Human Right number 7 in the Youth for Human Rights booklet states,"We're all born equal before the law. The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly." This is a clean and simple statement of this right. There is one with just a bit more legalese in the original statement in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the United States right now violations of this right, whether intentional or not, are being examined.The immediacy and transparency provided by cell phones is making this possible. There is so much that is revealed. Unedited pictures of live events have real impact as witnessed in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a Police Officer at the time of his murder of George Floyd, a private citizen. There was a prolonged use of a damaging restraint that suffocated Mr. Floyd in front of a crowd. All of it was recorded.
While this is the US, and race probably had something to do with it, it is very much part of a pattern. Race is very evident in the pattern. There could be said that there is a current that runs through law enforcement in the US that considers those with darker skin have rights that are less real, than those of us who are considered white. This deprives a person of fair trial or hearing for any real or suspected transgression. Any person is supposed to have this right, especially in the United States, as stated in our Constitution.
Let us make the teaching of Human Rights part of the curriculum at every grade level. Let us double down on it in our training of law enforcement officers. It can only help. the humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard said simply, "Human rights must be madea reality, not an idealistic dream." www.youthforhumanrights.org