Girl shouting for her human rights

Importance of knowing your rights

When talking about Human and Civil Rights, the first thing that comes in to mind is the long incomprehensible list of law that will make you fall asleep. Big consequences await to those who don’t know what their rights are. Fencing using your finger against a fully armored opponent is the best picture of what might happen if you have no clue about your Human and Civil Rights.

One of the biggest controversy about this was the increasing cases of abuse on immigrants in the United States.

Migration concerns us all and no State can escape from its obligations under international human rights law to protect and ensure respect for the human rights of migrants, irrespective of their migration status.” — François Crépeau, U.N.

If the people who are being abused because of their race know the protection that the human rights can give, the number of cases like these will drop to minimum.


Knowing your Human and Civil rights will save you from unnecessary trouble.

You should know the rules so you won’t break them. Another reason is you should know the rules so won’t be violated. Having knowledge of what you’re rights are is crucial in the times of need. When there is no knowledge at all, how would you defend yourself from some brewing trouble in which you had no part at all?

Ignorance of the law is not an excuse

You can’t plead to the judge and tell him, “Please forgive this time, it will never happen again. I did it because I do not know it’s wrong!” The judge will surely just look at you and will slowly shake his head side ways. He just might say, “Son, we hear that everyday.” To be in a place of ignorance is a dangerous place to be in. The law is law my friend, and nothing you can do to change that fact.

Not knowing your rights will attract people who will take advantage of you

The modern world became less friendly so knowing your rights will prevent those people from taking advantage of you. If you don’t, then you are like a fish swimming around a shark tank. They will eat you alive. I’m not saying that the world has became an ugly place where you need to be vigilant all the time. But what I really trying to say is, it’s good to know how you can protect your self from unprecedented events.

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Looking into the eyes of a child

 

Many children are not getting sufficient care and attention now a day. It’s sad to say that many people turns a blank stare at them and just feel sorry, yet did nothing. According to statistics, more and more children are being asked to stop schooling because of financial hardship. We are talking about children, they are human beings who are in the stage of growth and development. Asking them to stop schooling would affect their personal growth, and would force them to settle for a life not intended for them to live. How sad story would that be.

Our heart is so compelled when watching these little kids play freely not worrying about anything the future brings. We just want to pour our love on them and show them that they can be anything they want to be. But my heart melted when I heard this boy’s story.

A boy named Pancho

Kids will be kids. It’s normal for them to run around and play as if there is no tomorrow. But this kid is different. His name is Pancho. We found him in a corner with tears in his eyes. I got curious and separate my self from the group and walk towards him. I asked him, “why are you not playing with those other kids? I’m sure it will be fun.”  He was a shy boy and looked away but still didn’t stop me to know what’s going on. So I asked for his name. He reluctantly replied, ” My name is Pancho.” I smiled and told him that his name is cute. I held his face and asked him, “why such a beautiful boy crying?” He said that his mother was so mad at him because he ate the last piece of bread they had at home. Upon hearing this I felt crying but I had to help my self. I don’t want him to think that I pity him, that would make him more sorry for himself. I tried to be funny and asked him to go on lunch with me because all my friends refused to spend lunch time with me. There was hesitation but he probably thought that will be a good idea so he agreed. We ate a good meal probably the best thing he had for months. I hope I could describe how happy he was. During our lunch date, I discovered that he was not shy boy at all. He talked and talked about so many things, he talked about his family, his friends, and his dream to become a doctor. His eyes were full of hope that someday things will get better. I noticed that it’s getting late so I had to return him to his family.

That day I feel so blessed to have a family who could provide for my basic needs and even pamper me with the things I don’t need. I felt pride in what I do as a volunteer. I told the story to my friends in the organization. They were touched as well, so this boy was given a sponsorship. I hope that he would be a doctor someday and he would become someone who he wants to be.