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A True Travesty of Justice and an Egregious Violation of Human Rights

The human rights community should be ashamed of itself for its lack of attention and action on one of the world’s most vile violations of human rights:

The unjust and illegal detention of Lindsay Lohan.

According to the drug-addled starlet, her 90-day detention for violating her probation.

Lohan last night tweeted Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Apparently, breaking the law and being punished for it is a violation of her fundamental rights.

As The Daily Mail points out:

Just to make it clear she was talking about herself, Lohan continued by quoting law professor Erik Luna on U.S. sentencing guidelines, under which she was punished.

“Scores of federal defendants, sentenced under a constitutionally perverted system, that saps moral judgement through its mechanical rules.”

Her attempt to stress the ‘degrading’ nature of her punishment might have had a stronger impact has she not sent out a very different message in court – images of Lohan’s fingernails showed the words F*** U.

I’m sure that Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, held without charge by the Iranian regime in the political prisoners’ section of Tehran’s Evin prison last year, can relate to Lohan’s undue suffering.

As would a group of 24 Uzbekistani refugees and asylum-seekers detained on 9 June by the Kazakh Government and at imminent risk of forcible return from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan, where they would be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

I’m also sure that the nearly 200,000 North Korean refugees living along the North Korea-China border who receive no aid or assistance and are regularly executed after being repatriated to North Korea by the Chinese Government would rally to Lohan’s call for her rights to be upheld under Article 5.

Maybe Frank Wolf can hold a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing to stand up for her rights to violate the law…

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  1. Melanie
    July 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I was hoping you would take this on as a cause. The precedent-setting repercussions of this could be devestating. What, do all people who violate parole have to go to jail now? What kind of a world do we live in?

  2. Kathryn Cameron Porter
    July 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

    You are my hero!

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