Tuesday, April 02, 2013

UK And European Convention on Human Rights

In recent years, British agnostic behaviour towards the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), has grown to an all time high. This is propped up by nationalist view of some on the extreme right, who, like Hitler, only see solution through separatism, hatred and social classification.

Of course, these nationalists are not ignorant; far from it. If anything, they are well versed on the situation as it is and may be, beyond the present unity. Based on their level of intelligence which is undebatable, it is no worries that they know the origin, basis and benefits of the ECHR.

Although Britain was not a founding member of the European Union, the Convention simply emulates British attitude and approach towards human dignity. It was in 1215 that Britain made what is now regarded as one of the oldest forms of equality laws, The Magna Carter, a written agreement- sort of - setting out dignified and humane treatment of ordinary people, by the ruling elite and their cohort. That law sets out how a person must be judged by his/her own peers and in a common place.

In the millinium since that first aspiration for an equal society, it has been borrowed across the world albeit adapted freely and diluted; yet it has helped form the basis of what we all across the globe now agree, some way or the other, is the right approach to individual dignity.

Whether Britain therefore leaves the European Union or abstains from the Convention, the fact is that it will retain something akin to the Convention, if not better.

It thus beggars belief that many on the right berate the European Convention on Human Rights for cases such as Abu Qatada's. Had there been no ECHR, Mr Qatada would have gotten the same, if not better outcome from the courts.

The danger therefore is that, should the handful of people who makes decision about rights based on this one man get their way, the reversed oppressive law will come back to hunt all off us. And by that time, it would be too late.

It is never a wise decision to make or mar laws based on a reaction to one man or a few. Since a majority's mind has been poisoned thereby leading to the constant barrage of hate and despicable reaction to judicial decisions, it is worrying that the govt - whoever leads it - may take a populist step some day which in turn, would drown Britain in its own abyss.

As a country seen worldwide as a beacon of dignity and the respect of citizens, Britain stands the chance of licking off its own spit from the ground; and in shame.

That not being the main concern though, but that the little respect it still has left from what colonialism, may finally erode.

The entanglement, or burden as it appears to be now, with the EU/ECHR must be looked at objectively rather than narrowly through the case of certain individuals. It may be any of us tomorrow. Individual attributes like race, colour, gender must not be used in judicial decisions or legal framework. This is because none of those can be reason or factor leading us to offend a law. Should that be the case, we would be unintentionally living in an apartheid society; where one law operates for the English and another for the Cornish.

The bandits in Northern Ireland would use the ECHR if faced with charges, same would apply to a Welsh person, or Geordie, etc, if charged for offences that complicates into their human rights.

Thus it is dangerous to want to change or move backwards on a law simply because one of the individuals benefiting from it is different. Such acts are primitive, barbaric and worse of all, dangerous in the long run.

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