The 13th Amendment of the United States of America exemplifies the constitutional protection government provides for the civil rights as well as the general inalienable human rights of people to be free to live and to express themselves according to their inherent beliefs and distinct customs as citizens of a nation. Self-evident in this historic and magnificent example of the triumph of justice and equality is the continuing struggle of certain classes within the many nations of the world, whether defined by culture, habits, language, gender, age or beliefs, to live according to their calling within the vast freedom provided to them by civil laws.
Offenses carried out against such rights of people are therefore duly punished, yet oftentimes not without the accompanying prejudices or miscarriages of justice by those who fail to uphold the law. Crimes against persons by virtue of their ethnic background or nationality, though treated differently from criminal cases, fill up our courts as they occur quite frequently in the form of petty quarrels or conflicts between varying certain religious or political groups.
Electoral disenfranchisement and gender biases still happen as they did decades before because it takes time for people within a generation to unlearn what previous generations passed on to them. Here are some ideas to consider how we can minimize the violation of civil rights of those we often take for granted:
1. Age may define a civil rights issue
The elderly have certain rights society protects which many people fail to recognize or uphold. Public transportation laws have designated seats for the elderly or the handicapped which many ordinary passengers fail to observe.
Senior citizens are also accorded discounts on essential goods purchases such as food and medicine. However, some shops often arbitrarily deny these rights. For instance, an elderly who goes out to treat his or her family is not given the full discounted but is counted as a single consumer even though he or she paid for the bill.
2. Privacy protection
Online privacy as well as actual privacy are protected by the bill of rights of a nation. However, the social media over the web provides many loopholes that test and challenge civil rights stipulations. We still have to keep up with this technological tool while safeguarding our privacy and the welfare of our families.
The use of the Internet practically allows any person to invade our privacy and even steal information and money from us. How this new paradigm of interpersonal connection will affect our civil rights is a new field of concern for everyone.
3. Criminal and civil cases online
We have heard of children and even adults who have become victims of bullying in cyberspace. Cases of child prostitution and women exploitation have also become profitable sources of criminal syndicates in cyberspace. These are just a few specific cases of how civil rights are affected by modern technology.
4. Religious discrimination continues to hound societies
With increased mobility of workers around the world nations providing employment opportunities to professionals and skilled labourers, criminal and civil cases related to ethnicity or faith have caused problems between host nations and their partner nations.
In spite of the goodwill developed through trade and exchange of labor opportunities, human and civil rights are often put on the line as people leave the comforts of their homes to seek work in strange lands which are at times inhospitable to other cultures and beliefs. Today, in Iraq, Christians are in grave danger of losing their lives as the Iraqi regime clamps down on their perceived Christian enemies.
One’s color or religion can still be a cause for losing your rights or your freedom even in the modern world as intolerance continues to rear its horned head. But each one of is, to a certain degree, guilty of violating the rights of our neighbour one way or another. Singing loudly on your karaoke beyond midnight when neighbours are sound asleep is not merely an inconsiderate practice but a violation of basic rights of others. Yet, we see this done frequently in many neighborhood. If we want to achieve world peace and harmony, we must start in our own homes.
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