HUMAN RIGHTS and THE MASSES


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THE HISTORY

In 539 B.C., the armies of Cyrus the Great, the first king of ancient Persia, conquered the city of Babylon.  His victory wouldn’t have been notable, but his following actions marked a major advance for Man. He freed the slaves, declared that all people had the right to choose their own religion, and established racial equality. These and other decrees were recorded in what is known today as the Cyrus Cylinder. Today, this ancient record is recognized as the world’s first charter of human rights. 

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Moreso, after the violation of several ancient laws and customs by which England was being governed, King John of England, in 1215, was forced to sign the Magna Carta, which also enumerated some concepts thought of as human rights. Among these was the right of the Church to be independent and free from all governmental interference, the rights of all free citizens to own and inherit property and also be protected from excessive and extorting taxes. It established the right of widows who owned property to choose not to remarry, and established principles of due process and equality before the law. These and many more advocate the authenticity of this step which is widely viewed as one of the most important legal documents in the development of modern democracy. The Magna Carta was really a crucial and great turning point in the struggle to establish freedom.

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733 years later, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For the first time, the Universal Declaration set out fundamental rights and freedoms shared by all human beings. In 1998 the Human Rights Act was passed making the human rights in the European Convention on Human Rights directly enforceable in the UK. It entered into force on the 2nd of October 2000.

But wait! Am I going into too much history? I guess it’s just to bring some awareness of how the struggle for the Human Rights started and where we are today.

I think it is pertinent to make a list of at least some – if not all –  acclaimed Masses-favoured Rights, which even the common man won’t fail to mention  if asked.

 

THE RIGHTS

1) Freedom or Right to Life: It justifies everybody to the liberty of living their lives the way, and where they want. In as much it’s not harming or causing problems for other people.

 2) Freedom of Speech and Expression: This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by a public authority and regardless of frontiers.

 3) Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion: To think, to decide, and to practice whatsoever religion is backed by this right. And under no cause should anybody be forced to follow an unwilling path or idea.

 4) Freedom of Movement: Right to travel to any part of the country to live, work and to catch your fun with no restriction.

 5) Reproductive Right : This permit couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health.

6) Right to Vote and be voted for: This right gives every citizen, who meet standards for any position to freely contest and solicit for votes and also permits every citizen to dash out their vote to whosoever they wish.

7) Right to be Protected or Right of Protection: It mandates the government in all ramifications to get her people protected and make them have rest of mind as far as security is concerned.

The list for rights and Freedoms continues, but let’s take a break here and ask ourselves, are these rights truly favourable to the masses?

An African Head of State was once quoted, during one of his addresses, saying, “Freedom of speech you have, but freedom after the speech I can’t guarantee”. All right thinking beings should be worried about how expression would be in such country.

One would keep wondering why some countries set standard for couples as to how many children to have. Also, I believe we won’t forget the killing of innocent citizens over flimsy offences of blasphemy and profanity, which is simply because they have refused to be allied to a particular religion. Yet, human rights say there is freedom of religion.

I won’t forget to mention the tension in several countries of the world over security. Wars, destruction, terrorism and tyranny in many countries of the world. Amazingly, it is within the power of some of these countries’ Governments to curb them all, but I guess they find pleasure in them.

All the written laws, customs backing human rights are always fresh and digested by scholars, freedom fighters and human activists. This write-up would of course not be complete if their efforts in the enforcement of these laws are not commended.                                       

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To end this volume, let us ask ourselves, when shall Human Rights be for all people? Or shall we continue to live on false writtens of deception?

 

 

THE POEM: the questions                                             

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When shall human rights be all’s right?

From false writtens of deception

Threading through gullibility

Of vulnerable assurance

                                                  

When shall expression have freedom?

My mind of thoughtful words stupor

Drunk of rather undrink nugget

Down surreal words alcoholics

 

When shall belief be really ours?

Of individual Volition

Without surcharge of fear homage

Before picking which faith to serve

 

When shall the wind, a true safe fence?

For all mankind citizenship

For solace over earthly lies

From lips of vainly false protect

 

When shall living be truly free?

With inexorable hunting

Of dogged persons with quest mind

To ameliorate life standards

 

When shall human right have true hues?

Of friendliness and staunch romance

To live, speak, believe, and real save

Radiate to all humanity

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3 Responses to “HUMAN RIGHTS and THE MASSES

  • Hhmnn! Thoughtful write up. Indeed lovely.

  • This is such an unusual write-up that feeds the idle hands and sleeping feet with the required inertia.

    Great piece.

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