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5 still waiting on my half star Goodreads I guess it was appropriate that I finish this book on the same day that I went to see the Human Rights and Human Wrongs exhibition at the Photography Gallery Shami Chakrabarti takes us on a a path and demonstrates how, during her time at Liberty a day before 9 11 , our government both Labour and Conservative led has done its very best to chip away at our civil liberties and make it easier to criminalise the most vulnerable in our society.
It is a shame that despite the history of the world so many of us need constant reminders that human rights are important.
A really great exploration of the importance of our human rights and the often difficult balancing act involved in upholding them There was potential for Shami to get much deeper into some of the issues she raises but ultimately this would turn off many readers possibly new to the ideas discussed from picking the book up at all As such, I think it is aimed just right The arguments and style are such that novices and experts alike can appreciate the points raised for discussion and whether you agree with Shami or not, no one can argue that the discussion isn t important The book is perhaps a little outdated since it was written during the time of the coalition government, but that does not detract from the relevance of the ideas, and the last sentence is per On September , Our World Changed The West S Response To Has Morphed Into A Period Of Exception Governments Have Decided That The Rule Of Law And Human Rights Are Often Too Costly In On Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti Who Joined Liberty, The UK S Leading Civil Rights Organization, On September Explores Why Our Fundamental Rights And Freedoms Are Indispensable She Shows, Too, The Unprecedented Pressures Those Rights Are Under Today Drawing On Her Own Work In High Profile Campaigns, From Privacy Laws To Anti Terror Legislation, Chakrabarti Shows The Threats To Our Democratic Institutions And Why Our Rights Are Paramount In Upholding Democracy Human rights empower the vulnerable and irritate and inconvenience the mighty Thought provoking read can t wait to hear her speak on Thursday Liberty, once well known as the National Council for Civil Liberties, will be celebrating its 80th birthday next year.
It is an auspicious moment for an organisation that was born in the heat of the social and economic struggles of the 1930s, bringing radical lawyers into the fray as defenders of the rights to the unemployed workers participating in the famous hunger marches of that period With all the news about the entrenchment of low wages and the ubiquity of food banks in the life of the nation again, one imagines there will be plenty of occasions to call on the support of legal defence teams to protect the rights of those being marginalised by the arcane workings of the economy in the days ahead.
The organisations current director, Shami Chakrabarti, offers up a personal account of the work of Liberty today, weaving it around her I really did not realise how vulnerable our human rights actually are Fascinating and poignant read Human rights empower the vulnerable and irritate and inconvenience the mighty but trust me, you won t know what you had until it s gone This is Shami Chakrabarti s autobiography of her professional life, concentrating mainly on her time at campaigning organisatiOn Liberty In it, she discusses many of the pressures that come with occupying legal posts in the Government and in the third sector, and offers genuine insight into law is practised in these different settings I really enjoyed these bits of the book.
I m surprised to find myself saying that I enjoyed her extensive discussion and defense of Human Rights Law rather less From my completely non expert position, I completely support the principle of Human Rights, and haven t heard any convincing argument as to why the Human Rights Act should be changed or repealed But I had two slight problems with Chakrabarti s discussion of the topic in this book.
The first was that I struggled to find consistency in a number of her positions A really important book It tackles topics like the Human Rights Act, prisoners voting rights and police snooping all things I thought I had a clear opinion on, and all things that Chakrabarti either crystallised or altered in her arguments.
My criticisms are few The book isn t ambitious enough as far as I m concerned You can t evoke John Stuart Mill and then spend your entire word count consumed by legal matters A little philosophy would have been great.
The writing also isn t of the highest quality Maybe I ve been spoilt by literary dexterity lately, but the prose was a little clunky and metaphors occasionally creaky This is thrown into stark relief when Chakrabarti quotes her eloquent human rights heroes.
That s not to say that On Liberty isn t clear and informative A vital read if you care about civil liberties, not just for yourself but for society
This book is written in the dry and unchallenging style used by many barristers it sets out an argument in favour of Human Rights and in opposition to recent British governments of all persuasions, with supporting evidence from well known cases that have been in our news over the past decade, and in unpretentious language that aims for clarity and simplicity It has no literary pretensions This approach would work better if the Home Office referred to as Mordar or The Dark Tower because of its steady production of evil did not devise such fiendishly convoluted legal devices to misrepresent the most blatant abuse of human rights as something else It is obviously necessary to unravel and expose this abuse but the resulting text can sometimes require slow and perhaps even repeated reading, occasionally because it is complicated but often because it is so as This is a fascinating analysis of the effect of human rights legislation and the erosion of our human rights since 9 11 and the implementation of increasingly restrictive legislation supposedly designed to counter terrorism Its very factual in that the arguments are backed up by evidence of how such legislation has had a wider impact on our freedoms and how this could develop further leaving too much power in the hands of the authorities Naturally the analysis is from Chakrabati s perspective from her position as Director of Liberty but that makes it all the authentic It s not an easy read but its an informative insight to an area most of us know little about.