Pursuing happiness...
23 September, 2015
Pursuing happiness...
Georgia has of course taken the human rights issue very seriously – and this tells on the life of this nation quite considerably – but we still have to go another mile in order for us to reach the western standard of observing human rights. If we fail to do as it is stated, Georgia might never cross the threshold where Europe starts and mistreatment of humans ends by the regimes and the individuals who want to shore up those
inhuman regimes.


All men are created equal and are endowed with rights to live, be free and pursue happiness – there has never been said anything more meaningful than this in history. Give me one quote, uttered by any genius, which might sound more significant than this celebrated political statement. It took us very long to recognize a universal human nature, which means that all humans have inherent instinctive aspirations and longings, making them human. The unique modern idea of securing the human rights for Homo sapiens has gone through many different stages of gradual development and eventual inculcation, although still irregularly shared and unsystematically implemented. Meanwhile, nothing is more natural for a human being than having a chance to enjoy a human right which is given to us only because we are simply humans. Ideally, human rights geotv.geare the freedoms to which we are entitled as soon as we appear in this world by means of our birth, whereas the extant state of affairs suggests something totally different although the exploitation of human rights – as it is understood and practiced by modern men and women – has lately been elevated to international level and adopted by most of the countries. Human rights bodies have become absolutely ubiquitous and operative all over the world, being amazingly instrumental to those who want to champion the lofty cause of protecting humans against being wronged. There are human rights committees working in legislative and administrative bodies; numerous NGO’s are popping up that are concerned with human rights issues; individual fighters for human rights are also in place; the keen eye of human rights watchers would not miss even one case of breaching the law on human rights wherever such law had been adopted and put in action; the attention of human rights observers is concentrated on penitentiaries and other correctional institutions where there are nested the worst chances of ignoring the much spoken about human rights today. Georgia as a nation is right in the vanguard of holding high the banner of human rights protection in the country as well as beyond its boundaries. This is why Georgia’s chances are steadily growing to be considered as part of the European family of nations. Georgia is trying its best to keep an open eye on the firm maintenance of human rights, pinning down the cases of ignoring them if there occur any. Unyielding is becoming our society when it comes to breaking the regulation that has legitimized certain human rights officially. This is all good news but we are not yet completely safe from bad news that is reaching our eyes and ears every so often in Georgia. Georgia has of course taken the human rights issue very seriously -- and this tells on the life of this nation quite considerably -- but we still have to go another mile in order for us to reach the western standard of observing human rights. If we fail to do as it is stated, Georgia might never cross the threshold where Europe starts and mistreatment of humans ends by the regimes and the individuals who want to shore up those inhuman regimes. They say that the erstwhile mayor of our capital city has embezzled certain amount of funds from state budget, for which he was arrested and sent to prison. Fair enough, but the law says that you keep a culprit in jail only nine months until the perpetrator is duly indicted. Beyond that time-frame, the prisoner is considered to be unlawfully locked up. This is what has recently happened to the young and handsome former head of the town. Question: was his valuable human right of being at large restricted? Yes it was! And how did Georgia cope with the inconvenience? Perfectly well! The Constitutional Court of the country ruled that the notable captive be unchained forthwith to join his family and friends, gathered in the packed full and emotionally charged courtroom. Well, the rumor has it that there might have been some delicate attempts on part of the government to hold him back in confinement in expectation of soon-to-arrive guilty verdict against him, but this did not happen, which is a deserving-the-acclamation legal act in the recent juridical history of Georgia, demonstrating our progress towards nonviolent human existence and honorable treatment of human rights as such. The rest of the mayor’s story sounds quite trivial – in a matter of twenty-four hours after his release, he was sentenced to four and a half years of incarceration. Some say he deserves the punishment and some say not. Some even qualify him as a political prisoner, but again, this is the subject of further analysis. Today’s court judgment is just as it is. I am the last person who would know if the ex-mayor has committed a crime or not because I am not in possession of facts and evidences, and I am not ready to surmise any irrefutable truth or construe any unfair deduction. My only aim is to evaluate the human rights condition in Georgia, and I think we are not in a bad shape although I am more than sure people are still getting unfairly and undeservedly hurt and castigated because human rights is not an easy thing to take strong roots in a country that has a long history of inhuman communist practices, performed by sadistic administrators of justice.

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