Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Human Rights Day

This year, it seems especially poignant - and necessary - to mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, in Paris on 10 December 1948.

As still, too many of our fundamental rights are being interfered with.

It's so easy to do nothing; to be complacent, think that it isn't your top priority, that it won't happen in your country. Or you "avoid making trouble," because you fear the consequences.

That's exactly what bad governments want.

There was a time when you really wouldn't have believed that Britain would ever undermine human rights, but look at their recent record of deplorable British policing practices that have led to judges in Strasbourg ruling that the police in this country are breaching the human rights of innocent people.


"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Human Rights Day is probably as good a time as any to glance over the Human rights set out in the Declaration and familiarize yourself with them, preferably before they are taken away! If you don't know what your rights are, how can you value them, defend them, or demand that you are granted them?

Hat tip: Mangas Verdes

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