Wednesday, March 10, 2004

The Chimes of Freedom Flashing....

In December 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and declared:

"It is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him."

The United States and United Kingdom Governments are signatories to this declaration.

Yet in spite of this we still find that people have been detained unlawfully by the United States Government, held captive outside of the rule of law, interrogated, and given no access to legal representatives or their relatives.

To make matters worse when they are released from this blatant abuse of the UN Declaration, without a single charge being made against them, their local MP appears on the national media and instead of welcoming their release, urges the British police to detain them in this country to ensure they do not represent a ‘threat’.

A threat to what? Our democratic institutions and way of life? You're having a laugh!