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The Dangotes Ought To Be Feted

David Magang
VIEW FROM MANA HOUSE

Reading of our reported snub of the stratospheric African tycoon Aliko Dangote, I thought the gesture  constituted one of the most asinine by Government latterly. I gather, however, that  the big shot wasn’t actually denied a visa to enter Botswana: he just didn’t bother to venture down here because the last time he wanted to, in 2014, Honourable Edwin Batshu’s people told him point blank that he was not welcome!

To the parochial-minded people with a door-bouncer mentality who screen visitors to our country, every Nigerian, if not every West African, is the very embodiment of a drug contrabandist or money launderer. Botswana is “sacred” territory, the very “Holy of Holies” and therefore allowing a Dangote to set foot in it would amount to a sacrillege. It would profane Africa’s sanctum sanctorum.   

It seems hurling a voetsek at our brothers from ECOWAS is becoming something of a fetish. Clergymen from there who have been invited to propagate the gospel at Christian rallies have been stopped in their tracks.

Not too long ago, a high-powered business delegation that set off from Ghana to investigate prospects for investment had a rude awakening: only a “small fraction” of the ten of them were given the green light. In 2014, a local newspaper reported that 300 Nigerians had been deported in one fell swoop. To the best of my recollection, Government made no effort to gainsay such a claim.    

But it is not only West Africans who have been so rebuffed. Again in 2014, a well-heeled Hollywood film actor was told he was not welcome to our beloved country, his only offence being that he was headed our direction under the auspices of an opposition party.

Clearly, Government’s mindset is to tar everybody with the same stereotypical brush irrespective of their otherwise unimpeachable credentials. They may be a prominent businessman but if they hail from a certain part of the continent, we’re supposed to steer clear of them. By the same token, if they are moneyed all right but they are seen to be hobnobbing with people from certain disagreeable quarters, their greenbacks can be. The door must hastily close in their face with a bang.  

In the more level-headed and far-sighted countries right in our neck of the woods, government does not see a friend of the opposition: it sees a potential investor. It does not prima facie see a possible money launderer: it sees a person who could spend sizeable sums on tourist resorts. It does not see a West African with a thick native accent; it sees a cross-border venture capitalist who could help diversify its economy, boost employment creation, and help earn the country those crucial dollars, euros, or pounds. That’s an Aliko Dangote I’m talking about.  

HE’S THE DUDE WITH THE DEEPEST POCKETS FOLKS

“Africa’s Richest Man Denied Visa To Enter Botswana”.  That mind-boggling banner headline blared out of the front page of the Sunday Standard edition of October 6 2014.  Just what it is Government has against Aliko Dangote only the DIS could be relied upon to unpack for us, a remote possibility anyway since secrecy and confidentiality are its watchwords.   

I’m given to understand that the Immigration Director takes pride of place on the committee that assesses visa applications. My question then is, does this high-placed government official know who Aliko Dangote is?  If not, let me help drum home a few titbits in this regard.

For starters, Aliko Dangote is not Julius Malema, a budding Mzansi politician still rough at the edges who also was denied an entry visa to Botswana in 2014.  He’s the wealthiest man in Africa and the 67th richest man on earth according to the authoritative Forbes magazine. As of 2015, he was worth upwards of $17 billion, more than Zimbabwe’s annual GDP, which presently stands at just over $13 billion, and five times the critically ailing economy’s $4 billion annual budget.   

Dangote clearly is leading the charge to grow the continent from within. His flagship company, the Dangote Group, is present in 15 African countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and employs 26,000 across the continent. One of Africa’s largest conglomerates, the Dangote group portfolio encompasses investments in cement, food and beverages, steel, oil & gas, packaging materials, logistics, real estate, and telecommunications. In 2015, the company  generated over $3 billion in revenues.

Dangote is held in such high regard by governments who recognise the value and criticality of FDI to their economies he carries 8 passports.  

That is the economic colossus our blasé and closeted compatriots in the ranks of the immigration are fiddling with bagaetsho.  

TREATED LIKE A KING IN ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE

Whilst our neighbours are tripping over each other to ensconce the Nigerian billionaire as a plank in their economic  platforms, we’re busy doing our best to fend him off as though he’s  leprous – a pariah of sorts!

In Zambia, Dangote has invested $450 million in a cement plant, with medium-term plans to up overall investment in the country twice over to $900 million. The plant has the capacity to deliver 1.5 million tonnes of cement annually. Altogether, Dangote is said to have created 7000 direct and spin-off jobs. His 400 haulage trucks alone are responsible for up to 1000 jobs.

To ensure production is not disrupted by the sporadic load-shedding that has dogged the country in recent years, Dangote has built his own 30 megawatt coal plant to generate electricity for the cement plant, with 10 megawatts available to the host community – the kind of investment we’re desperate for in Botswana.

In Masaiti, about 500 km north of the capital Lusaka, where his cement plant is located, Dangote has made available $500,000 to support burgeoning small-scale farmers. In addition, he’s building a school, a hospital, and other social amenities in the area. Furthermore, he has set up a scholarship for the Masaiti district to make it  possible for bright pupils from indigent families to pursue tertiary studies at accredited local universities.   

In July last year, Dangote commissioned a $610 million cement plant in Ethiopia, an investment he has since escalated to $1.3 billion. When a private citizen invited Dangote over to Zimbabwe, President Mugabe was so euphoric he rolled out the red carpet and just stopped short of showing him off in a ticker tape parade. The nonagenarian head of state granted Dangote licences for three projects worth $1.2 billion without the usual bureaucratic  hiccups.

Hearing that Botswana has effectively  cocked a snook at the filthy-rich West African, Mugabe must have laughed fitfully.        

A LEONTIFF PARADOX

It perturbs and even irks me why it does not seem to register in the government enclave that we need investors more than they need us. Show them the slightest sign that you have given them the brush-off and they will set their sights on jurisdictions  that fete and pamper them.

Let us take the example of   leading African social entrepreneur Fred Swaniker, who has lived and worked in more than 10 African countries. Swaniker is the co-founder of the Johannesburg-based African Leadership Academy. When he wanted to establish the African Leadership University in Mzansi, he was so encumbered by redtape that he threw in the towel and headed for Mauritius. It is there, in Port Louis, that he set about  building a $20 million campus.

Whereas the immigration office in South Africa had been dragging its feet to issue work permits to cosmopolitan personnel he needed for his higher education model for Africa, in Mauritius 40 permits were processed within the space of only two months. “If that is not efficiency, tell me what is,”   he gushed at the launch of his institution before an audience that included Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim.

South Africa is one of 8 of Africa’s upper middle income countries (a bracket in which Botswana falls too) who are notorious for their penchant  for needlessly austere work and residence permit demands. Of their ilk, only Mauritius is the odd one out. For example,  Mauritius requires a visa from only six of Africa’s 54 countries. I hope our relevant authorities will take cue when they read this.

Make no mistake about this Honourable Batshu: when we fiddle with potential investors of  Dangote’s stripes, we do so not to his detriment but our own. I have had occasion to interact with even investors already resident in Botswana who have had to undergo quite an ordeal to secure permits both for themselves and their staff  and they all are unanimous that they are doing only a fraction of their potential in terms of committing themselves resourcewise to this country.

They say  they cannot devote resources proportional to the scale of investment they envisage in a country where their future is so glaringly uncertain, where they feel resented rather than embraced.  Indeed, the last thing they are prepared to do is to reinvest their profits or engage in further project expansion when a cloud hangs over their continued stay in the country they otherwise love and when the chances of importing the requisite manpower are well-nigh impossible.  

When we established the Botswana International Trade Centre (BITC), and BEDIA before that, it was with a view, primarily, to court foreign investors and to accord them hassle-free access to our country. Sadly, it appears the very institutions that are supposed to provide investors a smooth landing have turned into the investor’s worst nightmare.   

In the last three years, BITC has wolfed down an average of P100 million annually of taxpayers’ money to enable its officers to criss-cross the globe and proposition investors. Yet these same investors are turned away in the curtest way imaginable the moment they show up at our doorstep. The paradox is of Leontiff proportions.

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STRESS TEST

14th December 2022

We have come a long way from the 19th century, when mental un-healthiness was not recognised as treatable. In those days mental health problems were viewed as a sign of madness, warranting imprisonment in often merciless and unhygienic conditions; and with that backdrop you would think twice before calling in sick because of stress or admit feelings of hopelessness or depression but that’s changing. That may sound like good news but it’s not.

Reasons why employees don’t show up for work can vary, but one thing is for certain; an organisation relies on its staff to get things done and when employees don’t show up for work it disrupts organisational plans, takes up the valuable time from management and lowers the company’s productivity. It’s always been that people miss work for several reasons, some understandable and legitimate and others less so but it’s important that we know the reasons so that such situations can be better managed.

Today stress is one of the most common causes of long-term absence and is especially prevalent amongst office-based staff. This is also related to absence due to depression or anxiety. Is this indicative of where we are as a society, a sign of the times which is that people are constantly pressurised and have less work-life balance?

The British Museum houses a tablet which provides a peek into work-life balance in ancient Egypt. It documents how many sick days and why 40 workers took time off from their workplace in 1250 BC. All sorts of fascinating reasons have been given for why people were away from their work, including a note about someone named Buqentuf, who needed time off for embalming and wrapping the corpse of his dead mother.

There were other reasons like some workers, such as a man named Pennub, missed work because their mothers were ill.  Others had causes that we wouldn’t expect to hear as often today, such as men who stayed home to help around the house due to a “wife or daughter bleeding” – a reference to menstruation. But no mention of mental health, not because it didn’t exist, but it wasn’t labelled thus not reported.

What was reported was a person such as Aapehti who was said to have been ill on a regular basis and also took time off when he was “making offerings to god”.  Workers also took days off when they had to perform tasks for their superiors – which was apparently permitted in moderate amounts. For example, Amenmose was allowed time away from work when he was “fetching stones for the scribe:  And what about other employees who had to excuse themselves from work to brew beer, an activity which was associated with some of their gods and rituals.

All fascinating stuff which provides insight into life at that time. But what insights can we gather from today’s sick leave records? One study recently undertaken gives us insight into the UK police force’s absenteeism. Figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act from police forces in the UK showed that the number of days absent due to mental health problems increased by 9% in one year, from 457,154 in 2020 to 497,154 in 2021.

And here is the shocker. Police have taken a record 500,000 days off due to mental health issues. Zoe Billingham, a former police inspector, suggested there was a greater prevalence of mental health issues among emergency services, due to what they faced during the pandemic of coronavirus. “Police and other frontline services have protected us during the pandemic,” she said. “The pandemic was a great unknown. People were really scared of dying and coming into contact with the virus, and a lot of people did.”

It is a ‘mental health epidemic’ among police. Alistair Carmichael, Home Affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: “Frontline police officers do an incredible job serving their communities. But we know that the stress of policing can take a heavy toll on the mental health of officers, in some cases leading to burnout.

Let’s look at another group. A poll by Gallup reported that in the last three years, 75% of young adults aged 18–22 have left their jobs because of stated mental health reasons. This study showed that employees (millennials and Gen Z) want employers who care about their wellbeing. Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity;  inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation:  Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.

 

The real story here is not that burnout, stress, depression and anxiety are becoming the number one reasons for absenteeism but that for a large part they are preventable. We have the data telling us it’s the problem but still organisations are doing very little to proactively manage it. Sure, we have counselling services for staff who are struggling and wellness days to reinforce feelings of wellbeing, but this is not enough.

If we start caring and developing work cultures that do not create unintentional stress through how work gets done, that will go a long way to change the status quo. Simple things like ensuring your culture doesn’t thrive on fire drills and heroics to get things done and that emails do not come with expected responses after hours or over the weekend. If we can stop managers bullying, yelling or losing their cool when there is a performance or customer issue and begin giving people more control over their work – all of these are the kinds of stuff that contribute to weakened mental health and absenteeism.

To sum up, your staff’s stress levels are directly proportional to your business’s absentee levels.  Ergo, lowering the former, will also reduce the latter.  Stress down, productivity up and everybody wins out.

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Contributing factors to mental health stress centre around increases in uncertainty and include: Hybrid work environments and the side-effects: no socialization, no end time, no feedback, caring for others; changing rules around work often with poor communications & clarity;  inconsistency & incompleteness of rule implementation:  Uncertainty from these and other factors leads to anxiety and depression.

 

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Diana Irks Queen

14th December 2022
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In September 1978, General Atiku, Princess Diana had enrolled for a cookery course. That same month whilst she was staying at her parents’ home in Norfolk, her friends innocently asked about the health of her father  John Spencer, the 8th Earl. Hitherto, the Earl’s health had never been a matter of concern but Diana somewhat inscrutably voiced a somewhat portendous outlook. “He’s going to drop down in some way,” she said.  “If he dies, he will die immediately;  otherwise he’ll survive.”  

It came to pass,  General. The following day, the telephone bell rang to the news that her father had collapsed in the courtyard of his Althorp Estate residence and that he had been rushed to a nearby hospital after suffering a massive cerebral haemorrhage. The medical prognosis was bleak:  Earl Spencer was not expected to survive the night. Writes Andrew Morton in Diana Her True Story: “For two days the children camped out in the hospital waiting-room as their father clung on to life. When doctors announced that there was a glimmer of hope, Raine [second wife] organised a private ambulance to take him to the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Queen Square, Central London, where for several months he lay in a coma.”

Raine was so fiercely protective of her beloved husband that she had the nurses see to it that his own children did not come near him in this critical condition in his elitist private room.  ‘I’m a survivor and people forget that at their peril,” she would later tell a journalist. “There’s pure steel up my backbone. Nobody destroys me, and nobody was going to destroy Johnnie so long as I could sit by his bed – some of his family tried to stop me – and will my life force into him.” But if Raine had steel in her, General, so did the implacable Spencer children, more so the eldest of them all.  “During this critical time,” Morton goes on, “the ill feeling between Raine and the children boiled over into a series of vicious exchanges. There was iron too in the Spencer soul and numerous hospital corridors rang to the sound of the redoubtable Countess and the fiery Lady Sarah Spencer [the Earl’s firstborn child] hissing at each other like a pair of angry geese.”

As Diana had correctly predicted, her father was not destined to die at that juncture but healthwise he was never the same henceforth. First, he suffered a relapse in November that same year and was moved to another hospital. Once again, he teetered on the brink. He was drifting in and out of consciousness and as such he was not able to properly process  people who were visiting him, including his own daughters when nurses relented and allowed them in. Even when he was awake a feeding tube in his throat meant that he was unable to speak. Understandably, Diana found it hard to concentrate on the cookery course she had enrolled in a few days before her father suffered his stroke.

But Raine, General,  was determined that her husband survive come rain or shine. Morton: “When his doctors were at their most pessimistic, Raine’s will-power won through. She had heard of a German drug called Aslocillin which she thought could help and so she pulled every string to find a supply. It was unlicensed in Britain but that didn’t stop her. The wonder drug was duly acquired and miraculously did the trick. One afternoon she was maintaining her usual bedside vigil when, with the strains of Madam Butterfly playing in the background, he opened his eyes ‘and was back’. In January 1979, when he was finally released from hospital, he and Raine booked into the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane for an expensive month-long convalescence. Throughout this episode the strain on the family was intense.”

Altogether, Earl Spencer had been in hospital for 8 straight months. The lingering effects of the stroke left him somewhat unsteady on his feet when he escorted his daughter down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 for her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

 

R.I.P. EARL SPENCER

 

It was not until March 29, 1992, General, that Earl Spencer finally gave up the ghost. He was admitted in hospital for pneumonia but what killed him days later was a heart attack. Rumours of his death actually began to make the rounds the day before he passed on. At the time, Diana was on a skiing holiday in the  Austrian Alps along with  her estranged hubby Prince Charles and their two kids William and Harry.

When Diana was told of her dad’s death, she insisted that under no circumstances would she return to England on the same flight as Charles, with whom she was barely on talking terms. “I mean it, Ken,” she told her body minder Ken Wharfe. “I don’t want him with me. He doesn’t love me – he loves that woman [Camilla]. Why should I help save his face? Why the bloody hell should I? It’s my father who has gone. It’s a bit bloody late for Charles to start playing the caring husband, don’t you think so?”

Naturally, General, Charles was alarmed, particularly that his efforts to use one of his right-hand-men to reason with the Princess had been rebuffed. He therefore  prevailed over Wharfe to try and ram sense into his wife. “Lord Spencer’s death was a major news story,” writes Ken Wharfe,  “and if the Prince and Princess did not return to Britain together then nothing, not even compassion for the grief-stricken Diana, would stop the journalists from going for the jugular. The truth about the Waleses would be immediately and blindingly obvious to the most naive journalist … Returning to the Princess’s room, I told her bluntly that this was not a matter for debate. ‘Ma’am, you have to go back with the Prince. This one is not open for discussion. You just have to go with it’.’’

At long last persuaded, General, Diana said, “Okay Ken, I’ll do it. Tell him I’ll do it, but it is for my father, not for him – it is out of loyalty to my father.” But what in truth got Diana to change tack was the intervention of the Queen, who personally called her at Charles’ own request. That, however, General, was only as far as Diana was prepared to play ball: as far as engaging with Charles in conversation was concerned, that was simply inconceivable. “There was an icy silence for the rest of the two-hour journey,” writes Wharfe. “Nothing was said during the entire flight. The Princess did not want to speak to her husband and he, fearing a furious or even hysterical outburst, did not dare even to try to start a conversation. Whatever the discomforts of the journey, however, it was soon clear that the PR spin had worked. The next day it was reported that Prince Charles was at Diana’s side in her hour of need. Yet as soon as the Prince and Princess arrived at Kensington Palace they went their separate ways – he to Highgrove, and she to pay her last respects to her father.”

Lord Spencer was 68 when he died. He was a remote descendant of King Henry VIII.

 

PRINCE CHARLES FINALLY OWNS UP TO ADULTERY WITH CAMILLA

 

In June 1994, when Diana and Charles had been separated for exactly one-and-half years, Prince Charles was interviewed in a BBC documentary by Jonathan Dimbleby. The interview was billed as intended to mark Charles’ 25 anniversary as Prince of Wales but it was in truth a not-to-cleverly-disguised riposte to Diana Her True Story, the highly controversial 1992 collaboration between Diana and Andrew Morton.

In the interview, which was watched by 13 million people, Charles, General, openly admitted for the first time that he had committed adultery with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who he hailed as, “a great friend of mine who has been a friend for a very long time and will continue to be a friend for a very long time”. Diana had been requested to feature in the interview alongside her husband but she parried the overture on the advice of her aides, which was spot-on as she would have been greatly embarrassed by her hubby’s unsavoury confession in her own face and on national television.

The Prince’s candid confessional was followed weeks later by a book titled The  Prince of Wales: A Biography, which was written by the same Jonathan Dimbleby. The book was even frankier than the interview. In it, Charles put it bluntly that she had never once loved Diana and that he married her only because he was coerced into doing so by his  notoriously overbearing father. Charles also made it known that as a child, he had been bullied by his abusive father, virtually ignored by his mother, and persecuted by a wife he portrayed as both spoiled and mentally unstable.   Both Diana and his parents were revolted by the bare-knuckle  contents of the book though Dana need not have been irked considering that it was she herself who had fired the first salvo in the Morton book.

 

BASHIR INTERVIEW BODES ILL FOR DIANA

 

If Diana’s collaboration with Morton was a miscalculation, General, Prince Charles’ Dimbleby interview was equally so. For in November 1995, the wayward Princess hit back with her own tell-all interview on BBC’s  current affairs programme called Panorama. “She wanted to get even with Prince Charles over his adulterous confession with the Dimbleby documentary,” writes Paul Burrell, her final butler, in A Royal Duty.

The interview was conducted by journalist Martin Bashir who was attached to BBC, and was watched by 23 million people,  conferring it the distinction of having attracted the largest audience for any television documentary in broadcasting history. In the interview, Diana voiced concern about there having been “three of us in this marriage and so it was  a bit crowded”, the intruder obviously being Camilla. Diana also gave Charles a dose of his own medicine by confessing to her own adulterous relationship with James Hewitt, of whom she said, “Yes, I adored him, yes, I was in love with him”. Hewitt had at the time documented his affair with Diana in lurid detail in a best-selling book and Diana thought he had ill-conceivedly stabbed her in the back.

And as if to rub salt into the wound, General, Diana cast serious  doubts on her husband’s fitness to rule as future King and therefore his eventual accession to the British throne.   Unfortunately for her, the interview sealed her fate  in so far as her marriage was concerned. “In her headstrong decision to co-operate with Bashir,” says Burrell, “she had never considered, perhaps naively, the implications that Panorama had for her marriage.” Indeed, just four weeks after the interview, the Queen, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote personally to both the Prince and Princess of Wales requesting that they divorce sooner rather than later.

It was a dream-come-true for at least two parties to the triangle, namely Charles and Camilla. But did it also constitute music to the ears of Princess Diana too, General?

 

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SOWING THE WIND ONLY TO REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in a BBC documentary which aired on Monday 29 November 1995. The interview incensed the Windsors: the following month, Queen Elizabeth ordered Charles and Diana to sever matrimonial ties. In her vengeful resolve to hit back at her husband following his own interview the previous year, Diana had foolishly sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind.

NEXT WEEK: DIANA REVERTS TO SINGLENESS

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Rights of an Individual in Islam

14th December 2022

Islam is a way of life completed and perfected by the last and final Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Holy Quran along with the practical teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) forms the basis of Islamic law, social, economic and political systems of Islam – in short the basis of a complete code of conduct for the entire life of a Muslim

Regrettably in this day and age there are certain views in non-Muslims that have a very negative ‘view’ of Islam. The bottom line is that if a Muslim says that two plus two is four, others can ‘argue’ to say three plus one is four, or two times two is four or the square root of 16 is four. The bottom line is no matter what we may think we all are ‘correct’. The fact is that we are all on this earth for a ‘limited’ time. Regardless of beliefs, tribe, race, colour or our social standing in life, we will all die one day or the other and we will “all” be called up thereafter to answer for our behaviour, beliefs, and our life on this earth.

To a Muslim the Holy Quran is the Divine Revelation which is all encompassing and lays down in clear terms, how we should live our daily lives including the need for humans to allow fellow humans certain basic rights at all times. Due to the limited space available I can only reflect on some of the major fundamental rights laid down by Islam:

Right to life

The first and foremost of fundamental basic human-rights is the right to life. “Whosoever kills any human being (without any valid reason) like manslaughter or any disruption and chaos on earth, it is though he had killed all the mankind. And whoever saves a life it is though as he had saved the lives of all mankind” (Quran Ch5: v 32). It further declares: “Do not kill a soul which Allah has made sacred except through the due process of law” (Quran Ch6: v 151). Islam further explains that this sacrosanct right to life is not granted only to its adherents (believers), but it has been granted to all human beings without consideration of their religion, race, colour or sex

Right to Equality 

The Holy Quran recognises equality between humans irrespective of any distinction of nationality, race, colour or gender. “O Mankind We have created you from a male and female, and We made you as nations and tribes so that you may be able to recognise each other (not that you may despise each other). Indeed the most honourable among you before God is the most God-conscious”. (Quran Ch49: v 13). The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) further explained this: “No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab…… You are all the children of Adam and Adam was created from soil”. If there is any superiority for a man it is based on his piety, righteousness, sense of responsibility and character. Even such a person with these noble qualities would not have any privileged rights over others.

Right to justice

Allah Almighty has bestowed on all human beings, believer or non-believer, friend or foe the right to justice.  The Holy Quran states: “We sent our messengers with clear teachings and sent down along with them the Book and the Balance so that society may be established on the basis of justice” (Quran Ch 57 : v 25). It further says “O Believers stand for the cause of God and as witness to justice and remember that enmity of some people should not lead you to injustice. Be just as it is nearest to God consciousness” (Quran Ch 5:v  8 ). This makes it obligatory that a believer must uphold justice in all circumstances, including to his enemies.

Right to freedom of conscience and religion

The Holy Quran clearly mentions that there is no compulsion in accepting or rejecting a religion. “There is no compulsion in (submitting to) the religion” (Quran Ch 2 : v 256). Every individual has been granted basic freedom to accept a religion of his or her choice. Therefore no religion should be imposed on a person.

Right to personal freedom

No person can be deprived of his or her personal freedom except in pursuance of justice. Therefore there cannot be any arbitrary or preventive arrest without the permission of duly appointed judge and in the light of a solid proof.

Right to Protection of Honour

Every person has been ensured basic human dignity which should not be violated. If someone falsely attacks the honour of a person the culprit will be punished according to the Islamic Law. The Holy Quran says: “Do not let one group of people make fun of another group”. It further states: “Do not defame one another”, the Quran goes on to say: And do not backbite or speak ill of one another” (Quran Ch 49  : v 11-12).

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