Human rights. A list of 30 points which includes liberty and the right to freedom of expression, conscience, justice, thought and religion, as well as the right to not be discriminated and to be treated as an equal, just like any other citizen of the planet. It’s something we are all entitled to and was re-established after major losses in the World Wars, where the United Nations, an intergovernmental organization, was established to promote international co-operation and above all, human rights. After all, we all deserve to be treated with upmost dignity and respect, as well as equal rights in order to be able to achieve what we want without fear of not being accepted.
However, they don’t just mean personal rights such as freedom of movement and the right to not face any form of persecution, which is often taken for granted in first world countries, because we know they are there and enforced by the law and although not always fairly, and not always accepted by some, we know we can protest and reject unfair notions against us. They also stretch out to not only us, but those in developing and third world countries who are denied this international agreement, which most don’t even know about – on the basis of corruption. As long as someone out there is not being given full justice or dignity as a human, then we all are not truly free. It could easily be you next, Despite wars being fought against rulers such as Hitler, who killed millions of Jews on the basis of who they were and denied them, alongside many others their basic rights, as well as countries existing such as America who were built and born on freedom, human rights are still abused by many countries across the globe. There are leaders who are not even democratically elected or wanted and abuse their peoples freedoms and rights, which in my opinion is an insult to the people. If you are not providing what the people want with equal opportunities for all, you have no right to run the country. People are being killed and ethnically cleansed on the basis of skin colour or religion, refugees are escaping their countries in a bid to escape mass corruption and wars, girls are being denied education and treated as commodities, as well as freedom of expression being a crime in many countries. Why? Because human rights, undoubtedly something that we value and see as a strength of our freedom we deserve as a citizen of this earth are only words on a paper and there is no real way of enforcing them. During the world wars, the League of Nations, another version of the United Nations enforced sanctions and collective security, though the countries that abused the treaty would simply leave and unite with a country that was either not in the LON, or was not prepared to give up their diplomatic ties and all on the basis of what?
Human rights. As sad as it is, abuse of human rights is often given a blind eye by some world leaders, who, as grim as this sounds, seem to value their materialistic gains far more than the legacy that we live on – to value rights we all deserve. No – one should feel scared, or unsafe but it is the reality today in war zones, and places where exploitation of people are given a blind eye. And the sad thing? So many people don’t even know the rights they are entitled to no matter where they are or who they are on the basis of education, which is ironically one of their rights, too.
We are all humans, entitled to free will and speech, as long as we are not harming anyone, but who gives us the right to question or dictate and even forcibly dictate someones life? Change truly does begin with us, and by enforcing and not taking our rights for granted, but rather accepting them as always there, we can make a difference in our personal lives and the way we live. Because if we can all adopt the acceptance of someone no matter their skin, religion, ethnicity, background, age, gender, or past, we can truly spread this energy to those parts of the word which are deprived of it. it must be a joint effort. A HUMAN EFFORT.
If human rights remain simply words on a paper and not made a reality, people will continue to turn a blind eye and that’s all they will remain….
Thanks for reading, this one was a bit deep as I watched something recently on the deprival of human rights and it’s something I’m determined to see change as it makes me really feel for those who suffer! 😦
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