By the ELN Digital Team, 10 December 2018
Central Command – COCE
Belisario Betancur has died, he who as President (1982-1986) began the first peace process with the revolutionary guerrillas that had emerged in response to the violent exclusion imposed by the governing elites; his contribution was to open the way to a political solution of the conflict, but the regime’s warmongering pushed him aside and imposed the brutal outcome of the Holocaust which burnt alive the most progressive Judges the country had ever had until then.
That regime which 33 years ago saw fit to ignore a President and exterminate the best representatives of the judicial power, is it any weaker today? The answer to this question will tell us why it is so hard to make progress on the road to a political solution of the conflict in Colombia.
The obstacles may be great, but if a common vision of peace emerges from Colombian society, no national regime or foreign empire will be able to halt the will of the majority to end the story of war; in that way we can, in the words of Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez, have “another chance on this Earth”.
Any agreement on fundamental issues leading to a political solution of the conflict will necessarily have to deal with social justice and with a decent life for Colombian people; both essential for justice and dignity. This is in stark difference with what the majority suffer today, where they have very few rights and such a poor quality of life which is really inhumane.
So, what use are Human Rights, declared a Universal Law on 10 December 1948? For 7 decades they have been declared the legal foundation of all countries, but in practice these 70 years have seen them more violated than respected! The same has happened with women’s rights, just as more protective laws are passed more cases of femicide occur.
Breaches of rights are caused by the dominant classes, as it says in the Preamble of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1789:
“The ignorance, negligence or disdain of Human Rights are the sole cause of public calamities and of governmental corruption”.
Fortunately the wise have found a solution for every human problem. With working-class struggle came the right to strike; with the suffragettes came women’s right to vote; and with liberation struggles came the right to national self-determination.
History shows clearly that it’s a vicious circle: repression leads to mass struggle, by which they win the rights that had been denied.
As against this, the approach of the ruling minorities is imperialist war, going to the extreme of slaughtering 50 million human beings during the Second World War (1939-1945), plumbing the depths of inhumanity. Thus do they reveal their own Vicious Circle, with wars of pillage and devastation, until they are exhausted and make self-criticism; they suddenly remember that human beings have rights and produce the Declaration of 10 December 1948.
We mustn’t forget that when all other rights are denied, one remains: the right to rebel. For what is going on with people in France, the Homeland of Human Rights? And what are young people doing throughout Latin America as they demand the right to education?
Taken from the original: http://eln-voces.com/belisario-amaga-los-derechos-humanos/