May 2014 be better than 2013 and previous years; better in terms of human rights and the number of people upholding and speaking up in support of human rights principles.
May this new year see an end to widespread human rights violations in hot spots around the world, including Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic (CAR) and other less prominent conflict areas. May there be a break through in peace talks in the Middle East. May political prisoners, prisoners of conscience and prisoners without a crime walk free unconditionally in countries like Myanmar, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Tibet, Sri Lanka, China, Eritrea, Cameroon, Iran, Cuba and other places where people are held incommunicado (Guantanamo Bay detention camp comes to mind). May refugees fleeing armed conflict and persecution find safety and human dignity in countries of destination.
It is my wish that ordinary people and governments around the world learn to show humanity and treat all natural persons in the spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood, irrespective of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, disability or ethnicity.
Happy New Year 2014!