68 years of pain
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!