Now, the question that the Iranian youth ask is: How much is today’s world standing up for the human rights of youth?
71 years ago on this day, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted so that all humans regardless of colour, age, religion, race, and gender enjoy freedom, justice, and peace on the basis of equality and inherent dignity.
This year, the potential of youths as constructive agents of change to amplify their voices and to engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights, made the United Nations pick “Youth Standing up for Human Rights” as this year’s theme. Perhaps the reason behind this choice is that the United Nations knows neither human rights feel good nor do youths.
For example in recent years, the youths of Iran have fully understood the exploitative use of the holy concept of human rights, particularly by the United States. A country which through leaving the Human Rights Council is not even pretending to observe international human rights, and by taking unilateral coercive measures, secondary sanctions and launching economic terrorism, has inflicted harsh blows on the Iranian economy, and almost all Iranian citizens, particularly vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, patients, people with disabilities, victims of chemical weapons and many other groups of people, have faced drugs and medical equipment shortages, lack of suitable nourishment and even unsustainability of jobs, education, and living.
Now, the question that an Iranian youth ask is: How much is today’s world standing up for the human rights of youths?
The impact of instances such as imposition of sanctions on many Iranian individuals and entities, not renewing the exemptions on the purchase of Iranian oil, applying punishments to those who purchase oil from this country, the possibility of 50 percent inflation because of the sanctions, banking restrictions effects on citizens’ enjoyment of right to health, complex supervision of all bank transactions and even importing drugs, education costs for Iranian NGOs clients, shortage of foreign currency in Iran to pay foreign companies are all repercussions that have repeatedly been in the reports and documentation of international UN officials.
In spite of aforesaid problems and also the need for the lifting of sanctions from sectors such as drugs, foods and aviation safety services in the order of 3 October 2018 of the International Court of Justice, the response that has taken place in the continuation and even harshening of sanctions by the United States shows that today’s world is inclined to be silent, indifferent, with no explanations towards the grave violation of human rights, and towards power-based interests.
This is while the existence of such trends results to undermine the trust of international community by identifying gaps in the existing mechanisms and their effectiveness.
Now that we observe human rights violations from all corners of the world, human rights defender organizations have an important responsibility for the guarding of human dignity and finding practical solutions for resolving the issues at hand. With this in mind, the NGO that is releasing this statement, while reiterating on the necessity to protect and preserve human dignity, calls on all UN special rapporteurs, human rights defenders and peacekeepers in the world to show their wills for the realization of a world where human rights, human dignity, peace, security, and justice are respected and protected, more than before and by standing up to states who solely impose their will through force against the other 190 UN Member States, to give a new life to the tired and beaten body of human rights which in practice has become politicized.
We, the signatories of this statement, are re-affirm our commitment for the observation of hope and health and trust of human rights future investments, meaning all youth of the world, believe it is only through this that the youth will find the ability to stand up for real human rights.