QUESTION OF THE DAY
The issue of national and social origin should not feature in any country in the world as a stigma in the US national and social origin is becoming an issue to the surprise of human rights defenders. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against Women call concur that discrimination on the basis of race, ethnic group, colour, sex, language, religion, political and other opinion, national and social origin, fortune, birth or other status should be abolished once and for all by all civilised societies.
The fact that such discrimination is raising its ugly head in the US media should alert the US leaders that standards are dropping in the US. A society cannot claim to be a pace setter in human rights by entertaining discrimination among its leadership. Just imagine what it would have meant to call on all those people of European origin to leave South Africa. Clearly anyone who utters such a statement would have been accused of habouring ultra-nationalists tendencies. Such tendencies are what gave rise to world wars and not peace among men and women.