onsdag, februari 20, 2008

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60 years


In 2008 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrating it's 60th anniversary.

We should ask ourself if this declaration have had any impact at all on the situation in the world.
As all written documents signed by different parties it's not worth the paper it's written on if the leaders and citizens of the countries who signed this treaty, don't find it worth fighting for, as seem to be the case with the Declaration of Human Rights.
In this case we can see that there has been more killing and violation - quantitatively - after the Second World War than during that very same period of war.
Democracy has not been a steadfast ground for not going to war and these wars have often been very unjust wars.
One can always argue that all wars are unjust as it strikes against civilians, not always directly involved in the 'political games' of different countries.
However some wars seem to be necessary to fight in order to prevent an ever worse scenario, as in the case of the two World Wars.
This is of course easier said than done and as being a Swede with no experience of war, this might seem like looking at this issue 'from above' and I present my excuses to those feeling hurt in this part.
Another problem is also the pragmatic policy conducted by politicians in all countries in the world.
Sometimes one criticize a dictatorship and sometimes one support it with weapons depending on what political leaders think they can gain from an action like that in each and every case.

The UN is also a very weak organization dependant on the cooperation between countries with their own agenda concerning each and every question.
The UN is also dependant on the economic support from, not least, the major economical powers in the world and we know that this has not always worked out to well.

I don't know if the 60th anniversary of this declaration is worth celebrating.
What's the use of a declaration that very few respect on a deeper level?
Ask people in countries like Rwanda, Burundi, Iraq, Cuba, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Congo, Tibet and many, many more if they have felt that they have been supported by this declaration and the work carried out by the United Nations.
The answer is obvious.

The question is of course, how to implement all the good resolutions in this text.
The answer to that question rest with us all. It's not a question we shall let politicians handle on their own.
First of all we all need some change in mentality and devote ourself to a certain self critic on a everyday basis, meaning that I have to be able to criticize my own ideas, the ideas of my nation, its politicians, avoiding being bound by to strong bonds linking me to different kinds of ideologies.
I have to be able to open my eyes for other ways of living and thinking, implying an interest for other people, nations and their traditions, manners and habits.
One can't stay content in the corner where one lives, saying that this is the best way of life and nothing else could be better or as good as this.

I personally believe that it's extremely important to diminish the sense of belonging to a certain country or region.
We have all to many nationalists in the world and to few cosmopolitans.

This was only a few ideas but of course it's much more complicated than this as life is very complexed in itself - thank God!

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