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

Steve Symonds | Posted 23.04.2015 | 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 23.04.2015 | 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 06.04.2015 | 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 13.03.2015 | 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?

Oil Giant Shell Humbled by Bodo Fishermen in UK Court Settlement

Peter Frankental | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Peter Frankental

After decades of blaming anyone else for the ecological disaster in the Niger Delta, Shell has been forced to point the finger at itself. Why else would the company make an out-of-court settlement of £55million and admit to telling lies during the course of the legal process?

One Year On, AJE Staff Still Held In Prison For Crime Of Journalism

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK

One long year after three Al-Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt, they and their families are pleading for justice and an end to their ...

The Al Jazeera Case: Egypt's Descent Into Fear, Loathing and Televised Raids on Places of Debauchery

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

The Al Jazeera case is of course just the most visible part of the iceberg. Since the 2013 coup and the merciless crushing of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egypt government's suppression of all opposition - and indeed suppression also of "outsider" lifestyles like people perceived to be gay - appears to be boundless.

An Opportunity to End Four Decades of Impunity for the Torture of the 'Hooded Men'

Thomas Hammarberg | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Thomas Hammarberg

In the years since 1971, I have travelled the length and breadth of Europe to investigate human rights violations. If there is one thing I have learned, time does not heal all wounds if the truth doesn't come out and justice is not done.

Introducing Detekt - Has It Got the Spooks Spooked?

Tanya O'Carroll | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Tanya O'Carroll

'Detekt' is not the answer to the daunting and growing problem of unlawful government surveillance. But it is another small step on the road. Big brother is watching. At least in some cases, we can now see what he's looking at.

The British-Iranian Woman Imprisoned For Watching Volleyball Is Free On Bail

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK

An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released on bail, her family said. Ghoncheh Ghavami, ...

Journalists: 'No Longer on the Frontline, We Are the Frontline'

Eulette Ewart | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Eulette Ewart

The easier option for any journalist or editor is to run the predictable, safe, less offensive story. It's then, though, that the dictators, tyrants, war criminals and dodgy business people get their way. If it were not for journalists investigating and exposing what these toerags are up to, how would the public know what's going on?

National Sovereignty Vs Human Rights?

Robin Guittard | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Robin Guittard

Amnesty International calls on the Dominican government to reaffirm its commitment to the Inter-American Human Rights System, recognize the decisions of the Inter-American Court and make a commitment to implement its recent ruling in full and without delay.

Jessica Elgot

Israel Displayed 'Callous Indifference' To Gaza Civilian Deaths, Says Amnesty Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK

Israeli forces could have prevented the scale of civilian deaths during the summer offensive in Gaza, but showed "callous indifference" to the fate of...

Is There Ever a Justification for Leaving People to Drown?

Karla McLaren | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Karla McLaren

As a strategy, it's not only heartless, but ineffective. Building barriers will not stop people attempting to scale them, not when they are fleeing for their lives. The UK should be pressing for a Europe-wide system which allows people to access protection safely; and in the meantime, contributing to a rescue operation that saves lives, instead of justifying leaving people to drown.

An English Woman, a Scottish Woman and a Northern Irish Woman Walk Into an Abortion Clinic...

Naomi Westland | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Politics
Naomi Westland

Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK where abortion is still illegal in the most extreme circumstances of rape, fatal foetal abnormality and incest. While women in England, Scotland and Wales who need an abortion can have the procedure carried out on the NHS, for free, with all the support they need at an extremely difficult time in their lives, women in Northern Ireland are faced with an unenviable choice.

Looking for a Leader in the Caribbean

Robin Guittard | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK
Robin Guittard

Every year, Trinidad and Tobago becomes a paradise holiday retreat for thousands of people around the world. But in the twin island state, many women and men are living in hell as they continue to be discriminated against for who they are, and who they love.