The rights are not ‘universal’
The position of the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) is consistent with that of the drafters and original signatories of the UDHR, that is — we unhesitatingly affirm the fundamental principles therein, while maintaining the right of sovereign countries to reasonably interpret the practical applicability and implementation of those principles through their own legislatures in accordance with the unique conditions of their societies.
This is the only way forward if rights are to be realised in any meaningful manner.
WHEN the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed 70 years ago, racial segregation was legal in the United States. Great Britain, France, and the Netherlands were still colonial powers, and the state of Palestine was unilaterally dissolved and rights of the Palestinians extinguish…