Everyone can carry this AquaCard and if raised, it signals to the aggressor:

"Halt, Stop right now with anything you do to me, because you are violating my universally guaranteed rights!"

Especially for children and teens, but also for adults in situations where one side has been rendered speechless due to verbal or physical violence or abuse directed against the victim, it offers the chance to silently "shout-out" with this form of non-verbal communication.

Specifically in a confrontation where people have become speechless due to the overwhelming aggression launched against them – even within families – the AquaCard sends a clear signal.
 

Water (aqua) is Life, and it is the most basic human right to ask for and to receive a glass of water - even in the most horrific circumstances. This break gives a moment to think and to reflect, which often is already sufficient to de-escalate a conflict and to calm a situation down - thereby giving a chance for resolution finding.
 

Especially in bullying school environments it works wonder, if bystanders or onlookers then feel encouraged to gear up into action when the aggressor doesn't adhere to the demand of the victim to stop - clearly visible to all.
 

It is a simple aqua-marine-coloured < https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquamarine_(color)> (hex code: #66DDAA or #33FFCC) rectangular (e.g. 15x10 cm) carton - with or without the universal word STOP or وَقْفة (e.g. in red = hex triplet #FF0000) printed on it -and with or without a clipart pic of a glass of water
<https://www.clipartpanda.com/clipart_images/water-glass-clip-art-vector-41130553>.

More sophisticated AQUA CARDs with actually binding legal texts relevant to a specific country's constitution and jurisdiction added to the relevant fundamental freedoms (on the backside) <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamental_freedoms> as well as basic human rights of the UN-Charter <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights> and, have been used successfully in demonstrations in numerous states to halt police violence and so far it was never misinterpreted as a call to turn the water-cannons on against the demonstrators, who merely are asking for a ceasefire by waving the card - without having to surrender.

Feel free and encourage to design you own AquaCard !
 

The wide use of the AQUA CARD is encouraged. (Please send feedback of your experiences with it to: office[AT]ecoterra.net )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSALLY GUARANTEED RIGHTS

I am a human being, born free and equal in dignity and rights.

I hold the unalienable birthright to resistance against any form of oppression.

I hold the right to life, liberty and security of person.

I hold the right to self-defence and the right to defend others.

I hold the right to self-determination.

I am entitled to equal protection of the law and protection against any discrimination.

I hold the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State where I legally reside.

I hold the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries than my own asylum from persecution.

I hold the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

I hold the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

I hold the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change my religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest my religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

I hold the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

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Defend Your Rights

You have no right to attack my honour and reputation or to curb my free will.

You have no right to subject me to arbitrary interference with my privacy, family, home or correspondence.

You have no right to subject me to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

You have no right to subject me to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

You have no right to arbitrarily deprive me of my property.

 

Special Fundamental Rights of Refugees:

All people have the right to seek asylum and for this purpose to cross borders.

Article 31 of the Refugee Convention says that refugees should not be penalized for having entered a country illegally if they have come directly from a place where they were in danger and have made themselves known to the authorities. Therefore, asylum seekers should not be detained for being in possession of forged identity papers or for destroying identity or travel documents.

Prohibition on the forced return of a refugee is called nonrefoulement and is one of the most fundamental principles in international refugee law. This principle is laid out in Article 33 of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which says that no state "shall expel or return ('refouler' in French) a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion."

Articles 12 - 30 of the Refugee Convention set out the rights which individuals are entitled to once they have been recognised as Convention refugees:

  • All refugees must be granted identity papers and travel documents that allow them to travel outside the country
  • Refugees must receive the same treatment as nationals of the receiving country with regard to the following rights:
    • Free exercise of religion and religious education
    • Free access to the courts, including legal assistance
    • Access to elementary education
    • Access to public relief and assistance
    • Protection provided by social security
    • Protection of intellectual property, such as inventions and trade names
    • Protection of literary, artistic and scientific work
    • Equal treatment by taxing authorities
  • Refugees must receive the most favourable treatment provided to nationals of a foreign country with regard to the following rights:
    • The right to belong to trade unions
    • The right to belong to other non-political nonprofit organizations
    • The right to engage in wage-earning employment
  • Refugees must receive the most favourable treatment possible, which must be at least as favourable to that accorded aliens generally in the same circumstances, with regard to the following rights:
    • The right to own property
    • The right to practice a profession
    • The right to self-employment
    • Access to housing
    • Access to higher education
  • Refugees must receive the same treatment as that accorded to aliens generally with regard to the following rights:
    • The right to choose their place of residence
    • The right to move freely within the country
    • Free exercise of religion and religious education
    • Free access to the courts, including legal assistance
    • Access to elementary education
    • Access to public relief and assistance
    • Protection provided by social security
    • Protection of intellectual property, such as inventions and trade names
    • Protection of literary, artistic and scientific work
    • Equal treatment by taxing authorities