The erosion of human rights

Without prejudice and merely to educate: There is no such thing as ‘human rights’. We have once again been deluded by semantic deceit aka LEGALESE: the jargon used by lawmakers. We are people, not human beings; please make the distinction? Our constitutions state ‘we, the people’ and not ‘we the human beings’. The following is the best educational deconstruction of the word ‘human’
The 1893 Encyclopaedia Britannica defines the word LEGAL as: “THE UNDOING OF GOD’S LAW.” Now we know why. in peace

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Ritualism and the erosion of human rights

Just because states sign up to human rights conventions, it doesn’t mean they will follow them. Often it’s the exact opposite, writes Melanie O’Brien. 

While paying lip service to stopping human rights abuses, leaders in the Asia-Pacific are rejecting basic freedoms and reinforcing their own power, eroding human rights and flouting the very international agreements they are parties to.

Prosecutions for the crimes of lèse majesté and sedition have dramatically increased in the past two years in Southeast Asia. As a means of maintaining power, countries such as Thailand and Malaysia are clamping down on freedom of expression.

Since the May 2014 coup in Thailand, extraordinarily long sentences have been imposed on those convicted of lèse majesté, such as the 30-year sentence given to 48-year-old Pongsak Sriboonpeng in 2015. Accused are held in secret military detention. It was reported that…

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