by scotslawstudent

We have a new Prime Minister, so election fever is pretty much over for now but I was listening to an address on human rights by Aharon Barak yesterday that really puts voting into perspective.

In September 1999, an expanded panel of nine judges of the Supreme Court of Israel unanimously repealed the former governmental guidelines regarding use of physical means during interrogations, this is part of what Judge Aharon Barak said:

This is the destiny of democracy, as not all means are acceptable to it, and not all practices employed by its enemies are open before it. Although a democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless has the upper hand. Preserving the Rule of Law and recognition of an individual’s liberty constitutes an important component in its understanding of security. At the end of the day, they strengthen its spirit and its strength and allow it to overcome its difficulties