Every year Human Rights Day provides an opportunity, to many of us, to highlight issues that matter to us and to advocate human rights for all. This year the spotlight is on the rights of people – the poor, the marginalized and the disingenuous, women and youth and those across the gender spectrum. Every one has the right to be heard and the right to participate.
The idea that every voice counts is one that is very close to the notion of Global Voices  as a platform and as a community. As netizens unite  to have their voices heard when the world's authorities argue on who should run the internet, we decided to ask our diverse community to participate and speak out on issues that matter to them and look back at issues we have covered over the year bearing in mind that every voice counts.
With Syria and Gaza  plunging into information by pulling the plug on the internet, the right to access remained one of the most pertinent issues. Our special coverage  included Syria,archiving online reactions  to Syria's internet blackout and the resurgence  as parts of Syria regained connectivity, protests in Bahrain  and Yemen  amid media blackout, conflict voices  from Caucasus and Sudan revolts , in-depth coverage  of Russia's protest movements,bearing witness  to Egypt's historic presidential elections and the aftermath and the intense elections  in Venezuela, seeking indigenous voices r epresenting 370 million people that speak more than 4000 languages, a spotlight on the forgotten voices  of Myanmar's Rohnigya, keeping an eye on the worldwide #occupy movements  and SlutWalks  a new protest movement defending women's rights and most importantly monitoring and defending internet freedom, free speech and freedom to access with Global Voices Advocacy evolving in to a community determined to take a stand .
Then there were other stories that needed the world's attention as we stood true to the notion that we are reminded of today; every voice counts.Qatar's life imprisonment  of a poet that praised Arab spring,Russia's crackdown  on online satire, women being barred  and penalized from using mobile phones in villages in India, stricter SIM card registration process hampering communication in Zambia , Pakistan's consistent pursuit to replicate  the great firewall of China, Tajikistan blocking  of facebook and summoning Mark Zuckerberg – a move startlingly similar to that of Pakistani authorities, Internet companies overlooking  user privacy, the fight for free expression  as authorities muscle in more control, we continued to speak out against impunity  and for justice for threatened voices , these are the few issues global voices as a community has been able to bring attention to. As we move forward towards the end of the year, there will be a more comprehensive overview of the year through the eyes of the networked.