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Normalisation and Proportionality

Normalisation and Proportionality

The Sinjar Mountain range was the site of a massacre of the small Yazidi community in 2014.

The values that created the concept of Proportionality are as essential to a democratic system as the core tenets of Human Rights and all core Constitutional foundations. Arbitrary justice towards innocent people are as damaging as the disproportionate application of laws and state actions towards anyone accused of an act against the state. This basic standard has to be applied even in cases when an illegal act occurred, is unproven, or simply fictional. Ignoring or removing Proportionality from society does not only unravel justice, but is inherently Anti-Renaissance and has no final resolution that would be recognisable in a modern society.

The normalisation of brutal actions against some of the oldest cultures to still exist on Earth came after 2013 when the world was forced to acknowledge the human rights atrocities taking place in the Sinjar Mountains against a small, ancient community known as the Yazidis. Like many of the oldest communities to still exist in that region, that era saw the introduction of atrocities reflective of the most darkest of ages, with actions being taken against defenseless civilians not seen since the Second World War.

Despite that era demonstrating the capacity of brutality against innocents, there was little discussion of atrocities taking place against the Yazidis after the initial condemnation. While conflict was still taking place and shifts in territory and power were constant, the initial response from Western media turned to silence on the issue. Despite many being taken into slavery, tortured and executed for simply being born of their ancient culture, an unacceptable silence was coordinated that avoided and ignored their plight. The commission of acts of crime against humanity done to Yazidi women and youth, along with such crimes against other ethnic minorities inside Iraq and the surrounding region, was not unique to being subject to silence. Since then, silence has come in the same manner to other human rights atrocities and in many cases were made to become an appalling standard for acceptance. What such responses have done was to normalise a mark on humanity where our descendants will look back at our time in history with shame.

The silence and normalisation of the actions taken against the Yazidi and other victims of brutality did not end with a silence of words, but continued with silencing justice as well. While some Yazidi women were able to escape and survive their atrocity, there were  documented cases in a Western countries where the Yazidi refugee/survivor ran into their torturer in the same country and city they sought protection in. In one notable case, when the refugee sought help and protection after being threatened yet again, she was told to be silent about it and ignore her most basic rights to justice and security. The same government who pushed her silence then used such silence to create more danger to her and others afterward, eventually celebrating their historic loss of Proportionality in an epic display of both ignorance and viciousness in their democracy. This normalisation started a trend that has now become something most would see as unrecognisable to their community just a few very short years ago.

The normalisation of this unravelling of Proportionality through silence, harassment, and open contempt for others has no end game that would build anything apart from a disproportionate set of laws that only offer justice to a few generational elites and those who would commit to power through coercion. The reality is that such actions have that as their core purpose. That purpose has no future for any of us in any form.



Richard Basas

Richard Basas, a Canadian Masters Level Law student educated in Spain, England, and Canada (U of London MA 2003 LL.M., 2007), has worked researching for CSIS and as a Reporter for the Latin America Advisor. He went on to study his MA in Latin American Political Economy in London with the University of London and LSE. Subsequently, Rich followed his career into Law focusing mostly on International Commerce and EU-Americas issues. He has worked for many commercial and legal organisations as well as within the Refugee Protection Community in Toronto, Canada, representing detained non-status indivduals residing in Canada. Rich will go on to study his PhD in International Law.

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Law; Economics and Commerce; Americas; Europe; Refugees; Immigration