Recently, the world has witnessed a common fight against Ebola in Africa. Rightly, the world was alarmed and in the todays’ global world where the global travel has become so common, without a concerted effort, there was no hope to stem or stop the Ebola from becoming the world’s number one problem. These days, the problem of one country soon become the problem of the region and then it progresses world wide. While, it may be heartening to see the fight against Ebola by so many countries together, the same is not true against the miseries suffered by many sections of population in many countries. Perhaps, the fright of Ebola explosion worldwide drove the world community to come together. The speed to act was essential to curb the spread to manageable level. However if one were to think of the persecution of minorities in any one country, there is no effort made. Yesterday only there was an incident in Pakistan where a young Christian couple was threshed & then burnt to death for blasphemy. Before Christians, Ahmedis, Shias(Hazaras), Hindus, Sikhs, Balochis were targeted there. The minority may not even be demanding any special privileges or indulging in freedom struggle but regardless of that some sections of some country want to eliminate the minorities. Such sections perpetrating these acts get the protection of the govt or the govt is simply incapable of finishing them off or even resisting them. Dr Azra Raza, a doctor of Pak origin made recently, a moving speech of the plight of doctors who just happens to be Shia or Ahmedi. Like Pakistan, lots of minorities fate in number of countries come to mind e.g. Uighers in Xinjiang(China), Kurds in Turkey etc. Earlier there was struggle of black Sudanese against Arab Sudanese before Sudan was split few years back. There was another struggle 15 to 20 years back in Indonesia by Christians of East Timor to become free. In the end, East Timor was freed and finally the persecution stopped just like the struggle of Bosnia and Kosovo to break free from Yugoslavia and later Serbia. Every time, without intervention from abroad, the situation just kept on festering by bringing more and more slaughter.
Only today, there was a dawn newspaper report giving the names of all the major terrorist groups in Pakistan. Though, officially, if someone asked Pakistani govt and citizens directly, both will try to pretend their problem is not the worst but the scourge has been worst elsewhere. May be they are right, ISIS could be the largest gathering of terrorists together in one place. So they will be no 1 of any terrorists related index. But can such an index help? Well indexes only bring focus to the problem where it is most acute e.g. without corruption index or human rights development index etc, people would not have focussed on the problem countries. I gather no country wants such stigma of harbouring the most terrorists. Since, now we have a new index for number of terrorists harboured by a country, Pakistan came at No3 in this list of terrorists infested countries. Can the problem of the suffering stay confined or spillover will reach the wide world? One can only shut their eyes as long as it does not rankle them. The case of Boko Haram comes to mind . But for a few sympathetic words in the west, the world turned their attention away even when the 200 girls were abducted. When Yazidis’ plight in Iraq became too much, some bombarding aerial action was taken by west.
No body has enough resources to fight one menace or the another across the world. I think, the whole world needs to come together to meet tomorrow’s challenges like building a global reactionary force to fight these type of situations before they become too much for any kind of action. I know some people will say even if the resources were enough to start such an action, one can not punish people before they have committed serious enough crime. Everyone understands that one tragedy has to happen before the next one can be prevented. But at least this will be an improvement on the current state of affairs where tragedies after tragedies just mount up. Action start only after some country start feeling a guilt of not preventing new round of tragedies. I reckon, there should be a common database on incidents in any country and all countries should join such a global body for protecting human rights. Just like NPT for stopping nuclear proliferation, this body has to have some teeth like sanctions etc. Such a body should decide a plan of action against the country where the abuse has taken place. UN is too unfit for this purpose. If the abuse is by a govt of a country that is nuclear, certainly there is no recourse other than persuasion and putting pressure. For any normal country a time limit should be given to fix the problem. If they find the govt of that country do not have enough resources, then the unified reactionary forces should be sent to that country e.g. if such a body concur that Nigerian govt is simply unable to overcome Boko Haram, I think it should be helped by such unified world reactionary force.
There are human rights abuses in so many countries, at any time neither there will be enough funds nor enough people willing to put their lives to put out somebody else’s fire, but it is a noble cause and any action in this direction will help to stabilise the world and reduce human suffering.