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 G Tatchell | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G 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 G Tatchell | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G 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.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: To Lurch Or Not To Lurch?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Sunday 3 March 2013... 1) TO LURCH OR NOT TO LURCH? It's rather strange to see David Cameron proclaiming, in ...

Many Brits Say No Prison Votes, Deport Abu Qatada Regardless and Bring Back Power From the European Court

Joel Faulkner Rogers | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Joel Faulkner Rogers

There's a perceptible preference in British public attitudes for a return of sovereignty on questions of human rights, and a significant consensus that believes the European Court of Human Rights does less to protect Britain's interests and more to protect its criminals.

We Shouldn't Need Martyrs for Abortion Reform in Ireland

Genevieve Shanahan | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Genevieve Shanahan

It is abhorrent that it should come to this. That we should need a martyr - Savita Halappanavar. Are the Irish people not smart enough that we might have heeded the warnings and stopped this tragedy before it happened?

Sacked BNP Bus Driver Wins Euro Court Battle Over Sacking

PA | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

The sacking of a bus driver for being a member of the far-right BNP was a breach of his human rights, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. ...

Tory Row Over Suggestions Prisoners To Be Given The Vote

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK Politics

A 'blue-on-blue' row has erupted after suggestions the coalition is poised to give prisoners the vote, with one Tory MP saying the changes would only ...

Hamza Launches Last-Minute Appeal Against Extradition

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK

Radical cleric Abu Hamza has launched a last-minute High Court challenge in a move to avoid extradition to the United States, it was confirmed on Wedn...

Abu Hamza: From Nightclub Bouncer To 'Radical Cleric'

PA | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK

Muslim cleric Abu Hamza once appeared to embrace Western society. He worked as a bouncer in a Soho nightclub and had a reputation for socialising a...

Hamza To Be Handed Over To USA 'As Quickly As Possible'

PA | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK

Radical cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects could be put on a plane to the United States within days after Europe's human rights judges re...

Government Right To 'Force' Graduate To Work For Free, Rules Court

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The government's back-to-work schemes, which have been criticised as "forced labour", are lawful, the High Court ruled on Monday. The judgment was ...