Thursday, 23 June 2011

Human right, you're doing it wrong!

I am aware that I've already written a post today, but because I failed to please the Internet with one yesterday, I figured I'd write another.

As I have previously mentioned in earlier blogs, I think the world has gone mad. So this is my take on current world affairs.

With the release of Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and outspoken political critic who was, wrongfully, imprisoned for 2 months for campaigning for better human rights got my cogs turning. In recent years many influential people around the world have been rounded up and placed in confinement for exercising their right to the freedom of speech, many, without valid reasoning for their incarceration. Mr Ai was shackled up for 80 days without access to a lawyer or even a phone call to his family. Now tell me, is that or is that not a blatant disregard for a persons basic human rights? Many campaigns have been voiced about this and similar situations globally but yet, still nothing seems to be changing.

Ai Weiwei's fantastic Sunflower Seeds

Look at Libya for example. Literally hundreds of people have lost their lives protesting against an overpowering and unjust government. This is where it goes too far, when innocent human beings get killed by the very people who are in power to protect them. It's sheer and utter madness.

Libyan protesters.

There is a very distinct dissection between the West and the East when it comes to humans rights, and an even more prominent difference to protesting about said rights. If we have a think back to the London student 'riots' earlier on in the year, not one person was persecuted wrongly for their actions, and more to the point not a soul was shot, or beaten up for their beliefs of a better future. The ones who were charged were for the right reasons, because they broke the law, simple. Like that idiot who decided it'd be a fantastic idea to lob a fire extinguisher off of the top off a building into a crowd of people!

Organizations like Amnesty International do a great job, but are they doing enough? I don't think so. Actions don't always speak louder than words, but in these cases they definitely would. We as neighboring beings, have a duty, to stand up and shout shoulder to shoulder with others who are flat out refused their God given rights. More and more publicity is needed, many more protest have to happen, our voices need to be louder, so that one day, maybe, these tyrannous dictators will hear and, perhaps, change their ways.

To conclude, I think that we are in need of a massive revision into the way certain countries deal with even the most basic of human rights, in fact, I believe it is probably long overdue!

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!" - Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Thank you for reading, i'd love to hear your opinions below.


  1. The Legendary HRH MonkFish VIII24 June 2011 at 11:27

    And the human rights in this country are the first that need examining. The police are given powers to restrict all sorts of things inculding those most basic like getting a drink or going to the toilet.

    You cant say that all those people arrested were guilty when you look at the fortnum sit in. A peaceful protest where the police gave "their word" and said nobody would be arrested unless criminal damage was on the cards. They lied and arrested about 100 people.

    When you look at all these countries obviously they are much worse but we are no saints. Brian Haw who recently died had all manner of tactics used against him and on one occasion when a law was practically invented as a way of getting rid of him Brian had to go all the way to the court of appeals over it.

    This is a man who the police spent nearly 30k using almost 80 officers to combat...when I say combat I mean they wanted to remove a placard. A 30 grand placard. He also won that legal challenge too.

    So my point all be it long winded is just using this as one particular example is that all is not quite as it seems at times. Good old Albion isnt always the haven of western democracy!

  2. I hadn't thought of that point. You made it very well too!

    You should write a blog too, we can be blogbrothers!

  3. Hardly fair for a Britisher to be talking about Human rights, eh? I thought the ban on that was still in place after Jallianwallah bag?

    Obligatory imperialism barb apart, I have to agree that the current human rights situation in the east is quite shit. Still, fixing this isn't as simple as an external party stepping in to help. cf. Afghanistan. That went well, didn't it? It'll only become better through slow change from within society itself.