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JAN 19, 2009 – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. In 2009 Martin Luther King Day falls on January 19th. But who is Martin Luther King Jr? Biography of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) Born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the eldest son of Martin Luther King, Sr., pastor and civil rights leader, and Alberta Williams King, whose father was the...

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HISTORY LINKS KING HOLIDAY, OBAMA INAUGURATION

Martin Luther King’s flame has always burned brightest in Atlanta, but in a real sense, the torch is being passed to Washington, D.C., with his birthday and holiday taking on dual meaning for many Americans because it falls on the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration. While Georgia’s capital has traditionally been the place for the most high-profile observance that day, this year it will share the spotlight with the nation’s capital. But the shift from King’s hometown does nothing to diminish the excitement of the moment, said William Jelani Cobb, an American history professor at Atlanta’s Spelman College. “That we...

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FAILING DISABLED PEOPLE

It’s shameful that the British government still hasn’t ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Parliament’s joint committee on human rights has castigated the government over its “extremely disappointing” failure to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first human rights treaty of the 21st century. This international instrument opened for signature in March 2007, and while Britain signed up promptly we have not subsequently joined the 44 states that have gone on to ratify the convention, which includes Australia, Brazil, Hungary, South Africa, Spain and Uganda. Nearly 5,000 people have signed the...

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ORIENTATION IRRELEVANT IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

Court of Appeal Published January 5, 2009 English v Thomas Sanderson Ltd Before Lord Justice Laws, Lord Justice Sedley and Lord Justice Lawrence Collins Judgment December 19, 2008 Harassment at work on the ground of sexual orientation could occur irrespective of the victim’s actual sexual orientation or the tormentors’ perception of his orientation. The Court of Appeal so held in a reserved judgment (Lord Justice Laws dissenting) allowing an appeal by Stephen English from the dismissal by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Judge Peter Clark, Mr H. Singh and Mr S. Yeboah) on February 20, 2008 ([2008] UK EAT 0556-07-2002) of...

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200TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF BRAILLE INVENTOR

Blind people the world over are celebrating the 200th birthday, January 4th, of blind communication pioneer Louis Braille. The Frenchman gave his name to the revolutionary code of six dots that help the blind read, write and do everyday things that sighted people take for granted. Over the centuries Braille has had an enormous effect on the lives of millions of people across 120 countries worldwide. It is not a language but a code by which all languages may be written and read. The ability to read and write in Braille opens the door to literacy, intellectual freedom, equal opportunity,...

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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...