World Day of Social Justice
The notion of creating egalitarian and humane societies or institutions is based on the principles of equality, liberty, democracy and solidarity. It understands and values human rights, and recognizes the dignity of every human being. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948 represents the foundation and groundwork for social justice and human rights in their full scope.
All who strive for lasting peace should also strive for justice, as justice is the basis of peaceful coexistence within and among nations. Justice as well is part of the chain of values together with human security, human rights, and development.
For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of the global mission to promote development and humanitarianism. The Day of Social Justice (A/RES/62/10) acknowledges the efforts of the international community in the fight against global terror, the eradication of poverty, the promotion of security, gender equality, educational and employment opportunities, and access to social well-being and impartiality for all.
Social justice entails equal access to the basic human rights and to knowledge. It involves rising above and eliminating discrimination, racism, injustice, prejudice and upholding civil rights and liberties. These are and should remain the main values of a democratic society.
Amidst a time of terrorism, extremism, migrant crisis, killings of innocent children, famine, bombings and violation of basic human rights, we must stand strong as humanity that places value on solidarity, peace and justice.
To paraphrase Dr Martin Luther King, true compassion is more than flinging coins to a beggar; it is in seeing that a system that produces beggars needs restructuring.
Justice is about Fairness. It may not be in our power to make life fair, but we can certainly strive to make it just. Let us embark on this battle in creating a better world for our future generations.
20 February 2016