposing human rights and labor violations to change government policies regarding their protection. Their work was not always popular, and its members were accused of everything from espionage (Russia's 80s) and protection of the criminal element (Moroccan government).
How to Celebrate Amnesty International Day
The best way to celebrate Amnesty International Day is to help raise awareness among your friends and family about the struggles of the oppressed around the world. The place to start is to learn for yourself about the places in the world where human freedoms are at the highest risk. You can also contribute to the organization and even join it.

The logo of Amnesty International.
May 28 is also Hamburger Day

World Wildlife Day - March 3

The world is full of amazing creatures in every possible way. From birds that fill the sky with thousands of species, colors and shapes, reptiles that live on earth, animals that are on land, whether it is in forests, fields and human settlements to fish that fill the sea in a variety of wonderful shapes and colors. Wild animals are animals that grow freely in the wild, in their natural places, without being cared for and exploited by humans for arduous work, entertainment and eating.
World Wildlife Day is a day designed to remind us of our responsibility for the world in which we live and the other life forms that share the world with us.

The history of World Wildlife Day
On March 3, 1973, the Washington Convention, or Protected Animals, was signed at the United Nations, or in its full name: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This treaty was signed by governments committing to nature conservation And its resources and protect endangered species.
This agreement was an agreement under which international trade in wildlife and wild plants does not threaten their very survival and it provides protection to varying degrees to more than 33,000 species of animals and plants.
On December 20, 2013, another step was taken to help spread awareness of the endangered species of animals in the world. The UN has declared that every year World Wildlife Day will be held, each time focusing on a different theme and idea that will help us keep in touch with the changing nature of our world, and the treasures we are about to lose in the animal and plant kingdom if we do not preserve them.
The theme of this year's World Wildlife Day is "Sustaining all life on Earth", encompassing all wild animal and plant species as key components of the world's biodiversity. 

How to Celebrate World Wildlife Day
The best way to celebrate Wildlife Day is to learn about them and spread the message of this important day. The Nature and Parks Authority holds activities on World Wildlife Day such as tours and tutorials, and activities that are suitable for children such as costumes and art workshops. You can go on a safari or a zoo, but there you will probably meet big, sad cats that are caged. No matter how you choose to celebrate Wildlife Day, what is important is that you spread the message that animals are important to our world for many reasons and should be maintained and treated with respect.
World Wildlife Day

My Way Day - February 17th

My Way Day is inspired by the phrase "My way or the highway". It is not clear who set this day and why, but the purpose of this day is to remind us to consider going our own way, according to our heart, beliefs and values, and less according to the main path dictated to us by others.

When someone says "my way or the highway",  he means that it cannot be challenged and things must be done his way. Basically using this phrase they say "take it or leave it". If everyone behaves like this the world will be a harder and crueler place to live in, because of the coercion that the powerful will rule. But you can also use the phrase in a thoughtful and assertive way, stand up for yourself and do things your way without forcing others and hurting them, because all in all this is your life and already tired of everyone dictating how to live and what to do all the time.

The song that accompanies this day is "I Did It My Way" by Frank Sinatra. The lyrics of the song tell of a man who at the end of his days he reviews his life, the ups and downs, the regrets and loves, but he did everything in his own way. This man sounds like a strong-willed, determined man, who has trusted himself, achieved many things and lived a full life thanks to the one who did things his way.

How to celebrate My Way day?

Today is the day to do everything your way. Do new and bold things, sleep as much as you want, eat what you want, watch as many series and movies as you want, start writing a novel, indulge in a favorite hobby, dress the way you want or dye your hair the color you want or in short - do what you love without regard In what others say, of course, as long as everything is legal.

February 17 is World Human Spirit Day

National Religious Freedom Day- January 16

Religions and religious organizations are responsible for a great many good things done in the world, from founding charities all over the world that care about simple people and inspiring them to be better and better on a daily basis, to caring for people in the community who are in distress. Unfortunately, religious organizations often show loyalty only to their members and try to get others to convert or strengthen their faith and change their secular lifestyle.
The consequences can be severe. In ancient times there were persecutions of the Christians by the Romans, in Spain there was the infamous Inquisition, and in Puritan America the witch hunt took place. Today there is the Islamic Jihad that is responsible for terrorist attacks around the world and in Israel there are endless disputes between religious and secular, between Jews and Muslims and more.
Freedom of religion is the right of everyone to live according to his religion and to have equal protection and rights. Freedom of religion is among the universal human rights recognized in liberal and humanist thought and in the hands of the United Nations.

The history of Freedom of Religious Day
On January 16, 1786, shortly after the founding of the United States of America, the General Assembly of Virginia adopted the Virginia Constitution of the Thomas Jefferson Religious Constitution. This law became the basis for what we know today as the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion to all persons residing in the United States. On that day, the President of the United States issued an official declaration that this day is now freedom of religion.
How to celebrate Religious Freedom Day?
A good way to celebrate Freedom Day is to do some research on what life was like before freedom of religion was enshrined in law. This can be done by reading books or watching movies. "Name Downloaded", the book and film is a great example of describing life during the Inquisition, and about how much the Inquisitors were willing to go looking for and punish people suspected of witchcraft.
Movies and books on the subject of the Holocaust, such as "The Diary of Anne Frank," also point to the Nazi persecution of Jews in Europe.

Salman Rushdie's works are very interesting insights, as the author has received death threats for years, following the publication of his famous book "Satan's Verses", in which he wrote a critique of Islam.
Another idea to celebrate Freedom Day is to meet with friends from other religions and talk about the topic and discuss how freedom of religion allows you to live together in peace without persecuting each other.
Freedom of religion is a wonderful and not a matter of course. For many years it did not exist and should be maintained even today. He deserves a day of appreciation and appreciation.

January 16 is also Nothing Day and Appreciate A Dragon Day

Human Rights Day- 10 December

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

International Human Rights Day falls on December 10 every year worldwide. 
The day was first announced in 1948 by the UN to promote awareness of human rights issues around the world and highlights the UN's efforts to improve the human rights situation in the world. 
What looks obvious to us, was not acceptable in times when people did not have the natural rights we enjoy today. The philosopher John Locke gave the basis for determining the basic human rights which is based on a liberal. 

According to Locke the person is an individual, with wisdom and ability to manage his life and to take responsibility for his actions. Power has no authority to take from a man his rights. 
These rights are: right to live (whole body), the right to liberty, from which derivatives: Freedom of thought and opinion, which means an individual's freedom to form his opinion freely on any subject. This right must not stop, even if the opinion is considered dangerous and harmful, as long as it is not expressed externally. Liberty means freedom of conscience of man of his convictions morality and values, and to act or refuse to act on them. The right to act or refuse to act according to them, sometimes restricted. Freedom of religion (which also includes "freedom from religion"), freedom of movement, freedom of occupation. Freedom of expression includes the freedom of the press, the right to demonstrate and protest, freedom of speech. Intellectual property rights including intellectual property and materials, the right to a fair trial. The right to dignity, which are derived: the right to equality before the law, the right to protection from the language of evil (the right to reputation), the right to privacy.

December 10 is also Constitution Day in Thailand

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