Sunday, April 16, 2006

The LDH Redefines Rights

The Ligue des Droits de l'Homme (Human Rights League) has issued its annual report on the year 2005, accusing the French and the French government of an "increase in discriminatory and xenophobic knee-jerk reactions" toward foreigners, reports Liberation.

This report points the finger at "political excesses" and "security measures" taken by the government in response to social problems. The LDH accuses government statements, that associate "immigration, crime and insecurity", as being the cause of the heightened tensions leading to discrimination. This generalization(1), that echoes the long-standing political creed of Jean-Marie Le Pen, seems to be anchored in the "collective unconscious" and presents a real danger of "stigmatisation of foreigners", deems the League.

The suburban crisis brought to light one of these "excesses", according to LDH. Besides the word "racaille", used by Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, on October 25, 2005 in Argenteuil, it was the way in which the urban violence was managed that causes concern. After 2,787 arrests, "very severe sentences" were passed, even though 60% of the detained had no previous record. The League stressed that these sentences targeted primarily young immigrants between 16 and 25 years of age...

(1) I have used the word "generalization". The French word is "amalgame" (amalgamation), which they use all the time, for better or for worse, to indicate a blending of things that should remain separate, such as crime and immigration. We might say "guilt by association". The word gains or loses value depending on who uses it and it what context.

The administrator of France-Echos has these comments about the article:

In other words, for the LDH, the rights not to see your school or your car reduced to ashes, not to have stones thrown at you, not to be burned, called "dirty white" or "whore" etc... are not among the "Rights of Man". After all, these actions, akin to a civil war with underpinnings of jihad, are a mere every-day "suburban crisis", so you are told, and what is deemed an outrage by the defenders of the "Rights of Man", are not the crimes and infractions, but the fact that severe penalties are inflicted on the perpetrators, of whom 2 out of 5 are repeat offenders, some many times over.

But the last straw is the indignation "that these sentences targeted primarily young immigrants between 16 and 25 years of age."

Alas! It does not even occur to these liars that it was "primarily young immigrants between 16 and 25 years of age" who committed these infractions, when all the videos, photos, news reports, interviews and even admissions by the culprits themselves, make it as clear as the nose on your face.

At this point, it is no longer a lie, it is a veritable denial of reality.

And is it not criminal to defend the guilty and not the victims?


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