Human Rights Laws are only as good as the Executors who enforce them


© HWB, September 27, 2011

In theory, human rights should be a simple concept, but the reality of human rights laws is a sphere of complexity. Adding to that particular realm representing humanity is the fact that not everything is simply black and white.

Though it should be exactly that simple.

Because as human beings our human rights are inalienable.

However, the truth is, this is just not so. As recent as the twentieth century right here in Virginia, the infamous Dr. Walter Ashby Plecker, a small-town doctor who was registrar of the state’s Bureau of Vital Statistics from 1912 to 1946, worked very hard to refute the existence of the indigenous peoples in Virginia. To accomplish this feat, Dr. Plecker made it his life’s priority to help pass the 1924 Racial Integrity Act, “An Act to Preserve Racial Integrity”.

Denouncing the existence of a people, not only by means of robbing them of their homeland and dumping them into Bantustans, but performing ethical genocide, as well as literal, of their identity, their history and traditions is nothing short of the worst of crimes against humanity and human rights.

In 2010, the ACLU posted about the atrocity taking place in Virginia concerning the plight of three women, who were brought here under false pretenses and forced to work against their will in the home of a military attaché to the Embassy of Kuwait, where they were subjected to physical and psychological abuse. Eventually, these women fled and filed suit against their abusers. It comes as no surprise that due to “diplomatic immunity”, their suit was dismissed.

It cannot be denied that if the “Land of Liberty and Justice”, the greatest nation in the world, does not uphold and implement human rights laws, the rest of the world will follow in those footsteps only too readily.

The struggle for human rights is a ruthless, as well as never-ending, world war for humankind, and no matter the United Nations’ “Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” of nations and individuals, or the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, agreements and laws written to insure the execution of human rights for all humans, these agreements and laws are only as good as those willing to enforce them.

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3 thoughts on “Human Rights Laws are only as good as the Executors who enforce them

  1. Great piece Mrs T ~ many thanks for highlighting the stark fact that a Right is not a right unless engaged and secured in practice, for its merely a mockery of justice ~ sadly, in terms of jurisprudence, the gap between the theory and practice of law is much, much wider in practice than it is in theory, and it’s only by raising awareness of these glaringly absurd contradictions that public opinion will cause purposeful change to remedy them ~ indeed this is the only thing that’s proven to have worked since the origins of society.

    “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~ Nelson Mandela

    “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” ~ Samuel Adams

  2. Thank you for your loving support, Mr. T.

    As for human rights and human rights laws, as in everything, actions always speak louder than words.

    Thank you too for the humbling, significant quotes from two men who have lived their truth.

  3. The virtue of the theme and moral / humanistic principles of this commentary cannot be denied.

    What can be denied, despite the author’s statement, is the declaration: if the “Land of Liberty and Justice”, the greatest nation in the world, does not uphold and implement human rights laws, the rest of the world will follow in those footsteps only too readily.

    Outside the USA, the number of people who consider American “the greatest nation on Earth” is evaporating daily. In Western countries, both in the Americas and in Europe the gilded Eagle has long since lost her luster. While her pop cultural influence is still world dominant, the economic dominance of the USA has been lost to over-consumption, greed, malfeasance, job losses, and mortgaging the Country to China. Her political power and influence is badly cracked – sunk to new levels in the Middle East and Asia and in general decline elsewhere. Morally, the vast abundance of alternate media, despite the Big Corporate control of mainstream venues, is succeeding in showing the American Emperor, or empire, is at least at times, seen in public with no clothes – hugging the Stars and Stripes in a forlorn attempt to hide it’s enormous appetite.

    The USA is no longer viewed as either a benevolent benefactor with moral righteousness; nor even as a lovable, garrulous Uncle Sam who we all know we will, in the end, want to accede to and dutifully appease.

    It has not yet struck home in America, but the ‘big kid’ on the block is undergoing significant and rapid change in their place in the world order. Other nations do not automatically choose to “follow”. It is not a single Twitter universe in which the USA has the most Followers. Today’s world more and more is looking beyond the USA when it sets its own moral compass.

    The bad news for Americans is that in the coming decades this will almost certainly lead to major re-adjustments in personal wealth, loss of feelings of superiority and security, and a withering of influence and power.

    The Good News for the author is her individual writing(s), point of view, insights etc. can be as influential, insightful, powerful and well regarded as any opinion originating from anyone.

    The fading social and political supremacy of a waning superpower does not equate to a loss of legitimacy or significance of it’s citizens. Informed and engaged citizens retain the ability to individually impact public life through individual advocacy, fostering education, providing insight and sharing experience.

    As the author succinctly stated in the commentary: as human beings our human rights are inalienable.

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