Jonathan Cooper
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Jonathan Cooper Chief Executive of the Human Dignity Trust. He is a human rights specialist who represents clients before English and international courts and tribunals and has taken several cases to the European Court of Human Rights.

He has worked with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the UK Ministry of Justice, the UK Home Office, the Turkish military, Sudanese government officials and lawyers in Syria, Cameroon, Gambia, Albania and Lithuania.

Jonathan devised and wrote the human rights and terrorism programme and manual for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He has carried out counter-terrorism and human rights training programmes across Central Asia, as well as the Balkans.

Previously, Jonathan was the Legal director of Liberty and the Deputy Director of JUSTICE. He is the editor of the European Human Rights Law Review. He advises the Bingham Centre on the Rule of Law on education and training. From 2005 to 2011 he was the chair of the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers' Association (HRLA). He sits on The Times Law Panel. Jonathan is a member of Doughty Street Chambers. In 2007, Jonathan was awarded an OBE for services to human rights.

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Nelson Mandela: Giving Substance to LGBT Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (17:26)

When Nelson Mandela first read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the justness of his cause and the iniquity of apartheid were confirmed. As he retells in his autobiography The Long Walk to Freedom, he took great comfort from that declaration. He didn't need the UDHR to bestow upon...

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Perpetuating Persecution: When Will the Church of England Condemn the Criminalization of LGBTI Identity?

(1) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (20:41)

Eric Lembembe was a human rights defender, an articulate young man who defended the rights of the gay, lesbian, trans and bi communities. He was brutally murdered in Cameroon last week. As with other murders of prominent gay rights activists, Eric's death was particularly horrific. He will have...

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Out but Not Down: The Ongoing Consequences of Criminalising Identity in Jamaica

(1) Comments | Posted 29 November 2012 | (13:31)

As World AIDS Day approaches with the ongoing commitment to zero transmission, it is impossible not to reflect upon the obstacles to preventing HIV transmission. A key risk factor are laws that prevent effective health education. The reality of the impact of such laws was thrown into sharp relief during...

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Lawyers, Not Diplomats, are the Key to Decriminalising Homosexuality Worldwide

(7) Comments | Posted 20 February 2012 | (23:00)

The recent announcement that Uganda's parliament has resurrected its infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill and the news last week that a Ugandan cabinet minister ordered a raid a gay rights conference and demanded that one of the organisers was arrested, demonstrates the problem many gay people face worldwide. Despite high level diplomatic...

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