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Whose human rights?

Worldwide, the 10th December is celebrated as Human Rights Day. From Magna Carta to Bill of Rights and from Indian fundamental Rights to universally acknowledged human rights, one has to question oneself whether the much-hyped and much-deliberated human rights have been ever guaranteed even partially, or only violated in the case of common people. The answer will be obvious. Unfortunately, the United States is championing the cause of human rights, but practically it is denying these to large numbers across the globe. Taliban were the worst but they didn’t kill as many as the US-backed NATO forces killed in Afghanistan. If the Talbans were not letting females go outside without veil, US drones have destroyed their very existence. People are now living lives in which nothing like “rights” exist. For vendetta, George W. Bush attacked Iraq despite the negative report of UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blinx saying there was no weapon of mass destruction in Iraq. Along with the hanging of Saddam Hussain, several million people have been killed so far, and an unending war-like situation has developed there. A sectarian conflict has taken its worst shape.

The American role in other countries of Mid-East is no less reprehensible. Unrest and conflict is growing in Syria where French forces were dropping bombs even on Human Rights Day

Middle East has been a peaceful region where even in the absence of democratic form of government, people were enjoying better rights and experiencing a comfortable life. The survival of Israel is a prime concern for the US even as the whole of Palestine has lost its existence, thousands of Palestinian kids, women and elderly have been killed. There is nothing like human rights in Palestine. Countries like Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen are the worst sufferers from the Middle Eastern crises.

According to a 2010 assessment by John Sloboda of Iraq Body Count, a United Kingdom-based organisation, American and coalition forces had killed at least 28,736 combatants as well as 13,807 civilians in the Iraq War. Apart from these statistics, thousands have died in US drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan, whole Palestinian civilization is on the brink of extinction. So, these statistics are enough to prove that, merely celebrating human rights would never yield any results, something concrete needs to be done.

Khalil A Banday
PhD student,  Central University of Gujrat
khalilbanday@gmail.com 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2016 on page no. 2

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