11 December, 2014

INTOLERANCE, HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

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Category: European Action Week, Guest writer, Human Rights
Gubaz Koberidze
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Human Dignity

Written by: Esteban Ibarra Blanco

There are many people daily facing intolerance. In recent years, we have been witnesses of neo-Nazi and racist murders, Human Rights abuses, discrimination, hate, tortures, executions, terrorist actions, ethnic wars… all this in the same Europe where the Illustration took place and Democracy was born. The spread of individual and collective attitudes and conducts of intolerance it is a danger that has never left the continent. And now, after huge transformations worldwide, stalks the democratic coexistence and especially targets the most vulnerable social sectors, such as minorities, migrants, young people, women, elderly people, homeless… resurrecting discriminatory phobias, aggressive nationalisms and totalitarian flags that seemed to be surpassed.

So, the question we should answer is: What to do to combat this terrible beast fed by prejudices and indoctrination, called Intolerance?

Einstein said “It is harder to crack prejudice than an atom”, and unfortunately he was right. Intolerance has a very special characteristic that makes it harder to neutralize: It does not belong to a system, a religion or an ideology, but the human condition itself. It is present in each one of us. Intolerance is an attitude, a behavior that leads to hatred, discrimination, hostility and violence. It makes people not to understand ‘others’ because, somehow, it makes impossible the relation from the beginning. Intolerance makes people being attacked because of their differences (cultural, social, religious, ethnic, sexual…) and it is based in rejection, subordination, segregation, exclusion, and the consideration as ‘worthless’ lives and sub-humans. In conclusion, denies the inherent dignity of the person and the universality of Human Rights.

Therefore, to tackle intolerance we need a vision from the victim’s perspective. Those people, who were turned into victims by individuals or groups who reject the Human value of those different to them, that treat others as an object and even categorize them as non human beings.

We need a vision from and for Human Dignity, this intrinsic and supreme value that every single person holds. Human Dignity is the recognition of deserving what we are, to be a purpose ourselves, being above all price…

Human RightsReferences to Human Dignity are included in all the instruments of international law, born after the II World War and the horror of the Holocaust, as in the article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the First Chapter of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Besides, practically the entire legal system of the planet includes references to Human Dignity in the national level.

Unfortunately, all these legal steps forward sharply contrast with the ‘real’ applications in the world, where intolerance grows, and its consequences become increasingly more visible and harmful.

Intolerance undermines equity, dignity, freedom, creativity, equality, fraternity, and Human Rights. To defend ourselves from the intolerant practices against all us, because we are all different, we need communication. Where communication does not exist, intolerance finds the perfect field. Through communication we need the pooling and implementation of common actions that allow us to be united against intolerance and its manifestations. The fight against intolerance also requires legislation and education, access to information and individual awareness, local and global efforts.

But specially, the fight against intolerance and for Human Rights requires action.

Stand up for Human Rights!

 


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