Theresa May Must Commit To The ECHR

James Dobson | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Politics
James Dobson

Of course, there are some uncomfortable examples. Most would have preferred Abu Hamza to have been deported more expediently than was the case. But human rights legislation is always forced to balance competing rights. This can lead to unpopular decisions but such decisions are symptomatic of a healthy and independent judiciary.

Parliament Must Debate The Investigatory Powers Bill Again

Jim Killock | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Tech
Jim Killock

I do not believe that Parliament has given this Bill the thought it deserved and is weaker for that lack of serious challenge. For these reasons, I would urge that people keep signing the petition, and continue building the number up. Parliament must be shown that there is still a great deal of concern.

Should Home Births Be Allowed?

Toni Harman | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Toni Harman

It's time for other countries to catch up with the UK with regards to supporting women's choices in childbirth. It's time for the majority of the Grand Chamber of the ECHR to catch up. Indeed five members of the Grand Chamber have already caught up.

With Human Rights Under Attack in Britain, There Is a Pressing Need to Celebrate Human Rights Day

Lord Anthony Lester QC | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Anthony Lester QC

Politicians and sections of the press peddle lies and distortions about the European Convention on Human Rights, the Strasbourg Court and the Human Rights Act. They allege that the system distorts justice, preventing evil people from getting their just deserts. They complain that it hampers governments in tackling terrorism and serious crime. They decry rulings preventing deportation to a country where there is a risk of torture or the death penalty.

Why Northern Ireland Needs a Bill of Rights

Stephen Donnan | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

It is over 17 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement which was meant to usher in a new era of peace, stability, co-operation and respect...

Justice Minister Judges Amal Clooney On Her Husband, Not Her Qualifications

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK

Famed human rights lawyer Amal Clooney only gets assigned high profile cases because of her marriage to husband George Clooney, the Tory justice minis...

Ten Years On, Jean Charles de Menezes' Family Are Going Back To Court To Find Justice

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes are challenging a decision not to bring charges over his death at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). ...

The Katie Hopkins Revised Guide to Human Rights

Katie Hopkins | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK
Katie Hopkins

Under pressure from a couple of gluten-free vegans, the Conservatives are backtracking wildly on their plans to scrap their association with the European Convention on Human Rights. Theresa May is not the only one seething with rage. I am livid.Philip Davies summed up the feeling of the sane majority saying: "The convention has become a charter for illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and for criminals to pursue vexatious claims. I have no idea why we would want to stay part of that." As such, for your viewing pleasure, I have created The Katie Hopkins' Revised Guide to Human Rights.

Euro-division: Why the UK Can't Get Its Euro Relationships Right

Kaushik Ray | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Kaushik Ray

Politics, human rights, popular culture: in all these aspects of life in the UK, we seem to be at odds with our relationship with our continental friends.

The Tories Don't Understand Human Rights

Sam Fowles | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

It should be a source of pride, not rage, that we, as a nation, hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to respecting the inherent value of the human. The idea of human rights embodies the principal that people are more important than ideologies. If he hopes history to remember him with any fondness, David Cameron would do well to remember that maxim.

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 10 October 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

There is possibly nothing more ill-fitting than a party conference: it's precisely the sort of thing that should happen briefly over a weekend in the summer, not four week days through the first weeks of a dreary autumn...

Human Rights Can Be Hard to Grasp, But the Clue Is in the Name

Martin Whitlock | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

Locating the ultimate arbiter of human protections beyond the control of the majority was the right thing to do, for this reason. The European Court may be irritating on occasion, or even invariably so, but that is how we know it is doing its job of disrupting the expedient majority view.

Why Liberty, Tom Watson and David Davis Are Taking Legal Action Over DRIP

James Welch | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Welch

We're representing this cross-party backbench duo in their legal fightback against the Government over its scandalous Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 - "DRIP". But why does all this matter? What's the problem with DRIP anyway? And what's driving Liberty and two elected representatives from opposite sides of the House of Commons chamber to head for the courts to challenge it?

European Court of Human Rights Denies 'Baptism Is A Crime Against Children'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has denied ruling that Baptising newborn children "violates their freedom". According to the story circul...

Whole Life Sentences Are Legal, Court Rules

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

The murderers of Lee Rigby could be sent to prison for the rest of their lives after a crucial court ruling. The Court of Appeal has said 'whole-li...

'100-Year Sentence' Dodges Euro-Law

PA/Huffingtonpost | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Murderers and those convicted of other serious offences could be given sentences lasting hundreds of years to sidestep European regulations that ban w...

Ukip - The Left or Right Conundrum? It's About What's Right, Not Whether It's Left or Right

Janice Atkinson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

Left or right? Ten per cent of people in a recent poll thought that Nigel Farage was left wing. Let's take a look at some of Ukip's policies and perhaps those polled and the media commentariat might re-consider their stereotypical view of us...

European Convention on Human Rights - 60 Years On

Dr Ian Patel | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Ian Patel

Today marks 60 years since the European Convention on Human Rights came into force. The UK government's relationship with the Convention and its Court in Strasbourg has always been fraught - now so more than ever before.

Abu Qatada: Even Terror Suspects Have Human Rights

Peter Tatchell | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

The whole point about the principle of universal human rights is that they apply to everyone - even to people that many of us find objectionable, such as the alleged terrorist orchestrator Abu Qatada... I oppose what Abu Qatada stands for and no doubt he does not share my values. However, even people I oppose have human rights. Our distaste for particular individuals should never be the basis or motive for changes in the law - least of all changes that diminish our hard-won collective liberties.

Good Riddance to Abu Qatada... But Britain Should Stay in the ECHR

Roger Sahota | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
Roger Sahota

"Good riddance" will be the understandable reaction of many to Abu Qatada's departure from these shores. But we should be wary of those politicians led by Theresa May and including David Cameron, who seek to make capital of the legal obstacles that prevented Abu Qatada's forced expulsion...

Whole-Life Sentences Without Review Are Breach Of Human Rights

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK

Whole-life jail terms without the possibility of review amount to a breach of human rights, European judges have ruled. Murderer Jeremy Bamber and ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Versus Len, Week Two

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 8 July 2013... 1) ED VERSUS LEN Tomorrow, Ed Miliband will be giving a speech in which he tries to sla...

Defend the Right to Privacy, Defend Edward Snowden

Peter Tatchell | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

To some people, US whistleblower Edward Snowden is a traitor but to me he is a human rights hero. At great personal risk, motivated by idealism and democratic values, he has exposed the mass invasion of privacy worldwide by US and UK spy agencies.

Plots And Counterplots: Tory Leadership Chatter

Ned Simons | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ned Simons

So apparently Theresa May's plot to take Britain out of the European Court of Human Rights, viewed as part of her plot to succeed David Cameron as Tory leader, was actually leaked by a cabinet rival plotting their own plot against her.

Tories Lies on Stopping ECHR and Migrant Benefits

Paul Nuttall | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Nuttall

The Ukip policy on the European Convention or ECHR is quite straightforward. We wish to withdraw from this discredited shambles. Why? Because the European Court of Justice has become a danger to British democracy and an affront to human rights in general. The Convention has been used to protect and mother cuddle terrorists, rapists and preachers of hatred.