How about Catherine Ashton giving some consideration to the 'democratic process' in her hand-wringing human rights work and bringing the 'humans' in the EU the 'right' to vote for our political representatives? Ashton has never stood for, let alone won, an election of any sort - ever. She is a totally unelected implant in a position that assumes considerable power.
I do not want this person representing my interests and I do not want to be forced to pay tax to pay her wages, or run the vastly expensive 'service' her office creates. Fat chance. This is the new Soviet but for that we can squeak all we like. Regardless, nothing will change. Those in the EU should not kid themselves that they are anything grander than dictators, who just don't need to bulldoze bodies into a trench in the woods at night - not yet anyway.
What an ironic choice. On July 10, Human Rights Watch raised an alarm over rising xenophobic attacks against migrants and refugees in Greece. "Xenophobic violence is a pervasive, shocking and well-known fact", stated HRW. "We are not seeing an adequate response from the Greek state. We found arrests are rare and police inaction the general rule". In addition, Greece does not recognise the civil rights - or even the identity - of any of its large ethnic minorities including Macedonians, Albanians, and Turks. In Greece, everyone is Greek.
James - Dearborn, Michigan
Human rights are not just rights. Human rights as an ideology is a school of law. Working at the heart of all law, it is a global legal doctrine. They are human values. As a norm of norms, they are the Grundnorm of Kelsen. Every right relates to every other right; and all rights relate to all aspects of human life of 'we the peoples of the United Nations' everywhere in all times and circumstances.
Illustrated together, they can be perceived as an infinite circle with millions of radii converging always at one essential centre, the Grundnorm of respect for human dignity. These are universal values. In order to do justice to the very essence of human rights and human dignity, Ashton will do good service to universal human dignity not using 'human rights as' one of her top priorities and a silver thread that runs through everything that we do in external relations' as an element of European foreign policy alone, but as an EU universal concern for the respect of human dignity of 'we the peoples of the United Nations'.
It is time that the 'nation State' shells, created through 1648 Westphalia Treaty, went burst and humanity as a whole emerged as one infinite ocean in which every single human being counts as unique. That is the spirit of human rights as a school of law and human rights as a global legal doctrine at the very core of global law in every form and norm. I hope that Ashton and Lambrinidis go that way.
Professor Dr. S.R.S. Bedi - Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, India
James - at last check, irredentism and identity theft hardly qualifies as 'human rights'. Please remind us why you former Yugoslavians are now pretending to be related to ancient Macedonians as well as claiming large tracts of Greece as occupied territory? Have you already forgotten your government's recent past assurances about your 'Macedonian' identity?
Anonymous - Canada
@Anonymous - wow, what a fantastic leap in the discussion. I suggest you read my post again. Do you dispute the findings of Human Rights Watch? Incidentally, this same organisation has also made criticisms of Greece in the country's treatment of and policy toward its large Macedonian minority. This is why you bring up the discredited red herrings of "irredentism" and "identity theft" - which are distractions from the real issues.
James - Dearborn, Michigan