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December 10, 2009
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Happy Human Rights Day! (Why it Matters)

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Dear Human Rights Defender,

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and two years later, the General Assembly invited the world to observe December 10th as Human Rights Day.

But this is not a history lesson.

 Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted 61 years ago, human rights violations occur every minute of every day. In fact, According to India's own National Human Rights Commission, 346 people in India are believed to have been killed in extrajudicial police encounters since 2006. The truth is, these sorts of atrocities will continue to occur as long as impunity, the institutional refusal to hold perpetrators accountable, runs rampant. This is why Ensaaf's work matters now.

Do you have $50 a month—the cost of dinner for two at a mid-priced restaurant—to sustain our mission of achieving justice for mass state crimes in India?

After we traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to meet with the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, much of our research was included in their 2009 report.

Ensaaf alerts the United Nations to critical human rights issues, including the situation of impunity in Punjab. In fact, after we traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to meet with the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, much of our research was included in their 2009 report. Can you send a gift of $50, or whatever amount you can afford, to ensure that we can continue to engage the United Nations?

You can read plain language and standard versions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights online. Then, test your knowledge on human rights by taking the United Nations' quiz on human rights.

Happy Human Rights Day!

Sincerely,
The Ensaaf Team

P.S. If you'd like to turn your used vehicle into a tax deduction, Ensaaf is now accepting donations through Cars for Causes. It's a great way to honk for human rights!

Please learn more about Ensaaf's work, and how it works to hold perpetrators accountable.