Jews and the LGBTQ Community
Minor groups such as the Jews and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, and questioning) community have been working their way to be accepted for as long as humanity has existed. For years, these minior groups have fought against discrimination, unfair treatment and inequalities imposed by major groups, such as the Aryans during World War II. According to the Cambridge dictionary, an inequality is “the unfair situation in society when some people have more opportunities, money, etc. than other people.” A human rights violation occurs when the State or person of power goes against a person’s right to liberty and freedom. This research will focus on article 2 of the Universal Human Rights Declaration and SDG number 10. Article number 2 states that all rights and freedoms stated in the declaration have no distinction between gender, race, religion, or any difference in opinions. SDG 10 has the goal to “reduce inequality within and among countries”. (United Nations, 2015). One of the many events were human rights were violated was the Holocaust.
The Holocaust was a tragic event that started from the year 1941 to its end on may 8, 1945. Most of his damage was caused on all Europe but especially on Germany. When the Nazis came to power in Germany it was said that they were the superior race and that all the other groups were inferior to them, especially the Jews, because they believed that they represented a threat to the Germans and where the ones responsible for Germany’s defeat of WW1 and the Great Depression. They thought, by their fear and anger emotions, that jews success led to ungrounded accusations of subversion and war profiteering. The holocaust was a persecution and murder of different lower groups such people with disabilities,Roma (Gypsies), which were considered as alien, Poles, Soviets and black civilians, but mainly the Jews. But they also persecuted groups such as communists, socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and homosexuals for political reasons. Germans killed approximately 6 millions jews, mostly on the concentration camps due to work or medical experiments. They killed ? of every jew. Some people hidden jew on their houses or help them to escape. Years pass and tension between countries increased. Germany started to loss power, being defeated by the USSR. With this, Allied forces advanced to Nazi-occupied Europe. Allies free people from the concentrations camps even when Germany tried to erase all traces of it. Women The Holocaust wasn´t only for Jews.
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It also happened to other minority groups such as the LGBTQ community. Even though homosexuality in Germany had been illegal under the criminal code, many homosexual-rights activists became big figures in Germany´s government in an effort to change the way society saw homosexuality. Once the Nazis took control in 1933, male homosexual “persecution ranged from the dissolution of homosexual organizations to the internment in concentration camps.” () The Nazis persecuted them because of their idea of purifying Germany, and because they didn´t contribute to the creation the the Aryan race. Meanwhile, lesbians nor non-german homosexuals weren´t seen as a threat to the government, and so they were not persecuted as long as they didn´t act to their natural inclination. The homosexuals that were taken to concentration camps were marked with a pink triangle to show who they were, just as the jews had to wear the star. Because the Nazis thought homosexuality could be cured, they would often humiliate and make them work twice harder in order to do so. This treatments would also include experiments that “caused illness, mutilation, and even death, and yielded no scientific knowledge.”
After the concentration camps were liberated, there was no way of knowing how many of the prisioners died during these experiments. Nowadays in the 21st century many fights against the violation of the human rights have been fought. Even so, human rights such as discrimination have are still being violated in some parts of the world, even after the Universal Human Rights Declaration was passed. Women in afghanistan Nowadays, even though we are now in the 21st century and many fights have been fought in order to make sure women’s human rights are respected, some countries, most of them in the middle East, haven’t gotten there yet. One example of this is Afghanistan. LGBTQ in Russia A new example of inequality has been occuring on Russia during the last few years. This event has happened for several years, but worsened on december 2018. A new persecution against the LGBTQ community in Chechnya began causing a lot of deaths. After the integration of a homosexual group in northern Caucasus the persecution increased. After this, everything became worst with the withdrawal of documents and repercussion against gay people. This problem has been abusing people based on their sexual orientation since January 2017. The first minister of Chechnya, Kadyrov, a practising muslim, stated that gay people don’t exist. There have been some reports that residents in Chechen Republic had disappear or had been tortured in modern-day concentration camps, due to their sexual orientation. Even though they legalized homosexuallity in 1993, in 1996 the president Aslan decided to adopt the sharia law, punishing people.