Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
Human Rights perhaps is the most debated subject in modern times along with being among the worst abused of all! Civilizations, cultures, education, compassion and the fact of being fellow human beings have still not put an end to violence and untold hatred among communities due to the mere reason of being different from one another!
Resolution A/RES/60/251 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 15th March 2006 gave birth to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which came into being without the support of the United States, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Israel! Although the world hailed this as a big step forward in the path to uphold and maintain the sanctity of human rights across all places, a lot needs to be done to ensure that ground realities change in many geographies especially in Tibet and Africa! Which brings me to the Godsend Paul Rusesabagina. If the name does not ring a bell, I'm sure Hotel Rwanda does! The movie is based on a real-life remarkable story of how one man ensured the safety of 1,268 people during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.
Scores of other such inspirational accounts remain and yet on the other side, numerous instances of human rights violations remain unreported and unnoticed. I do not know of a remedy for this scourge, but I do want to see my world and that of my unborn children safe, peaceful and conducive for a good living. I don't believe I'm asking for much, from fellow human beings!
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