Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Filth that is Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination is about the most disgusting thing on earth. As long as man has populated this earth - one's skin tone, ethnicity, tribe has almost at every single time been the fundamental cause of wars and feuds. In recent times, right-wing conservative especially in Europe have emerged to pronounce their blind allegiance to their own race while considering everyone else second grade. Neo-nazi and Facist ideologies have also emerged in Western and Central Europe especially in propagating superiority of the Aryan race and as well as white supremacy.

The UN defines racism or racial discrimination (the former to be precise, though I find the differences as mere technicalities): the term "racial discrimination" shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.

While Europe or the West might be seen in this post-modern era (or even as early as the modern era) as societies that emphasizes on the value of human rights, justice and equality (thus perceived as progressive) yet the reality highlights that among many things: racial discrimination is yet an issue that Western societies have yet to solve. From as down under as Australia to Europe and the US - racial discrimination does exist which unfortunately restrict human activities of minority groups.

In recent times, South Africa have only recently removed itself from the clutches and tyranny of ethnic supremacy in the Apartheid regime through political change and reform in the form of the ANC (African National Congress) and Nelson Mandela (by the way they were successful partly through an arm struggle - something like what Hamas or Hizbullah are doing for the Palestinians .. hmmm).

In a report, Amnesty International mentioned the following:

A large number of deaths in custody, including the deaths of foreign nationals. A number of investigations have failed to be conducted with the required thoroughness, promptness and impartiality.

Undocumented women immigrants have been particularly vulnerable to torture in the form of rape or sexual abuse while in custody.

Incidents of ill-treatment and inappropriate use of restraints during expulsions from Spain. Immigrants subject to expulsion procedures have not been treated with dignity or transparency.

Unaccompanied children have been removed from Spanish territory without adequate legal protection and care. Many of them have been ill-treated while in detention and in transit, or at the Moroccan border in the hands of the Moroccan police.

Impunity is perhaps one of the greatest challenges to resolve this problem: victims of ill-treatment are often immediately served with counter-complaints, many victims are unable to present a complaint through fear, lack of adequate legal aid or the apathy and bias of the judicial authorities.

Police officers with criminal records, or against whom disciplinary proceedings are still pending, have not only been allowed to continue to work, but have been roundly supported by the political authorities.

Personally, I think not enough effort has been done by the world government to eradicate this issue.

I am somewhat than reminded of the iftar(s) in NTU organized by NTUMS where during the sessions Muslims from various nationalities and I remembered looking somewhat at aw in considering the breathtaking color that stood by one another in solat - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, French, Arabs, Malay, Indonesian, etc. All in a unison and solidarity connecting to the One God. Perhaps therein lies the solution?

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