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Vaughan Jones, 'Human Rights and the Use of Law in the Modern State', 86-94

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Published onJan 01, 2011
Vaughan Jones, 'Human Rights and the Use of Law in the Modern State', 86-94

Firstly, let me thank the organisers of this conference for the invitation to speak at this conference. I hope that my credentials for being here are that I am a practitioner. I represent an organisation, Praxis, which works with vulnerable migrants, by which I mean refugees, asylum seekers, people on temporary visas, victims of human trafficking, visa overstayers, victims of domestic violence whose situation is complicated by their immigration status and Accession State nationals with varying entitlements. These are all people whose relationship with the State in which they reside rests upon the phraseology of a stamp in a passport. Some of these people may find themselves detained in maximum security prisons, and have to cradle their children there. For a number of them, their safety and their very lives are dependent upon their status. So there are significant words in the title of today’s conference which have immediate coinage for their situation – ‘human’ – ‘right’ – ‘law’ – ‘the use of law’ –’modern state’. …

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