December 10, today, is Human Rights Day. The UN declaration on human rights was issued on this date in 1948. Although in the UK we have a Human Rights Act is was not passed into law until 1998, some 50 years later. For reasons DZ can not understand there is considerable hostility to the Human Rights Act in the gutter press (daily mail) and even the present government seems hell bent on repealing it.
DZ feels that those who criticise or oppose the act can not possibly be familiar with it's articles. To summarise;
Article 2. (there is no article 1!). The right to life.
Article 3 The right not to be subjected to torture, or inhumane or degrading treatment.
Article 4 The right not to be held in slavery or servitude. (Jeremy Hunt take note)
Article 5 The right to liberty and security.
Article 6 The right to a fair trial. (GMC take note)
Article 7 The right not to be punished without law. (This is particularly relevant to the GMC, who insist on knowing if a doctor has committed an offense overseas, even if it is for something that is not illegal in this country, such as being gay for example)
Article 8 The right to respect for private life, which includes the right to privacy of correspondence.
Article 9 The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Article 10. The right to freedom of expression, freedom of speech.
Article 11 The right to freedom of assembly and association.
Article 12 The right to marry
So, what's not to like?
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