Department for International Development: how to improve human rights in Uganda

My two ideas are

  1. Channel some existing aid via minority groups – womens groups or gay groups – so that if these groups are locked-up, there is nobody to cash the cheques.   I'm assuming that they would be prepared to cash cheques for large amounts of money and pay the money on to existing grant recipients, and that this could be monitored for any corruption.
     
  2. A long-term goal of linking human rights violations with higher EU import tariffs. I'm thinking of examples where a third world country gets a special zero tariff in order to help it develop, but the third world government is more interested in locking people up and killing people than development.

My hope is that the short-term policy and long-term policy combined would make it very hard for third world politicians to persecute minorities to get easy popularity, as the Kampala government is doing now.

Why is this idea important?

My two ideas are

  1. Channel some existing aid via minority groups – womens groups or gay groups – so that if these groups are locked-up, there is nobody to cash the cheques.   I'm assuming that they would be prepared to cash cheques for large amounts of money and pay the money on to existing grant recipients, and that this could be monitored for any corruption.
     
  2. A long-term goal of linking human rights violations with higher EU import tariffs. I'm thinking of examples where a third world country gets a special zero tariff in order to help it develop, but the third world government is more interested in locking people up and killing people than development.

My hope is that the short-term policy and long-term policy combined would make it very hard for third world politicians to persecute minorities to get easy popularity, as the Kampala government is doing now.

Take down Facebook

Facebook is endangering millions of British citizens through its cavalier approach to users' privacy. It continual push to make more and more user information public (with the occasional strategic backdown for PR purposes) continues to put British people at risk of identity fraud.

The site is storing information such as scraped e-mail contact lists without fully disclosing this to its users. Additionally, it is storing information about people who choose not to subscribe to it, without their consent.

The British government should protect its citizens' freedom by insisting that Facebook discontinue its corrupt practices, or by educating people clearly on the intentions of this malevolent organisation.

Why is this idea important?

Facebook is endangering millions of British citizens through its cavalier approach to users' privacy. It continual push to make more and more user information public (with the occasional strategic backdown for PR purposes) continues to put British people at risk of identity fraud.

The site is storing information such as scraped e-mail contact lists without fully disclosing this to its users. Additionally, it is storing information about people who choose not to subscribe to it, without their consent.

The British government should protect its citizens' freedom by insisting that Facebook discontinue its corrupt practices, or by educating people clearly on the intentions of this malevolent organisation.

Prevent the Police from tracing Ip computer addresses without a court order

ths gross invasion of our privacy goes on all the time, under the guise of prevention of terrorism, if the police have evidence and just cause they can present this to a court to obtain an order. How many officers abuse this and use it for their own personal reasons…i am aware of this happening and frankly it is an abuse of there authority and power

Why is this idea important?

ths gross invasion of our privacy goes on all the time, under the guise of prevention of terrorism, if the police have evidence and just cause they can present this to a court to obtain an order. How many officers abuse this and use it for their own personal reasons…i am aware of this happening and frankly it is an abuse of there authority and power

Review of Human Rights Act

A review of the Human Rights Act to consider that there has to be a balance between an individual's human rights and those of any victims of crimes they perpetrate or could perpetrate.

Humans do need rights and morally we have to extend them to criminals. However, the pendulum has swung too far and people must be able to be held accountable for crimes they have committed, crimes they are enticing others to commit and also where clear common sense dictates that people are using and abusing the legal system.

Why is this idea important?

A review of the Human Rights Act to consider that there has to be a balance between an individual's human rights and those of any victims of crimes they perpetrate or could perpetrate.

Humans do need rights and morally we have to extend them to criminals. However, the pendulum has swung too far and people must be able to be held accountable for crimes they have committed, crimes they are enticing others to commit and also where clear common sense dictates that people are using and abusing the legal system.

Remove restrictions on playing poker.

It is ridiculous that I can't legally advertise in a shop window or a local newspaper or on the Internet for people interested in joining a nice social poker game.

When the nanny state tries to protect people from hard drugs, that's one thing, but poker? Is it really so excruciatingly dangerous that people shouldn't be allowed to freely advertise their perfectly legal game and allow adults to decide for themselves whether or not to play? There should also be no restrictions on poker played in private or in pubs so long as the house does not charge a fee for playing.

Why is this idea important?

It is ridiculous that I can't legally advertise in a shop window or a local newspaper or on the Internet for people interested in joining a nice social poker game.

When the nanny state tries to protect people from hard drugs, that's one thing, but poker? Is it really so excruciatingly dangerous that people shouldn't be allowed to freely advertise their perfectly legal game and allow adults to decide for themselves whether or not to play? There should also be no restrictions on poker played in private or in pubs so long as the house does not charge a fee for playing.