Monday, 6 August 2012
It is trite to observe that the enjoyment of democracy and human rights is a distant hope for many people in the world. But human rights are threatened not only when they are systematically violated — as in, inter alia, China, Russia, and many states in the Middle East and Central Africa. Other developments threaten human rights not in politically backward societies but in liberal democracies. One is the continuous inflation of the concept of human rights, dissociating it from its core function of safeguarding freedom. At the same time, we are seeing the erosion of belief in these principles.

Since the 1960s, human rights have expanded beyond recognition with respect to both the number of human-rights instruments produced by international bodies and the scope of what some of these bodies would cover under the heading of human rights. This expansion has weakened, not strengthened, democracy, because human rights have been distorted into something often at odds with the tradition of liberty from which human rights emerged.

The website of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights lists more than 90 human-rights instruments (some binding, others non-binding). U.N. member states are now discussing the adoption of a new convention on the rights of the elderly, and the Human Rights Council has adopted thematic mandates (so-called “special procedures”) dealing with topics such as “the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order” (sponsored by Cuba) and the “human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.”

More than 30 human-rights-related conventions and protocols have been promulgated by the Council of Europe. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has strayed from its mission of safeguarding basic rights, which serve as a bulwark against the reemergence of European totalitarianism, by giving itself the authority to identify new rights and obligations nowhere to be found in the European Convention on Human Rights, adopted in 1950. For instance, it has determined that the right to property protects welfare benefits, turning the concept of private property on its head. This means that austerity measures currently being carried out across Europe may run afoul of human rights. In fact, this was the message to Portugal from the Council of Europe’s human-rights commissioner in May of this year. The EU Charter on Fundamental Rights, adopted in 2000, protects not only freedoms but also things such as “the right to free placement services” and a “high level of consumer protection.”
Source: National Review

2 comments:

daithikent said...

I demand my Human Right that these bureaucrats stop denying me my core freedoms by their unnecessary & useless regulations. I am a free man imprisoned in their nightmare.

Anonymous said...

Mass brawl between Chechens and Afghans in asylum center.

http://www.gva.be/nieuws/binnenland/aid1219918/massale-vechtpartij-in-asielcentrum-helchteren-2.aspx

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