Last night I dreamed that we were marching for human rights, marching and singing. For solidarity with the people who flee their homes. For freedom and understanding. The people who flee have no choice.
I’m not old and wise enough to understand that much of history and politics, but I know that our world today freaks me out. Human life seems to be worth so little; what happened to all the pretty words and promises?
Yesterday I was reading texts that I wrote some year ago. I was struck by how nothing has changed, at least not to the better. Maybe to the worse.
While the number of displaced people in the world is reaching an all time high, Europe is closing its border. While children are drowning in the mediterranean sea, our countries ask for ”breathing room”.
Is Article 14, the right to asylum, the most important article in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? No. Is it my favourite article? I don’t know, I guess it’s just the fight that I’ve chosen.
Nevertheless, Human Rights are Universal, Indivisible, Inalienable and Fundamental. The violation as well as realisation of one right is tightly related to the other. All humans are born free and equal. Oh, if that would be enough…
Which right do you want to bring attention to? Choose one or choose them all.
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Right to Equality
Freedom from Discrimination
Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security
Freedom from Slavery
Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law
Right to Equality before the Law
Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal
Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile
Right to Fair Public Hearing
Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty
Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, e rrespondence
Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country
Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It
Right to Marriage and Family
Right to Own Property
Freedom of Belief and Religion
Freedom of Opinion and Information
Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association
Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections
Right to Social Security
Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions
Right to Rest and Leisure
Right to Adequate Living Standard
Right to Education
Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community
Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document
Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development
Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights