Monday, September 11, 2017

RIGHTS OF PEOPLES/RIGHTS OF NATIONS


 The Social Doctrine of the Church proclaims the following significant as well as profound principle - based on reason and premised on ethics:  “The field of human rights has expanded to include the rights of peoples and nations... such that what is true for individuals is also true for people.”  It is worth noting that when individuals/people were then few, living far between and thus had nothing relational to do with one another – along the line of “To each his own,”  - the individuals and the peoples they were constituents of, had but their own selves to think of and to be pre-occupied about.  This reality then is neither profound nor complex.  Reason:  The individuals and the peoples and the Countries they were constituents of at that time, were not even aware that other individuals and peoples and Countries in rather distant areas were in fact existent like them – with basically the same demands and needs, the same hopes and aspirations premised on their common denominator as human persons.

Among other things, the affirmation of the above-mentioned composite realities means but the following fundamental truths:

1.  That human rights inherent to human persons cannot but be also true and proper to peoples and Nations, considering that the latter are themselves fundamentally composed of  human persons.  It is not simply ridiculous but also atrocious to think that human persons lose their rights when they become a people, when they constitute a Nation.

2.  That not only national but also international laws having peoples and nations as eventual reference subject contents can neither have their gravity and relevance if the said laws were not directly or indirectly anchored on the dignity and import of human persons.  So is it that the observance or violation of such laws have human individuals as beneficiaries or victims.

3.  That while the rights of a people are human rights brought up and expressed in the national level as the  “Bill of Rights” that are usually provided in the Constitution of a Country, so it is that when the rights of peoples are provided for and applied to the whole world, they are formulated and expressed as “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

The relevance of all the above said realities  is neither that difficult  to understand nor too profound to appreciate – even but taking into  account not only the significance but also the implications of the following phenomena now obtaining in the world that adversely affect individuals, peoples and Countries:  a.  There is the fact of prohibited drugs – most of which are imported from this and that Country, the eventual result of which is the curse of the people concerned.  b.  There is the horrible and even deadly phenomenon of terrorism – appended to ISIS in particular.  And this imported atrocity has been causing the loss of lives, the destruction of properties, not to mention the now obtaining reality of Martial Law in a part of the Philippines.  c.  There is North Korea having fun testing its deadly missiles and there is the world worried about it.

When oh when will people learn?