Dr San Oo Aung

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

About « San Oo Aung’s Weblog

An expatriate Burmese
hoping for a régime change into
a better, prosperous, free and democratic country,
which respects
the human rights, individual freedom
and rule of law

My favourite quotations

“- - - today’s human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow’s conflicts.”
Mary Robinson, High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002).

If we
discriminate others as foreign because they, their race and religion are different to us,
all the others could also look down and discriminate on us because we are also foreign to them!

“Well, there are people who think that it’s right to do any thing in the name of their religion, their race, their family, or any
organization to which they may belong.” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

From the UN Charter_

The purposes of the
United Nations are - - - to achieve International cooperation - - - in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language and religion…”

Equality, justice, dignity” is the emblem that represents the goals of the Human Rights Committee. The comprehensive implementation of actions against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance is a very important topic because these forms of intolerance have been global issues since biblical times.

decades, thousands of people have been victims of discrimination, preferences and exclusions in view of their race, skin color, sex, religion, language, national or ethnic origin and form of expression, causing extreme suffering and even loss of life.

Racial discrimination is the ability or power to make distinctions among people based on race, color, decent, national or ethnic origin rather than individual merit.

Xenophobia is a fear of the foreign, of what is strange.

Religious intolerance occurs when someone’s opinions and beliefs are not respected by others due to their religion or way of thinking.

In extremely religious or less developed countries,
sexism is practiced, and racial discrimination is not considered wrong. In addition, the methods of solving racism could not appeal to all countries. Lots of people believe that they have the right to segregate others and feel superior to them, just because they are different to what they are used to.

The United Nations ex-Secretary General, Kofi Annan stated_

There is no country in the world exempt of discrimination. No matter how severe or how mild the ratio of discrimination is, no nation is free from it. Either for one circumstance or another, not all countries are capable of giving the importance and dedication this issue needs. Even though we are all consciously aware of this topic, there is still a long road to cross.

“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda… Our mission therefore is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will and must be defeated. Almost every country in the world suffers prejudice among its own people, either racial discrimination, xenophobia or religious intolerance.”

The importance of overcoming misunderstandings and animosities between the people of different
beliefs and cultural traditions is through peaceful dialogue and mutual respect.

My favourite speech

I Have a Dream speech given by Martin Luther King in the August 1963. He had electrified America with his speech, given from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.


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