Good Day :Human Rights Culture and the “New Rigidity”!
Any idea does not get its power from the strong elements inside it; it needs to be matching with culture, environment, circumstances, local context and the reality. The way of promoting of the idea is also sometimes a decisive factor in the expecting results. It has been said in Arabic traditions; not the edge of the sword but the might of the knight, both of them could make the strike strong or weak.
Human Rights Culture came to put an end to rigid doctrines that dominated human communities during the time of dark decades (especially in Europe). The rigidity is one of the reasons that made Human Rights Culture the savior for humanity; how then rigidity could be a part of HRC itself?!
"Human Rights" is a part of the human heritage, it is an accumulated (and ongoing) experiences and practicing of several civilizations and groups but it is not a rigid doctrine or a holy book that given to UN in 1948 without any chance for change. It must be adaptable and changeable in a constructive and positive way from time to time and from place to place, without damaging its basic concepts. Also, "Human Rights Culture" should be interpreted according to national and local context.
Let us use examples of different countries. If we compare a mono-religious country with a multi-religious county, how then we expect the results of practicing the right to free speech to convince a citizen to change his religion from A to B? The right to free speech could be used in a mono-religious country with some results but no one will consider the process of promoting a religion as an aggression to another religious community! In a multi-religious country these issues are very sensitive because already there is a historical and sometime deep-rooted and bloody conflict between religions A and B! The right to freedom of speech must be guaranteed in all countries but what are the limits and procedures to avoid side effects dealing with different circumstances? It is not a matter of retarded communities that we need to teach them the "right to freedom of speech" that practiced in western world. Most of western countries are mono-religious countries, "Christian majority with different churches" that sharing many common factors, also the level of loyalty to religion is not like other countries, for that the matter is totally deferent.
By Mekki Elmograbi,firstname.lastname@example.org, 23/07/2012