‘If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.’
The above is a quote from We Are All Born Free, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures, where you get the simplified version of our rights, accompanied by the most beautiful illustrations. This book isn’t new, but we have never needed it more.
There is something about the simplified version that makes the truth about what this well known declaration is telling us really stand out. Our leaders would do well to read it. Many of them are most likely in favour of our rights, while conveniently forgetting to act as though they are. ‘We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.’
‘These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.’
(The paperback of We Are All Born Free was published last year, and all royalties go to Amnesty International.)