HUMAN RIGHTS

The much needed British Declaration of Human Rights

 

THE MEANING OF HUMAN RIGHTS

That British governments should constantly and consistently fight against the development of human rights in our civilisation is unacceptable, and must itself be opposed as one of our main goals. Our unwritten constitution is so structured that government legislation becomes law unopposed (given the redundant weakness and obsolescence of the House of Lords). This means that an abusive government can pass abusive rules as laws and get away with this abuse without any system in place to check this.

Firstly, we need to agree on what we are doing when we declare human rights. Then we need to rework our human rights declarations and laws so that they are powerful and effective, and successfully control and prevent abuse in our land and abroad, including abuse by Prime Ministers and governments.

This therefore seems a good place to start:

Human rights exist because of human evil. The point of rights is to protect people from this evil.

Evil in this context is seen as the cruelty and abuse that humans are observed and recorded to do to each other. It is a matter-of-fact term with no spiritual or mystical connotations. We all know the difference between pain and suffering and happiness and freedom. Causing the first and denying the latter is at the heart of cruelty and abuse.

Rights are therefore the rights to freedom from that cruelty and abuse which it is observed that humans commit.

A definition of evil, discussing and agreeing on what abuse and cruelty really are, will therefore allow us to make a general statement of human rights that all people have equally the right to freedom and protection from the evil committed and potentially committed by other people.

This then is the overarching human right that all share. Each other declared right is an instance of this general principle. Where it is observed for example that people attempt to abuse others by paying members of different groups different amounts for the same work, we then assert that people have the right for this not to happen to them. But the reason we do so is that we found it to be an instance of abuse.

Human rights are therefore an ongoing development in which we aim towards the complete protection of non-abusive humans from that part of humanity that does abuse, by detailing what evil does occur and asserting in law that such behaviour is unlawful.

By way of ensuring equality at all times without the possibility of misusing the principles of rights, we declare that these rights against abuse obtain for all people at all times. Rights do not come attached to duties or loyalties.

These rights take the form of freedoms. You should be free from assault, from bigotry, from murder, from rape and sexual abuse, from all domination and subjugation, enforced obedience, impoverishment and suffering, control and entrapment. That is because it is this that abusive people are trying to do. Your freedom of speech, opinion, religious expression, and life choices are freedoms from other people blocking and stopping you, controlling you so you can’t live the life you want to in untroubled liberty. Wherever there is an expression of human evil we will step in with a human right to protect people from evil, which shall be enforceable by law.

Just because something is not covered by specific legislation does not mean that it is acceptable. If it goes against the point of human rights, that is, if it is demonstrably an instance of abuse, then the courts can rule that this is so, adding a new specific precedent. For example, there is no specific declaration that terrorist suspects who have not been found guilty have the right not to be waterboarded. However, the nature of waterboarding and the understanding of the principle of innocence until proven guilty will allow a court to rule that this right does obtain.

These are just the first steps in creating a human rights framework that actually works, in which Prime Ministers and everyone else are constrained to behave with decency. We can then provide declarations disallowing swindling and fraud, for example, which can then be unpacked into specific legislation concerning financial matters.

This will mean that it won’t matter how much a certain government removes regulation of financial markets. If people have the right not to be swindled by the managers of the place where they put their money, then that right will obtain irrespective of regulation, and can be upheld in a British human rights court. The right not to be swindled doesn’t currently exist in formal declaration. We need to assert that swindling is an instance of abuse, and therefore it is covered by our understanding of what human rights are in the first place.

 

THE BRITISH DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

As a major new development for society, The Equal and Just Society Party has developed a new declaration of human rights based on the above approach, which is intended to provide a formal basis to society's understanding of rights and law, from which parliament and the courts can build legislation and common law rulings that at long last create a truly just society.

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The declaration is structured so as to begin with first principles, and work from the general to the particular, in a way that derives specific laws from the rule of law, and the rule of law from the requirements of human rights, and specific human rights from the overarching human right to be free from abuse.

In this way, all wrongdoing will be covered, and no longer will people be able to get away with abuse because it isn't expressely mentioned and proscribed in law.

The structure of the declaration is as follows:

 

The much needed British Declaration of Human Rights

1 General Principles

    1.1  The object and point of human rights

    1.2  Human good and evil

    1.3  Human rights are freedoms from the abuse of others

    1.4  Human rights are not freedoms to do what you want to do

    1.5  Human Rights are paramount

    1.6  We reject the hierarchy principle

    1.7  We reject the group principle

    1.8  Rights are separate from duties

    1.9  The overarching human right

    1.10  Instances of rights are derived from this overarching right

    1.11  The rule of law enforces these freedoms

    1.12  Every instance of a right has a correlated law

    1.13  No-one is above the law

    1.14  Human rights obtain at all times

 

2  Specific Human Rights derived from these General Principles

    2.1  The right to live your life in freedom

    2.1.1  The right not to be deliberately killed by another person.

    2.1.2  Freedom from constraints on liberty

    2.2  Freedom from the effects of the hierarchy principle

    2.2.1  Equality in general

    2.2.2  Domination and subjugation

    2.2.3 Rule

    2.2.4  Loyalty and obedience

    2.2.5  Punishment

    2.2.6 Torture

    2.3  Freedom from the effects of the group principle

    2.3.1  Racism and bigotry

    2.3.2 Imposition of loyalty to a group

    2.3.3  Sexism

    2.4  Freedom from control in daily life

    2.4.1  Freedom from bullying

    2.4.2  Freedom from intrusion into privacy

    2.4.3 Working rights

    2.4.4  Freedom of religious expression

    2.4.5  Freedom from religious control

    2.4.6  Marriage

    2.5  Children's rights

    2.6 Other rights

    2.6.1 The end does not justify the means

    2.6.2 Freedom from swindling, fraud and theft

    2.6.3 Freedom of speech

    2.7 These pretended freedoms do not exist

 

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