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Majorities like to ignore human rights of others

  • Rully Sandra

    Doctoral candidate in law at Padjadjaran University

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Bandung   /   Tue, November 19, 2019   /  02:40 pm
Majorities like to ignore human rights of others Human rights law requires the state to protect, respect and fulfill the rights of its people, regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, political opinion or gender identity, and also requires all people to respect the rights of others. (Shutterstock/garagestoc)

One of the signs of the successful promotion of human rights is that human rights are invoked by many different groups, including intolerant religious-based groups. Their rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression are indeed protected by international human rights law, guaranteed in national laws and by the 1945 Constitution. Another sign of success, unfortunately, is that many people start to take human rights for granted. This is worrying because sometimes this mind-set is used by privileged groups that only want to maintain their privileged position. Worse, sometimes our short memories mean we forget that efforts to fight for human rights have be synonymous with the struggle to defend minorities, those who are unprivileged and incapable of defending themselves. What is privilege anyway? We are privileged when we have special rights, advantages, or immunity as an ...

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