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The High Price of Freedom

February 4, 2007

FOUR months after she ran away from home at the age of 15, Jasvinder Sanghera saw the sea for the first time. A granite sea that stretched out from the silver sands of Whitley Bay as far as the eye could see, and seemed somehow infinite in its possibilities. She had always felt the horizons of the world were more expansive than her family told her.

Comment: "Multicultural sensitivity is no excuse for moral blindness"

January 9, 2008

"What we should learn from forced marriages and 'honour' killings is that we cannot allow cultural relativism to compromise women's human rights."

Multicultural sensitivity is no excuse for moral blindness...

So said the Home Office minister Mike O'Brien in 1999 when talking about forced marriages. Today, at the beginning of 2008, the same statement can be applied to the condition of women's lives, and the lack of human rights that they experience.

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