Many people are PANICKING about the Human Rights Act Reform consultation, which they have understood will immediately remove our rights to bodily autonomy and integrity.
It’s a lot more grey and subtle than this…
It’s an Agenda-driven piece, which says it wants to “balance” our individual rights with the “rights of society”…
That proposition is a FALLACY.
There is no society without individuals, therefore the “rights of society” DEPEND on the rights of each individual being upheld. They cannot, and must never, compete with individual rights.
The ‘Reform’ proposal also seems to want to put more power into the hands of legislators, and give less discretion to our judges, who are supposed to be there to CHECK and BALANCE the legislative powers!
Please have a go at responding to the consultation… make a start NOW (you can save your answers to continue later, up until 8th March). I know some people are struggling, but there’s no reason why EVERYONE can’t participate, to the best of their ability.
You DON’T HAVE TO answer every question, you can just answer the ones you want.
So for instance, what I’ve just said above about the rights of society not competing with individual rights might form part of my response to Q7. Use your own words. Also see this as an opportunity to practice ASSERTING YOUR RIGHTS – we need to do this in all ways – not just protesting on the streets, but also in verbal and non-verbal conversation with others and through the written word. Mastering these skills means we also pass them down to our kids and grandkids through our spirit, and even in our DNA.
Download or read online the lengthy consultation document, but you can skip the parts that confuse you or come back to them later.
If you can, print out the doc, grab a coffee/tea/wine and a pen, and start underlining, circling and scribbling!
I recommend sitting at the computer with the consultation doc printed out, if possible, so you can refer to the various sections mentioned within the questions.
Answer the easy questions first that don’t take too much thought or reading, SAVE, then see if you have the desire to read and answer more. SAVE, then keep going in this way until a few days before the deadline, then SUBMIT!
GOOD LUCK – KNOW AND ASSERT YOUR RIGHTS, TODAY, SO YOU’LL STILL HAVE THEM TOMORROW.
We the people have the power.