In this morning’s The Nation News, we read Peter Laurie’s On The Other Hand – Year For Human Dignity. Along with a New Year’s plea for peace and human dignity around the world, he points out that Barbados does not effectively regulate the practice of medicine, and that all it is going to take is one disaster for our good name to be harmed around the world…
On The Other Hand – Year For Human Dignity
LET’S HOPE that 2007 brings a greater respect for the dignity of the human person.
2006 was disastrous. The culture of death was widespread. Genocide in Darfur; the violence in American-occupied Iraq; killing and despair in Palestine, Israel and Lebanon; the senseless terrorist bombings all over the world in the name of God; the abuse and forced labour of children; violence against women; disease and poverty; and the relentless killing of unborn children whose only crime is to be inconvenient or, worse still, whose only reason for being is to be experimental fodder.
(In view of the recent controversy over the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Barbados, ought not the Government to regulate and supervise all offshore health services operating in Barbados to ensure they comply with international standards of medical ethics and science, just as the Central Bank supervises and regulates offshore banks? Or are we going to wait until disaster strikes?)
Everyone is all for the dignity of the human person; but we tend to be selective. This cannot be.
… continue reading this article at The Nation News (link here).
Barbados Should Begin Supporting Human Dignity At The United Nations
Bajans of all political stripes were stunned a few weeks ago when Barbados’ diplomats at the United Nations voted to support Iran’s use of torture, amputations as punishment, execution of children and legal discrimination and violence against women.
Perhaps we could begin the year by firing our United Nations diplomats and appointing someone who better represents our national character.