Understanding The League For Human Rights: Name Analysis

A political but non-partisan association, the League of Human Rights, scandalously attacked in recent weeks by the government itself, has not ceased since its creation in 1898 to defend all freedoms and economic and social rights. Historian Emmanuel Naquet recalls, with examples, how the LDH has always put itself at the service of a certain vision of the rule of law and of a revitalized, more open and fairer Republic, within the framework of political and social democracy.

Heard in the Senate on April 6, 2023 on the action of the police during the citizen rally of March 25 against the establishment of a mega-basin in Sainte-Soline in Deux-Sèvres, a demonstration ultimately banned, the Minister of the Interior is challenged by Senator LR from Tarn-et-Garonne, François Bonhomme, moved by the role played by the League for Human Rights (LDH). “The League for Human Rights is financed by public funds. We must stop funding associations that seriously challenge the state […]. These associations have nothing to do with the rule of law, whatever they say,” said the senator. To which Gérald Darmanin replies: “Indeed, it deserves to be watched. »

Questioned in the same High Assembly a few days later, on April 12, during questions to the government, the Prime Minister, Élisabeth Borne, declared that she knew the history of “this great association”, judging that “for a long time, the history of republican emancipation and that of the LDH are intertwined. Universalism was common ground.”

But the former socialist adviser Lionel Jospin and Jack Lang, before becoming director of Ségolène Royal’s cabinet at the Ministry of Ecology, adds: “I no longer understand some of his positions. This incomprehension […] has emerged in its ambiguities in the face of radical Islamism, and it has been consolidated over the past few months”.

In counterpoint to these two proclamations, the former president of the LDH, the penalist Henri Leclerc specifies, in an interview with L’Humanité on April 12, 2023, the front cover of which carries a petition in support of the LDH, that the associations “are expression of a collective” and “a foundation of democracy”. Two days later, lawyer Patrick Baudoin, former president of FIDH and head of the LDH since 2022, affirms in Le Monde that “our country […] is gradually sliding towards illiberal regimes”.

As we can see, two sets of opposing statements show the tensions between an executive that wants to be cross-partisan and reformist, on the one hand, and one of the oldest intermediary bodies with a generalist vocation, defender of human rights, on the other.

This article is originally published on aoc.media

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