5 “Change” runs through the fabric of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s 2003 Oliver-winning musical like a crucial binding thread. It’s not just in the title, it’s the governing motif. It takes in the domestic: the loose-change left at first accidentally then deliberately by an eight-year-old Louisianan boy, Noah, in his trouser-pockets, stirring conflicted emotion, rapacity and finally rage in the heroine, Caroline, his Jewish family’s poor black maid. And it wraps in broader societal upheavals: this is late 1963 – new sounds are on the air-waves, new dreams of equality are stirring in the wake of the March on Washington. And as this remarkable piece of work finally heads into the West End, a... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Caroline, or Change, Playhouse, review: a riveting fusion of social upheaval, human interest and quirkily inventive songs
What we know now In the years after 9/11, UK intelligence agencies were involved in 598 cases in which prisoners were tortured or placed at risk of mistreatment. Intelligence officers were giving consent, or watching the torture, or supplying questions and receiving answers. And this does not include the 2,000-3,000 interrogations they conducted at Guantánamo Bay. We also know why the intelligence and security committee (ISC) believes this happened. Immediately after 11 September, MI6, MI5 and the military were anxious to protect the UK and its interests against attacks by al-Qaida. Initially, individual officers lacked training and experience. Nobody wanted to deter the US from sharing intelligence. By 2004, the report said, senior people in government could no longer ignore what was happening. The Guardian has been investigating this matter since 2005, at a time when the ISC was taking little interest. The first of the committee’s two thorough and candid reports published … [Read more...] about Could the UK become embroiled in human rights abuses in future?
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 28 Trend: As part of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 27, a joint statement was made at the initiative of Azerbaijan with co-authorship of 126 UN member states, including all members of the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a message June 28. The statement was supported by two-thirds of the members of the UN Human Rights Council. The statement was read out by Vagif Sadikhov, permanent representative of Azerbaijan to the UN Office at Geneva and other international organizations. The document reflects expectations of the UN member states from the new UN high commissioner for human rights, whose appointment is expected in August this year. The statement places special emphasis on the issue related to victims of armed conflicts and urges the future new high commissioner to pay special attention to the violated rights of people who were forced to leave their homes as a … [Read more...] about Azerbaijan’s proposal receives support in UN Human Rights Council (PHOTO)
Lafarge is accused of financing the terrorist organization in Syria and also of crimes against humanity. The court has also charged the holding company with violating an embargo and endangering the lives of others, Reuters reported, citing judicial sources. © REUTERS / Jonathan ErnstMacron Proposes to Create International Coalition Against Terrorism FinancingThe probe was opened in 2017 by the Paris prosecutor's office. The investigators were interested in conditions, under which the plant of the cement manufacturer was allowed to operate and freely moved its employers and goods on Daesh-controlled territory in Syria. According to reports, at the moment eight former and current executives of Lafarge, including former CEO Bruno Lafont were indicted. *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia. … [Read more...] about French Firm Charged With Complicity in Crimes Against Humanity in Syria
The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) launched the “Faith and Freedom Summit: Practicing what we preach in Europe” on 28 June in the Solvay Library in Brussels. Opening the summit, ACRE Chief Executive, Richard Milsom, spoke of the importance to break the barriers of party politics with such an important issue. “Religious faith is too important and too wide reaching a topic to be tarnished unduly by politics.” Indeed, the Summit speakers are mostly representatives of international organizations, experts, academics, and representatives of civil society. Milsom spoke of the importance of protecting religious freedom and said that “While [in the EU] these protections are codified, we have unfortunately not realized them in practice yet. Today we, as policymakers and actors seek to remind the EU of standards professed and push to put those ideals more fully into practice.” Keynote speaker Jan Figel, the EU’s … [Read more...] about Freedom of Religion discussed as a litmus test for all human rights at Faith and Freedom Summit