Youth of Unity (YOU) claims to deem a society with the mark of betterment conceived with justice and proper development. The National, rooted on the grounds of fair and honest journalism, firmly believes on its stand against human auction as a form of human rights violation.
We, as the official student publication of National University (NU) dedicated to spread justice and not indignity, present these main arguments:
1. LET ME BID THE ONE violates Human Rights Declaration.
In the current state of political issues especially the one concerning the super typhoon Yolanda victims, it is noticeable that the government failed to implement an immediate help to the unfortunates of the super typhoon which clearly pertains to neglecting of duty. Negligence of duty is a form of violation to the human rights of Yolanda victims. On the contrary, YOU will conduct a human auction to help these victims wherein such human auction is another violation of human rights. Therefore, YOU will be helping victims by creating other victims of human rights violations.
According to the first sentence of the Preamble to Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…” and according to the ARTICLE I of the UDHR, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
On this note, human auction is a clear violation of human rights because it doesn’t practice the recognition of dignity, as another form human natural rights, and the sense of equality by putting a price on someone’s head therefore quantifying the worth of humans. Human auction does not act towards the spirit of brotherhood.
Moreover, the Philippines is one of the signatories of the UDHR of United Nations and the amendments and statements involved in such law and constitution should be highly manifested in the country. As student leaders as what they believe they are, they should primarily practice these grounds in promoting the rights of humans.
Also, if we are to revisit the history of human auction, we can definitely figure out that it is a clear violation of human rights whether with consent or none. Human auction started in North America and South Africa selling African slaves. Human auction, in legal and political terms, violates human rights.
Moreover, YOU states other universities that conveyed human auctions. Then we ask, “Do we, as students of the university promoting the ideals of dynamic Filipinism, need to adopt and take into account the actions of others to defend such side?” Definitely not! Other universities may have done it but it doesn’t mean that it is right and proper
2. YOU counter-statement’s third paragraph VIOLATES FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
On their statement, “…on the issue created at hand which was denied to us breaking the foundations of fair and honest journalism that we are made to believe in,” YOU violates the freedom of the press in accordance with the Freedom of Expression as the basic of all human rights.
ARTICLE 19 of UDHR clearly states that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
The National does not break the foundation of fair and honest journalism because releasing this stand is an actual evidence that we practice fair and honest journalism. Such statement from YOU is even libelous because it claims that The National is denying to them the righteousness of journalism.
We, as journalists of the student publication of NU, have the right to release our stand regarding any issue for we believe that what we stand for is the right thing to do. Also, we, as media practitioners and servants of responsible journalism, are human rights advocate and it is the sole reason why we are spreading our stand.
3. YOU cannot change the Nationalians’ PASSIVE VIEWPOINT in implementing a project that is PASSIVE as well.
In our state of political issues regarding the victims, why do YOU need to implement another project which is passive as well? Human auction doesn’t release the Nationalians in the pedestal of passive viewpoint but they actually put Nationalians into that passive viewpoint because human auction doesn’t really inform the Nationalians about the super typhoon, its aftermath and the issues involved.
According to the Preamble to the UDHR, everyone “…shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms.” Human auction doesn’t educate Nationalians and therefore it is not an active reform to help the victims and open the awareness of Nationalians.
4. YOU is launching an IRONIC ACTIVITY to the celebration of Human Rights Day on December 10
International Human Rights Day will be celebrated on December 10 as proclaimed by 1950 UN General Assembly. And it is ironic to launch a program that violates human rights.
YOU is having an event that does not fit the advocacy of the celebration of International Human Rights Day. We should be questioning and fighting the cases of HR violations but this human auction is another case to be included in the files of HR violations.
If the question falls on the criticism against the constitutionality of our stand therefore we are challenging YOU to interpret Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the basis of its core values. According to YOU, “indeed the United Nations Charter on Human Rights clearly states that human auction is an infringement of human rights on CERTAIN SPECIFIC GROUNDS like every other laws.” Read the UDHR and there is no such statement as this. (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Documents/UDHR_Translations/eng.pdf)
We as well is in the process of changing the passive thinking of Nationalians that is why we are strengthening our stand prior to this matter.
UNITE AND FIGHT FOR THE JUSTICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS!
LET US END ALL FORMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION!
*The National is the official student publication of National University and a founding publication of CEGP. Youth of Unity is a student political party in NU.