What are your universal rights? Philippe Sands at TEDxHousesofParliament (byTEDxTalks
If you have any interest in foreign policy, this is a very important video to watch. As a person who is interested in but still fairly uninformed about human rights, I felt that a whole world was revealed to me in this lecture. The idea that every single human has basic rights and those rights include the ability to challenge any other person, foreign or not, to justify and be accountable for their actions seems like it should be a no-brainer. One would think that if we are to maintain law and justice there is a necessity that moves beyond borders and sociopolitical constructs. Being in a position of power should never make someone less accountable.
Further, we need to explore what we view as taboo and why. Where do we draw the line? What is the line? Often, taboos are established without regard to the majority and without reason. When our leaders are able to run loose without real consequences, the world falls to pieces. We need to start keeping ourselves and each other accountable.
On a slightly different note, I highly recommend TED Talks. These lectures are informational on a variety of topics and, if nothing else, allow us to see from perspectives we might not have even known existed.