Wednesday, April 30, 2008

BlogCatalog.com Partners with Amnesty International for Bloggers Unite For Human Rights

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — BlogCatalog.com, the fastest-growing social network for bloggers on the Internet, is partnering with Amnesty International, a worldwide movement that campaigns for internationally recognized human rights, to expand a global social awareness campaign for human rights by launching a major initiative on May 15.

The campaign, Bloggers Unite For Human Rights, asks bloggers from all over the world to post about human rights on the same day, May 15. Collectively, their posts will reach millions of people all over the world at the same time, even in those countries where freedom of expression is regularly suppressed.

"Amnesty International is thrilled to be a part of Bloggers Unite for Human Rights," said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA. "Bloggers Unite for Human Rights is a great way to harness the power of the Internet to fight injustice and make the world a better place."

In addition to promoting the campaign to hundreds of thousands of members, Amnesty International is providing BlogCatalog source material for bloggers. Several topics include: the wrongful imprisonment of journalist Shi Tao in China; the illegal detentions at Guantanamo Bay; and the continuing murder, rape, abduction and displacement of people in Darfur, Sudan.

“Since its early beginnings, Bloggers Unite has truly evolved into a member-driven social awareness campaign that is conceived, promoted, and supported by tens of thousands of bloggers,” says Antony Berkman, president of BlogCatalog.com. “We are thrilled that their hard work has attracted the attention, admiration, and support of Amnesty International.”

Berkman said since each blogger is choosing his or her own human rights topic — the wrongful imprisonment of journalists, governments that abuse and murder their own citizens, and censorship of the Internet — he expects some may even share human rights stories that have yet to be covered by mainstream media.

Since 1961, Amnesty International members have worked to stop the abuse of internationally recognized human rights in over 150 countries and territories and in every region of the world. The organization won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961. Visit www.amnestyusa.org for more information.

Since last year, BlogCatalog.com has evolved from a blog directory into a member-driven online community for bloggers. More than 100,000 approved bloggers interact on BlogCatalog every day.

BlogCatalog.com continues to build on the momentum of its successful Bloggers Unite campaign and this May's Bloggers Unite For Human Rights promises to be perhaps the most visible and meaningful to date. Kudos to all the bloggers who will take part, and thank you to event sponsors BlogCatalog.com, Amnesty International USA and Copywrite, Ink. for giving a voice to an important issue.

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