Guest Article from Afghanistan – The UN and Human Rights

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim truly believes that in Islamic societies it has been a predominant view that “Human Rights are one of the elements of weatern conspiracy to undermine dignity of Islam.” In my country, the same like many other Muslim communities, many Muslims refer to Yugoslavia, Palestine, Iraq and recently Syria to support this belief. They can never disregard such cases. Not only fundamentalists but also many traditional Muslims believe that Human Rights are bargaining chip for super powers to put pressure on Islamic groups. Super powers highlight human rights when they want to attack their hostiles, but they simply ignore it when it does not serve them.
Once a student of Sharia ( Islamic Law) of Kabul university asked me why Muslims are being killed and UN with all of its outfits cannot do anything for them? Why Syria is a field in which every super power looks for its profit? Not only for me, as alaw student and Human Rights advocate, but also for many other Muslim reformists it has been a challenge how to respond these questions? So with this preface let’s put a just eye as an advocate of Human Rights advocate on UN’s performances. Recently, Europe Union decided to expel Afghan asylum seekers from European countries. This decision has raised many criticisms against Europe Union and UN in Afghanistan. Afgan civil activists criticized it as “anti-Human Rights action” and in public opinion it is a “foul” decision. Undergoing such actuons and reactions, folk will come to believe that Human Rights are really an instrument.
To voice my own concern, such decisions of UN profoundly damage the struggle of Muslim reformists to reconcile Islam and Human Rights. My country is a battlefield of both human beings and twosome interpretations of Islam. On the first hand, fundamentalists are combating the whole modernity including Human Rights and want to return to past. On the other hand, Muslim reformists try to reconcile Islamas areligion of pre-modernity with modernity. Such decisions of UN unintentionally further fundamentalist movements in Islamic countries.
I had seen a photo of a wall in Palestine portraying a question mark in front of “UN”. The question mark can simpky guide many people to a question: why UN in many years cannot reach an aceptable decision about Palestine? For fundamentalists the answer is very simple: Palestinians are being targeted because they are Muslims. This beleif leads them to solidarity with all Muslims of the world and for fundamentalists it seems that the sole way to defend Muslims is to establish A caliphate to protect Roghts of Muslims. Majeed Nawaz, an ex Islamist and cofounder of an Islamic group in four countries, renounced his previous position because he came to believe that Liberalism is the heritage of all humanity while “Amnesty International adopted him as prisoner of conscience and began campaigning for his release.” It portrays how the decisions of hunan rights related organizations’ decisions impact every Muslim. If such organizations have the potential to impress Islamists to revise their beliefs; for sure, they have got the potential to push traditional Muslims to Islamisn pit too.

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim truly believes that in Islamic societies it has been a predominant view that “Human Rights are one of the elements of weatern conspiracy to undermine dignity of Islam.” In my country, the same like many other Muslim communities, many Muslims refer to Yugoslavia, Palestine, Iraq and recently Syria to support this belief. They can never disregard such cases. Not only fundamentalists but also many traditional Muslims believe that Human Rights are bargaining chip for super powers to put pressure on Islamic groups. Super powers highlight human rights when they want to attack their hostiles, but they simply ignore it when it does not serve them.
Once a student of Sharia ( Islamic Law) of Kabul university asked me why Muslims are being killed and UN with all of its outfits cannot do anything for them? Why Syria is a field in which every super power looks for its profit? Not only for me, as alaw student and Human Rights advocate, but also for many other Muslim reformists it has been a challenge how to respond these questions? So with this preface let’s put a just eye as an advocate of Human Rights advocate on UN’s performances. Recently, Europe Union decided to expel Afghan asylum seekers from European countries. This decision has raised many criticisms against Europe Union and UN in Afghanistan. Afgan civil activists criticized it as “anti-Human Rights action” and in public opinion it is a “foul” decision. Undergoing such actuons and reactions, folk will come to believe that Human Rights are really an instrument.
To voice my own concern, such decisions of UN profoundly damage the struggle of Muslim reformists to reconcile Islam and Human Rights. My country is a battlefield of both human beings and twosome interpretations of Islam. On the first hand, fundamentalists are combating the whole modernity including Human Rights and want to return to past. On the other hand, Muslim reformists try to reconcile Islamas areligion of pre-modernity with modernity. Such decisions of UN unintentionally further fundamentalist movements in Islamic countries.
I had seen a photo of a wall in Palestine portraying a question mark in front of “UN”. The question mark can simpky guide many people to a question: why UN in many years cannot reach an aceptable decision about Palestine? For fundamentalists the answer is very simple: Palestinians are being targeted because they are Muslims. This beleif leads them to solidarity with all Muslims of the world and for fundamentalists it seems that the sole way to defend Muslims is to establish A caliphate to protect Roghts of Muslims. Majeed Nawaz, an ex Islamist and cofounder of an Islamic group in four countries, renounced his previous position because he came to believe that Liberalism is the heritage of all humanity while “Amnesty International adopted him as prisoner of conscience and began campaigning for his release.” It portrays how the decisions of hunan rights related organizations’ decisions impact every Muslim. If such organizations have the potential to impress Islamists to revise their beliefs; for sure, they have got the potential to push traditional Muslims to Islamisn pit too.

Ziafatullah Saeedi