Book of the Week: Here I Stand
In a time when oppression and human rights violations seem to be on the rise across the globe, books like Here I Stand have never been more important. Twenty-five authors and illustrators contributed towards this anthology of stories and poems that speak for freedom. These stories are thought-provoking, inspiring, and heart-breaking. They explore the biggest human rights issues that young people face today including education, LGBT+ rights, and freedom of speech. Although they are works of fiction, these stories are all rooted in truth.
“Our rights are as much a part of our proud heritage as our books, music, art and ancient monuments, and they need defending.”
In far too many parts of the world it is illegal to speak out against the government, be in and support same-sex relationships, follow a different religion, and dress however you want. These ‘crimes’ are punishable by imprisonment and, in some cases, death. Even the long-established rights the Western world enjoys need to be defended from groups and schemes that would seek to undo them. Amnesty International and Here I Stand aim to challenge such regimes, and fight the never-ending fight for basic human freedoms worldwide. This book is a reminder that we must not take our rights for granted because they are hard-won, and we still have a very long way to go.
“A thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems celebrating freedoms or quietly mourning their loss” - The Guardian