In a dream-like Kingdom that has been raised from the sea, a feisty young Princess tries to escape the strictures of her royal life, and so is held hostage by her family. It sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale that should begin "Once upon a time, long ago in a Kingdom far far away...", but that is not the case. It seems that the daughter of the ruler of the United Arab Emirates has been being held captive for more than three years in a villa in the sky. Jail is jail, no matter the luxury. It is not freedom. It is not self determination. It is not the ability to choose one's life.
Whatever the story of this family, it is from a culture where the children of royals are disposed of as commodities. And for women, even with a more liberal spin socially, at core, they are indeed owned. How else is one jailed with no recourse to law? Daughters are subjects. Perhaps it is worse in royal families. The weight of precedent and tradition is heavy, and even in recent times arbitrary and very out of date rules were used to derail a Prince, and perhaps contributed to the death of a Princess, in a country which prides itself on being humane and free. So in a place where there is no parliament or congress, where rulers are still absolute, what are the options for humanity?
This emphasises the need to promote human rights. To begin, we must first educate all people so that they know what human rights are. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the tool for this. The very first article of this document states, "We are all born free and equal in dignity and rights." All. Each one of us. Free and equal. L. Ron Hubbard said, "Human rights must be made a reality, not an idealistic dream." We can use the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to do this. www.youthforhumanrights.org