Archive for the 'Human rights' Category

22
Sep
09

Is it time to open our borders?

calaisThe Jungle is our house. Please don’t destroy it. If you do so, where is the place to go?” That’s a question for French authorities who now have to decide what to do with the hundreds of illegal migrants they have just evicted, following this morning’s clearing of the migrant camp in Calais. It’s a common story that isn’t going away, so is it time for some fresh thinking -should we just keep our borders open? Continue reading ‘Is it time to open our borders?’

20
Aug
09

On air: Was it right to release the Lockerbie bomber?

Lockerbie bomberHe’s going home. The man convicted of killing 270 people in the 1988 bombing of a Pam Am flight over the Scottish town in Lockerbie, has been released from prison on compassionate grounds. Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi is already on his way home to Libya, where it is believed he will die of prostate cancer within three months.
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13
Aug
09

Do serious criminals deserve compassion?

Prison If you have committed a serious crime – say murder, rape, paedophilia – do you deserve any compassion from the criminal justice system?
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06
Aug
09

Should we pay couples not to have kids?

india controlBirth control is getting creative in India – from increasing late night tv (yes to take couples’ minds off procreating) to encouraging women not to marry until they are 30 (when a women’s fertility begins to drop). Whilst these initiatives might not seem very convincing, the Indian government’s latest idea could be a little more tempting. Money. Continue reading ‘Should we pay couples not to have kids?’

27
Jul
09

Do we need civil liberties groups anymore?

equalityHere’s the good news. Women are doing better than ever in the workforce. And here’s some more good news – ethnic minorities are also thriving. So what’s the point of pouring millions of dollars into promoting and maintaining civil liberties groups? Isn’t it “job done” for such bodies?

Lots of discussion here in the UK about the role and relevance of Britain’s Equalities Commission. This piece feels that such groups are outdated and that it’s wrong to assume that all minorities share the same view. Continue reading ‘Do we need civil liberties groups anymore?’

15
Jul
09

On Air: Is it possible to have a moral army?

gaza soldiers
A group of Israeli soldiers say widespread abuses were carried out on civilians during their action in Gaza.

The soldiers are part of an organisation called “Breaking the Silence”.

Amnesty International has accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes during the 22-day conflict.
Continue reading ‘On Air: Is it possible to have a moral army?’

11
Jun
09

Is development a death sentence?

peruThe indigenous people of Peru call it a death sentence, their government calls it a lifeline. Over 50 people have been killed in riots in Peru over government plans to develop gas and oil on land that the indigenous people believe belongs to their ancestorsHere’s more on the story and on the oil companies involved.
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