In 2011, more people were executed in China than the rest of the world put together. Statistics on death sentences and executions remain a state secret. The Chinese government, like many worldwide, continues to use the global ‘security’ and ‘anti-terrorism’ agendas to undermine international human rights protections and silence non-violent critics.
Many believe that the maxim “never say never” to torture is one of the most important ethical disputes to date. To my mind, a lack of understanding about how the apparent paradox makes sense lies at the heart of the on-going dispute about whether torture is ever justified!
Torture, defined here by the 1984 ‘United Nations Convention Against Torture’ is almost universally recognised as ‘any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession…’ (feel free to read on via the link above).
I couldn’t help but roll my eyes after having read this article last week from the Guardian. It made me start thinking about positive discrimination within the workplace around the UK in general.
Having worked for the recruitment industry, I know for a fact that discrimination, no matter what many people want to believe, does actually exist within the recruitment process. Continue reading
The European Union is pushing a proposal which would require company boards to be made up of at least 40 per cent women. It appears agreeing with the proposal has stirred a very diverse range of reactions.
Positive discrimination refers to policies that take factors including race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group in areas of employment, education, and business, usually justified as countering the effects of a history of discrimination.
While positive discrimination remains unlawful in the UK, recent years have seen a big drive on trying to achieve similar effects to those taken from positive discrimination, whilst remaining inside the law. Particular attention in recent times has been focused on the underrepresentation amongst women in senior managerial or board level positions. Continue reading
“Ethical reflection on situations involving truthfulness and its variations may be one way to determine the types of harm caused by lies or truths in professional and personal lives.” (E. E Englehardt & D. Evans)
On the evening of March 12, 2003 Vicky Pryce, one of Britain’s most senior economists, was enjoying a three-course meal at the London School of Economics. With her husband, Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat MEP at the European Parliament for the day and not flying back until late. Miss Pryce addressed a conference at the LSE’s Old Building before the dinner… All seemed well!!