I’m often told I don’t speak up for my own work and my own experiences around the world championing human rights, and there is a reason for this. I aim for detachment. This concept of being detached and non-sentimental or judgemental is something that doesn’t mean uncaring, it means being ready to act in a compassionate way without any psychological hinderance and most importantly without politics.
Internationally, our rich diversity of cultures, religions and sciences help to strengthen fundamental human rights in all communities. This is a fact, and for me perhaps the most profound spiritual message you can find in this life.
Underlying this diversity are the basic human principles that bind us all together as members of the same human family. Put simply the wonderful values of compassion that makes Humanity.
The question of human rights is so fundamentally important that there should be no difference of views about it. We all have common human needs and concerns. We all seek happiness and try to avoid suffering regardless of our race, religion, Gender Identity, sex, Sexual Orientation or social status. Mere observance or maintenance of diversity of any traditions should never justify the violations of human rights.
Therefore discrimination against persons of different races, women, children, and against any people of the community in which we all live, even though it may be traditional in some regions, but if they are inconsistent with universally recognised human rights, these forms of behaviour should change.
The universal principle of the dignity and equality of all human beings must take precedence. This is the key to observing human rights in a detached way.
Providing for equality under law, the UN Universal declaration of Human Rights states that everyone is entitled to equal rights and freedoms without discrimination of any kind.
Peace and freedom cannot be ensured as long as fundamental human rights are violated. Similarly, there cannot be peace and stability as long as there is oppression and suppression. It is unfair to seek one's own interests at the cost of other people's rights.
Truth cannot shine if we fail to accept truth or consider it illegal to tell the truth. Where will the idea of truth and reality be if we push the truth and facts under the carpet and allow illegal actions to triumph?
There is a great and growing desire for change in the world; change that ushers in a renewed commitment to ethical and spiritual values, that resolves conflicts peaceably, employing peaceful dialogue and non-violence, that upholds human rights and human dignity as well as human responsibility.
We need change that educates and promotes the urgent need to care for the planet and its ecological systems, that calls upon all nation states to work alongside stateless people towards the universal abolition of war, hate and discrimination and that encourages peace, compassion, respect and warm-heartedness.
The more we learn, the more we listen, the more we listen, the more we learn. So a key part to observing and improve the acknowledgment of Human Rights is to simply learn to listen while elevating dignity and compassion for all as the common ground. Because when we do that there are no sides, no arguments, simply what a dialogue on humanity.
I believe that the world can be a better place. This can be achieved on the basis of increased awareness, increased dialogue and listening. In fact I would go further let us widen our perspective to include the well being of the whole world, wildlife, environment and its future generations.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”.
Tony Malone, 2021