The Right to Safety

  Everyone's right to be safe from physical violence, intimidation, harassment, inhuman or degrading treatment shall be protected by law.
   (a) no one will be physically harmed or subject to inhuman or degrading treatment as a punishment for a crime;
   (b) no one will be physically harmed or subject to inhuman or degrading treatment to obtain information or a confession
 
   Except
   (a) In defense of any person from immediate unlawful violence, inhuman and degrading treatment
   (b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained;
   (c) in action lawfully taken for the purpose of quelling a riot or insurrection. 

Notes:
  This includes and extends the ECHR's Right to life (article 2) and words thing to prevent the use of execution which is the position of the ECHR but it is a bit of a mess as it does so in protocols 6 and 13. 
  The ECHR Article 3 prohibts torture, since a person being tortured isn't safe we can include that.

   Extended this from 'the right to life' since apparently the ECHR is ok with plain old violence. Under the ECHR just hurting people isn't a bad thing.  I have also added the word 'immediate' to the exclusion, since if it were not there you could use it to defend doing bad things to people because you believed they might in the future hurt someone. This is a simplistic way of countering the so-called 'Bush doctrine'.

edited on Feb 26, 2015 by Imogen Galilee
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