Issues

HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES CONCERNING EUROPEAN NATIONS TODAY

Human rights are inherent in every person wherever he or she may be. These are basic truths that individuals hold on to to be assured of justice and equality in this world. Every person is entitled to these rights regardless of their nationality, sex, religion, culture, or ethnicity. Human rights are universal and indivisible. It is necessary to protect human rights to ascertain that every person lives according to a standard of living considered appropriate for humane conditions that would give them respect and dignity.

European nations face some common issues concerning human rights. Recently, they were confronted with matters regarding migration and asylum, discrimination and intolerance, and terrorism and counterterrorism. These concerns make human rights advocacy relevant. In the face of these challenges, how would European nations respond to the needs of other nations? In the face of diversity, how will they accept other people and endure or even celebrate differences in political beliefs and religious views? In the face of violence, how would they protect their people in a just manner without making the matter worse and involving and hurting more people?

Let us focus on migration. Migrants are arriving in large volumes. These are people affected by violence and hunger in their native countries. Children and women are very vulnerable. They seek refuge in European shores. But have they really reached safety? How will European nations respond? Will they be restrictive or accepting? Are they willing to be host countries to these migrants? How will they cooperate with other nations in the resettlement of the refugees? What are their plans to control migration? These are all questions that need to be answered and how European nations respond to these questions will determine how they value human rights of people from different nationalities, sex, religion, culture, and ethnicity.