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Red Cross Newsthink!

Posted by LibeRaCe on April 7, 2008

The real stories from behind the headlines

Tutors are encouraged to use these links as a “Thought for the Day” or to start a class discussion…..

Issue 4th March 2008

The UK government has said it breached the human rights of nine Iraqi prisoners who were held in a British detention centre in Basra in September 2003. The Ministry of Defence admits a “substantive breach” of Article 2 (right to life), and Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment), of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The number of under-18 year olds attending UK universities is rising rapidly. There are now nearly 8,000 such students in higher education. Although most are 17, there could be up to a hundred who are under 16. The incidence is thought to have increased since anti-age-discrimination legislation came into force.

The government has backed new plans to protect children from potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games. It says it will create a UK Council on Child Internet Safety whose job will be to keep children safe online. The report by researcher Dr Tanya Byron backed by the government also recommends that new computers are sold with software to prevent children seeing harmful online content.

The government has announced the publication of the first ever National Security Strategy for the United Kingdom. It highlights what it calls “the new security challenges”, and how the government is responding to them. The strategy sets out how the military, police and security services are responding to all the security threats it knows about.

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