Human Rights and Law

I keep hearing about human rights lawyers joining religious authorities to protect people from immigration law enforcement. For a long time now I’ve suspected that human rights are a global concern that I never used to hear mentioned publicly. Law was all I remember; like when I was a kid the one thing I know I learned in school was the phrase “hewers of wood and drawers of water” which described Canada’s economy for us kids. Recently I learned that phrase alluded to Cane in The Bible‘s first book, “Genesis”. Financial journalists and the Bank of Canada authorities are always talking about Canada’s manufacturer’s as though Canada is now dependent on the things it makes like soft wood lumber, tar sands oil, and automobile parts. One financial expert was even a bit miffed that anyone would call Canada’s currency a petrol currency; meaning that the loony went up or down with the price of petroleum. Well that’s something like the way law seems to have morphed into human rights, the way a natural resource economy has developed the veneer of a manufacturing one. Today I finally put a Google search in for “law versus human rights” to see what the experts might have put online. Most files seemed to stress a citizen’s rights before the law or attempts to define human rights. So I’ll go back to my old naive view that western laws are based on the moral code of some of “The Bible’s”ten commandments that prohibit killing, stealing or perjurying. Rights seem to have evolved out of the prohibitions of law. The rights of a citizen are designed to protect one from being falsely accused of  doing something prohibited by law. A nation’s laws protect citizens from the injuries caused by actions that the law prohibits. Human rights seem to be international and imply freedom from national law or citizenship. I’ve begun to sense that those who travel from country to country beyond the confines of a citizen’s national legal rights for business, education or employment may with the help of a human rights lawyer assert their international human rights which may be thought to supersede  national law and citizenship. Increasingly Canada’s national government is speaking up for Canadians subjected to the constraints of the laws of the nations that gave birth to dual citizen Canadians, as though a Canadian citizen’s foreign birth place may have laws that interfere with one’s human rights, as though some national laws and systems of justice are intrinsically inferior to Canada’s. And in the United States of America President Trump’s effort to enforce laws that enhance the borders of the United States has caused people who travel to their countries of birth and back to their U.S.places of employment and learning appear to have begun asserting their human rights to avoid national immigration law.

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