Quote of the week

Excluding refugees from the right to work as private security providers simply because they are refugees will inevitably foster a climate of xenophobia which will be harmful to refugees and inconsistent with the overall vision of our Constitution. As a group that is by definition vulnerable, the impact of discrimination of this sort can be damaging in a significant way. In reaching this conclusion it is important to bear in mind that it is not only the social stigma which may result from such discrimination, but also the material impact that it may have on refugees.

Mokgoro J and O’Regan J (dissenting)
Union of Refugee Women and Others v Director, Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority and Others (CCT 39/06) [2006] ZACC 23
4 April 2007

Britain’s quiet diplomacy… towards Iran

To be consistent, should we not berate Tony Blair because of his quiet diplomacy towards the tyrants in Iran? After all, they hang people there for being gay. In Zimbabwe gay men are “only” locked up and political opponents are tortured. Is this a double standard resulting from racism? Or do we get so excited about Bob because of his proximity to our shores?
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