Human Rights: What exactly is it?
As we are celebrating Human Rights Day on 21 March, to answer that question, is important. To the employed it is a welcome paid holiday. This year it is even more welcome as it falls on a Friday and therefore a 3-day long weekend is on hand, to stay at home or hit the road if you can afford it.
The correct answer: It is commonly assumed as unchallengeable essential rights to which a person is entitled simply because she or he is a human being. Human rights are ethical principles that produces certain standards of human behaviour, and are commonly protected as legal rights. Human rights are considered universal and egalitarian (equal for everyone). It is split into civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights.
Quoted from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Human Rights Day: Remember the past and celebrate the future?
Human Rights Day on 21 March was initiated in 1994 after the inauguration of president Nelson Mandela. This day is a blunt reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre as well as a celebration of the inimitable constitution of South Africa, giving equal rights to all.
The Sharpeville Massacre happened on 21 March 1960 when police fired on a crowd that gathered at the Sharpeville station to protest pass laws. Africans were required to carry identification books to present to law enforcement officials when requested.
Not much is known about what actually ignited this tragic incident. It is reported that the Pan African Congress appealed to all African men to take a stand against this law, which they saw as humiliating, by leaving their pass books at home. They had to go to the nearest police station and demand to be imprisoned for not carrying it. When the police saw the masses of people approaching, they opened fire, in fear. 69 people were killed and another 180 were injured.
The South African constitution now provides the right to move freely and citizens are entitled to basic human dignity.
In today’s world we accentuate the issue of rights but there is very little teaching that every right brings a responsibility. Our Bill of Rights was carefully constructed and meticulously negotiated. However it is being demolished by corruption and its evil. Perhaps leaders could hi-lite this on the day.
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