Can you imagine our world without the threat of wars, armed rebellions, and terrorism? What a safe and peaceful world this would be, right? That is exactly what the discussion at the International Institute of Human Rights Society in New Delhi was all about.
But how “unreal” is this possibility? Not as unreal as we seem to think that it could be!
Talking about the increasing threat of armed rebellion, Justice Madan B.Lokur cited the example of Colombia where non-international armed conflict had existed for decades but the President was able to curb this through a pro-active approach in terms of engagement. Following this, a historic Peace Accord was signed in Columbia.
It is not yet time for us to feel optimistic yet because much needs to be done to tackle the problem of armed rebellion.
Justice Madan P. Lokur pointed out, “ISIS is a classic example of ideology being spread through armed rebellion. We are already seeing what is happening in Aleppo, Syria. In Iraq’s Mosul, there are reports of huge disruption of life, high sexual activity and women being used as human shields and terror spreading to hearts.”
He further stated, “In Sierra Leone, Sahara and Somalia, children are taken as soldiers. Bangladesh and Sri lanka, we have seen war crimes take place and it has taken more than thirty-five years for both countries to convict some people. The most disturbing aspect of wars pertains to the problems it gives rise to such as the outbreak of epidemics, women trafficking, smuggling of currency and counterfeit currency.”
Addressing the same gathering, Mr. P.H. Parekh, Senior Advocate and Secretary-General and Founder Member of International Institute of Human Rights Society said, “Those who suffer in wars are mostly the poor. Children are not spared from the violence and such violence cannot be justified because it is perpetrated by those who intend that there should be no peace.”