“Listen to the Banned”

December 10, 2010

December 10 is the International Day for Human Rights.

Every year  and everywhere in the world on this day people, well-known and less so,  try to bring attention to the public about  a sad and  endless list of violations of human rights.

At this precise moment  men, women, children are suffering because of the deliberate cruelty of others. They are suffering because neither their fundamental rights nor their dignity are being respected. They are suffering as innocent victims of wars waged because of some leaders’ greed and intolerance. They are suffering and denied their freedom of speech, thoughts,  religion, sexual orientation, culture. They are suffering because of their very existence that others want to eliminate. The list is long, too long, the pain is intolerable  and the hope to see a liberating light often too weak.

In the recent magazine of Amnesty International, I read about this new CD : “Listen to the Banned”.

“A compilation and a unique musical statement by artists who are united in one single, important issue – the protection of the freedom of musical expression, a freedom many take for granted” but one that is not accepted in many countries. Censorship can be extreme.

In many  countries, musicians are targeted because their songs tell of the frustrations and aspirations of their fellow citizens. Their messages are received even by illiterates and  shared from mouth to ear independently of media and governement control.

I like to think of this day as a day of Hope, for where would we be without hope ?  Hence my small flowers of hope surrounding the Banned  and their music. A wonderful music from various continents but with a single message : freedom of expression.

Music must not be silenced


The following are two out of 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights :

Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Here is a link to listen to some of  these banned musicians :



16 Responses to ““Listen to the Banned””

  1. Cindy said

    Off to see if I can buy the CD online, thanks for the info Isa!

  2. Karma said

    A nice reminder at this time of year, when many of us are absorbed in our own thoughts of everything we have to do.

  3. Thanks for posting about this – I think I’ll have to track down somewhere to buy this CD.

  4. awesome. so happy to read this post. thanks for putting it out there.

    • Thanks, serena, I appreciate your comment. The defense of human rights has always been an important engagement for me. December 10 is the day we all join together and feel stronger. For them.

  5. Kathy said

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Isa. We must remember to support basic human rights, to speak up, to share with others. Thanks for this reminder. Somday, maybe, these rights will be there for everyone.

    • Thanks to you, Kathy. Every voice counts: for the leaders to know that we are aware and condemn all the violations of human rights; for the victims also to let them know they are not forgotten and we care. Like you I hope that someday these basic rights will exist for everyone.

  6. Carsten said

    Good morning Isabelle 🙂
    Thanks for writing this important post.
    How difficult can it be to respect other people?Unfortunately greed and envy makes the worst of many people.
    Let us hope for a brighter future.

  7. truels said

    Thank you for writing about this important topic. Though we have freedom to write and read (almost) everything here – we often forget that many millions in the world can not do this – and must be very cautious how they express themselves. That must be very hard. Anyway, I know some bloggers for example in Iran, who succeed very well practicing this difficult art ….
    Like Carsten I hope that freedom and tolerance will win there and all the other places, where you can be imprisoned or killed for speaking your mind.

  8. ;)) truels, just wanted to surprise you and Carsten. I wrote on google search: “merci beaucoup en danois” and there came mange tak ! Now, don´t ask me too much, please.

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