World Without Fear
years ago the world began to count the cost of the politics
of hate, fear and lies. From that reckoning came the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, whose purpose was to build
a world without fear.
as we approach the 60th anniversary of the defeat of fascism,
hate, fear and lies are fuelling the politics of the two
main parties in the General Election.
national daily newspaper exhorts its readers to “Stamp
Out the Camps!”, meaning land which gypsies have
bought and want to settle on with their families. The
Conservative party threatens to repeal the Human Rights
Act if it stands in the way of evicting Travellers and
compulsorily repurchasing their land. Half a million Romany
people perished in Hitler’s camps 60 years ago.
Today a British political party is asking for our vote
to ethnically cleanse the land of gypsies.
such a horror should even be contemplated is in large
part the responsibility of a Labour government which passed
the Human Rights Act in 1998 and has trampled on it ever
since. It has dragged Britain into a war whose crimes
will haunt us for years to come. It has ‘derogated’
from the European Convention of Human Rights by denying
prisoners the right to fair trial, claiming to do so because
of a ‘national emergency’. It denounces the
human rights records of dictators, whilst deporting refugees
who seek asylum from those dictators. Not surprisingly,
since it tries to build a reputation for toughness by
ignoring its own Human Rights Act, this government invites
its main political competitor to go one better by threatening
to repeal it all together.
Bush and Blair’s illegal war has sponsored the destruction
of human rights in Russia, the destruction of Chechnya,
and the illegal separation wall with which Israel, in
defiance of international law, has imprisoned Palestinians
in the West Bank and stolen yet more of their land.
can be no safety and no security by denying others, whoever
they may be, their human rights. Their loss today will
be our loss tomorrow. When any individual or any group
are denied their human rights there is no justice, and
where there is no justice there is no security. If we
want a world without fear we must reject the politics
must ask for your support whatever your past or present
political allegiances. We want a government of peace and
progress and will support all those who share our aims:
End the occupation of Iraq. Withdrawal of all occupying
forces and their replacement with UN peacekeeping troops
and aid agencies.
• Britain must reaffirm its commitment to the UN
Charter, to the UN Convention on Torture, and to all covenants
and conventions of international law to which Britain
is a signatory.
• We must disarm and destroy all our weapons of
mass destruction, close all nuclear bases leased to the
US, and end all export of conventional weapons.
• We must cancel all debts from the world’s
• We must have an ethical asylum policy which honours
in full Britain’s obligations under the Refugee
• We must end internment without trial.
• We must seek the enforcement of all UN resolutions
concerning Israel and the Palestinians.
by Peace and Progress, The Warehouse, 54-57 Allison Street,
Birmingham B5 5TH - firstname.lastname@example.org,
tel. 07888 841586.