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RELIGION-FRIENDLY WORLD DEMOCRACY

Religious, secular and political people need to start talking to each other, to build peaceful coexistence and protect minorities There will be no peace in our world without an understanding of the place of religion within it. The past decade has seen many convenient myths, which disguised the importance of religion, stripped away. Many thought as society progressed, religion would decline. It hasn’t happened. Then there are those that insisted that as the Arab revolution knocked over long-established regimes and created movements for democracy, so those societies’ religiosity would take second place to the new politics. It hasn’t happened. Religion...

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TRIBUTE TO HERBIE HIGGINS MBE

Diverse Magazine is honoured to present this tribute to Herbie Higgins MBE, one of the greatest pioneers of social justice and voluntary community work in the UK, who passed away on Wednesday November 9, 2011. He was a dad, granddad, great granddad, friend, mentor, a people’s champion, a true servant of the people who delighted in serving communities and we join his family and friends in mourning his loss. Herbie (as he was affectionately known) immigrated to Liverpool from Jamaica in 1951, having been invited by his uncle Charlie Higgins who himself immigrated to England as a qualified engineer during...

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RESISTANCE TO DIVERSITY AMONG JUDGES IS MISGUIDED

Lady Hale’s correct – diversity is a constitutional issue but a more representative bench would make for better decisions. Lady Hale and Lady Neuberger gave evidence to the Lords constitution committee on the importance of increasing diversity of the judiciary and the potential for it to change the outcome of cases recently, but failed to highlight the universality of the issue. Hale, the only female justice in the history of the supreme court and the law lords, stated before the committee that “the lack of diversity on the bench is a constitutional issue”. Both Hale and Neuberger, the former chair...

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KICKING ANTISEMITISM OUT OF FOOTBALL

London Assembly member Murad Qureshi decided to act when he heard antisemitic chants at a top-flight football match The more you delve into this area the more complicated it gets. Perhaps that is a good thing. Lines blur. ­Allegiances shift. No chance to be complacent. This one is about Murad Qureshi, a member of the London Assembly, and though he doesn’t often talk about it, he’s a Muslim. “I don’t like to wear my religion on my sleeve,” he says. There are many like him. Being an Assembly member has its perks and one such occurred last ­October when he...

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NEW EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS GUIDANCE FOR CARE QUALITY COMMISSION INSPECTORS

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has joined forces with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to produce equality and human rights guidance for care inspectors. The advice is aimed at ensuring people who are most vulnerable to harm have their rights upheld and respected. It enables CQC inspectors to clearly link effective equality and human rights compliance with high-quality, safe services and sets out exactly what they have to look for when monitoring a care provider against standards. Inspectors will also know what to do if they suspect a human rights violation or find a breach in standards. The...

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THE INFERIOR SEX?

Mary Wollstonecraft, a staunch pioneer of women’s liberation, fought against the exploitation and subordination of womem by men. Has her fight now been won? In 1792 Mary Wollstonecraft published her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. It was not a well-received work, and many people at the time thought her book had dropped from the press as a silent and still-born child, a lamentable thing to be swiftly buried and forgotten. But Mary’s brainchild was not destined to be buried and forgotten, and even today her words still resonate with revolutionary inspiration and power. What flows from Mary’s...

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GAY BLOOD DONATIONS BAN LIKELY TO BE LIFTED

The lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men is expected to be lifted in the UK. The restrictions were put in place in the 1980s to prevent the risk of HIV contamination. However, the latest medical evidence presented to a government panel argued that such a ban could no longer be justified. Several countries have relaxed the rules, basing them on the time since the last homosexual encounter. The National Blood Service screens all donations for HIV and other infections. However, there is a “window period” after infection during which it is impossible to detect...

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AFRICAN SLAVERY MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN

On 23 August we celebrate a vital moment in the abolition of the slave trade – so why has the day received no state support? Britain woke up on 23 August largely ignorant of the fact that it is a national day of remembrance. Four years ago the government declared it the day to remember those millions of African people who were captured, denigrated, enslaved, tortured and murdered, who rebelled and ultimately survived a period rightly seen as the most heinous crime of humankind against humankind in history. But when was the government going to tell us? And what is...

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WE CAN’T INDULGE IN THIS NOSTALGIA. RACISM TODAY IS SUBTLE AND COMPLEX

Black leaders have moved on from the 1980s, and discrimination has changed too To some the past is always golden, the present bleak and the future bleaker. Last week Joseph Harker indulged in a trip down memory lane, reminiscing about the challenges the black community faced during the 80s, and its leadership (For black Britons, this isn’t the 80s revisited. It’s worse, 12 August). In 1985 Bernie Grant’s “connection with local people made him hugely popular and two years later he was elected MP”, says Harker. “Paul Boateng, who had been a campaigning civil rights lawyer, greeted his own election...

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EHRC REPORT ON DISABILITY-RELATED HARASSMENT

On 3 December 2009, International Day of Disabled People, the Equality and Human Rights Commission announced its intention to conduct a formal Inquiry into the actions of public authorities to eliminate disability-related harassment and its causes. The Commission’s Inquiry powers enable it to compile evidence, call witnesses and make recommendations against which they expect action to follow. The Equality Act stipulates that there have to have terms of reference for formal Inquiries. On 12 September 2011 the Commission launched ‘Hidden in plain sight’ the inquiry’s final report. The report was produced after consultation with disabled people and other stakeholders on the following...