Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Human Rights Day

On this day in 1948, the UN adopted the declaration of human rights. Since then, December 10 has been declared Human Rights Day


Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden. Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a North Korean prison camp, and managed to escape. This is his story.

Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo, translated from the Italian by Ann Leonari. Based on a true story, Iqbal is sold into slavery in a carpet factory. Once there, he explains the realities of what's going on to the other children and fights for a better life.

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan. Sahar loves Nasrin, but in Iran it is illegal to be homosexual. It is not, however, illegal to be transgendered. If Sahar underwent surgery and became a man, she could marry and openly love Nasrin. Does she sacrifice her love, or her gender?


Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf. Lucky and Nopi were kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers. Even after they escape and are reunited with their parents, the horrors of what they saw and what they did won’t leave.

Nine Days by Fred Hiatt. Ti'Anna’s father was an activist and dissident, forced to flee his China, although he still agitates from the safety of the US. After traveling to Hong Kong to visit some contacts, he disappears. Ti'Anna and her friend Ethan run away to Hong Kong to try to find him.

Guantanamo Boy by Anne Perera. Khalid is visiting relatives in Pakistan when he’s arrested by US Forces and taken to Guantanamo Bay. There he’s imprisoned and tortured, accused of terrorism.

What books would you add that deal with human rights?

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