Tuesday, 15 May 2012

human rights meditations: week 17

Kampala, Uganda, Africa at Sunrise 8x10, 5x7, 4x6
Kampala Uganda Africa at Sunrise by Donny Hinds of Adventurous Me via etsy.

Welcome to Week 17 of Human Rights Meditations. Each week we’re looking at an Article in the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Learn more about the series here. This series is all about the time that you spend reflecting, and engaging in the discussion via comments below & twitter (hash tag #hrmlak).

This week we’re looking at Article 17 of the UDHR.

Article 17: (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Read over the article above a few times and let it sink in (this is a long one, so you may want to break it up as you reflect). As you reflect, consider the following:
·          What's the first picture that came to your mind?
·          How did you respond to what you read?
·          Reflect how you feel about yourself in comparison to others.
·          Reflect on how you perceive others in your world. 
·          Reflect on your understanding of global issues.

Write the article down and stick it somewhere where you know you'll see it throughout the week. This will prompt you to keep the thinking going! Alternatively, write down something that has stood out to you throughout this meditation.  

Now, get talking! Let's talk openly about our thoughts on each article, what we're learning about ourselves and some of the actions we're taking to live more in line with the Declaration. Don't forget that as well as chatting via the comments below, you can get talking via twitter by including this tag: #hrmlak

Me first: 

  • It's all about the Mabo. Seriously. I don't think I could have read this article without thinking about 1. The famous Mabo case regarding Indigenous land rights and 2. The Castle's reference to the case. Interesting how Australia recognises this right, and that it is still so difficult for Indigenous people to have their land rights recognised by the government. Well, interesting and infuriating! 
  • I'm now thinking Climate Refugees- no one will take responsibility, yet we're all having an effect of the climate... could we one day be put on trial for our treatment of the earth, and the impact that has had on the welfare of millions? 

Kate xx

PS Thanks to Donny Hinds for supporting this series and sharing his insightful photograph above. You can check out more of Donny's work via his etsy shop, Adventurous Me

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