Tuesday, January 21, 2014

GINS Post 6: Charter of the World w/ Kellan, Liam, and Jatin

Hello, and welcome to GINS post 6. Check out our "Charter of the World" where we talk about what some of the rights of all people should be here.
This post is going to talk about the process for that, disputes, and ideas that we did not have time for.

I know that specifically for my novel, the main issues were women's rights and the Taliban. The Taliban you can't do much about because they are already breaking laws. But, for women's rights, that could be addressed through equality rights, the right to no discrimination. We had to make sure that all people are equals in this Charter, so that if this were employed for the world, the issue in "Thunder Over Kandahar" would be resolved. When creating this, we essentially used the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as a guideline, while incorporating elements that apply to the whole world, not just Canada. We used basically the same rights, but just added more, and changed the wording to be applicable to the world. For example, changing Canada to The World. Our group had minimal disputes. We generally agreed on the same concepts. The only times I can remember contradicting thoughts is when Jatin thought we should include rights to no terrorism, but it was quickly settled due to terrorism already being illegal, and there can be no guaranteed right against it. Another dispute is when Jatin put in to Equality Rights, no discrimination by age, gender, (etc.), or sensuality. We decided to remove sensuality because it means pleasure, and pleasure is not a physical trait, rather a feeling that you experience, and you cannot guarantee that a person will or will not feel something. Other than that, our group was pretty likeminded in creating this document.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

GINS Post 5: Return of the GINS

Hello everyone!

I am returning to post to my Litspiration blog. Recently, I have been learning about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. So today, I will be comparing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the equivalent of that for Afghanistan (The Country in which Thunder Over Kandahar takes place in).

The Charter for Afghanistan is within their constitution, mostly Chapters 1-2, which talk about state and fundamental freedoms. The first thing I noticed when looking at this document was that Afghanistan stated that they believe firmly in God and adhere strongly to being Islamic. This is very different from  Canada, wherein Canadians are free to choose a religion and that really wouldn't be put in the constitution as Canada has no concrete religion today. Another point that is important that I found is that in Article 40 (Fundamental Freedoms), it discusses how nobody's property shall be confiscated without the order of law. This is different in Canada because in Afghanistan that shows that they are subject to search because the law orders it. In Canada, they need a suitable reason or permission first.

In Article 48 it discusses how work is the right of every Afghan. This, in my opinion is an improvement of Canada's Charter because homelessness is a big problem in Canada, and not saying it is completely obliterated in Afghanistan, it just helps them by having the right to it. In Canada, it is more of a freedom, as you are free to work if you have the skill set. For it to be a right, that most likely boosts the amount of workers.

You can look for more differences between Charter's if you would like, as I only discussed the sections that really stood out to me. Thanks for reading!