Garapos for human rights

Article published on Jan. 1, 2008
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Article published on Jan. 1, 2008
Libertad de Expresión On the eve of the International Day for Human Rights on 10 December, the Castro brothers decided to arrest all those who protested in favour of the freedom of expression on the streets of the Cuban capital. Curious celebration for such an important date, especially when it took place on the same day that Cuba announced the ratification of two pacts to protect those rights.

Seems that the Cubans have original ways to celebrate in general, like Christmas in swimming costumes, or carnivals during the summer. But someone should ask ailing leader to put a brake in that tropical originality and understand that the right to equality does not mean that everyone has to think the same. Blinded in his praiseworthy task of cutting short with social differences, he ordered the arrests of any protestors as well as kicking out all those Europeans (Spaniards, Swedes and Bosniacs) who took part in the march. Fidel Castro

Cuba should follow the lead of their dearest Yankee neighbours. Their president is so consumed by the freedom of expression that he prefers to imprison a photographer and four journalists who worked in too to learn how to express themselves.Guantanamo

To help them exercise their rights, last 17 October a law was passed authorising the use of torture against prisoners, so that they wouldn’t be frightened and be able to speak with total freedom. Mr. Bush’s efforts are so good that he won’t censor internet on his territory but support American companies which aid repressed countries such as or to filter their internet. BurmaTunisia

From time to time, it’s cinema which allows us to see signs of this. An example (it’s old, but things haven’t improved much since then), is the 2005 movie , written and directed by . We see how ‘easy’ it is for main protagonist, broadcast journalist played by , to denounce the witchhunt brought about by senator . Good Night and Good LuckGeorge ClooneyEdward R. MorrowDavid StrathairnJoseph McCarthy

Yes, after fifty years, not much has changed. The US comes in at prestigious number 58 in the , the same spot as those great defenders of freedom of expression – Botswana, Togo... Reporters Without Borders 2007 report

In the Islamic world, freedom of expression is a tricky theme, and that’s why the most the smallest mistake is not permitted. Better not to use the name Mohammed, which European newspapers know all too well. Better not to mention Russia, where 21 journalists have died since 2000 – the year came to power, and where investigative journalist was murdered on 7 October 2006, cleaned off the map for her protests against the systematic violence against human rights that the Chechens suffered. The internet connection in is a joke...and the list goes on. Vladimir PutinAnna PolitkóvskayaChina

In Europe, although we’re a bit better off in the classification (the first three classifieds are Europeans), we still have many things to improve. In November 2007, in , two journalists were fined 3, 000 euros for their caricatures of . In September 2006 in , French philosophy teacher was obliged to cancel his opera production of amidst criticism about his treatment of Islam. Who can be free of sin, who draws the first stone. During all this, let’s raise a cup of tasty garapo, made in , for human rights! SpainPrince Felipe and Princess Letizia having sexGermanyRobert RedekerMozart’s IdomeneaCuba

Translation: Nabeelah Shabbir