Amnesty International is calling on the Fiji government to drop charges against a former Prime Minister.Mahendra Chaudhry is due back in court today after being accused of failing to seek permission to hold a public meeting.He was arrested …while talking to a group of farmers gathered outside one of their homes.Under emergency laws introduced by Fiji’s military government, people are required to get permission for meetings of three or more people.Amnesty says the laws are being used to deny Fijian people the right to express their views freely.
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Ok. let’s look at human rights, so nobly and righteously declared on our behalf by the United Nations, and ratified by some countries. Not others…
It is usually said that every single human being on earth has these rights and they cannot be taken away by anyone. It should be thus, but of course this is a myth. They can and are, daily in many places around the world. If only it were not so…
Below is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
These rights are attached to appropriate responsibilities and you can explore them here.
Interestingly, my own country is one that has not signed up to this. Why?
I don’t know enough about it to comment. I have been out of the country trying to provide safe water to people in the Pacific who need it.
The point about these rights of course is that they don’t exist. They are another man made construct. The neat thing about them is that the UDHR at least provides a mechanism for making governments accountable if they do not accept and apply them. If only we had the balls to make them do it.
There are more people in the world who do NOT enjoy their human rights, than there are who do.