Human Rights – The Core of the Humankind

Cristina Snegur

Human Rights, what do they actually mean? Is it only a legal term that lawyers operate with, or do they represent a philosophical manifestation of human values? Where and when do they begin and do they have an end? These were the questions that I had in mind for several years, and that actually triggered my interest towards studying Human Rights. The complexity of the concept and law of human rights makes them so special, I would even say grandiose, and definitely worth of being explored!

I come from Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe, in which Human Rights are in an ongoing process of development, with promising perspectives. Even before becoming a lawyer, the spirit of justice, fairness and respect toward people was the essence of my personality. I was always taught: treat the others in the way you wish them to treat you. Therefore, I proudly say that studying Human Rights, with the perspective of working in this domain in future, was always my vocation! After years of studies my passion and desire to know everything about them has nothing else but strengthened. Moreover, I am very happy that more and more people eagerly share the same enthusiasm of learning about Human Rights and actively defend them in their daily life. Despite the fact that there are people who are deprived of their basic rights, these are not something that can be just taken away or that somehow will disappear. No matter how many violations are and will happen, people will never stop fighting for their rights, just because they are an essential part of them.

To conclude, I would say that Human Rights should not be perceived only through an individualistic, sometimes selfish approach, but they should represent the core of the humankind existence. I truly believe that our world can expect a safe and flourishing future, if only Human Rights are the foremost tool by which it can be achieved. To emphasize, I want to refer to the words of the Moldovan prince Stephan the Great, who said that Moldova was not of his ancestors, not his and not of the people who lived at that time, but it is of our descendants and the descendants of theirs. I will assume the responsibility and will risk translating these words into actual reality, by saying that the world was not of our ancestors, not ours, but it is of generations yet to come, so the duty to preserve it is what people have to carry on.

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