Nowhere on the HRC website does it list the right to not be offended

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Hurty feelings and being offended are not listed as a human right on the Human Rights Commission website. What it does list is our our right to freedom of expression. The people who made a complaint about our cartoon are trying to stomp on our human rights but I can find no right of theirs that we have tried to stomp on. If you look through the list our cartoon has not prevented the complainants from enjoying any of the below rights but their complaint about us is an attempt to deny us our human right to freedom of expression.

Why are the Human Rights Commission even looking into these complaints? None of the below rights have been affected in any way.

What are human rights?

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that every person in the world should have. There are two main types of human rights – civil and political rights, and social, cultural and economic rights.

Civil and political rights
  • The right to life and liberty
  • Freedom of expression
  • Equality before the law
  • The right to be free from discrimination
Social, cultural and economic rights
  • The right to participate in culture
  • The right to work
  • The right to an adequate standard of living
  • The right to education
Social, cultural and economic rights
  • The right to participate in culture
  • The right to work
  • The right to an adequate standard of living
  • The right to education

We haven’t been told which right we have been accused of taking away from the complainants or who the complainants even are, yet we have been asked if we will take part in mediation. Mediation about WHAT? If mediation is required does that mean they have found us guilty of something without giving us the right to equality before the law? Yet again it seems that our human rights are being stomped all over while we are left in the dark about how a political cartoon could possibly take away any of the rights listed on their website.

I am not shy to say that I am furious at how we have been treated. It is a disgusting waste of taxpayers money.The HRC is being used as a cudgel to beat us with by a tiny group of politically motivated people.Their complaint should have been dismissed out of hand. I wonder if our regular criticism of Susan Devoy has influenced some to grab the opportunity to try to rub our nose in the dirt.Whatever their reason they fail at the first hurdle. No human right has been violated by the publication of a political cartoon. It is ridiculous to claim that it has. I guess I should be thankful that in New Zealand nutters go running to the HRC instead of putting on masks and shooting up the place.Maybe the HRC serves as a release valve for all the perennially offended?

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