Encounter: 30 October 2005 – Human Rights in an Age of Terror Transcript

05 Nov

This is now online, and SO relevant. As Mary Robinson says:

We just need to get back to the international human rights standards that are a considerable achievement of humankind. It’s important to reinforce the true values of our societies. If we compromise those then we have done a terrible disservice and made us all less secure in the longer term, so that the undermining of rule of law and of no torture and no detaining people endlessly without trial, without any reference to their families etcetera…I mean, (look) how far these matters have gone. So we need to reassert the standards.

And here is that teacher in a Brisbane Islamic school that I said last Sunday deserves a medal.

At the annual Amnesty International schools’ conference in Brisbane, held not long after that summit, students attended from the Islamic School of Brisbane for the first time and shared their passion for human rights.

Student: Today I do not wish to talk to you about politics, I don’t want to talk about borders or refugees, left-wing or right-wing, Labor or Liberal, bombings or retaliations. Instead I want to talk about hope, I want to talk about peace. Mother Theresa said, ‘If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.’ Today I not only look at you as a friend but I look at you as family. They’re our brothers out there dying in Africa, Palestine and Iraq. They are part of us no matter how different they look. No matter what they believe in, no matter what they dress like, they are one of us. The world is one family of humanity. When people suffer anywhere in the world, whether it is America, the Middle East, Africa or China, we collectively should feel the pain. We are one family that should extend our hands to others.

Athia Carrim: I am Athia Carrim. I am a senior teacher for history and modern history and business at the Islamic School of Brisbane, and I have brought together a select number of students from grade 9 to 11 to participate in the Amnesty International conference. A very important component of modern history that we are doing in grade 11 is to give students hope in a world of despair, and there was no better opportunity right now than what Amnesty was doing, and I thought it was a great way for students to come and tie in with what we are doing in class to what is being spoken about right now… Many of our students have grandparents or family members who are living outside the country who are in war-torn situations, who have emerged from war-torn situations, and therefore I think the conflict or the human rights issue is more at home. It is something relatable to them and I think that is so much a part of growing up and understanding the diversity in which we live.

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