Monday 23 January 2017

The 'human rights' industry has lost all sense of proportion

Published 16/06/2015 | 02:30

Colm O'Gorman of Amnesty International pictured at the launch of a new major report into abortion
Colm O'Gorman of Amnesty International pictured at the launch of a new major report into abortion

It used to be that the phrase 'a breach of human rights' meant someone being killed or tortured, or getting locked up unfairly.

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This was in the days when Amnesty International had a Prisoner of Conscience campaign which bands like U2 would highlight.

But with the growth of the 'human rights' industry, the concept seems to have stretched into different kinds of issues, offering new and valuable work for experts and quangos.

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