Zero Dark Thirty – Is It Conveying the Right Message?

MV5BMTQ4OTUyNzcwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTQ1NDE3OA@@._V1_SX214_Yesterday whilst visiting family I watched the film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, which narrates the capture and killing of the most wanted terrorist at the time, Osama Bin Laden, by American troupes. Whilst overall it was a well produced film, the first 10-15 minutes of the film was painful to watch; it made me extremely uncomfortable and angry because it went against everything I have learnt about international human rights law. While I admire the creators of this film, and respect the real life heroes who were brave enough to venture this dangerous operation, and most of all the woman who was the mastermind of the operation, I would like to present my criticism about what I learned from the first few scenes of the film. Continue reading “Zero Dark Thirty – Is It Conveying the Right Message?”

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When will the Universal Declaration of Human Rights be truly universal?

A friend shared this video on Facebook and I thought of sharing it and adding to my previous post about women’s rights being violated in the name of culture. I should add that it’s quite evident from this video that it’s not just women’s rights that are being violated.

Article 16 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states: “(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.”

It very clearly states: “men and women of FULL AGE”… This girl is just 12, she is barely a teenager, I think it’s absolutely unacceptable that this child should be deprived of her childhood and her education and be given responsibility as a wife. At the same time I think she is incredibly brave to come forward and speak about her predicament on television. I was heart-broken when she said the only thing left is for her to commit suicide if she doesn’t get the divorce. I hope that she will be guided and counselled and that the law of Yemen would grant her the right to get divorced.

In the end, what we can gather from this is that the UDHR will never be truly universal until all countries absolutely ratify to it, regardless of their religious and cultural traditions. I hope that day will come soon.