Q: “Free speech is my human right. You cannot legislate what i can and cannot say”

A: Walk with me. Let’s got into more detail and see where man gets confused. It’s a rule of legal precedence.

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Eleanor Roosevelt with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

Actually, you can (in fairness, I was waiting for someone to jump in like this. Surprised it took a couple of days. There is always at least one, and it stands to reason, since they’re not lawyers and couldn’t be further from the truth of the matter. So Education time).

What you are referring to is articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right, which are:


The word “speech” itself doesnt appear here, but is implied because imparting that information may use any form to do so. Furthermore, it is stated in the preamble, which at that time did and still does, highlight the principle behind the Declaration. Remember, it was signed in 1948, 3 years after the end of WW2 and the genocide of the Jews and Russians, to name but two.

And furthermore, this was ascessed into law following this principle.

The problem with those folk citing anything close to article 19 or any such article, is they don’t take it in the context of the entirety of the declaration. Hence, anyone using any hate speech that drives it, directly violating articles 1, 2, 5 and 7.

And crucially, articles 8 and 12, which is where your statement starts to fall over.

And then the ones that hit it out of the park, article 29 and 30. Take a look at these bad boys!

If your hate speech is in conflict with a human right of another, then you are in breach of human rights yourself and they are not and neither is the declaration.

I’ll say it again. Free speech doesn’t trump Human rights and yes, your freedom to proclaim hate speech can be legislated away. Indeed, the UK has at least two straight laws against hate, including Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.

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