Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

Bianca Jaggerformer actress and model is now a human rights activist. Jagger currently serves as a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Founder and Chair of the "Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation", Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA, and a Trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust.

Over the past thirty years Jagger has written articles and opinion pieces, delivered numerous speeches at conferences and events all over the world and participated in multiple television and radio debates, about various issues including genocide, the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the war on terror, war crimes against humanity, crimes against future generations, the Former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka, Central America, Iran, Iraq, India, children and women’s rights, the rights of indigenous peoples, climate change, the rainforest, renewable energy, corporate social responsibility, the ensuing erosion of civil liberties and human rights, and the death penalty.

Bianca Jagger is the founder of the "Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation", which she chairs. She came back to Nicaragua to search for her parents after the 1972 Nicaragua earthquake, which ruined Managua, the capital, leaving a toll of more than 10,000 deaths and tens of thousands homeless.

In early 1979, Jagger visited Nicaragua with an International Red Cross delegation and was shocked by the brutality and oppression that the Somoza regime carried out there. This convinced her to commit herself to the issues of justice and human rights.

In the 1980s, Jagger worked to oppose US government intervention in Nicaragua after the Sandinista revolution. She has also opposed the death penalty and defended the rights of women and of indigenous peoples in Latin America, notably the Yanomami tribe in Brazil against the invasion of gold miners. 

Jagger spoke up for victims of the conflicts in Bosnia and Serbia. Her writings were published in several newspapers (including the New York Times and the Sunday Express). From the late 1970s she collaborated with many humanitarian organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Jagger was also a member of the Twentieth Century Task Force to Apprehend War Criminals and a trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust. She gave a reading at the start of the memorial service in London's Westminster Cathedral, which was timed to coincide with the funeral in Brazil of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot eight times on a tube-train after being mistaken for a suicide bomber in London. In March 2007 she became involved with Sarah Teather and the campaign to close Guantanamo Bay.

In March 2002, Jagger travelled to Afghanistan with a delegation of fourteen women, organised by Global Exchange to support Afghan women’s projects. On December 16, 2003 Jagger was nominated Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador.

From 2007 to 2009 Jagger was Chair of the World Future Council. On July 7, 2007, Jagger presented at the German leg of Live Earth in Hamburg. In July 2008, she was a signatory to a petition to the Catholic bishops of England and Wales to allow the wider celebration of the traditional Latin Mass. In January 2009, Jagger addressed some 12,000 people who rallied in Trafalgar Square in protest against an Israeli offensive in the Gaza several days earlier.

On October 8, 2010 she spoke at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) 2010 world conference on moving beyond petroleum and "Crimes against Present and Future Generations".

Needless to say that for her remarkable international work on behalf of humanitarian causes, Jagger has earned multiple awards.

If you want to learn more details about the "Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation", please visit this link:  http://www.biancajagger.org/

Source: Wikipedia

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