Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, August 17th, 2018

The ‘Untold Sorrow to Mankind’ Continues

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The ‘Untold Sorrow to Mankind’ Continues

The protracted war and violence have generated horrible consequences in human societies. People endured the scourge of war for many decades, which resulted in heavy casualties and mammoth destruction. The pain and sufferings caused by historical wars are indescribable. Scores of civilians, including women and children, were killed in cold blood both in international conflicts and civil unrest.
Considering the adverse implications of global conflagration, the world approved Charter of the United Nations with the view of preventing from human fatalities. The reason behind the approval of the Charter is stated in its preamble as, “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.” It further urges all nations to exercise tolerance and live together with the spirit of brotherhood.
To live a peaceful and prosperous life, people of the United Nations need to exercise tolerance, practice upon moral principles and principle of equal rights and self-determination, and respect the fundamental freedoms and inherent dignity of one another.
It is self-explanatory that war on the basis of religion, race, and ideology killed a large number of people and destroyed countries throughout the history. One nation degraded another through claiming superiority on the grounds of their race or religion. That is to say, ideological and racial superiority and degradation of a nation or an ethnic group were the main reasons behind global conflagration.
Despite the fact that the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) were enacted on the basis of democratic principles and advocate the rights and dignity of all individuals and nations, the scourges of war still inflict indescribable pain and sufferings upon nations. Human fatalities continue unabated as a result of escalated war and militancy.
The bloody, historical wars, which outraged the conscience of the public, were not an eye-opener for the world and people still suffer in the wake of regional disputes. The ideological tension has not been ended despite its horrible consequences. The rights and freedoms of people are violated to a great extent. One’s life is no more respected as streams of blood are spilled in every nook and cranny of the world. Children’s throats are sliced and women’s dignity isdisrespected. Scores of people, particularly women and children, undergo unspeakable anguish in war-ravaged countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Libya, etc.
The emergence of militant groups, which claim to fight for ideological reason and religious faith, has generated further turbulence and compounded violation of human rights. Militant fighters show no respect to international instruments and target civilians indiscriminately. For instance, the Taliban guerilla fighters spilled the blood of civilians in Afghanistan and the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) practiced the same in Iraq and Syria and also discriminated people on the grounds of their race and beliefs. Yazidi women bore the brunt of their radical ideology and inhuman treatment. They fell the victim of rape simply for not adhering the warp minds of the ISIL group which flagrantly trampled upon the rights and dignity of people.
The war and violence still wreak havoc on human societies and increase human fatalities. Both states and militants are involved in human casualties. A number of people lose their lives as a result of bombings and airstrikes carried out by states. Meanwhile, militancy is boundless and has transcended all national and international restrictions. To put it succinctly, the cycle of war never stops and a vacuum for the spirit of brotherhood is widely felt around the globe.
To sum up, the world void of violence and bloodshed has not been formed and the utopia where people could exercise their rights and freedoms remains elusive. We live in the world which is filled with violence, fear, and hatred. The inherent and inalienable rights and dignity of mankind violated flagrantly around the world. Civilians are highly susceptible to cruelty, injustice, and insurgency. The gory incidents, which fill one with an outpouring of grief, is a stain on the conscience of the public. That is we live in a real dystopia in which individuals suffer from unspeakable pain and anguish. The “untold sorrow to mankind” has not been ended and “freedom from fear and want”, which was proclaimed as the intense desire of people of the United Nations, did not come true.

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

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