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Human rights are vital
SIXTY years ago this week, on September 3, 1953, the European Convention of Human Rights was ratified.
It marked the culmination of a commitment by world powers to ensure a rights framework of protections and obligations through which the most serious human rights violations, which had occurred during the Second World War, could be avoided in the future.
It was a noble aim and remains an achievement of which the UK should be proud as the convention was proposed by none other than Winston Churchill and was drafted with significant input from British lawyers.
Though that horror can in some ways seem distant in Europe, events across the globe remind us that human rights protections are as vital today as ever and it is an apt time to reflect on the intentions and the achievements of those authors – and to celebrate 60 years of the European Convention of Human Rights.
York Amnesty Group, Meets at Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York.
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