By: Milton Margai (United Kingdom)
MY RIGHTS, YOUR RIGHTS!My rights, your rights. If my rights are violated; Yours are indirectly violated too. It is a threat to civil liberties; It is a violation of our God-given rights. He who rejoices over anothers’ mistreatment by the state Rejoices over his inevitable demise. For what point is there to live If you have NOT your voice to speak out; To speak out against the underhandedness of the state. How free is it to live in a state Where one’s freedom of speech is eroded. Are we mere puppets; That we should sit by and be trampled; To be taking advantage of by the state? They say the pen is mightier than the sword; Equally, the voice is louder than a bazooka! With rights, comes responsibilities So is the freedom to speak; Hence we must speak responsibly. We must endeavour to raise the tempo Of our voices to a level where it doesn’t disturb The relative peace that we enjoy. Nevertheless, we must not cower To express ourselves openly and justly. Why fear man; When he cannot create an atom in your bone? Only the truth shall set us free! We shall all die someday; I’d rather die for a worthy cause than live a life of a puppet. He who gave us our human rights Shall always protect us From the pestilence that flies by night; The wicked ways of the state And the connivance in high and low places. My rights are your rights! If mine is violated Yours is indirectly violated. They are inalienable rights; Therefore, must be protected. A state that does not respect human rights Does not respect the one that gave us those rights; Neither value humanity. My rights, your rights; No rights for me, means no rights for you!