68 years of pain

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

Afew days ago, the world com­mem­o­rated the 68th an­niver­sary of the is­suance of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights on Dec 10, 1948; the very same year when the Pales­tinian catas­tro­phe started and then re­treated to no longer ex­ist on in­ter­na­tional or re­gional lists of in­ter­ests. The same year also wit­nessed the is­suance of the Con­ven­tion on the Pre­ven­tion and Pun­ish­ment of the Crime of Geno­cide (geno­cide con­ven­tion), which was adopted by the UN’s Gen­eral Assem­bly on Dec 9, 1948. It might be also note­wor­thy to men­tion that Dec 9 also marks In­ter­na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Day, which makes us as­sert the close re­la­tion be­tween the spread of cor­rup­tion and the cor­rupt on the one hand and the preva­lence of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions on the other.

De­pri­va­tion of hu­man dig­nity and de­struc­tion is on the in­crease in the Arab world. When­ever we have the slight­est hope, it gets re­versed with jus­ti­fi­ca­tions of im­pos­ing more re­pres­sion and hu­mil­i­a­tion. What is hap­pen­ing in Syria is prob­a­bly a re­minder of the mag­ni­tude of this tragedy which will soon be­come an or­di­nary thing and peo­ple will for­get it.

We are cur­rently wit­ness­ing the worst refugee cri­sis in hu­man his­tory, and the world is still in­ca­pable of over­com­ing it. Refugees cross­ing in­ter­na­tional wa­ters and oceans on death boats have ex­ceeded 65 mil­lion, which is more than those reg­is­tered af­ter World War II. What makes things even worse is the num­ber of chil­dren amongst them, as the to­tal num­ber of chil­dren with­out ac­cess to school­ing in only five Arab coun­tries has ex­ceeded 13 mil­lion. We do not, of course, need to ex­plain what this means in terms of the con­tin­u­a­tion of ter­ror­ism by re­cruit­ing most of these young peo­ple to carry out killings or de­struc­tive op­er­a­tions within and out­side their own so­ci­eties.

I do not think that we are talk­ing here about mea­sures and meth­ods to stop the con­tin­u­ous waste of hu­man ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the amount of in­dif­fer­ence pre­vail­ing amongst hu­man be­ings who have grown more sense­less, and scenes of blood­shed no longer touches their feel­ings, ex­cept maybe in cases of po­lit­i­cal ten­sion where we only ex­press con­cern when that blood or the vic­tim be­longs to our group, sect, doc­trine or race, and ‘to hell with oth­ers’. This ap­plies for both mi­nori­ties and ma­jori­ties.

As­sum­ing that this world does have a head, the en­tire world from head to toe suf­fers from a moral cri­sis. It has been snob­bishly and ar­ro­gantly deal­ing with the hu­man dis­pos­ses­sion pre­vail­ing world­wide and will only lead us to more crises.

On the 68th an­niver­sary of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights, in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics seems to be dead­locked, ex­treme and le­nient over shed­ding of oth­ers’ blood. It seems that there is no hope that the wounds of the in­no­cent will heal. Peace and hu­man­ity dig­nity ad­vo­cates will have to co­op­er­ate and com­bine ef­forts and de­velop their tools to deal with more tragedies yet to come more ef­fec­tively and dev­as­tat­ingly - a thing which seems so dif­fi­cult, yet achiev­able!

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