True story. It was 1989. And I was just fresh out of high school. And for my birthday, I got the world almanac.
Interesting time, the late 80’s. We didn’t have the internet yet, at least in a wide-spread way. So I guess the world almanac largely filled the void.
In it, you could look up all kinds of statistics. Election results too, as well as a wide variety of obscure data, historical documents and addresses.
Anyways, I started thumbing thru it almost immediately. And I eventually got to the section on Amnesty International.
It briefly explained AI. As you may already know, it is the foremost monitoring group of basic human rights around the world, rights that seemingly should be available to all of us thru the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Anyways, the US is on their list of human rights violators, naturally because we still practice the death penalty. But I was also surprised to find France–and Switzerland, as major human rights violators.
What did France and Switzerland do, specifically in 1989? I mean, I know in France, you are guilty until proven innocent. But what could Switzerland have done? I didn’t even know there was anything untoward about Switzerland to begin with. What did they do? And are they still doing it?
FWIW, I don’t have the almanac anymore (at least that I know of–I have a very cluttered house:smack:). But I also vaguely recall something about “prisoner of conscience” poss. applied to France and Switzerland. What does that mean? How do they have “prisoners of conscience” there? I thought France, at least, is pretty generous with their freedoms, esp. sexual ones. Am I wrong?
I patiently await your replies:)