“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
― John F. Kennedy
December 10th is International Human Rights Day. In honor of this day, a great March Against the Nicaraguan Canal is scheduled in Managua. This year’s theme is Human Rights 365.
“I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. ”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The Nicaraguans are doing just that…holding their government accountable. In honor of this day, I reread the 30 articles in the The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Of particular interest in the March Against the Canal:
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
“At the junction of Cuapa, Chantales, special troops of the National Police last night requisitioned trucks and buses to prevent Nicaraguans from attending the March Against the Canal in Managua.” La Prensa
“The two trucks and belongings of the nearly two hundred citizens were held and taken by police. Meanwhile, those affected began walking to New Guinea to join others.” La Prensa
“Medardo Mairena, coordinator of the Committee for the Defense of Land in Development Pole Daniel Guido, in New Guinea, said they had over thirty buses, “but ultimately the Ministry of Transportation was blackmailing the owners of the buses, if people participated in the march.” La Prensa
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
“Father Mariano Martinez, pastor of the Catholic Church in New Guinea, said outside the offices of the municipality MTI “We are in a democratic country and everyone has the right to express their feelings, is for that reason that many travel to Managua challenging the order of Daniel Ortega, who is denying permission to Protestants “. La Prensa
The La Prensa is the only independent news source in Nicaragua. The History of La Prensa is fascinating and fraught with violence. It is the only inside news source that we can turn to in times of violations of human rights in Nicaragua.
On this day of great importance, I am left with only more questions and more worries:
1. Will the March Against the Canal be peaceful and successful?
2. Will the voice of the protesters be heard around the world?
3. Why is the Nicaraguan government sabotaging the protests? Won’t it only make matters worse?
We must remember these Universal Declarations of Human Rights, not only in Nicaragua, but throughout the world.