Liberals across Europe mark Human Rights Day

Imagine living in a country where the government could just shove you in prison whenever it felt like it. And once they had you in their clutches, subjected you to cruel and degrading torture.

There are plenty people who don’t value their vote enough to use it, but imagine if we didn’t have it at all.

What if we weren’t allowed to voice opinions that were out of step with our rulers? Or assemble to protest against their decisions.

Anyone who has been brought up in this country will most likely not have had any direct experience of the things I’ve mentioned above. We need to keep our eyes open, though, and look at what is happening to so many others around the world.

The human rights which have been enshrined in our law and which the Tories and UKIP mock are the foundation stones of a civilised society. We need to do everything we can to preserve the rights we have and to ensure that others around the world have the same rights.

Today is Human Rights Day when we celebrate the UN Charter for Human Rights. Tim Farron recognised the day in a tweet.

Our ALDE friends reminded us what our rights are and told us to demand them for ourselves and others.

And Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary ask retailers not to advertise in publications that spread hatred and prejudice.

Go through that list and imagine living without each right and what that would mean. This is a day when we should all re-dedicate ourselves to preserving and extending human rights across the world.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • That is an analogy that is both horrible and apt, Ian.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 12th Dec '16 - 12:07am

    Very good , Caron , thank you for this , it, as so many of the worthwhile named days gets little publicity .

    What a shambles Corbyn had of it , with the demo by Tatchell and friends.

    Hard to know what to think of it . But a distraction from an important focus , that sort of agro in the Labour party !

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