UNTIL ALL ACHIEVE WELL-BEING

Welcome to the Wednesday, January 26, 2005 issue of this Peace&Justice action email!


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HOLOCAUST 60th ANNIVERSARY

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust (specifically January 27 marks the day that the Auschwitz death camp was liberated by Soviet troops).

Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis last century. In addition it is estimated that at least that number of other people were killed -- such as Slavs, Gypsies, homosexuals, disabled people, anyone of African descent, and many more individuals who for one reason or another, were regarded as degenerates or considered racially inferior.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, himself a Holocaust survivor, said he feared the lessons of Auschwitz had already been lost.

"If the world had listened we may have prevented Darfur, Cambodia, Bosnia and naturally Rwanda," Mr Wiesel told the UN assembly.

"We know that for the dead it is too late... but it is not too late for today's children, ours and yours."

I hope that we will all find some time during this week to pause before such utter human depravity. While "Never again!" is a sentiment that eludes us, it remains crucial that we still take time to remember . . . and perhaps to reflect on the tiny steps that can lead people to dehumanize "others" . . . and finally to be on guard for any of those tiny steps whether around us or even within us. As mentioned in a previous UWAA email, fear is both that healthy reaction that has allowed us as a species to survive, and yet it is also that reaction that can be played upon to incite horrible things.


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TAKE ACTION ON SUDAN

As part of this UWAA email's focus on Human Rights and the terrible consequences when they are extinguished, the following action can be taken to help coax the UN Security Council to ensure that the perpetrators of gross Human Right's abuses during the 21 year Sudan war are brought to justice. This is one aspect of helping to bolster the chances of "Never again!"

USA:
    http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=11467

Others: send to UN Council members for US & UK:
(copy-and-paste letter then click on appropriate "web form" button):
    http://web.amnesty.org/pages/sdn-180105-action-eng

Background:
    http://web.amnesty.org/pages/sdn-index-eng




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Rod Downing
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Surrey BC Canada
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