Thousands of people from the Middle East and other war-torn countries are seeking a safer and better life haven across Europe. They are seeking a future free of dictatorship, fear and terror, what every single person around the world deserves.
We have in mind the dreadful pictures from the Mediterranean Sea, on the Greek islands or Hungarian border. That reminds us, there are two worlds existing next to each other — the world that it is and the world as it should be.
As a human, I am proud of the shared possessions of my ancestors. The world has never been so wealthy in the history of humanity. According to the United Nations Development Program, the number of extreme poor has dropped by 650 million in the last three decades, a level of progress humankind had never seen. The democracy widely spread in Europe and America is a foundation of our freedom and prosperity.
But it is still not the world as it should be. We see the symptoms of hopelessness. We all see that injustice still exists; we see the North/South divide, the socio-economic and political division between the rich and poor countries of the world. We, as ordinary people and also as the international community failed with solving multiple crises in Africa and Middle East. For the last twenty-five years, we haven’t prevented wars, terrorism and famine across the world. Therefore, we must never forget about those societies who do not have access to the ingredients of real democracy: free and fair elections, freedom of speech and the press, freedom of assembly. These rights are universal and it is not only the question of democracy, it is about human dignity.
This is not the time to point the finger at somebody. First and foremost, we must help people in need, moving forward for a better world. As J-C. Juncker recently said, there is no religion, no belief, no philosophy when it comes to refugees. Indeed, a child born in Africa or in Syria must be as equal and worthy as a child born in Asia, Europe or America.
Therefore, we need solidarity inside the United Nations to face that problem together — saving refugees from the scourge of war and promoting social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom. Only the inter-governmental cooperation can help to realize that vision. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”, said Henry Ford.
We also need solidarity from person to person. We, as ordinary people, using our talents, we can do extraordinary things when we are given the opportunity. We, people who rose in the democracy, represent an enormous potential for changes because the world is waiting for us ready to be changed. I know no other way than to follow our dreams to live in a world as it should be. We all are reasonable to God, for those who are believers, to the history of human being and to our descendants to work for the world as it should be. It won’t be easy- that’s for sure. But we have everything to succeed to live a life of purpose.
Every day is a Human Right Day.