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Iraq abuse whistleblower Nick Mercer: 'Schools must teach speaking truth to power'
25/12/2014

The Independent

Children should be given lessons in human rights to give them the courage to blow the whistle on abuses they witness as adults, according to an ex-Army lawyer who went public with his concerns about the mistreatment of Iraqis.

Reverend Nick Mercer, now a school chaplain at Sherborne School in Dorset, believes that classes on human rights would help society avoid repeating the serious cover-ups that have emerged in the past decade, including the Jimmy Savile affair, Mid Staffs hospital, Hillsborough, and the child abuse rings uncovered in Rochdale and Rotherham.

He is delivering a series of talks at state and independent schools urging them to put a sharper focus on recognising human rights during religious education and personal, social and health education lessons (PSHE). He also wants the schools themselves to adopt a higher profile on ensuring their pupils adopt a moral code in their behaviour throughout the school.

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