Human rights court cases, for the rich only?

This video from the USA says about itself:

On Books of Our Time, a one-hour TV program produced by the Massachusetts School of Law, Atlantic Monthly senior editor and distinguished author Jack Beatty was interviewed by Dean Lawrence R. Velvel of MSL about his new book, The Age of Betrayal. Beatty passionately discussed the Gilded Age, a time when money talked and little else mattered, and the events that led to social, economic, and political suppression of the working class and sometimes to actual starvation of workers.

Beatty likened important political and economic problems besetting ordinary citizens in today’s America to the time when the labor force, oppressed by corporate tycoons and the politicians, was victimized by public policy dictated by the wealthy. Beatty says that, in the Pennsylvania Railroad Strike in which over 100 citizens were murdered by the National Guard after the railroad cut wages to one dollar a day, the blood of the labor force was shed to secure riches for corporations and big businessmen while workers starved.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

Plan to make human rights complaints more difficult

21 December 2009

STRASBOURG – It may become more difficult to lodge a complaint at the European Human Rights Court. In order to stop the big quantity of cases, there are plans to limit the criteria and to not keep complaining free any more. …

The Strasbourg Court is the final legal authority where 800 million Europeans can complain about violations of human rights such as freedom of speech or the right to a fair trial. …

The idea to ask for money for registry has political aspects as well. “For someone from Eastern Europe who wants to complain, for example 20 euros may be a really big amount. That would make it harder for them to complain than for rich Westerners.”


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