OPINION: Rights can be tricky things, especially when we start thinking about rights to housing. Some rights, like the right to free speech, are relatively simple. You can talk, but nobody is forced to listen or to give you a platform from which to speak. This is a negative right – a right imposing obligations on no one other than to leave you alone. If a right to freedom of speech implied that the government should provide everyone with a printing press, that additional obligation on others creates a positive right. A right imposing positive obligations on others to help you exercise it will always be more contentious than one that simply asks others not to interfere. At a minimum we might expect that the right not to be interfered with would come before any positive obligation on others. It would be odd to think that a right to freedom of speech meant that the government should provide everyone with a printing press while tightly censoring what they published. READ MORE:UN right about ‘human rights’ housing crisis, but wrong about the solutionUN housing expert calls for NZ rent freeze and CGT to end ‘significant human rights crisis’Hutt City Council ‘mucked… Read full this story
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