The right to have the right rights

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), every human being, regardless of their age, gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, religion or any other status, is born with inalienable fundamental rights.

Among these fundamental rights, are the right to life, liberty and personal security; to education; to equality and freedom from discrimination; to justice and a fair trial; to freedom from torture and degrading treatment; to freedom of belief and religion.

The 10th of December is the International Day of Human Rights. I wish we could truly celebrate it worldwide. Unfortunately this celebration is like those birthday parties of primary school kids to which the entire classroom was invited but some were simply not expected to come. The official invitation was there, the envelope with a cute card in it, the phone number of the parent to whom you were supposed to call and confirm your kid’s attendance, although their voice sounded surprised at your confirmation. The world we live in today, has whole different groups of people who are not welcome to the party. Who, theoretically, are inherently entitled to those same rights that are being celebrated, except, when they are not.

Of what use is the right to education, when millions around the globe are simply deprived from it?

Of what use is the right to life, when there are still many countries with capital punishment?

Of what use is the right to freedom from discrimination, when there are races still considered inferior to others?

Of what use is the right to justice, when it’s one law for the rich and another for the poor?

Of what use is the right to freedom of religion, when so many are killed either for being from a different religion or complete atheists?

Of what use is the right to equality, when gay couples still have troubles to get married and to raise a family?

There is still a long way to go, for me to attend the perfect birthday party. One step at a time.

Happy International Human Rights Day


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