The world is no longer like it used to be, everything has changed, people changed, morals, ethics and so did manners.

It’s our responsibility to make today’s world a better place, and create a stronger community. We struggled through time to gain what is supposed to be a basic need. The perfect peak and the ultimate goal of this struggle is what people call nowadays Human Rights. More specifically its inherent and supreme character.

But there is a question that I keep asking myself continually: is it realistic for us to talk about Human Rights? While living through such a selfish and egotistical world? A world where people are primarily driven by their endless thirst for power? People with no regard whatsoever for human dignity or human integrity?

What are Human Rights ?

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Eleanor Roosevelt with the Spanish version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

All around the world, people still don’t know what it is like to be human. What it is like to have enshrined rights, to be guaranteed with equality. What it is like to live a life of dignity, a normal human life with human rights.

But what is the real definition of human rights? From what I have seen and learnt “Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible”.

This is how the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights defines Human Rights.

A treacherous reality

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Yet one shall not get tricked while reading it. Its perfect wording might give you a securing feeling. It might convince you of the predominance of some perfectly shaped humanistic vision. But unfortunately none of what was mentioned earlier enjoys such a perfect existence: how can we talk about Human Rights while people are today suffering from war, conflicts, commercial sexual exploitation, discrimination, racial segregation, starvation, organ trade, rape…

Most of these problems were supposed to vanish a long time ago after the birth of the Human Right concept. However, they still evolved through time and worsened day by day. Even with endlessly-rising Human Rights activism and lobbying by Human Rights non-governmental organizations whom we trusted were going to be able to fight violations and other forms of infringement. It turned out to be nothing but false hopes and unrealistic expectations. The impact of “numbers”, “figures” and “reports” was very limited and wasn’t able to solve it all.

Still a long way to go

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Refugee chilfren in Serbia

 

We need REAL WORK, we need to get to action, and we need more SACRIFICES. How can we accept willingly to live in a world where everything is so messed up? Don’t we have duties to fulfil? Aren’t we accountable to this humanity?

If we work and join our effort together, then, not only the world will get better, but also we will get to know the true meaning of living like a human. Without having to endure humiliation, repression or unlawful killing.

Let’s stop being greedy for once, let’s try to show mercy everywhere. We need to take care of each other, hold hands, stand up and try to make a difference. If the past generations failed should we follow the same path? Aren’t we more capable? We have a better education, we have what it takes to build a strong nation. It’s not impossible because with great work and minds comes great responsibilities, big achievements, and any person can guarantee its rights, live freely and be the person they always wanted to be.

Ink on paper

If I am writing this article, it’s mainly because I am astonished by the lack of respect people have for Human Rights. I am still wondering about the numerous treaties we ratified. And among them the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. I personally think that it should be considered like bare “ink on paper”.

But we have come to a stage where it’s time to start have a new look of ourselves, rely on our own capacities, believe, dream and work hard to make all humans equal, to make them feel pride and live better and to draw a smile and a drop of hope on their faces.

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