Fight Hate with Rights
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Want to know more about Eric, Ruth and Kemal? We delve deeper into their stories.
Eric Murangwa explains how football saved his life
Football saved Eric's lifePosted by RightsInfo on Friday, 17 November 2017
Ruth Barnett shares her father's experience of Kristallnacht
Ruth's father saved her brother's life on The Night of Broken GlassPosted by RightsInfo on Friday, 17 November 2017
Kemal Pervanic shares his concentration camp experience
Kemal found himself in the most notorious concentration camp in BosniaPosted by RightsInfo on Friday, 17 November 2017
Features and Analysis
The articles below explore why it is so important for us to stand up for our human rights, now more than ever.
Humans of RightsInfo
Delving deeper into the stories of the people featured in our film.
Kemal Pervanic, Bosnian genocide survivor
“In 1992, before the war started, we had people who survived the Second World War, my mother was one of them. She knew that something bad was going happen. She couldn’t say exactly how bad it was going to be, but she knew enough to warn me to leave. I didn’t have such an experience because I chose to stay. Had I known what was going to happen, I would have left. So, the warning signs were obvious for some but not for others. If you had no previous experience of such events, it is easy to ignore such warning signs”
Ruth Barnett, Holocaust survivor
“Again and again, all the genocide that's happened after 1945 goes through the sequence again of political self-interest, being prepared to sacriﬁce thousands and thousands of human lives. This is something that I absolutely deplore, and I try to get people to think about, against massive resistance, which is what I call institutionalised denial. It's bad, but it's not happening to us therefore it's not our business.” I think it’s got even worse since the time of the Nazi Third Reich because we've brought up several generations since to focus on themselves. The worship of the self is making us less and less empathic towards other people, and I think this is adding to the likelihood of the warning signs of genocide being ignored.”
Eric, Genocide in Rwanda survivor
“There is so much going on in world affairs today that actually draws me back to the days of genocide and prior to that. We were able to be treated the way we were treated because people used such thing as a “right to defend” the so-called majority. And I see that today, in a number of places – where people are championing this idea of “us and them”, based on that same understanding. There is nothing that really shows that what went on in Rwanda 23 years ago, where over a million-innocent people lost their lives within a period of 100 days, had contributed to any lesson on how to deal with future tragic events. Because the same mistakes that were there before and during the genocide is what I see today.”