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The incompatibility of human rights

Stories and News No. 1249

Once upon a time there were human rights. Yes, were, you read that right. Please, tell me, where did they go? What became of alleged, universal declarations and solemn promises with consciences, rather than fingers, crossed behind the shoulders? The current reality is that those fundamental principles in defense of every human being, conquered in the past centuries at the cost of terrifying genocides, unthinkable abuses and, above all, courageous sacrifices, have now become incompatible with our so-called modern and civil Western societies. Exactly as stated by the Polish Deputy Minister of Justice, Sebastian Kaleta. Let's face it once and for all and write it in big letters, so that anyone who wants to cross our borders will understand where he is going. Likewise, for those who see the light for the first time in these latitudes: be wary of what the old world will tell you about itself in school books, it is the precious warning. Everything is much more barbaric than it seems. This perfectly explains why Europe is preparing to facilitate actions to push back human lives on the border between Belarus and Poland, contradicting its own rules, inspired on paper by now questionable values such as welcome and solidarity. For the same reasons, a few hours after the death of 27 people, including a pregnant mother and three children, with the smell of blood and hope still hot in the waters that divide them, the French and English heads of government accuse each other of a responsibility that should, instead, be shared. Because human beings have died and nothing less and nothing more is what we all are, no one feels alien. In this regard, how can we be surprised then if in the face of the aforementioned tragedy Matteo Salvini, solely for his xenophobic electoral interests, comes to say that perhaps this shock will be useful. Nonetheless, if I limited myself to Europe alone, I would mistake the only right considered inviolable these days: the right to inhumanity, for logical consistency. In fact, according to a crystalline version of the latter, Norwegian journalists who dare to write about workers' rights and their brutal conditions during the preparation for the World Cup in Qatar are promptly arrested. Identically, the activists of social movements fighting for justice in El Salvador, it is precisely for this reason that they are forced to suffer the government raids. Because they do charity and try to help poor people, which at this point has become a crime. It is also normal that in Ethiopia a Nobel Peace Prize winner, instead of committing to ending a conflict, goes to the front to lead his armies and win his war. And it is commonplace in Russia if the most important human rights group is for that same reason guilty of violating the law. Just as it makes complete sense if in Malawi, twenty-five years after the construction of the Dzaleka refugee camp, which already houses nearly fifty thousand people, the Ministry of Internal Security gave an ultimatum of two weeks to thousands before their returning to the camp. Because life costs, lives are worth little or nothing, and intolerant feelings towards the poor outweigh the rights of the latter. I will be wrong, but I believe that along this unfortunate road there is only one goal, after which it will all be over. When we will be convinced that not only rights, but the life of others is incompatible with ours.

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