Brexit and Human Rights

Brexit and Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) (formally the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms) is an international treaty to protect the citizens of Europe and their Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. All EU member states are party to the Convention and new members are expected to ratify the convention at the earliest opportunity. However, since Brexit, a number of these appear to be infringed. So what it means to live in a Democracy: to live with tolerance and compassion and with our Human Rights.

A number of media reports highlight that within the UK following Brexit a number of Human Rights are being put at Risk and some of these are highlighted below. 

ARTICLE 3 PROHIBITION OF TORTURE

No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

ARTICLE 8 RIGHT TO RESPECT FOR PRIVATE AND FAMILY LIFE

Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic wellbeing of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

ARTICLE 9 FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, CONSCIENCE AND RELIGION

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

ARTICLE 10 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.

ARTICLE 11 FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATION

Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

ARTICLE 12 RIGHT TO MARRY

Men and women of marriageable age have the right to marry and to found a family, according to the national laws governing the exercise of this right.

THE UK AFTER BREXIT

Despite this Brexit has proved that a large group of people, although freely expressing their thoughts as per their Human Rights, are doing so through degrading treatment and forgetting that people have the right to privacy and family life and those of marriageable age have the right to marry who they choose and found a family. However, by putting hate mail through the doors of the Polish and other Communities, intimidating people in public with degrading comments and actions and even targeting children and grandchildren of mixed race families, a number of British citizens are implying this is not the case

In addition, on Social Media, I have seen a large number of comments critiquing the 48 for its peaceful assembly and freedom of association in Westminster and around the country. These people are enjoying their freedom of thought, conscience, religion and expression.

Some Bremain voters are also in the wrong with its comments on the intelligence and stereotyping of all Brexit voters as ignorant and racist and in the racist actions of themselves, not all Brexit voters voted due to immigration. 

Brexit does not give anyone the right to infringe anyone else’s Human Rights, to be racist, and violent. I cannot help but think that the Terrorists have won, as they have caused a divide based on fear and intolerance in one of the strongest countries in the World (Yes, I went there!).

A country I once was proud to call my home,  my place of birth, has been tainted by the actions of the few and giving this once glorious nation a bad name. Britain no longer feels like the tolerant and safe country I once knew.

Dear Citizens of Britain, stop, take a very deep breath, reflect on your recent behaviour, go and apologise to the lifelong friends and family you may have hurt with your words and actions and then repeat. Hate Crime and Racism is not acceptable behaviour in a democratic society. 

This is by no means the full rights as covered by the Act. If you feel that your Human Rights are being quashed, report it and speak to a Human Rights Lawyer.

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