Note: Still one year ago.
Could not make out that one, sorry. The demonstration was guarded by some policemen and it was all too obvious to hear Ziyad eventually bellowing this below message, some time after the demonstration had began:
“Non a la brutalite policiere!”
When the group made it to Plaza, in Rose Hill, some pictures were taken featuring all of the demonstrators and the handmade banners. Remaining, was the final step to destination: St. Andrews College. Personally, my legs were not tired but my vocal box was. By that time my voice was completely hoarse.
We arrived at destination at about half past twelve and headed towards St. Andrews College’s hall/conference room, where all the demonstrators took seat. On the podium, were seated some representatives of the NPOs that had participated in the demonstration as well. No sign of politicians at first although this was soon resolved by the late arrival of the honourable mayor of Beau Bassin/Rose Hill.
The most popular guest however was without any doubt, Menwar, the sega singer. He sang one really appropriate piece for the Human Right Day. [Writer’s note: I forgot the song actually]
Up till that point my main aim for the day, was to have fun and try to know a little more about human right and Amnesty International in general. However when I heard Menwar’s song and the other personalities (except one) talk on the podium, I realised that I did not know much about human right at all.
I am 17 and I was not aware of my own rights. Suddenly that appeared to be just so, well, bad. Why aren’t such things taught in school? Okay, it is probably important to know from which country the now near-defunt tea plants planted in Mauritius come from but it is equally (if not more) momentous to teach children their rights.
During the time we spent in St. Andrews – did I say we had pizza for lunch there – I got to know some my rights and I’m sure this is the case for many others as well. When the honourable mayor informed us of his future plans for us, youngsters, who was listening to him? No seriously. We are grateful that you think about us – especially now that most of us will be going to the polls for the next election – but between you and me, honourable mayor, every politician bore us with their promises. We sincerely hope that you will establish your plans and we really want to see things done. Citizenship Studies in primary schools does not seem to be a bad idea. It would be so much more interesting if you had informed us of your plans to do so. But maybe, you don’t have so much as a plan for this. Children need to know their rights!
And that’s what Amnesty International is all about, isn’t it? To strive for a better world, unite behind people in need and inform people of their rights. My 10th December began as my eagerness to participate in a demonstration, whatever it was about. It ended in me knowing my rights and realising that there is an organisation out there, which is lobbying for people wrongly accused (politics stinks sometimes) and working hard to inform people of basic things, like their own rights.
Hats off, Amnesty International.
The first seven articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from the United Nations.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
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