Well, I know you could probably be wondering that how is blogging and Human Rights related? Okay, let’s begin by breaking down these two in brief.
Blogging is basically creating content ranging from video, written, audio among others and publishing them online on your site if you own one or selling that content to be published somewhere else by someone rather than just you. This makes it a form of social network since when you blog, your main aim is to build a social relation with your publics. The content one talks about is not limited to a particular topic, one talks about anything that best suits him/her.
Human Rights on the other hand are standards that guarantees and tries to fulfill and satisfy an array of factors ranging from the basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and other factors such as education, liberty, life, equality, discrimination, expression, security, forced labor, privacy, religion, speech among many other entities. And, they are called human rights because they only apply to human beings.
Now, this is how the two come in handy, our Kenyan Constitution 2010, which to me is actually a rights based constitution, gives every Kenyan the freedom of expression and freedom of the media and to be specific, Article 33 (1) (a) and (b) and Article 34 (1) which gives us that freedom as long as it doesn’t infringe on others’ rights which is basically violating the laws. Blogging is actually one of those ways we express ourselves and put out our views on a particular topic.
Although the same constitution, Article 21 (1) says that it is the fundamental duty of every state and state organ to observe to observe, respect, protect, promote and to fulfill the rights and freedom, that duty is not only limited to the government alone. When you look at the composition of a state, we have citizens as well. Therefore, we are the citizens, we bloggers, and we have the duty to protect and promote the basic fundamental Human Rights, every citizen. But, in the three world countries like Kenya where I may say that we have a massive mass incompetency and the citizens regularly have their rights and freedoms abused, employing the power of social media which many can access is a better way to impart that information to the incompetent masses in ways that helps to protect and promote the rights of those who are vulnerable and enlighten them on the freedom to choose how to live and express themselves.
Bloggers are therefore the government’s watchdog or any other individual trying to violate the rights of others whenever they tend to address and provide solutions to those problems.
Protecting and promoting Human rights.
Just like I said in the third paragraph, human rights are standards that aim to satisfy and fulfill an array of factors, a certain blogger or blog may decide to simply specialize in just one area of interest or talk about what comes to the table at hand. Blogging itself is a platform which can be accessed by many as long as it is good content and if you have a good mass of the public, you have access.
A lot of events have been occurring every now and then which clearly are violating the life standards such as discrimination, extra-judicial killings, economic exploitation, child abuse, mistreatment of the disabled, abusing women and other vulnerable groups, current slavery like the ones we witnessed in Libya, mistreatment of interns, abuse of office among many more. One will actually realize how cubing all these individually would be a huge task that he can’t even start. But, it is the duty of a blogger to help ensure that fellow citizens should not be mistreated and their rights not abused. I believe in the power of snowballing, it starts by me, then to my friend, then to his/her friends and the ball is passed just continually like that until it becomes a trend.
When I condemn a certain organ’s bad policy trying to exploit me/us through my blog and the public reads it, am already protecting a right and creating awareness to the public that they should not at any given point allow what am condemning to happen to them too. Usually, the government primarily just guarantee us our rights, let’s say in written documents such as constitution. I, condemning the violation of those rights is already protecting them.
Blog bodies in Kenya such as the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) which is a community organization of Kenyan bloggers and content creators which itself promotes online content creation and assuring bloggers freedom of expression is already protecting human rights just by creating that platform. The body brings the hope we need when expressing ourselves thus we enjoy that guarantee provided to express ourselves as long as we do not infringe on others’ rights. Through their blogs, they enlighten and empower the public that they rightfully deserve to choose what they want and enjoy their lives. This is also fused with training workshops and even awarding bloggers so as to achieve better acceptance in the society as well as to prove to the society that truly bloggers are their shields.
Through addressing/putting to light/giving proposals and holding dialogues on fundamental issues affecting our daily lives, also plays a big role in protecting human rights because some people, actually the violators are kept on toes and on watch. When we talk against something boldly, no one would want to engage into committing that offense since they would be on the lame light. Today blogging is actually one of the main tools used by most entities to expose those violating our rights and people are keen on bloggers just for such information.
So, without any fear, use the platform available to you as a content creator to protect and promote any form of human rights.
- The constitution of Kenya 2010. Chapter 4, the bill of rights.
- Also read on forums such as,