The rights (and wrongs) of human rights (and human wrongs)
7 November 2012
I have an opinion piece in this week’s Jewish Chronicle, We should support and not condemn Human Rights Act. The “we” in the title is the Jewish community, of which I am a part, although it also amounts to a fairly broad defence of the Human Rights Act.
The article was at first intended as a direct response to an opinion piece by Jonathan Fisher QC entitled The wrongs of human rights, but because of editorial pressures at the Jewish Chronicle it could not be published until a few weeks later, and as such ended up being a more general article. I have already commented on this blog on why I thought the timing of Fisher’s article was a little odd given that the Bill of Rights Commission, on which he sits, was still consulting the public on the very issues he addressed passionately in the article. I said:
… if this Commission is going to achieve anything at all, its members must surely at least attempt to present an open mind towards the issues involved, particularly when they are going to great expense to ask the public what they think.
Anyway, enjoy the article if you choose to read it, and feel free to comment below as the JC website does not allow readers directly to comment on articles.
One more thing: will the somewhat unimaginative habit of entitling articles about human rights “the rights/wrongs of human rights/rights” ever end? It seems to be almost as endemic as our old friend Top Judge. Only time, as they say at the end of even more legal articles, will tell.
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