Philanthropy Project: International Awareness



Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

     This is the first philanthropy bulletin. It is designed to
bring awareness to human rights violations around the world. Its aim is to take
4 to 5 issues a month and briefly explain what’s going on. Let me know which
one(s) you think IFS should concentrate on and I can provide more information
and ways we can help.

Zimbabwe: Political and Human Rights Violations
    The Zimbabwean government is under scrutiny for political
harassment. Political activists are being oppressed when voicing their concerns
over the government.

The police have gathered activists and beaten, tortured
and have denied them access to lawyers or medical care.
Read more:

Guantanamo Bay: US Detention Base     
    This might be a controversial one, but there is one case
particular that might be of interest. A Sudanese national Adel Hassan Hamad has been detained. Taken at
gunpoint he was beaten, had an attack dog forced at him, striped naked and
sleep deprived. He was taken to Pakistan
where he said conditions were very bad, he is now being held at Gitmo as an
enemy combatant. Hamad is a family man who worked for the World Assembly
of Muslim Youth (WAMY) hospital. See

Arbitrary Detention

    If anyone has followed the Chiapas situation headed by the charismatic
Subcomandante Marcos, they will find this interesting!!! You might have heard
of the EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) their basic argument is
that the indigenous community in Mexico is being oppressed, here is
just one example. After the attack on the community in Chiapas, Diego Arcos Menses has been
detained, beaten and tortured. He is accused of aiding in the attacks on the Chiapas community. He
has been charged with murder even though DNA evidence has cleared him from any
shootings. He speaks little Spanish and cannot read it at all. The government
is trying to make him sign an affidavit stating he was involved in a terrorist
organization who carried out the attacks.
Background info: Many of the individuals who carried out the
attacks were seen with clothing worn by state police. Is this a set up? To read

People’s Republic of China :
Further information on fear of torture and ill-treatment/medical concern

    Whoa! Don’t mess with the Chinese government. Ablikim
Abdiriyim has been detained in secret due to his mother’s Rebiya Kadeer’s
political activism in China.
His charges are ambiguous at best, they include; “subversion of state
power", "ethnic separatism" and "sending information over
the internet to Ms. Kadeer.” The family is very concerned because they fear
Ablikrim’s health is grave and medical attention is not being provided. This
article is interesting because it sheds insight on how the Chinese government
treats political opposition.Read more…

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. M+T
    Apr 24, 2007 @ 14:16:47

    Can we play beer pong for charity?
    All we would need to do is get as good as this guy:

  2. defense
    Apr 23, 2007 @ 13:45:56

    I want to join the cause to keep Adel Hassan Hamad detained. As Minister of Defense, I support holding people at Guantanamo Bay for as long as we see fit. Vote Cheney 2008!

  3. MOM
    Apr 23, 2007 @ 13:43:33

    Good work Philanthropy. I vote for Chiapas tambien. I like the idea of an update to keep everyone informed.

  4. Rousing
    Apr 23, 2007 @ 12:06:03

    Nice work Esteban. Great post. My vote for further investigation is for the situation in Chiapas. Let us know which cause we will be committing ourselves to when you’ve got it all figured out…you’ll have to take into consideration that some Ministers are lazy pieces of shit and won’t chime in on this matter. Once again, great work.

  5. baggs
    Apr 21, 2007 @ 18:37:03

    nice work E. i love that the “Let’s save the world post” is just above the “Things to do today while high” post.
    Things to do today while high:
    1.) Save the world
    2.) watch Aqua Teen