human right number 13

Article 13.

 (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

From the UN Declaration of Human Rights, to which 48 countries, including France and the UK, adopted after the end of WWII.

This was the first thing that came to my mind, last night, when I attempted to buy travel insurance from a British company…

As you can see, the dates were blocked off. The company couldn’t even SELL insurance, because traveling is illegal both inside the UK, and entering or leaving the UK. Yes, this applies to their own citizens. They can’t leave their own country.

Then this morning, I refreshed myself with the situation in my home, France, and oh dear…

From the official government website. The translation is bad, the phrase “metropolitan France” means the entire country of France, including all of the countryside, minus the overseas French territories.

…Your human rights apply for only 50% of the time you are alive right now, domestically…

From the official government website.

And 100% of the time you are alive right now, internationally…

This is very strange to me, that the nations that were first to install the human rights conventions, even signing it in France herself, are the leaders in destroying these rights.

Perhaps I never read the fine print of the human rights charter. I didn’t know that my rights as a human being came with a little asterisk*

*(they didn’t)