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Tagged: Human Rights

A long closed door begins to open – Burma and the world reengage

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi receiving the Chatham House Prize from the Foreign Secretary

After the upheavals of 2011, it feels good to start 2012 on a cautiously optimistic note. A door that has been closed for decades is beginning to open, as the government of Burma makes tentative moves towards democratisation. Recognising this historic shift, the British Foreign Secretary visited the country last week, his first visit of 2012 and the first visit of a British Foreign Secretary since 1955. The visit does … Read more »A long closed door begins to open – Burma and the world reengage

Crimes against thought

William Hague

Not by the individual, but by the state The threat of execution hanging over Iranian church leader Youcef Nadarkhani (the Foreign Secretary has issued a statement) is shocking. At a time when most of us enjoy historically unparalleled personal freedoms, the idea that in some parts of the world people could be threatened with death for thought or faith beggars belief. New charges levelled at Nadarkhani, including extortion, rape, Zionism … Read more »Crimes against thought

The Hague Convention: a step forward

Some good news looks likely this week. Newspapers here have reported that Prime Minister Kan will announce at the G8 in France this week that Japan will sign the Hague Convention on child abduction. Deputy Cabinet Secretary Tetsuo Fukuyama confirmed that the Japanese government would press ahead with the legal steps required to bring the Convention into force. Why does this matter? Well, the Hague Convention is the legal framework … Read more »The Hague Convention: a step forward