We are seen as empty shells, shells that can't think, or use reason to be subjected to the wills of a few. It is a hard choice to stand by your beliefs, and even harder to watch those beliefs so easily tossed aside by others unwilling, or unable to stand up for what is right.
In my eyes there is no this or that, it's only right and wrong. It is wrong to allow other human beings to suffer, regardless how we MAY feel about it, humanity calls for us to respond when fellow humans are being preyed on by those who have strength, regardless who that being may be. Whether its human rights, public law, or national reasons, Right, is still Right, and Wrong is still Wrong.
The voice of change can often be the softest one in the room, but in most cases, its very much always the most correct.