March 29, 2020

The Human Family in the era of Covid-19

By Marco Pizzorno.

Who can live?

The turnout to the intensive care units is such as to bring structures, doctors and health workers to their knees. Authoritative newspapers cite that the lack of breathing instruments and beds it seems to be the reason for a terrible need, which has dictated a guideline, as a decision-making tool on who can be treated and who cannot. The first thought is addressed to the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which in the spirit of brotherhood and international cooperation calls the peoples of all nations to help each other in the name of the Human Family “and the text quotes:

Considering that the recognition of the dignity inherent in all members of the human family and of their equal and inalienable rights is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world

Considering that the Member States have undertaken to pursue, in cooperation with the United Nations, universal respect and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms

It is recognized that:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and must act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Art 1) 

Each individual has “all the rights and freedoms set out in the Declaration, without distinction whatsoever, for reasons of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, of national or social origin. , wealth, birth or other condition. Furthermore, no distinction will be established on the basis of the political, legal or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs … (Art 2)

Everyone has the right to life, freedom and security of his person. (Art 3)

Art.25 and the right to medical treatment for all.

Everyone has the right to a standard of living sufficient to ensure the health and well-being of himself and his family …. and “to medical treatment …”

It is the right of every person to be treated without discrimination, also for reasons of age or life expectancy related to their conditions. By virtue of this, it is the concept of international cooperation that must be solicited for the protection and safeguarding of “All” human life, so that the “inertia” and its interpretations do not become the first culprit and responsible for a huge crime against humanity.

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