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General News    H4'ed 6/30/09

The Greening of Iran

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"Just because they are not Singaporeans, people cannot express their support for what is right?" she asked. "Is that what we are teaching our children? In an internationalised world where movement of people [is] much more pronounced is it reasonable to expect other nationals to remain silent about what goes on in their home countries?"

Watching protestors flowing by calling for free and fair elections, I would say most definitely not. Why? Because a violation of human rights anywhere is a violation of human rights everywhere. That's the truth of it. People must be free to speak against injustice everywhere and anywhere, no matter where they live or what nationality they identify with.

We must remain free to stand in solidarity for the fundamental rights of all people everywhere, whether they live in Singapore or Iran or Belarus or anywhere else. Why? Because we should all be caring citizens of one world.

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Timothy Cooper is the Executive Director of Worldrights, an international NGO specializing in US and China human rights issues.
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