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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Human rights and the Terrified —Rafia Zakaria

Congratulations are in order. Rafia has been elected on the US Amnesty board ~~t

In a time of terror, thus, one must ask what relevance does concern for human rights have for a population bereft of security and ravaged by war; what priority can Pakistanis, so utterly overwhelmed by the inadequacies of resources and the merciless weight of catastrophe, give to concerns about human dignity, justice and the rights of the individual to live a life free of repression? Can those hardest hit by the incipient cynicism of being onlookers to the most bloodthirsty series of deaths be expected to muster up the idealism to believe in the possibility of mutual respect based on common humanity? Human rights and the Terrified —Rafia Zakaria


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