"At the present time what is happening those that don't have the money to buy their own underwear, they have to wear prison issue. and What happens is this underwear has to go in the same wash as the sheets and blankets. So when they get them back they don't know who has been wearing them befor i feel this an infringment of there basic human rights and thing need to be changed"I feel that I really shouldn't feel that someone who can't write correct English should be ignored. However, it's hard to take a petitioner who writes like this entirely seriously - which is, I feel sure, very wrong of me.
So what about the content of the petition? I suspect that in most senses it's not all that much more insane than many of the ones I pass by for insufficient madness. Having said which, it is moderately clearly mad. According to that great reliable resource Wikipedia,
Where it has been adopted, legislation commonly contains:
- security rights that protect people against crimes such as murder, massacre, torture and rape;
- liberty rights that protect freedoms in areas such as belief and religion, association, assembling and movement;
- political rights that protect the liberty to participate in politics by expressing themselves, protesting, participating in a republic;
- due process rights that protect against abuses of the legal system such as imprisonment without trial, secret trials and excessive punishments;
- equality rights that guarantee equal citizenship, equality before the law and nondiscrimination;
- welfare rights (also known as economic rights) that require the provision of education and protections against severe poverty and starvation;
- group rights that provide protection for groups against ethnic genocide and for the ownership by countries of their national territories and resources.
Nowhere in there do I see anything about personal underwear rights.
I grant you the thought of wearing someone else's pants is a bit icky. A while ago while I was having trouble sourcing the kind of pyjamas I like wearing I tried Ebay, but found myself unable to cope with the idea of second-hand pyjamas, though I'll happily wear second-hand trousers, shirts, etc., etc.. (Should you be wondering, and of course I'm sure you're all dying of curiosity, I was of course able to search Ebay for "new" products only and thereby locate what I sought.) A strange objection, I thought at the time. So - I don't like the thought of these poor prisoners in each other's pants. But, um - on the scale of things, I don't see that it's really terribly important. I can't help feeling there are bigger and more important things to worry about.
And I really, really, really don't think this is a basic human right ...