Sir Frank Peters--- May 13, 2016: Children worldwide (including Bangladesh) owe an enormous debt to Jordan Riak, an Australian living in the USA, who devoted many years of his life to protecting children from all forms of abuse.
Black, white or whatever their creed, Jordan, an activist for children and humanity at large, spoke out on their behalf as Director of Parents & Teachers Against Violence in Education. News or advice that benefitted children were given priority on his website, which is a mountain of resource material for child protection agencies and researchers worldwide.
In the latter years time was catching up and Jordan had health issues that slowed his pace, but so dedicated and passionate was he to his life’s long work, that he often fell asleep while typing his reports into the computer.
Jordan took a particular interest in Bangladesh. He was aware of my ongoing anti corporal punishment campaign and published many feature articles of mine on his website in support.
In 2012, on the first anniversary of the law that banned corporal punishment in schools and madrassas, he wrote to all the national Bangladeshi newspapers congratulating Bangladesh. He said: “On July 20, 1969 the first man to step on the moon Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke the now famous words: ‘That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.’
“Neil’s statement linked one small action of a man with a monumental achievement for humanity. Similarly it can be said, as time will one day reveal, that the Bangladesh High Court ruling by Justices Md. Imman Ali and Sheikh Hasan Arif on January 13, 2011 banning corporal punishment in schools and madrassas, greatly serve Bangladesh and is a significant lesson to all mankind,” he wrote.
Jordan produced a pamphlet in which he talked about the origins of hitting children and the twisted ideology that supported its use, entitled Plain Talk About Spanking. He did this at his own expense and mailed it to anyone and everyone who requested a copy from any location in the world entirely at his cost… paid from his pension!
Jordan fought long and hard for many years to abolish corporal punishment throughout the USA. It’s a pity 19 American states are still uncivilized and shamelessly torture their children through corporal punishment.
Jordan died recently at the age of 81, but at <www.nospank.net> he’s left a legacy of love and a rich source of knowledge and information that might inspire others to continue his admirable work. May God grant him eternal rest and that all of America will abolish its shameful dark ages thinking and become civilized soon.
(Sir Frank Peters, a former editor and publisher, successfully campaigned to outlaw corporal punishment in Bangladesh)