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31. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Quoting Ahila

[quote=Brendan]Just an insignificant query, Brendan: when you say that life is too sacred to throw away, aren't you speaking from the human rights platform? ;)

He isnt, Ahila.
As far as I know, the death penalty is not against the international code of human rights. If I am wrong, point me toward wherever I can be informed, on the internet.

Mel, when I referred to a human rights platform, I was referring to a stance when one thinks about the right to life of a human being. I was not actually thinking about the international conventions or papers. Since you mentioned the international code of human rights, I just did a search and found this: Second Optional Protocal to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 22, 2007, at 5:49 AM by Ahila ]

32. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Ahila

33. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

When I speak of life being to sacred to throw away I mean that in the general sense of life... not specifically human life. Human rights are an illusion in that, why does a human have the "right" to anything? You hear it all the time, some person is being stopped from doing something and they spout off "I have the RIGHT to do [insert something]".

i.e. "I have the right to protect myself [see NRA]."

By what logic do they have the right to protect themselves? Is there some universal, underlying force in the universe that dictates he is has that right? These rights are just Utopian ideals that are stretched to fit a persons selfish desires...

hmm maybe thats a bit cynical.

34. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Brendan

When I speak of life being to sacred to throw away I mean that in the general sense of life... not specifically human life. Human rights are an illusion in that, why does a human have the "right" to anything? You hear it all the time, some person is being stopped from doing something and they spout off "I have the RIGHT to do [insert something]".

i.e. "I have the right to protect myself [see NRA]."

By what logic do they have the right to protect themselves? Is there some universal, underlying force in the universe that dictates he is has that right? These rights are just Utopian ideals that are stretched to fit a persons selfish desires...

hmm maybe thats a bit cynical.

I think Human Rights and laws are based on the fine line between giving people as much freedom as possible and preventing society from being disturbed by what some people want to do.
This fine line moves, as society develops.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 23, 2007, at 8:03 AM by Mel. ]

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