Ok this is awhile back but still a point... Free speech wasn't allowed at the Texas Senate Committee. Instead Sarah Slamen was removed by 4 Texas state troopers (yes 4!) and not given her right to speak. Sarah was NOT doing anything but speaking, a right I thought was basic and universal.
The right to freedom of speech and expression Concepts of freedom of speech can be found in early human rights documents.England’s Bill of Rights 1689 granted 'freedom of speech in Parliament' and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, adopted during the French Revolution in 1789, specifically affirmed freedom of speech as an inalienable right. The Declaration provides for freedom of expression in Article 11, which states that:
"The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law."
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, states that:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
Today freedom of speech, or the freedom of expression, is recognized in international and regional human rights law. The right is enshrined in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.Based on John Milton's arguments, freedom of speech is understood as a multi-faceted right that includes not only the right to express, or disseminate, information and ideas, but three further distinct aspects:
Sarah did finally get her chance to finish what she has the right to say. Thank you Sarah for speaking your thoughts. It's wrong that she had to do it on a different platform.
For more information read about it here...
Please lets all stand and protect our human rights! Each and every one of us on this planet have rights. Lets defend and preserve them!