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The state of the world's human rights

10 December 2008

Thousands get Fired Up for human rights

Thousands get Fired Up for human rights

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amnesty International is organizing a series of Fire Up! events around the world.

The organization is mobilising its 2.2 million members to recognize the historic moment when world leaders committed themselves to supporting and promoting human rights. From Bangladesh to Burkina Faso, Australia to Austria and Paraguay to the Philippines, thousands of people will light a candle, fire or flame as part of a mass demonstration in support of human rights.

There are confirmed Fire Up! events happening in 27 countries with over 100 cities and towns taking part. Candles will also be lit online by people taking part in Fire Up! on their websites and blogs.

Amnesty International supporters will also Sign Up! by adopting the Passport for Human Rights.  People signing up for the passport demonstrate their commitment to stand up for universal, indivisible human rights - the belief that that everyone has rights, regardless of their race, colour, creed, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or age.

The 60th anniversary of the landmark declaration has also been marked by the Small Places Tour. Musicians, led by Peter Gabriel and U2's The Edge, have been raising their voices in song and action in hundreds of concerts held around the world. The tour started on 10th September and ends on 10th December, the date of the anniversary.

Take your own Fire Up photos

There are confirmed Fire Up events happening in 27 countries with over 100 cities and towns taking part: These countries are: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, India, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and the UK.

See your country's local Amnesty International website for more details.

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