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RACIAL DISCRIMINATION CASE AGAINST THE MET POLICE

A senior Scotland Yard officer has filed a claim of racial discrimination against the Metropolitan Police. Commander Ali Dizaei, the president of the National Black Police Association, accuses former commissioner Sir Ian Blair and the Met’s chief executive Catherine Crawford of colluding to suspend him from duty. He was suspended in September after being accused of misconduct. Chairman of the Metropolitan Black Police Association Alfred John confirmed the claim that papers had been served at the Employment Tribunal Office at Victory House, Kingsway, central London. Mr Dizaei was previously suspended in 2001 after allegations of corruption and drug use were...

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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 10 DECEMBER

60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms On 10 December 1948 in Paris, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Declaration was the first international recognition that all human beings have fundamental rights and freedoms and it continues to be a living and relevant document today. The UDHR is a living document that matters not only in times of conflict and in societies suffering repression, but also in addressing social injustice and achieving human dignity...

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

December 3 is International Day for Persons with Disabilities… 2008 Theme: “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us” Dignity and justice for all of us is the theme of this year’s International Day for Persons with Disabilities, as well as for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dignity and justice for all persons are established universal principles.  Since its inception, the United Nations has recognized that the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family are the foundations of freedom, justice...

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY

SLAVERY REMAINS DESPITE YEAR OF SUCCESSES On the UN’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (Tuesday 2 December), it is important to be reminded that slavery remains a reality for a minimum of 12.3 million people across the world. However, despite the enormity of the problem, there have been successes this year in combating slavery. The highest profile success pays testimony to the bravery of a single woman. Hadijatou Mani, aged only 24, successfully sued Niger in October for failing to protect her from slavery. The decision by the regional ECOWAS court has the potential to impact on tens...

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WORLD AIDS DAY: BOLD LEADERSHIP NEEDED TO OVERCOME ‘DISEASE OF INEQUALITIES’

A deepening financial crisis emphasises the urgency of maintaining and strengthening the global response to HIV and AIDS, say AIDS activists from across civil society. “Bold and visionary leaders have to step forward”, says Allyson Leacock, chair of the World AIDS Campaign Global Steering Committee and executive director of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS. “Rather than taking a seemingly ‘easy’ route of diverting resources, we need leadership that sees that relaxing our response to AIDS now will worsen the inequalities that fuel the spread of HIV leading to even more deaths and a far more expensive response in...

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NO-WIN OR WIN-WIN GENDER AND BABIES AGENDA?

Choosing if and when to have a baby has never been an easy decision, especially if both parters want to continue in employment. But the debate has shifted quite a lot in the past few years, and perhaps now a deeper understanding is emerging of what ‘work-life balance’ is really about. Actually, of course, some folk would say it’s all-win for some, and never-win for others; but we do know, really, it’s not like that. The question does however have to be asked, how can you get it right, if you’re a woman and a mum and a person who...

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FA TO TACKLE HOMOPHOBIA IN FOOTBALL

A video showing football stars speaking out against homophobia will be released next year as part of an unprecedented drive by the sport’s governing bodies to tackle a sharp rise in abuse and discrimination. The video will be shown in cinemas, on TV and in stadiums in an attempt to rid terraces and pitches of homophobic chants and slurs, the Guardian can reveal. The Football Association (FA), the Professional Footballers’ Association, the players’ union, Kick It Out, the sport’s diversity and inclusion campaign, and Peter Tatchell, of gay rights group Outrage!, began work on plans for the video at the...

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GAY WOMEN FACE A DIFFERENT PREJUDICE TO GAY MEN AND ARE TRAILING 20 YEARS BEHIND

Johann Hari: How Navratilova leads the way for lesbians There’s something strangely soothing about this year’s I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here! If the credit crunch gets much worse we’ll all be living on kangaroo testicles with a side-dish of maggots, so it is pleasing to see Robert Kilroy-Silk go through it first, in a cage, on live television, with Timmy Mallet cackling in his face. But there’s something even richer and sweeter about this series: the Zen-like poise of Martina Navratilova as she wades through slime and Wags. The tennis genius has an inherent dignity that...

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INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM OPENING SPEECH

 Dr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool The day will come when it is impossible to imagine a pleasant and articulate black Liverpool teenager being excluded from his school for resisting racial hostility and physical attacks from his white schoolmates. But that day has not yet come. The day will come when it is impossible to imagine an African American woman, here to give a lecture on behalf of the International Slavery Museum and accompanied by her young son on the streets of Liverpool, being called “nigger” by a young white boy. Sadly, that day has not yet come....

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THE IDEOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF CHATTEL SLAVERY

Excerpts from a lecture presented by Molefi Kete Asante in Liverpool Town Hall on August 21, 2007 for the opening of the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool. Whenever I am in the city of Liverpool I feel quite connected to it like I am in an American city, a city with familiar images, histories, and dynamics. In many ways it is like Charleston, Savannah, Baltimore, and my own city, Philadelphia. Of course the link is truly historical but Liverpool has a visceral impact on me, a descendant of enslaved Africans whose ancestry goes to Sudan and Nigeria. I will never know...