Human rights

Thoughts on human rights

This article fleshes out some of the ideas in the introduction and would be a good one to read after that.

The Rwandan massacres

The massacres in Rwanda were an event that touched me deeply, and taught me much about the world.  Here are a couple of good summary articles about why the west should also learn from them.
I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunites...if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die
Nelson Mandela

Humanity - A Moral History of the Twentieth Century

Jonathon Glover

Whilst working at the University of Queensland, I would wander through the Co-operative bookshop and this book would always call to me. I picked it up a number of times, but always the word "moral" in the subtitle put me off. Anyway finally I did pick it up, and I've now completely changed my view about the use of the word moral. We need to ask more what is moral and to reclaim it from the religious conservatives who have hitherto defined it in our cultural discourse.