The call for calm and respect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the earth – UNSDG18

For several weeks now, several countries of the world (among those the U.S.A, France, Belgium, Germany, the U.K, etc…) face very alarming situations in terms of violence on people, on the most vulnerable ones (like women, handicaped people or families), on the police or the national guards, on the monuments and statues, and even voluntary and harming acts of voluntary pollution against the environment, especially on beaches (see the photos at the end of this article).

Julius Caesar, Leopold II, Colbert, Louis XIV, Napoléon, Churchill, Christopher Colombus… they all fell… and many more…

At the same time, some people all around the world don’t care about the health rules, don’t wear masks, and deliberately put everyone at risk in this context of coronavirus crisis, which is just accelerating, globally speaking, regarding the last information released by the World Health Organization.
At the same time, the people who say they fight for their rights and freedom, accuse the governments to implement liberticidal laws at such a point that they are ready to do everything to harm their countries and their people.

When the coronavirus crisis started, the countries and the United Nations warned everybody: the lockdown and the laws to bring the citizens the World Health Protection, would cause very serious mental health problems. But we all need to be honest; the lockdown is not the only reason. For months now, the countries have been doing their jobs, fighting against organized criminality in all kinds (human slavery, organs trafficking, heavy drugs traffic…) and it is very understandable that when the dirty sources of money are cut (especially with drugs), some people fall in the need of their addiction. Then, they don’t realize what they do and start to think that they are deprived from their rights or freedom and fight hard.

  • Never on the earth, the rights and freedom have included the harming of people, things and the environment.
  • Never on the earth, breaking statues and monuments have brought any kinds of new rights.
  • Never on the earth, attacking the police, the national guards or the vulnerable people has brought back the rights, nor freedom.
  • Never on the earth, in the modern times, human slavery, organs trafficking and drugs traffic have been allowed by the states, nor accepted or supported by the people.

Those things happen because some very bad people deliberately decide to break the laws and harm the entire countries with their very dirty economies. When talking about criminality, everything is related, the same networks, the same people, the same means of action at world scale, because in the past 50 years, criminality has become a global organized and very harming phenomenon. If the countries are to be accused of something, it’s of laxity.
During too many years, the countries have been far too lax, letting criminality grow too much until a point, in which in some parts of the world, it is not liveable anymore, causing so many damages to the countries and harming so much the people that it avoids any kinds of fair and sustainable development for future.

A couple of months ago, an investigation made by the Italian police showed that, in one of the major city of Italy, some heavy drugs were distributed to the children between 5 and 8 years old at the exit of their schools, harming their growing brains, bodies and damaging their skills and their abilities to learn and behave properly.
When the world arrives at such a point of violence on the most vulnerable (the children, the people in situation of handicap or the women, who are all without defense), it means that the world is not liveable anymore and most of all, it means that the entire World Society is in great danger.

The fire of all this violence was lit by an independent case that was used by some corrupted media that don’t respect the essential laws of deontology and professional ethics. Those media turned the situation into a world violence case scenario about racism and non-tolerance against religion. And the same who claim that they are victims of racism and non-tolerance regarding their religions are the one who harm the countries and they are the people who say that they fight in the name of their rights and their freedom. This is not acceptable, not true and never will be.

Here are two very important common definitions to recall:
1) Rights: what everyone can demand, what is allowed, according to a moral, social rule.
2) Freedom: the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.
When we join the 2 definitions, freedom (power or right to act) is defined by rights (what is allowed according to moral and social rules).
Nowhere and never, the definitions say that freedom and rights include violence on people, things and environment.

At international, there is a text that gives a framework for all the countries that are part of the United Nations: THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, which is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on the 10th of December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages, which makes the text available for everyone.

The link of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on earth is available here:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Documents/UDHR_Translations/eng.pdf

Let’s detail together the text, so everyone understands in a very clear manner what is the common and global definition of human rights:

This text, for each member state of the United Nations, is a text that goes above all the laws of any country to respect the human rights. This is the reason why, when a country fails in the respect of human rights (as we sometimes see), the attention of the international community is attracted to make respect, with strength, the rights for all, above the countries laws. Only when this text is not respected and when the facts of non-respect are shown, the countries can globally intervene to make the things stop and change.

  • 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.
  • Article 2.
    Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
  • Article 3.
    Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • Article 4.
    No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
  • Article 5.
    No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • Article 6.
    Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
  • Article 7.
    All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
  • Article 8.
    Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
  • Article 9.
    No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
  • Article 10.
    Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
  • Article 11.
    (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
    (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
  • Article 12.
    No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
  • Article 13.
    (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
    (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
  • Article 14.
    (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
    (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
  • Article 15.
    (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
    (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
  • Article 16.
    (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
    (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
    (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
  • Article 17.
    (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
    (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
  • Article 18.
    Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
  • Article 19.
    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
  • Article 20.
    (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
    (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
  • Article 21.
    (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
    (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
    (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
  • Article 22.
    Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
  • Article 23.
    (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
    (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
    (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
    (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
  • Article 24.
    Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
  • Article 25.
    (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
    (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
  • Article 26.
    (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
    (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
    (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
  • Article 27.
    (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
    (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
  • Article 28.
    Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
  • Article 29.
    (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
    (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
    (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
  • Article 30.
    Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

Those 30 articles of the Universal and International Declaration of Human Rights are the only common acceptable international framework for the rights and for freedom in all the states members at the United Nations and for all the people. If ever some people think they are deprived of their rights, they have the right to go to the United Nations, denounce the facts of which they are victims and ask for the support of the International Community to solve their issues. The only thing is that going through the International legal process takes time, but it’s the only way to solve the things and it’s worth.

NOWHERE IN THE INTERNATIONAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS is written that the people of the world are allowed to harm their countries, nor their people, nor their environment (the article 30 mentions it very clearly).

Nobody is allowed to cause damages. Damaging and violence are not part of the rights, nor of freedom and never will be.

Concerning the issue of racism, slavery and human trafficking, it is true to say that the International Declaration of Human Rights was only created in the year 1948, which means that before this date, there was no international framework for the countries to intervene than an voluntary alliance to fight against those problems.
A very good example to show that alliances to fight against slavery and human trafficking already existed in the past, is represented by the United States of America. The civil war (back in the 19th century) was declared because the states of the North wanted to abolish slavery while the states of the South wanted to carry on, but in the end, this war led to the abolition of slavery, and it has to be said, that it was not only the black people who fought for this abolition, many white people helped the black cause too so that slavery can be abolished, which has been the case until nowadays.

It has to be understood too that the history will never be re-written.
History is History, some facts that happen in the past even if harming unfortunately. This is why the countries commemorate history, to remind everybody that in the past, some horrible facts have occured and to make the people know and be aware that those facts should never happen again.

Today, we talk about the harming acts that were made on the populations of the world. Everybody on earth recognizes the facts in this modern world, everybody is respectful for the extreme pain that was caused to the populations put in slavery. But, slavery doesn’t only concern the black populations. Many other populations were one day in history put in slavery, even some arabic and white people, and even in our modern world, as many reports of the United Nations show it.

Let’s take as an example the case of the history of WW2 and the invasion of Europe by the troops of the Ancient Germany. In 2020, the 75th anniversary of the Victory was celebrated, so was the 76th anniversary of DDAY. Those anniversaries are there to recall that once in history, Europe has been invaded in the name of an ideology that harmed an entire continent and world.
During this period, many europeans were put in a sort of slavery, with forced worked. The jewish people were sent to the concentration camps in the Eastern Europe, forced to work and many of them very sadly ended their lives in terrible conditions. This slaughter led to an international court and the condemnation of the SS and their sentences to death, considering their abject acts against the people and their human rights.

If all this happened, it was due to the insanity of a man, Hitler (we now know that he was on heavy drugs) and his will to dominate the world.
Nevertheless, 75 years later, Germany stands beside the countries that were invaded in the past. Germany has apologized and continues to do it being very respectful at each new commemoration of the facts. Germany respects the duty of memory beside the countries that were harmed by the regime of the third Reich, and today, in our modern world in 2020, Germany is a welcoming state for the other Europeans countries, allowing the Europeans to come, find work, visit and discover history.
WW2 is one of the most terrible slaughters that happened in the recent history, and even with all the horrors that happened in that period with all the families that were heavily struck by the insanity of that dictator, the people have been able to create peace and design a common future, respecting history and the individual stories of all.
If we, as people, were able to forgive the WW2’s slaughter to build a better future, why can’t it be so today with the history of the ancient slavery?
It is always possible to forgive. None of us on earth today was directly concerned by what happened in the past (it was our ancestors’ stories, not our stories). What happened in the past must remain in the past, so we can all build a better world for the next generations.

It is true to say that the entire world suffers today from very big issues. Slavery is even still going on in certain countries.
We clearly saw in the past years, with the illegal immigration in Europe mostly through Lybia, that some slavery and abject human trafficking acts still occur, but it has to be said, that thanks to the Universal and International Declaration of Human Rights, the concerned countries of migration’s destination had the obligation to welcome and treat well the refugees from those countries who fled the horrors that were inflicted to them.
It has to be understood by everyone, that this modern case of slavery was not supported at all by the countries, but made by some international crime organizations, which is totally different.
This modern slaughter was made for money, in the little and selfish interest of a few, and that’s the reason why the Europeans countries decided to implement the state of refugees and welcome the harmed people, feeding them, giving them a roof where to stay at night, providing education to the children, protecting and forming the women, evaluating each individual and global situation and integrating the refugees if the cases entered in the status of asylum when persecution was demonstrated in their own countries.

The international laws work. All those very painful issues are always solved, but the thing is that it takes time to implement them because some big investigations are needed, some diplomacy actions must be undertaken with the concerned countries, some repression measures need to be organized before being implemented, so organized crimes can be stopped or at least slowed down.

For a couple of years now, beside the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the countries can use another International tool to fight against the bad treatments made on people and the environment due to organized crime. It’s the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 17 points that allow the countries to study the facts on 4 points to solve the issues: economic, social, environment and safety.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals mean that the protection of all, (no matter the race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status) can be put into action through transversal tools, using the 4 leverages (economy, social, environment and safety).
Beside those 4 points, as we live in a globalized world, the UN Sustainable Development Goals give the opportunity to the countries and people to build a global partnership to reach the goals, which means that any person, any organization, any state that would like to help reach the goals can freely commit beside the United Nations and help fight for the rights and for freedom, in the framework of the global partnership, which is indeed the case for the IMEDD, which a research institute specialized in sustainable development, at the initiative of the creation of the UNSDG18 to reinforce the framework of the UNSDG, on the side of the United People.

The International framework is the only manner that can surpass the abject acts committed on people, on economy, on environment and on safety.
It’s the only one that guarantees real rights and freedom.
It’s the only way to fight in our modern world, with the texts, with the international laws and obtain condemnations when deserved.

It also has to be recalled that beside the rights always stand the duties.
No right can exist without duties because it has to be understood that in a shared world, it is a question of balance between people and things. It is true to say that the states have the obligation to guarantee the rights to each person on the earth. However, each person on the earth has the duty to respect its obligations towards the states. Otherwise, the world falls into chaos and nobody wants it in our modern world!

Concerning the today situation in several countries of the world, the historical symbols and monuments that exist are there to recall us all the past.
Violence is not part of the rights, nor part of freedom.

Destruction and violence are what they are, nothing more than a big hate, a pain, and a total lack of respect and irresponsibility towards the countries and all the people that respect their duties to maintain their rights and their freedom.

If public repression starts to increase everywhere, it’s only because some people overpass their rights and harm the others.
It also has to be recalled that THE FREEDOMS OF THE PEOPLE STOP WHERE THE FREEDOMS OF SOME OTHER PEOPLE BEGIN.
This phrase that was once pronounced by John Stuart Mill (who was a philosopher from the 19th century) is here to recall that sometimes in certain extreme situations, the freedoms need to be restricted for the profit of the entire world community, meaning that if we want to be protected, we need to protect the others. This phrase is also a warning for all against any abuse of power (that could be caused by the countries or by the people).

Considering the today world situation with the coronavirus that kills many people in all the countries of the world (492 930 deaths on the 25th of June 2020), it is obvious that restricting some of the elementary freedoms is still necessary, not with the goal of a freedom’s restriction for the people, but with the goal of a protection for all the people.
It makes a very big difference!

Very concretely, when today’s situation is clearly understood, we see that the restrictions are part of freedom, because they are meant to avoid a bigger death toll. They are meant to avoid an even worse critical economic situation that would lead to even worse consequences for the most vulnerable and poorest people (social or economical).
They are only meant to help everybody go through this very hard period of modern history in the best possible way.
Once all this will be surpassed, the normal freedoms will come back, because no state on the earth follows the goal of damaging its own people, country or economy. No state has the power to control and put the entire people of the planet in slavery or under any kinds of domination, and clearly, the guidelines they follow totally show the contrary.
And if ever it happened in a country, the other countries, the United Nations and the United People are there to fight for the rights and for freedom to re-establish a peaceful situation. Those who tried to hardly control their populations in the past saw what happened to them. History has already shown it a thousand times.

So, the IMEDD would like to make a call to the United Nations, to the states members at the U.N, to the countries that suffer from the today’s violence derived from the coronavirus crisis and to each citizen of the earth saying just one thing…

ONCE, WE WILL ALL UNDERSTAND THAT WE SHARE THE SAME EARTH, BREATHE THE SAME AIR, EAT FROM THE SAME SEAS AND OCEANS, HAVE ALL THE SAME INTERESTS AND THE SAME WILL OF CONTINUITY FOR ANY KINDS OF HUMAN LIFE ON EARTH, WE WILL BE ABLE TO GO ON AND BUILD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.

To reach this goal, the guideline is the following : “We need to restrict some of our freedoms to create new freedoms that will satisfy us all even much more in the upcoming years”.

The IMEDD also invites everybody on the earth to plunge in the terrible weight of our world’s history to be able to make the difference between the “good” and the “bad”, to educate to “what is a right”, “what is a duty” and “what is a freedom”, to focus on their own person and consider himself/herself as a useful human for the entire earth that can serve the world and the future generations in the best way.

Violence has never served the world, and never will.
Voluntary violence has never brought more rights nor more freedoms to anyone.
An adult who is violent only teaches violence and creates his/her own child as a violent person, and all this doesn’t serve the earth, nor the people, nor our common future.

We all need to see and take this hard situation the other way round.

  • The more we will unite as people, and no matter the borders, the more we will have rights and freedom.
  • The more we will all behave well, the more we will be able to design a good future for us all.
  • The more love will drive our acts, the more we will succeed.

Love is the only tool we have to find an exit to this situation that hardly strikes our countries, and it’s only with love for one another that we will be able to make our humanity go on and be happy. Love is the only way.
Unfortunately, for those who refuse to enter this path of love, they will find the laws and will ruin their own lives and their children’s lives.

The best for each of us on earth is to look at the eyes of our children, because we always find love in their eyes.
Once the love for our children will be strongly felt by all, maybe, we will be able to GO ON AS ONE UNITED PEOPLE ON EARTH, because that’s what we should be, a united people!

As part of the UNSDG18, the IMEDD sends a call to the United Nations Human Rights, the World Health Organization, the UN Sustainable Development Goals Organization and the NATO to strongly recall the guidelines to everybody on the earth and recall each country and each people the content of “what is a right”, “what is freedom” and “what is a duty” towards the earth, towards the people and towards the environment, for the well-being of all and for a liveable common future.
The IMEDD finally sends a call to the UN Women, so they can strongly help this situation of violence to calm down.

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Please people, voluntarily contribute beside the International Community to spread the word that violence is not the tool to solve the issue and promote love initiatives to surpass this world crisis.
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Read all the IMEDD’s articles in the framework of the United Nations:
http://www.imedd-group.com/en/category/united-nations/
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Photos of the harming situations in several countries…