Friday, 28 September 2007

Human Rights in China, Saudi, and Edinburgh

It is a busy time for Human Rights activists.

Monks are on the march in Burma. Preparations continue for the Beijing olympics including the razing of housing, and not allowing Trade Unionised firms to build. Torture continues in Saudi Arabia. Tanzania and Indonesia are still crippled by debt from arms sales.

Meanwhile British companies continue to sell arms to China, and indirectly, to Burma (via India). An investigation in to BAE corruption in Saudi has been stopped by the Labour government because 'it would damage our relationship with the country (!)', British diplomats are trying to stifle a US fraud investigation in to BAE, and the British government refuses to drop debt from arms, despite pretending it has cancelled third world debt!

Locally, the Edinburgh Council continues to profit from arms sales, thanks to an amendment by the Liberal Democrats and SNP.

There has never been a better time to get involved in Human Rights activism.

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