Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, November 24th, 2017

Human Rights Violations Continue

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Human Rights Violations Continue

“We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,”  these words were stated in the preamble of Charter of the United Nations.
Following the bloody wars and catastrophic issues throughout the history, which galvanized the world, a set of international instruments were issued to palliate the challenges of human societies and reduce violence and bloodshed. Members of the human family sought to put an end to the poignant agonies of mankind around the globe and strengthen the spirit of brotherhood.
Notwithstanding this fact, the ubiquitous war and violence have inflicted heavy casualties upon nations. Streams of blood have been and are being shed across the world. People undergo unmitigated sufferings in light of war and insurgency. The flagrant violation of human rights and dignity is widespread. With the profound mental impact of carnage and conflagration, human societies are most likely to lose their faith in human rights and principles enunciated in international instruments.
It is believe that democratic discourse and political rhetoric could not alleviate militancy. Religious fundamentalists seek to foist their warped mind on the public at gunpoint. They sow the seeds of discord in human societies through fomenting sectarian violence. Their insatiable desire for shedding blood is undeniable. The lofty ambition of international community for forming a utopia, where people could exercise their rights and freedoms without fear, did not come true. Hence, human rights discourse was not conducive to peace or stability, mainly as a result of escalation in terrorist activities that precipitated political upheaval across the region. Men, women, and children are decapitated on the grounds of their caste, color, and creed in many parts of the world, particularly in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Myanmar, to name but a few.
The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which has recently lost its territory in Iraq and Syria, inflicted heavy fatalities and indescribable sufferings upon Iraqi and Syrian nations. They stooped not only to political chicanery but also moral turpitude. That is to say, the ISIL group raped a number of Yazidi women in Iraq, on the basis of their beliefs, in addition to spilling the blood of innocent civilians. However, a number of men and women fell for the bogus claim of ISIL fighters in the face of their cruel and unsavory practices and supported them militarily, ideologically, or sexually – i.e., satiating their carnal desires. 
Despite the fall of their regime, the Taliban militants carry out indiscriminate attacks in Afghanistan killing combatants and non-combatants alike. The Taliban fractious outfit, which also pursues its sinister objectives under the mask of religion, tramples upon the rights and dignity of Afghan nation. The Taliban are adamant in their refusal to hold peace talks, albeit being called by Afghan government to come to negotiating table. Thus, the nascent democracy in the post-Taliban Afghanistan could not mitigate the pain and sorrow of Afghan nation, either.
It goes without saying that religious fundamentalism and dogmatic beliefs lead to violence and bloodshed. The militant fighters, who often nurture a rabid ideology, violate the individuals’ rights and dignity in the worst possible way. They feel no iota of tolerance toward the masses. Cruel practices and unconscionable acts are the mainstream of religious bigots and militants, who have been indoctrinated in seminaries across the border. The disciples of Mullah Omar and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (the Taliban and ISIL group) come from the same background.
Moral standard is also in its nadir in human societies. Men’s indifference to the sufferings of others is highly outrageous. Hearts are bereft of altruistic feelings. We live in grotesque world which is full of hatred and animosity. When we do not feel the pain and anguish of our brothers or sisters, claiming an amicable life will be in vain.
Considering the deleterious effects of intolerance, indifference, and radical mindset, all individuals will have to practice tolerance and have compassion for one another so as to live a peaceful life. It has been aptly said in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”. On the contrary, “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts”. Indeed, respecting the rights and dignity of mankind is incumbent on all nations for a peaceful coexistence. The scourge of war and militancy will continue if we do not “act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”.

Hujjatullah Zia is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at zia_hujjat@yahoo.com

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