When in Doubt, Choose Humanity: On the International Human Rights Day 2010

This is not a political post.

Only non-partisan, objective observations with a Humanitarian viewpoint.

December 10, 2010 is the International Human Rights Day.


There are a few things about Pakistan that I like on this day.

  • We have more freedom of speech now than ever before, and more than most countries around the world.
  • A completely independent media to report human rights violations.
  • Although dubbed a radical and an extremist country, there have been moderate and liberal regimes running the country for quite some time now. But due to the political and controversial nature of this factor, let’s drop this one.
  • Someone like Asma Jehangir, who talks about Human Rights, is elected the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association. Without being political, it is an encouraging sign that a human rights activist wins a poll. This clearly shows that people are actually progressive, although projected otherwise.
  • The courage and initiative of Sherry Rehman for proposing amendments in the blasphemy laws.
  • The Supreme Court, whether you like it or not, for taking stand against the corruption in the country, and a lot of other important issues.
  • The government officials taking stand against the death sentence of Asia Bibi, who has been accused of committing blasphemy.
  • Anything else that you can think of and is not in the list.

There are some problems about Pakistan that are still not resolved.

  • The need of a secular constitution.
  • The blasphemy laws.
  • The standard of living of the masses.
  • No intervention from the government in controlling the prices of basic necessities.
  • Basic education, let alone quality humanitarian education, to most of the country.
  • Better health facilities to rural areas and smaller cities.
  • The standard of life in Southern Punjab.
  • The standard of life in Interior Punjab
  • The standard of life in Interior Sindh
  • The standard of life in Balochistan.
  • The standard of life in the FATA.
  • The standard of life in rural areas in general.
  • The law and order situation in Karachi.
  • The unchecked rule of fuedals and political
  • The safety and security of the so-called Minorities in Pakistan.
  • The flood victims still struggling to survive.
  • The flood victims still looking for the promised aid.
  • Lack of tolerance and general humanitarian education.
  • Cutting funds for education.
  • Anything else that I am missing and that you know of.

And finally, that the Government of Pakistan does not look interested at all to make progress in most of these issues, particularly ensuring the access of quality humanitarian education in most parts of the country.

Maybe first they could start with offering them better food and clean drinking water.

But of course, it is not a priority at all.


Now, About the World Including Pakistan

There is only one observation I want to make about the Governments of the World.

Not even a single country of the world is really bothered about the violations of Human Rights taking place anywhere around the world. If they really were, they would do something about it.

The Governments of the World are also guilty of not believing in democracy and in “One Nation, One Vote” and accepting an institution like the United Nations Security Council, which, to me, is against the very spirit of the UN.


Easy to criticize others of the human rights violations in their countries, but you are guilty of forsaking humanity, when you don’t recognize the human rights violations taking place in your own.

And offering stupid excuses like Patriotism and Nationalism.

Albert Einstein once said:

“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”

How true.

He didn’t say that because he didn’t love his country, but because he knew what it could lead to.

If you take my advice:

When in doubt, choose humanity.


P. S. Post dedicated to all the people around the world working to help humanity and to improve the living standards of people. You help the world live on.

One Response

  1. Great post. Much to cheer about indeed.

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