Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Human Rights – A Casualty of Religious Fundamentalism and Political Dealings

Peace and justice have been the highest aspiration of the common people, which will be obtained through respecting the fundamental rights and inherent dignity of all individuals. “To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind,” members of the human family sought to pave the ground for respecting one’s rights and freedoms regardless of their caste, color, or creed. However, violence and bloodshed did not stop since peoples continued their discriminatory approaches toward each other.
Fundamental ideologies, which leave no room for tolerance or racial and religious acceptance, have generated hatred, discord, and violence. Religious hardliners, which are mostly acting as pawns in political games, have narrowed the room for peaceful coexistence and the spirit of brotherhood. They violate the fundamental rights –i.e. rights to life, liberty, and property – and dignity of people flagrantly and discriminate them on the basis of their racial, religious, ethnic, and sexual grounds.
It is self-explanatory that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts” and ideological and racial war led to countless human casualties throughout the history. Although members of the human family sought to save human societies from the scourge of war and form a peaceful community where all could exercise their rights and freedoms. Therefore, they adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which stipulates in Article 1, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Nonetheless, a number of global powers disregarded the humane principles stated in the UDHR and the United Nations Charter and engaged in violating people’s rights for political reasons. For example, Israel is said to be one of the largest violators of the human rights on the surface of earth and has been condemned by the United Nations more than any states. Israeli soldiers still shed the blood of Palestinian combatants and non-combatants alike with impunity. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is the next state widely involved in violating the fundamental rights of men, women, and children, mainly those of Yemenis. Their aggressive and destructive acts have outraged the public conscience around the globe. But global powers remain as silent observers.
Life has turned so cheap and global powers so indifferent to flagrant violation of human rights. The graph of human fatalities has increased to a great extent not only in the wake of deadly acts of religious hardliners but also global powers. In other words, global powers, except for few, have been changed into large violators, rather than supporters, of human rights and liberties.
A number of global powers capitalize on religious sentiment of some individuals to achieve their own political goals. The issue of religious fundamentalism has been strongly coupled with political games and goals since religious hardliners are supported and harbored by states. Goodwill and sincere intention remain elusive in political deals, in which human rights and dignity are turned a blind eye.  
In the meantime, human rights are defined on the basis of political interests in many cases. Under the term of human rights, states and global powers put pressure on each other for political reasons.
Violations of human rights and freedoms have been desensitized in the wake of constant and day-to-day occurrence. For example, in Afghanistan, people, including women and children, are killed on daily basis in one way or another, but their pain and suffering are ignored.
The vacuum for the spirit of brotherhood is felt widely across the world. Peoples have not learnt the art of living together peacefully. One is discriminated on the grounds of their race, color, and creed. 
Overall, discord, hatred, and conflict largely stem from racial and religious discrimination as well as political dealings. Justice and peace will not emerge if global powers pursue their political objectives at the cost of human rights violation. Thus, the world should pursue humane principles and uphold the rights and dignity of all members of the human family.
Meanwhile, ordinary people and religious figures have to exercise tolerance toward one another and promote the spirit of brotherhood. They should practice upon the principle of equality and treat one another on the basis of being human rather than race, gender, or sects. Hatred and violence are unlikely to be mitigated unless people respect the rights, freedoms, and dignity of one another. Indeed, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” and should be able to exercise those rights freely.