The right not to be enslaved is one
of the two absolute human rights that cannot be violated on any ground
whatsoever. However, 65 years after its denunciation, slavery continues to
resist the corpus of human rights. Why the asymmetry ?
new campaign by the UK Government’s Home Office, This Is Abuse, is
a critical step to preventing violence against women and girls, but the Department
for Education’s failure to support it is baffling, says Holly Dustin
A group of tenants occupied a flat in East London to protest against rising rents and government subsidies for unaffordable housing. Samir Jeraj interviewed them about Britain's housing crisis, and what is to be done.
is one of the co-authors of the recently published booklet,
Freedom in Diversity. Ten Lessons for
Public Policy from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States.
Here, for openDemocracy, he brings the lessons close to home.
The revolutionary left denounces Russell Brand, but the poor know he is right. His lack of a proper alternative doesn't hurt his analysis of what is wrong. People must realise how many skills are available on the street that should be used to replace the old, corrupt system.
There have been laws about slavery since the birth of our legal system. Whilst they might need to be tidied up, the government shouldn't feel that headlines about them being broken in London require a legislative approach, argues Geoffrey Bindman.
As young girls, Saima and Linda were trafficked from Zimbabwe to London. It took them ten years to escape from forced prostitution and child labour. Yet Saima is exactly the kind of 'foreign criminal' the proposed UK Immigration Bill aims to deport. Is this what we want?
You hear a lot of bad things about the NHS, much of which from the Tories, the gutter press and those with a vested interest in the privatisation of health. I was braced for the worse, but what I got actually made me feel proud. We need to hold onto this.
There is almost no vision for what the UK could look like post-referendum from the British elite. England's voice continues to be repressed. We have launched a petition calling for a constitutional convention, for England, and we hope you'll add your name to it - here's why.
The introduction of the Destitution
Domestic Violence concession in 2012 giving some migrant victims access to public
funds was widely welcomed. However, while many have long waits for benefits,
others still do not have a safety net to escape violence.
Sexual bullying in the classroom rarely makes the headlines. But one in three 16-18 year old girls in the UK have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school. What does this tacit acceptance of harassment teach our children?
lobby is not only important in the US, but is a transnational phenomenon,
fostered by transnational organisations – many headquartered in Israel – and
funded in large part by transnational corporate actors.
The recent Home Affairs Select Comittee session on drugs revealed the problematic disconnect between government policy and the official advice and evidence it receives. The controversial banning of khat, contrasted with the complete inaction towards 'legal highs', raises serious questions about the government's motivation and approach to drugs policy.
Behind the smokescreen of inaccurate economic figures and scare stories, the political decisions being taken by the Coalition are largely about legitimising xenophobia to cover the ineptitude of the ruling class.
"The ‘Keynesian’ solution to secular stagnation is not simply fiscal
stimulus – it’s as much about dealing with the ‘financialisation’ of
investment planning, combating short termism and taking inequality