By Matthew Barrett
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Jon Gower Davies, a former Head of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Newcastle and a Labour Councillor on Newcastle City Council for 20 years, has written a report for the think-tank Civitas, entitled "Small Corroding Words: the slighting of Great Britain by the EHRC", which advocates the abolition of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, currently chaired by Trevor Phillips, the ex Labour member of the London Assembly.
In the report, Davies systematically critiques the philosophy and practices of the EHRC, and reveals serious research flaws.
Author: Julia Pettengill
Publication date: 24 September 2009
The report states that despite the existence of the UN Convention on Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, the UN Security Council has failed to prioritise the prevention of genocide and has watched as five subsequent genocides have materialised. The author concludes that the UK and the US have a moral responsibility to put the issue of effective genocide prevention at the heart of their foreign policy agenda and that this process should begin by protecting the civilians of Darfur from the ongoing atrocities committed by the Sudanese Government. The report calls for a new treaty on ending genocide to be initiated by NATO or a similar body.
"The Rise of China" (PDF)
Author: Rosalba Junginger
Publication date: 4 August 2009
The report discusses the success of China's economy and contrasts it with the failure of the Chinese Government to enact significant political reforms and their poor human rights record. The report warns of an increasing anti-American sentiment among radical nationalists in China who are blaming the US for the global financial crisis and the potential for disorder to arise as a result.
Author: Jacob Mchangama
Date of publication: 31 July 2009
The author criticises the inherent left-wing bias of human rights organisations such as Amnesty International and calls for market-based solutions to tackle human rights abuses and global poverty. The report contrasts "freedom rights" with "social rights" and argues that capitalism should be supported by the human rights industry.
Author: Robin Simcox
Publication date: March 2009
This report is a study analysing the high levels of foreign funding entering British academia. The paper illustrates that university subjects designated as "strategically important" by the British Government are receiving large financial payments from foreign donors. According to the author many of these donors are linked to despotic regimes known for perpetuating human rights abuses.
Authors: The Centre for Social Justice Asylum and Destitution Working Group, chaired by Julian Prior
Publication date: 15 December 2008
This report acknowledges that the public have lost confidence in the asylum system under Labour and that the lengthy asylum process is neither serving the asylum seeker nor the taxpayer. The authors suggest their greatest concern with the current asylum system relates to accommodation and financial support being withdrawn almost immediately after a negative decision has been made on an asylum claim. The report also mentions that it is highly damaging that asylum seekers are not entitled to undertake paid employment. The report makes the case for dividing the functions of the UK Border agency. Other proposals include allowing those who are unable to return home a temporary right to remain and an increase in the forced removal of asylum applicants within six months of a negative decision if all other options have been exhausted.