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The international counter-offensive of human rights

In conhecimentos universitários, convenções internacionais, Democracia, desenvolvimento, direitos humanos, ensino superior, história, history, movimentos sociais, Politics, século vinte, sociologia, sociologia, twentieth century on March 1, 2017 at 11:34 pm


The international counter-offensive of human rights
Original article in Portuguese submitted to the Press Observatory (Observatório da Imprensa) on February 20, 2017
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By Jacob J. Lumier [human rights movement].


The electoral rise of right-wing politicians in the world and the refugee catastrophe seemed to impose silence and shrink the international human rights community. However, the story is not quite like that.


The astonishment of journalists

  • A few months ago, The Guardian and other important international vehicles commented with surprise on the antipopulista intervention of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, through freedom of the press. He is the outstanding Jordanian diplomat Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who is returning to the scene in style, with a formidable international campaign of formation of financial funds for the concerted action for the human rights in the world, as it published and commented the International newspaper Jurist (University of Pittsburgh).
  • The UN human rights chief diplomat has had an impact in protesting against right-wing politicians who, to win elections in their respective countries, in the context of the refugee catastrophe, galvanize people’s anxiety through opposing and even hostile stances to the guidelines of international human rights law.
  • Suffice it to note the reactionary discourse of the couple of xenophobes and anti-Islamists Geert Wilders, in the Netherlands, and Marine Le Pen, in France, who are hitchhiking on their mentor, the provocative protectionist Donald Trump, also driven by the anti-European vote of brexit, which binds the briton Nigel Farage.
  • Considering that Ambassador Zeid’s statement reveals his determined position not to be silent in the face of the objective coordination of demagogues, populists and politicians who fantasizes, and, contrary to common sense, seem to be betting on the neutralization of the historical engagement of their countries with the Universal Declaration of 1948, the astonishment of journalists seems justified.
  • Global theme
  • Due to the high level of their elaboration, they often represent human rights diplomacy with ethical legal protagonism, especially in the official channels of the international community, such as foundations, institutes, councils and forums, for example.
  • They assume that the ethical approach to diplomacy, based on its effective operation in the mechanisms of the United Nations human rights system, should refrain from demonstrations of resistance against anti-historical ideological outbursts, and that the virtue of this self-control would restrain the motion for the diplomat’s public intervention against provocations during election periods.
  • However, they must take into account the acknowledged finding that diplomacy has had repercussion in the elaboration of human rights as a global theme, summarized in the proposition that only the effective guarantee of the human rights of the population confers full legitimacy to the rulers at the world level, proposition conquered as a fruit of the historic Vienna Conference (1993). Diplomacy would be guided by this search for an effective guarantee, as an engagement of the ruling elites of the states, their historical commitment, guided by the elaboration of the values indispensable to international human rights law.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, 1948) meant a legal response to the fact that the right of every human being to universal hospitality is denied in practice by the existence of refugees, stateless persons, displaced persons, concentration camps and genocide. Subsequently, the right to have rights enforced the need for universal tutelage, homologated from the point of view of humanity (Hannah Arendt). According to scholars, the delimitation of the state reason, thus placed in perspective, would therefore be on the horizon of human rights diplomacy.

  • Awareness of freedom
  • The social framework of diplomatic action activated by the Declaration (UDHR) actually anticipated the advent of the respective global theme – or is it related to it. It recalls that UDHR 1948 resulted from the political perception that the atrocities of totalitarianism meant an unprecedented rupture with the traditional ethical orientation towards good government. Better: because it is an unprecedented break with all ethics, the simple political perception is overcome; limited to the knowledge of obstacles to the realization of the ideal of society.
  • From this realistic point of view, UDHR 1948 is the highlight of the manifestation of the consciousness of freedom: a concerted action leading to integration as a structural change, which also includes the social awareness of human rights diplomacy, its seeking the membership to revitalize the elaboration of values in light of the aforementioned finding that only the effective guarantee of the human rights of the population confers full legitimacy to the rulers at the world level.

In this sense, the human rights movement is a global social phenomenon, the framework that raises and causes to move the respective diplomatic action.

  • The international counter-offensive of human rights
  • Consequently, the journalists’ astonishment at the alleged daring of the diplomat Zeid should not last. It is just the effort to confront and condemn the internationally coordinated anti-historical ideological flurries of demagogues to offend the greatest achievement of the international community, which is the construction of an international human rights system based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted 68 years ago.
  • In addition, such unethical attacks of xenophobia, racial and religious segregation, and protectionism aggravate the deep uncertainty that is now spreading throughout the world, where powerful rulers proclaim their desire to build walls among populations, norms and obligations set forth in international conventions are at risk, extremist groups are discovering matter to act and humanity is experiencing massive and impactful suffering, with millions of people forced to flee their homes.
  • Against this backdrop, the diplomat Zeid speaks for thousands of human rights defenders when, through his just protest, he lets us see the international counter-offensive of human rights, not only for giving voice to the commitments of democracy with human rights, but towards criminalizing demagoguery and unethical attacks, abuse of political, social and economic privileges to sow contempt of human rights, confusing mindsets, aggravating people’s distress and their fear of the worst. Instead of demagogy, right-wing politicians should unite to find solutions to complex problems and, before the rulers of underdeveloped countries, to show an example of commitment to civilization.
  • An indispensable initiative
  • Certainly, it is indispensable the clear-sighted initiative to strengthen the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with a formidable campaign to raise funds for concerted action on human rights in the world, click on the link:
  • In addition, there is no shortage of things to do for OHCHR as the executive arm of the UN Human Rights Council. As mentioned by the aforementioned international journal Jurist, dated February 16, [click on the link <]  OHCHR has raised several concerns only in the last week. On Thursday, the High Commissioner (HCHR) reported that victims of sexual violence in Ukraine [JURIST report] did not receive adequate access to justice or services in the country. On Monday, the HCHR expressed concern [JURIST report] about reports that at least 101 people were killed by Congolese soldiers in conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • On the same day, Myanmar authorities have stated that they will investigate whether the police committed crimes against the Rohingya Muslims after the HCHR released a report [JURIST reports] two weeks ago, stating that the treatment of the Myanmar security forces of the Rohingya Muslims probably constituted Crimes against humanity. The report contains interviews with Rohingya refugees, who reveal that security forces have murdered children, pushed people into burning buildings and raped women, among other crimes.
  • Rio de Janeiro, September 20, 2017
    Jacob J. Lumier

DÍA DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS 2015 – Declaración del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos

In Bem-estar, cidadania, convenções internacionais, Democracia, desenvolvimento, direitos humanos, educação, ensino superior, história, history, movimentos sociais, Politics on December 7, 2015 at 11:12 am


Declaración del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos

High Commissioner Video Statement — Human Rights Day 2015 – Spanish version (doc Word)


En el Día de los Derechos Humanos de este año, quisiéramos que todo el mundo reflexionara sobre el significado de la libertad.

La libertad es el ideal que sustenta lo que ahora reconocemos como el derecho internacional de los derechos humanos, las normas y los reglamentos que protegen y garantizan nuestros derechos.

El Día de los Derechos Humanos de 2015 marca el inicio de una campaña de un año de duración para celebrar el 50º aniversario de dos de los más antiguos tratados de derechos humanos, el Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos y el Pacto Internacional de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales.

Ambos documentos, junto con la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos, componen la Carta Internacional de Derechos Humanos, que abarca los derechos civiles, culturales, económicos, políticos y sociales, derechos inherentes a todos los seres humanos.

Las libertades proclamadas en estos documentos son universales. Son aplicables a todos los seres humanos, en cualquier parte del mundo. Ni las prácticas tradicionales ni las normas culturales pueden justificar su supresión.


Estas libertades abarcan los principios fundamentales: libertad para vivir sin temor y sin miseria, libertad de expresión y de pensamiento, libertad de conciencia y de religión.

El mundo ha cambiado desde que en 1966 la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas aprobó los dos Pactos. Estos Pactos, junto con los demás tratados de derechos humanos, han desempeñado una función primordial al fomentar el respeto y el reconocimiento de estos principios en los cinco últimos decenios, periodo que a menudo ha sido convulso.

Por supuesto, todavía debemos afrontar numerosos desafíos. Quienes redactaron esos Pactos difícilmente hubieran podido imaginar retos como los que plantean la intimidad en la era digital, las medidas antiterroristas y el cambio climático, pero el respeto a la libertad sigue siendo el cimiento de la paz, la seguridad y el desarrollo para todos.

Únase a nosotros para celebrar juntos la libertad y ayúdenos a difundir al mundo entero el mensaje de que nuestros derechos y nuestras libertades son inalienables e inherentes, ahora y siempre.

Lei antiterrorismo do Brasil é muito ampla.

In análise, Bem-estar, cidadania, comunicação social, Democracia, direitos humanos, movimentos sociais, públicos, pesquisa, Politics, portuguese blogs on November 4, 2015 at 11:00 pm

O projeto de lei antiterrorismo atualmente em discussão no Congresso brasileiro está redigido em termos demasiado amplos e poderia restringir indevidamente as liberdades fundamentais.

A definição do crime estabelecida pelo projeto de lei pode resultar em ambiguidade e confusão na determinação do que o Estado considera como crime de terrorismo, potencialmente prejudicando o exercício dos direitos humanos e das liberdades fundamentais.

O projeto de lei no. 101/2015 visa definir os crimes de terrorismo no Brasil e dispõe ainda sobre procedimentos investigatórios e processuais. No dia 28 de outubro de 2015, o Senado brasileiro aprovou a proposta por 34 votos favoráveis e 18 contrários. O texto alterado deve voltar à Câmara dos Deputados.

É de lamentar que o atual projeto de lei excluiu um artigo anterior que estabelecia uma salvaguarda importante que garantia que a participação em manifestações políticas e em movimentos sociais não fosse considerada no âmbito dessa lei.

Os Estados têm o dever de proteger a sociedade civil e os direitos fundamentais para sua existência e seu desenvolvimento, como os direitos à liberdade de associação e reunião pacífica e à liberdade de expressão .

Definições imprecisas ou demasiado amplas sobre terrorismo abrem a possibilidade do uso deliberadamente indevido do termo. Por isso, legislações que visam combater o terrorismo devem ser suficientemente precisas para cumprir com o princípio de legalidade, a fim de evitar que possam ser usadas contra a sociedade civil, silenciar defensores de direitos humanos, blogueiros e jornalistas, e criminalizar atividades pacíficas na defesa dos direitos das minorias, religiosos, trabalhistas e políticos.

Quando leis voltadas para a promoção da segurança podem afetar as liberdades fundamentais, os Estados devem sempre assegurar que os princípios de necessidade, proporcionalidade e não discriminação sejam inteiramente respeitados.

As medidas contra o terrorismo que têm um impacto negativo na capacidade de ONGs para atuarem de forma efetiva e independente estão fadadas a ser, em última instância, contraproducentes na redução da ameaça imposta pelo terrorismo.

O projeto em questão foi encaminhado ao Senado em 19 de agosto de 2015, depois de ser aprovado pela Câmara dos Deputados, e sua apreciação segue em regime de urgência.

Cabe lembrar que as consultas públicas no processo legislativo são um elemento sempre indispensável ao desenvolvimento de políticas e na preparação de legislação.


Pour une lecture de Occupy Wall Street du point de vue de l’histoire sociale.

In análise, cidadania, história, movimentos sociais, sociologia on October 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Pour une lecture de Occupy Wall Street du point de vue de l’histoire sociale. Points saillants de l’article de Norman Birnbaum ““¿Una revuelta o un movimiento social? publicado em El Pais- (16/10/>Edición impresa>Opinión ).


…La Edad Media europea estuvo llena de revueltas campesinas y disturbios urbanos. Los franceses llamaban a la agitación en el campo jacqueries, por su protagonista simbólico, el imperturbable campesino Jacques, que se veía abocado a la violencia por las exacciones de la nobleza.

…A primera vista, pareció que todos estos movimientos habían fracasado. Para que hubiera representación política y un mínimo de justicia distributiva hubo que esperar a la aparición del concepto de ciudadanía.

…A su vez, las nuevas capas sociales (pequeños agricultores independientes, prósperos comerciantes urbanos y fabricantes) utilizaron los Parlamentos para controlar la arrogancia real. Las jacqueries se convirtieron en un recuerdo del pasado en manos de los historiadores. La industrialización acabó engendrando un proletariado mucho más amplio y con posibilidades de ser más peligroso incluso que los más desesperados de los pobres en las ciudades medievales.

…Tal vez los que ocupan una mínima parte de Wall Street (y sus colegas de otras ciudades de Estados Unidos) han tocado fibras sensibles de la memoria … Desde luego, han abierto una brecha en las teorías irrefutables de que en Estados Unidos existe un consenso fundamental sobre que el capitalismo es la única vía al paraíso.

… ¿Qué capacidad de influir a largo plazo tiene el grupo amorfo que ocupa en estos momentos un pequeño rincón del distrito financiero de Nueva York, con el riesgo constante de sufrir la agresión de una policía brutalizada? El grupo que inició la ocupación está formado por personas que trabajan en el sector de las artes y la cultura. Se formó, en un principio, para crear y defender los derechos de los artistas en materia de contratos, empleo, seguros médicos y vivienda. Lo que les empujó a una acción colectiva fue la búsqueda de la seguridad individual. Utilizo el término “artista” pero, en realidad, el grupo incluye también a personas que trabajan en las nuevas tecnologías. Si la afinidad entre creatividad artística y protesta social, que comenzó hace dos siglos, se extiende ahora a los innovadores en las comunicaciones electrónicas, eso debe hacernos reflexionar. Al grupo se unieron enseguida estudiantes, desempleados de todas clases, miembros de sindicatos (que aún tienen una gran presencia en Nueva York) y personas llegadas desde el interior.

…Uno de los recursos más valiosos de los movimientos sociales es la memoria. La memoria social no es una investigación histórica minuciosa. Es una destilación moral del pasado. Muchos de los comentarios entusiastas sobre las manifestaciones hacen referencias a Estados Unidos durante el New Deal y las décadas posteriores, cuando la economía estaba regulada, la

tercera parte de la fuerza laboral pertenecía a sindicatos y las expectativas, tanto individuales como colectivas, no dejaban de crecer.

…De lo intensos que sean esos recuerdos puede depender la suerte de las protestas. Pueden convertirse en una jacquerie moderna. O, tal vez, puedan renovar la persistente y profunda tradición de protesta en Estados Unidos y marcar el inicio de una nueva etapa en la política.

…Como es natural, los medios de comunicación, como por instinto, han dicho que los manifestantes son desechos sociales o jóvenes sin educar. Su desprecio recuerda a la reacción de las clases dirigentes ante las primeras protestas contra la guerra de Vietnam. Si no lo hubieran mostrado, habría sido prueba de que Estados Unidos está de verdad en el umbral de una revolución.

No es así, ni mucho menos. Es más, pese a su tendencia a actuar como si fuera el presentador de un programa de variedades, el presidente puede atribuirse en parte el mérito de la protesta. Al alterar por completo su retórica en las últimas semanas, al empezar a reconocer la división de clases, ha empujado a quienes criticaban su frustrada reconciliación con los republicanos a emprender sus propias iniciativas. Ahora tendrá que aceptar que insistan en que siga él también la lógica de ese nuevo rumbo.

Jacob (J.) Lumier

Autor de Ensaios Sociológicos

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