Speak Truth to Power

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This website is dedicated to human rights and justice (established 2007).

“Have I not seen secret malignance strike down
the helpless under cover of hypocritical might?”

“Have I not heard the silenced voice of justice
weeping in solitude at might’s defiant outrages?”

These words written decades ago, by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, continue to resonate powerfully sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Injustice, inequality, discrimination, abuse of power, denial of rights, and mass violations of human rights continue.

In advanced liberal democracies, inequality increases and discrimination becomes more sophisticated and thus insidious. Around the globe, human indignity and suffering proliferates in a world of plenty. Our ability to know what is going on has never been greater. And yet, poverty and human rights abuses – individual and mass in scale – occur with all too common and apathetic frequency.

In 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. published, “Why We Can’t Wait.” Speak truth to power – this is what brave men and women have done throughout history. It is what we must do – to close the gap between rhetoric and reality. We Can’t Wait.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he
stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and
controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am motivated by the possibility of committed work, work begun by institutions, citizens organizations, NGO’s, independent media, and legal advocacy to contribute to public reasoning, ask questions, help others – to a global civil society. Louise Arbour (former UNHCR) has said:

“Human rights work is like cleaning your house. You don’t do it once
and say ‘That’s it.’ It’s day to day, part of our humanity.”

Each one of us bears responsibility to be our brother and sisters keeper. We must overcome the indifference and act. My commitment is to use advocacy and the law as a force for good – recognizing the legal system itself is challenged with inequality and many blind spots. Speak truth to Power!

Sincerely,
Bill Sundhu