15 December, 2014


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Category: European Action Week, Guest writer
Gubaz Koberidze
7 pm

unnamed (1)Human Rights belong to us just because we are human beings. We are born with them, nobody gives or offers them, and therefore, nobody could take them away from us.  Human Rights defend dignity, and that is the reason why Human Rights are fundamental rights.

However, in practice there is a contradiction between those abstract ideals included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ‘reality’, something that has produced the emergence of social actors claiming for their recognition at every level.


`There are people who, through thought and action, have made a difference and have changed our world’.


Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Eleanor Roosevelt, Violeta Friedman, each one of these powerful universal rights defenders, dedicated their lives to support fundamental rights and are nowadays inspiration for all the people that work on this cause.

Their legacy should be a model for our societies that, unfortunately, still have in the intolerance (racism, xenophobia, LGBTIfobia, against women, against disabled people, anti-Semitism, islamophobia…) one of the biggest threats.

Nelson Mandela, probably one of the main symbols on Human Rights and someone who has inspired many Human Rights defenders and activists throughout the world, once said: ‘I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realized. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’

Martin Luther King, Jr., other of the main symbols on Human Rights, in 1960 stated:  ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’

The civic courage of Violeta Friedman, Jewish Holocaust survivor, her bravery and constancy, were reflected in her absolute dedication to the victims of racism and her work to raise awareness and promote a group of young people committed in the fight against intolerance.

But, ‘there are obstacles and limitations to this project of an everyday more fairy history assumed by these people and many others. Many rights have been conquered, but it does not mean they will stay there forever without our efforts.’

Every year, more than 7500 people around the world report Human Rights abuses. 180 countries violate them somehow.

Europe has been protagonist of this threat with Walls, the Holocaust, persecutions, dictatorships… we have been witnesses of this Russian law on the ‘LGBT propaganda’; in France, the hate speech against Roma people has been incorporated even by the Minister of Interior; in Italy, one Vice-president of the Senate compared a Minister from Congolese origin with an orangutan. The incitement to hatred in the Internet is constant; there are 1500 xenophobic websites in Spain and more than 10000 in Europe and dozens of neofascist concerts are done every year only in Spain. All this information only makes a call to the citizens and governments to take action for social justice.

The defense of Human Rights and the fight against intolerance are huge challenges that we must face. From intolerance emerge attitudes that hinder the human relationships and harm people, groups, democratic principles and fundamental rights, threatening the pacific coexistence.

For this reasons, today more than ever: Together against Intolerance! Together against racism, xenophobia and hate! Protecting our Human Rights offline and online!



 Youngs against Intolerance


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