Tagged: Human rights

BBC NEWS | Zimbabwe’s turbulent priests

The church in Zimbabwe has been dragged into Mugabe’s mire:

The imposing Anglican Cathedral of St Mary and All Saints in central Harare was almost deserted on Sunday following months of violent clashes and legal wrangles between rival factions.

Zimbabwe’s deep political divide has spilled over into the religious arena.

An introduction to the Copenhagen Consensus 2008

There are so many worldwide problems – how do we prioritise them? A group of eminent economists tried to work out a plan…

Imagine that you are Bill Gates. Not to daydream about what to buy with a $58 billion fortune, but to consider how, like the Microsoft entrepreneur, you might give much of it away.

“Multi-faithism” is bad news for women

A report by Muriel Fraser, via the NSS:

“The increasing emphasis on religion and religious identities has led to the transformation of multiculturalism into multi-faithism” – and the ones who suffer the most are South Asian women. This is the conclusion of Pragna Patel’s important new study, Faith in the state? Asian women’s struggles for human rights in the U.K.

Amnesty International UK : Human Rights for China

Few people can be unaware of the protests associated with the Olympic Torch Relay in London and Paris, but some may think that they are just about the Chinese in Tibet. This is only part of the story. China’s human rights record is appalling. There’s no sign that it might improve as a consequence of staging the games in Beijing. Read more on the Amnesty website

Women’s lives worse than ever in Afghanistan

Afghani womenGrinding poverty and the escalating war is driving an increasing number of Afghan families to sell their daughters into forced marriages.

Girls as young as six are being married into a life of slavery and rape, often by multiple members of their new relatives. Banned from seeing their own parents or siblings, they are also prohibited from going to school. With little recognition of the illegality of the situation or any effective recourse, many of the victims are driven to self-immolation – burning themselves to death – or severe self-harm.