#BAD13 Day 5 – Articles 9 & 10

Here we are at Day 5! I can’t believe I’ve managed to stick with it so far! I’m a third of the way through! (there are only 30 articles) So I guess I’m doing ok!

Article 9: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 9 seems like one of those that should really go without saying. Basically, the key word here is arbitrary as in (according to Merriam-Webster) not planned or chosen for a particular reason, not based on reason or evidence, or pretty much the opposite process which you should follow when contemplating arrest or detention.

Article 10: Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 10 is really leading into Article 11, but since I promised only two articles per blog post, I’ll have to break this down here by itself! So before you get to all that presumed innocence stuff that we all know from Crime TV, this article just says that basically no matter what crime someone is accused of, the fair trial is paramount to ensure that we are still treating each other as humans! You’d probably not be surprised, but this is one that obviously gets thrown out the window faster than most! The other key issue with this one seems to be the “independent & impartial” bit. So, even though, a mere 3 articles ago (Article 7) we said that no one should be subject to discrimination, I suppose being human, these things happen. Article 10 seeks to cement this further, and calls for an impartial tribunal.