Currently, human rights protect things such as:
- The right to life – protects your life, by law. The state is required to investigate suspicious deaths and deaths in custody;
- The prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment – you should never be tortured or treated in an inhuman or degrading way, no matter what the situation;
- Protection against slavery and forced labour – you should not be treated like a slave or subjected to forced labour;
- The right to liberty and freedom – you have the right to be free and the state can only imprison you with very good reason – for example, if you are convicted of a crime;
- The right to a fair trial and no punishment without law - you are innocent until proven guilty. If accused of a crime, you have the right to hear the evidence against you, in a court of law;
- Respect for privacy and family life and the right to marry – protects against unnecessary surveillance or intrusion into your life. You have the right to marry and raise a family;
- Freedom of thought, religion and belief – you can believe what you like and practise your religion or beliefs;
- Free speech and peaceful protest – you have a right to speak freely and join with others peacefully, to express your views;
- No discrimination – everyone’s rights are equal. You should not be treated unfairly – because, for example, of your gender, race, sexuality, religion or age;
- Protection of property, the right to an education and the right to free elections – protects against state interference with your possessions; means that no child can be denied an education and that elections must be free and fair.
But what would happen if this was to be scrapped and replaced with something which gives the UK government more 'legislative control' over the people? Obviously democracy would still exist, as trade may be deterred from happening (free speech etc), same goes for discrimination.
There are a few flaws though, as human rights protect those who shouldn't be covered. Why should terrorists, paedos, (child) murderers, rapists etc bear the same rights are people who are on the outside? Who live perfectly legal lives? Is it right that prisoners can tuck up in a nice cozy cell, watch tv, play video games and live in a free hotel courtesy of the tax payer?
Human rights mean we can't 'get answers' shall we say as easily if they weren't there.
Of course, the majority of these policies would still remain, for example, right to life, protection against slavery for example... but should these human rights be available for people who've killed, raped and destroyed lives?
I am indifferent on this, but want to hear your opinions. I probably lean more towards pro-human rights as they are now.
Hopefully this should be a good thought provoking debate. Please do not hate on someone simply for holding a separate opinion to yours.
What if... human rights were scrapped? Watch
- Thread Starter
- 25-08-2016 18:54
- 25-08-2016 18:58
*books a flight to neverland*
- Thread Starter
- 25-08-2016 18:59
Just a disclaimer: I am pro-human rights before anyone calls me out
- 25-08-2016 19:01
- 30-08-2016 10:16
Society would collapse, and corruption would be disgustingly prevalent.
- 30-08-2016 10:22
Bad things would happen
- 30-08-2016 10:31
- 01-09-2016 10:19
depends....the things you mention have no relation to human rights, just a misapplication of a UK law that an evil PM instituted.