Taking a retrograde step into moral isolationism that Dictators and Authoritarians now and in the future can cite, to justify oppression and cruelty.

Posted: July 19, 2014 in Articles, Political Thoughts
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The Conservative Party who are in coalition Government in Great Britain want to take back the powers from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, so they can in future decide what is lawful or unlawful when it comes to citizens’ human rights.   There are only two other mainland European Countries who do not abide by European Convention of Human Rights, and they are Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The European Court of Human Rights was established 1959 in the French city of Strasbourg.  It considers cases brought against those who are signatories to the convention, some individuals and Civil Liberty organisations have caused political embarrassment to the UK Government in recent years, however, political embarrassment is no reason to take such a major step.    We should be proud that the UK was a founding member of the Human Rights Convention and that we were influential in its design, we were also one of the first countries to ratify the treaty giving individuals the right to complain to the court since 1966.

When a Country engages in the global debate on Human Rights and then ratifies the Human Rights Convention, their citizens are then much better protected from the possibility of unjustified institutionalised mistreatment, for when a Country shapes its own individual concept of what are acceptable Human Rights, through some transient political philosophy, it is both dangerous and a worrying for all its citizens.

We are all citizens of the world, and the rights of one are equal to the rights of all.   Countries should not be able to pick and choose the ethical and human rights standards it feels fits its political ambitions.  We should be working towards unifying a principled Human Rights Charter for every citizen of the world and not taking a retrograde step into moral isolationism that Dictators and Authoritarians now and in the future can cite, to justify oppression and cruelty.

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© Paul Nichol.  July 2014

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