Irene writes :
“Exactly one year ago I was on World Have your Say.
All the talk was about Bush, Guantanamo and War on Terror. A year later, Bush is gone, Obama has announced the closure of Guantanamo and we are in the middle of an economic crisis and the G-20 is at the top table.
I think it isn’t just about the economy. The real problems are about inequality, insecurity, discrimination, racism and xenophobia – the world is facing a human rights crisis, not just an economic crisis.
World leaders should be investing in human rights as forcefully as they are investing in the economy. Unfortunately the G-20 don’t share a common vision of human rights.
The US doesn’t accept the notion of economic and social rights, China and Russia don’t tolerate political dissent, Saudi Arabia discriminates severely against women, the EU promotes human rights abroad but fail to respect the rights of refugees and migrants on their own territory.
Economic recovery must begin with human rights at home. Tell me what you think- Do you think the G20 are fit to lead the world out of
economic recession and global repression?”
Hi this is Shaimaa here at Television Centre, just a few news stories that hopefully will get you thinking about questions to Irene Khan.
In their annual report Amnesty International say that the economic downturn exasperated the human rights issue with the latter being put on the back burner.
This article in the Gulf News shows Amnesty International’s annual report of the Middle East.
Also take a look at AI concerns about the British Government’s “mixed record” on human rights over the past year according to Kate Allen, UK director of Amnesty.
AI is also concerned that the Obama administration talk of human rights is not followed by strong or fast enough action.
Finally this video of Ms.Khan speaking about the death penalty