The following perspective is from a youth participant in the fall 2018 session of THE SPARK of Le Flambeau. The students are in the early stages of learning English and have been challenged to share their views on important topics, in English. All class participants for this session are location in the Cap-Haitien area, in Haiti.
Discussion Topic: December 10th, 2018 will be the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights mean to you today? Is Education a human right? Is having access to water a human right?…technology? What should the top priorities be when considering human rights? To read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (in English) (French) (in Kreyol).
DALES – November 2018, Cap-Haitien (Most Improved award, THE SPARK of Le Flambeau)
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary 0f universal declaration of human rights on December 10, 2018. I wish to welcome the memoire of this genuine man, the former senator Emile Saint-Lot, the former Ambassador for Haiti, the co-signatory of the universal declaration of human rights. And I take this opportunity to opt on this subject launched by THE SPARK of Le Flambeau. This is the same document that in the 1948, of the then 58 members of the United Nations, 48 voted for the universal declaration of human rights which was adopted in Paris. The document is composed of 30 articles prescribed by US first Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Human rights are a notion that any human being has inalienable, fundamental rights “to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being” and which are “inherent in all human beings”, regardless of their nation, location, language, religion, ethnic origin or any other status.
Based on the articles of the universal declaration of human rights, considering article 1. All humans are born free and equal in dignity and in law. In my opinion today, the universal declaration of human rights means the inegality of the inequality, the discrimination, the injustice, the corruption, the lack of primary needs (food, education, housing, health, technology, drinking water…)
We are currently living in a world of capitalism, economic and social reign between countries and the United States and between the citizens. For example in Haiti 80% of the country’s property came into the hands of 20% of the people while 80% of the people live in misery, unemployment. This inequality exists between men and women who cause all kinds of violations that are moral and physical.
Hands of humans are suffering in today’s treatment. In the other hand inequalities come in other forms for example the minimum wage is less than 5 dollars US. The racism that dominates the world, between people of different races, seen in cases of African countries and Europe.
Social injustice is evident as human beings are deprived of justice today. We suggest that you give justice to those who deserve it and not always to those who have money or those who are part of the power (politics’ authorities). Article 9 and 11.2 clearly say human beings are entitled to justice.
According to article 23.1 and 2 anyone has the right to work without any discrimination. Today in Africa, Haiti and in America, poverty is connected to unemployment. You must have a godmother or godfather to find a job, or live in inhumane conditions. Human beings have the right to primary needs in human law such as:
- The right to food, millions of people die of hunger every year. The food becomes luxury for some people in some countries.
- Right to education is the second need of the people after the bread, but millions children can’t go to school. In Haiti, more than 40% of population not educates.
- The accessibility drinking water is a human right, but currently across-departments there are many people who do not have clean drinking water. Instead they have water that emits any illness such as in Haiti the case of cholera given by MUNISTA.
- The right to health that is a first need, but in contrast in some countries there is not enough hospitals to dispatch to the needs of diseases, a lack of medicals for example in Haiti (one medicine per 1000 patients).
- Technology is a right to be a priority in some countries because, it’s a development factor, but not yet well established in some countries,
- Having housing for the population is important, some countries like Haiti and Africa haven’t housing.
The right to be awarded the points noted is best known to me by its absence.
Comment from another student in the class: I read carefully your comment my friend Dalès, in fifth paragraph you have talked clearly to what we are facing now around the world. There is no justice and the leader who are the main responsible don’t take their commitment to lead the people in a good path. I think, we must have capacity to defend our duties despite inequality over the world. We have to have strength to stop fighting against ourselves to look for together the solution of problems. Together as one, together we can. Go ahead!!!!
About THE SPARK of Le Flambeau. This is an on-line language exchange program focused on extending educational opportunities to bright under-served youth in Haiti, now in its eighth year. The program aims to improve fluency in English language reading and writing in preparation for TOEFL and improve access to more immediate employment options in Haiti, for youth in Haiti. An introductory micro session was held for Cap-Haitien with a new group of students. The session ran for four weeks with a live awards ceremony held Cap-Haitien.