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    Caribbean: Human rights and reparations
    Jamaica
    By John Maxwell, jamaicaobserver.com
    February 25, 2007


    Your rights end where mine begin. That's what I tell my students. The state - which ostensibly guarantees all our rights - is us. We are the state, and it is we who make the laws, unless, of course, powerful or noisy pressure groups manage to persuade a few people in a parliamentary committee that it would be political suicide to keep the state's nose out of our bedrooms.

    It wouldn't be political suicide, but since so many of us, especially politicians are the most abject cowards, it is easy to blackmail parliament into taking rights away from people of whom we disapprove. The attorney general and various others, including sections of the press, are happy to celebrate some of the most backward and pernicious thinking to be found anywhere on the planet.

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