Oooh Articles 13 & 14 are touchy touchy recently! Especially in these parts around here! Article 13 sets up the fact that everyone should be free to leave and return to any country (including their own) and Article 14 is about the right to seek asylum. Of course, it then went on to become an entire UN Convention and Agency all on its own (UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – also the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees – links below)
Let’s compare two stories…
Masoud is from Iran. There were 285 people in his boat, people were afraid and crying, and the smugglers tried to put more and more people in the boat. Someone fell into the ocean, and the smuggler took all their luggage and threw it into the sea. All of Masoud’s papers, family photos, his clothes, everything was lost in the journey.
John owns a classic sailboat which he paid $40,000 for, and has since spent $100,000 on renovations on it, restoring it to great beauty. While sailing in the beautiful Waitemata Harbour, his sailboat was collided into by Charles, John’s boat, The Gypsy sunk into the harbour, and he lost everything, on the boat, his credit card, his house keys and his cellphone. Continue reading