Human rights are for all (and human rights defenders are not the problem)

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It bears repeating that human rights are for all.

I quote from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, forged in 1948 in the wake of two terrible World Wars. Here are Articles 1 and 3, as a reminder. But it is worth taking a “refresher” read…

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person.

Now, Jamaica is an anxious place currently. Like many others, I myself feel nervous in certain situations when going about my daily business. I wrote about thissense of insecurity. It’s a long list of everyday activities where we feel, well, not quite safe, and find ourselves looking over our shoulders. This is because crime – indeed, violent crime…

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