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NI Abortion Law 'Endangers Womens' Lives,' Says UN

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

The Northern Irish law banning abortions in nearly all circumstances endangers women's lives, the UN has said. Unlike the rest of the UK, the provi...

Abortion Ruling 'Breaches UK Human Rights Commitment'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

Women in Northern Ireland will continue to be the only ones in the UK not entitled to abortions, a court has ruled. The Court of Appeal said those ...

Breaking the Law: China Rounds Up Its Lawyers

Harriet Garland | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

"If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers," Dickens wrote, envisaging the 'bad people' as the lawyer's clients no doubt, rather than the government. Yet in China nearly 200 lawyers have been rounded up and hauled in for questioning over the last week in an unprecedented crackdown on the profession.

Why Are UK Spooks Spying on Amnesty International?

Allan Hogarth | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Allan Hogarth

We must have answers. Indiscriminate mass surveillance has an impact that reaches far beyond Amnesty. It threatens the vital work of other organisations and it impacts you. Yes, you! In accepting your government encroaching into your private communications you risk sleepwalking into a surveillance culture.

Jack Sommers

GCHQ's Awkward Spying Mea Culpa Has Amnesty Fuming

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK

The government's eavesdropping agency spied on one of world's most prominent civil liberties campaign groups, it has been revealed. GCHQ put Amnest...

We Will Not Abandon Raif Badawi

Richard Reoch | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Richard Reoch

Asked about the case in the House of Lords last week, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said that the UK government stands by "freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression". But, she said, "we have to recognize that the actions of the Saudi government in these respects have the support of the vast majority of the Saudi population."

Imagine If the International Olympic Committee Spoke Out on Azerbaijan

Naomi Westland | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Sport
Naomi Westland

As the European Games opened in Baku on Friday with Lady Gaga belting out Imagine from behind a grand piano buried in foliage, it was impossible to know for sure how John Lennon would have felt about his iconic protest song being appropriated by one of the most repressive regimes in Europe. You could take an educated guess though.

By Denying Amnesty International Entry to Baku, Azerbaijan Has Proved Right All Our Criticism

Naomi Westland | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Naomi Westland

Azerbaijan is using these Games as a PR tool to launder its image to the world. It wants to show itself as a modern, dynamic, progressive country. What's going on behind the scenes, however, is the complete opposite.

Jack Sommers

Qatar Is Very Unimpressed With This Brilliant Washington Post Graphic

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK

The Qatari government's claim that not a single worker has died building facilities for the 2022 World Cup has been slammed by campaigners and experts...

Snowden 'Vindicated' After US Senate Curtails NSA Surveillance

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK

NEW YORK -- Edward Snowden said on Tuesday it was worth becoming an "international fugitive" when set against the public benefits of disclosing spying...

Blatter's Inaction on Human Rights Must End

Alex Porter | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Sport
Alex Porter

In the wake of this media frenzy, there is a unique opportunity to hold Fifa to account not only for their corruption, but also for the lives their greed has cost. Blatter can no longer claim ignorance of the endemic corruption within his organisation and he must be held to a standard that does demand he "watch everyone all the time".

Jack Sommers

Why Gay Marriage Isn't Coming To *ALL* Of Ireland Any Time Soon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK

The Republic of Ireland's vote for gay marriage means Northern Ireland will soon be the only part of the UK and Ireland where it is not allowed. Bu...

Turn the Guns on Katie Hopkins and the Traffickers by All Means, But Don't Forget Cameron

Steve Symonds | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Steve Symonds

This is a pan-European emergency, which requires a pan-European response. We need to reinstate the search and rescue operations immediately and this time it must be properly funded, including by the UK. It is completely unacceptable to refuse help when we know men, women and children are drowning in their hundreds.

The High Price of Justice

Adam Hamdy | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

n the Joel Schumacher classic, Falling Down, William Foster, played by Michael Douglas, passes a man protesting the fact he has been categorised as "not economically viable". Swathes of British society have been categorised in this way by the Conservatives and they are slowly being ground into the dirt. And now they might end up in court faced with the prospect of a crippling bill for simply exercising their ancient right to plead innocent.

As a Barrister It's Puzzling to Hear the Human Rights Act Cause Anger

Rachel Logan | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK
Rachel Logan

When you've worked more or less full time as a barrister specialising in human rights law, it's often rather puzzling to hear that the HRA seems to cause so much anger. It's not unlike the puzzlement I feel when I hear some Americans ranting against the idea of free healthcare for all.

This Mentally-Ill British Grandfather Is One Of 1000's Of People On Death Row

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK

A new report from Amnesty International lays bare the stark reality of capital punishment around the world. A particularly shocking case is that of...

Police Killings in Brazil: 'My Taxes Paid for the Bullet That Killed My Grandson'

Alexandre Ciconello | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Alexandre Ciconello

How much longer will it take for the Brazilian authorities to wake up to these horrors and take real action? The lives of thousands of people - many of them young black men - are at stake.

No Safe Space for Dissent: Iran Continues Crackdown on Student Activists

Clara Maciver | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Clara Maciver

In an open letter addressed to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Al Khamenei, written as she awaited trial, Atena summed up the poignant irony of her unjust detention; 'I must pay retribution for defending my beloved defenseless people.'

Saudi Blogger Could Now Face Death Penalty

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK

The Saudi man who was imprisoned and publicly lashed for a blog could be retried for apostasy - which carries the death penalty. Raif Badawi, 31, ...

Mass Spying By The UK Revealed By Edward Snowden Was Actually Illegal

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK

Mass surveillance of the internet by UK intelligence services has been unlawful in the past but now complies with legislation, a watchdog has ruled. ...

We Should Get Off Our Knees and Tell the Saudis Some Home Truths on Human Rights

Kate Allen | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

Whether or not David Cameron and Prince Charles needed to make the geo-political pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia is probably not for me to say, but there's no question that the backdrop to their visit is striking.

Scale Of Nigeria's Horror Laid Bare In Incredible Satellite Images

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK

The sheer scale of a Nigerian terror group's most horrific and deadly attack yet has been laid bare in stark satellite images of homes, hospitals, sch...

Northern Ireland: Legal Challenge to Gay Marriage Ban

Patrick Corrigan | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Patrick Corrigan

After changes to the law allowing same-sex marriage in England, Scotland and Wales, Northern Ireland is now the only place in the UK where gay couples are barred by law from getting wed... The latest court challenge may be the first in a series of cases necessary to ensure that gay people in every part of the UK have an equal right to marry the person they love.

Azerbaijan: Land of Fire? It Is for Some

Naomi Westland | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Naomi Westland

The reluctance of foreign leaders to compromise their energy interests by speaking out on the crackdown in Azerbaijan provides the armour Baku needs to protect itself from criticism over how it treats its citizens.

Why Aren't World Leaders Linking Arms in Abuja? #BagaTogether

Eulette Ewart | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Eulette Ewart

The attacks in France last week were not just about the deaths of 17 civilians, it was also a direct assault on free speech. So yes, it makes sense that significant attention is paid here. But isn't there room for in-depth reporting on more than one important global news story?