Monday, 30 June 2014

Is it our Human Right to a have a holiday?

"It's my Human Right to take my kids on holiday"
There was a father on the news this morning who took his children out of school to go on holiday. He was hit by a penalty fine, and he would do it again if it means he can take his children abroad. I sympathised with him. He was unable to get authorised leave from his job to take them during the summer holidays - in Jon's job it's the same.

I'm sure when Ruby starts school we will suffer the same frustrations. Jon will have to jump on the office calendar on April 1st to bagsy all the good slots before the other parents jump in with their requests. With only three people per department being allowed leave on the same day, August is pretty much a no-go zone if you're not a parent of school age children.

HOWEVER - what really gets my blood boiling is when people quote the Human Rights Act to basically say they can do whatever they want to do.

I'm not an expert on the Human Rights Act or on family law, but I am 99% certain that it does not cover your so-called 'right' to provide your children with a holiday abroad every single year.

You have a 'right' to a family life - which involves you having access to your children, spending reasonable time with them and being involved in their upbringing. This does not need to take place in the Costa Del Sol.

Your children have a 'right' to an education - if you decide to take them out of school on a consistent basis, potentially, you are depriving them of that right. It can be argued that seeing the world is an education and they should have the right to experience different cultures - on some level I agree. But are you really using this opportunity to educate them when you take them on a package holiday to Spain? Honestly?

If I can't afford to take Ruby, Jon and I on a holiday abroad every year, could Ruby later sue me for breaching her Human Rights?

Now, don't misunderstand me, I agree that we should be able to, within reason, make decisions that are within our children's best interests. The Government should not be able to make these decisions for us and I object to a 'Nanny State' who polices us so closely that we are no longer able to make these decisions.

But that's not my big issue here.

Here's my big issue:

The Human Rights Act is in place to protect us from the great injustices of the world: human trafficking, slave labour, lack of education, abuse, poverty. There are people, the world over, in this country and abroad who are living far short of the Human Rights that should be standard in every society. A civilised society will do everything within their power to prevent these breaches from happening and to raise the standards to ensure that people can live without fear, without lack, without injustice. They will live in freedom. They will be educated. They will be able to exercise their faith, they will be able to have an opinion and independent thought and they will be able to express these thoughts without fear of repercussions.

You do not have a Human Right to do whatever you want and then use the Human Rights Act to justify your actions.

You broke the rules. You were reprimanded for it. You accepted your fate.

But don't go on national television and pretend it's your Human Right to break the rules. It makes a mockery of everything the Human Rights Act stands for, and it makes a mockery of those people who live every day, genuinely suffering due to breaches of their Human Rights.

1 comment:

  1. Amen to this. People can be so petty sometimes and take our freedom to do things too much for granted without any thought for those who have nothing, treated as nothing and are essentially nothing to the people who control their lives. There are children, not only across the world, but in this country who cannot even get the basics like food, heat and a parents love let alone a holiday. Frustration is nothing compared to this.

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