by Chauncey Tinker – 26 Apr 2018
Jonaya complained to the police about death threats she had received and was practically told she had it coming from the police employee on duty, because she criticizes the Islamic religion. Quote from the police employee in the clip:
I wouldn’t have put the messages out that you put in the first place.
I’m saying that I think that it’s a problem that could have been avoided.
This is a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states in article 2:
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
… and in article 3:
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
… and in article 7:
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
The UDHR is not legally binding on countries that signed up to it, but it has helped to shape other legislation, such as the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and the UK Human Rights Act, which is based on the ECHR.
The UK Human Rights Act in article 5, point 1 says:
Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person.
Article 9, in the first section it seems to guarantee freedom of expression:
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.
However there is a get out clause which effectively allows mob rule to override freedom of expression:
Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
You can express your beliefs as long as nobody is likely to react violently in other words. This get out clause of course comes from the ECHR which the act is based on, we have the European Union to thank for the fact that we are now effectively living under mob rule.
It would seem that attempts to sue the police for negligence have little or no chance of success judging from these articles:
From the BBC:
Analysis: Why can’t we sue the police for negligence?
But in a 1988 ruling, the Law Lords said that the police could not be held liable because the public interest lay in protecting the police from negligence claims.
Why? Because, quite simply, they wouldn’t be able to police properly if they were constantly looking over their shoulder waiting for the next writ to be thrown at them.
From the Daily Telegraph, a story of a death threat that was ignored:
‘The police could have done some simple things. Had they done so, my son might still be alive’
The family sued the police and eventually only received a pitiful compensation payment, despite this being a murder case:
What happens if police don’t do their duty?
Suing the police doesn’t really help to encourage better policing anyway, because any compensation will be paid from taxpayers’ money – this is no incentive for the police to change their policies or improve their performance.
Our “human rights” do not protect our freedom of expression in the UK at all, thanks to the European Union and the government of Tony Blair which gave us the UK Human Rights Act.
The only real avenue we have then is to publicize the story as much as possible and try to shame the police into action. Thanks to the internet we can now reach a large number of people very quickly however, so this can be very effective if enough people participate. Please therefore publicize this case by sharing/linking to this article or Jonaya’s video directly, or other articles about it elsewhere.
The video link again:
English Police Told Me It’s “Okay” To Criticise Christianity But NOT Islam (Death Threats Update)
Death threats to journalist ignored by police who instead threaten the victim of the threats
The Principle of the Thing – Equality Before The Law
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