Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.’ The constitutional rights of individuals must be protected and upheld at all costs. Oppression of people, and denial of human and civil rights, is a denial of ‘liberty and justice for all.’ Good governance and the rule of law ensure the equal administration of justice. Laws and institutions, no matter how efficient and well-intended, must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust.
Social marginalization of individuals and minority groups feeds a sense of injustice, fear, and resentment. Justice is denied when people are oppressed; when people feel trapped in impoverished communities; when religious assumptions influence executive, judicial and legislative processes; when favored groups receive preferential treatment; when there is no path for advancement on the basis of merit; when there are no educational opportunities; when affordable health care is unavailable; when there are no ways to support families; when government officials are corrupt; when civil and human rights are withheld, and when dissent is silenced.
All humanity hopes for a more just and peaceful world. ‘If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.’ –Francis Bacon