Human rights. Each and everyone of us that is currently reading this, would most certainly have rights, would we not?
…Well I would most certainly hope so, because the last time I checked, I only had human readers on here.
(…Ah, aren’t I just punny? 😉
The term human rights basically means that every individual should share and enjoy the same freedoms and fundamental rights — in other words, the fact that you exist as a human being means that you have the right to life itself, which includes the things that are needed to survive such as food, clothing, shelter, and so forth. The human rights concept can actually be traced to ancient times; for example, the Ten Commandments, which prohibit murder and theft, thereby recognizing the right to life and property.
Due to the fact that these rights seem basic, simple, many of us have taken them for granted. We fail to realize that just because our rights are respected and protected, we forget that there are still others whom are being deprived of it.
Let’s use the Rohingyans as an example, shall we?
With the ongoing almost genocidal ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyans, I say almost, because by the eyes of the world, the aggression they face have yet to reach such level of genocidal atrocity. Yeah, I don’t get how that works, either. But. It’s logical, apparently. Their struggles till today are still ignored by the Myanmar government, the media, the world, by the most of us. The Rohingyans are struggling day-to-day to survive. Chances of them getting killed and burnt alive, exists in every corner.
Yet somehow, people have continuously pushed aside their sufferings with pathetic reasons such as “Oh, they’re simply ‘illegal immigrants’.” “They’re just some Muslims” “Simply unaccepted minorities.” The level of discrimination that these people face are so severe, that it has become impossible to imagine. I may have missed the memo, but does being the people that they are, make them less of a human? Have they lost all of their rights just because people aren’t happy with their status?
Aung San Suu Kyi, The Noble Peace Prize Winner, well known for her solidarity with the struggles of humanity, where is she now? This mass killing of Rohingyans is happening on her very own land. Yet, she keeps silent. Refusing to comment. Where is the Dalai Lama? Are these people so unworthy that they deserve to be killed and treated the way they currently are? And that’s just one example.
Human rights, isn’t just about how we should be treated, what we should be given, what should be done for us, what we deserve. It’s about equality. We need to remember that our rights end, the moment the rights of others begin. We cannot simply “cherry-pick” what we like and kick-off what we don’t. We have to respect and practice the laws of human rights fully and entirely, as what it is.
As the Prophet Muhammad had stated in his Last Sermon,
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a White has no superiority over a Black nor a Black has any superiority over a White except by piety and good action.”
Meaning, that no matter the color you are, the status you may hold, you are creations of the Almighty. The only thing that differentiates you from another person, is by the good that you do and the actions that you choose to make.
We are humans, whom are meant to be humane. But we have failed to care about the wellbeing and rights of our fellow man. We have allowed people, our brothers, our sisters around the world, to go to sleep at night hungry and in fear, while we feast and live in peace. We have turned a blind eye towards the people who have to continuously fight for their lives.
It’s important for us to take note that as Reverend Desmond Tutu had stated, and I quote,
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Who are we to judge who’s better than the other? What power do we have, to determine who should live and who should die? At the end of the day, no matter what continent we come from, what shade our eyes are, when we bleed, we bleed the same color.
Human Rights, is an inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being. Again, EQUALITY.
Very much like religion and faith, Human Rights is something that we need to believe in fully. We can’t simply choose what bodes well with us, and leave the rest…just because.
We have to remember, that with;
Every silence that we partake,
Every lack of action that we make,
Another child, another man, won’t wake.
Is our ignorance worth the lost of another’s life?