After just a little while studying the history and theory of human rights, it has become very clear that we need to properly commit to human rights here in the UK, at every level. As we start to see human rights violations as something that only happen elsewhere, we lose track of how often they take place in our own community. While we are fortunate enough to be have a secure right to life, political representation and opinion, and so on – many big local and national issues (like housing, healthcare and inequality) are just as fundamental to our legal rights.
The real power of human rights don’t come from international legal documents, but from the people who make a claim to them. They offer us a valuable tool to live happier, safer, more fulfilled lives, and we should all make clear that we don’t plan on forgetting about them.