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Regarding the detention at UNDP Bahrain of three non-violent Human Rights protesters

Your Excellency Firas Gharaibeh, Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP,

I am writing to express my concern and consternation at the way the peaceful and non-violent protest of three citizens seeking freedom for their loved ones in detention in Bahrain today was handled. I am speaking of Asma Darwish, Sawsam Jawad, and Zainab Alkhawaja. Ms. Alkhawaja’s father, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, is an internationally known human rights activist and is the former President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and is currently a member of the International Advisory Network in the Business and Human Rights Resource Center chaired by Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was taken along with Ms. Alkhawaja’s husband and brother-in-law in a raid by masked men on the night of April 9. He was brutally beaten into unconsciousness in front of his family before being abducted.

When Ms. Alkhawaja and her companions attempted to stage a non-violent sit-in at your office today, you called the Bahrani authorities and turned them over to them. If they are detained, raped, tortured, or murdered, you will be morally and legally responsible.

I want you to know that the whole world is watching. The whole world is watching *you*, your Excellency.

I look forward to your prompt reply.

sincerely,

Henry Edward Hardy
Somerville, MA, USA

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Copyright © 2011 Henry Edward Hardy

15 June, 2011 Posted by | Bahrain, blog, blogger, Firas Gharaibeh, free speech, freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, news, politics, protest, protesters, scanlyze | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Response to ‘Netbooks: our modern-day Tower of Babel’

Response to ‘Netbooks: our modern-day Tower of Babel’

Dear Ashley Dresser,

I am writing to comment on your column, Netbooks: our modern-day Tower of Babel, published 9/13/2009 at http://www.mndaily.com/2009/09/13/netbooks-our-modern-day-tower-babel

I am the former senior systems administrator for One Laptop per Child (OLPC). I am speaking only for myself.

When I worked for OLPC, it had about 23 employees. How do you realistically propose that we would have provided individual training, “One Trainer per Child” as you put it, to over 700,000 users? That is the job of the country or nonprofit managing the deployment, not OLPC.

OLPC has not been a failure, not withstanding the vitriolic opinion on one blogger on a private .com website covering the UN (not a “UN-based blog”).

Each country and region has its own culture and pedagogical standards and methods. OLPC cannot dictate to Mongolia, Peru, Uruguay, Nepal, etc. how they should use the laptops or how they should teach.

You say, “American customers often experience delays in receiving their laptops and among delivery to those in need, several thousand orders have been reported lost or stolen.”

There are no American customers aside from some local deployments. The Give One, Get One promotion ended nine months ago. Did you not know this?

You say that several thousand orders have been reported lost or stolen. Where and when? If this happened, how is it the fault or responsibility of OLPC?

Why are you so hostile and ill-informed toward such a wonderful and brilliant program? You could do better, I suppose?

I am very proud of the time that I spent at OLPC, and I have never met a more brilliant, caring, hard-working, and committed group of people anywhere. They, and the world’s children, deserve better from you.

I will be posting this letter, and your response should you care to provide one, on my blog at https://scanlyze.wordpress.com .

Sincerely,

Henry Edward Hardy

See:
Nasty UNdispatch blog attack on One Laptop per Child — a response
The dream of OLPC and the aid bubble

Copyright © 2009 Henry Edward Hardy

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15 September, 2009 Posted by | Ashley Dresser, blog, development, international, journalism, Minnesota Daily, news, OLPC, One Laptop Per Child, scanlyze, UNDispatch, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment