European Convention on Human Rights

15 Years of Protecting Children - Why Aren't We Celebrating?

Kamena Dorling | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
Kamena Dorling

From trafficked children to children who have experienced domestic abuse or violence at school, the Human Rights Act has helped protect their rights. At a time when concerns about child welfare and the protection of children from abuse have been at the forefront of national debate, it is imperative that children's rights are strengthened in the UK...

Now's the Time to Fight for the Human Rights Act

Jasvir Singh | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
Jasvir Singh

Next Friday is the 15th anniversary of the Human Rights Act coming into force in the UK, an anniversary that we should all be celebrating. It was promised in the Labour Party's 1997 election manifesto as a means to "establish a floor, not a ceiling, for human rights", and that is precisely what it did.

Hide and Seek: The Right to Privacy

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

Following on from my previous post on the right to be forgotten, a related and ever expanding area of law is that of the right to privacy. It's a cont...

Jack Sommers

Politicians Said Drugs Law Should Be Based On Human Rights. The Press Were Unhappy. And Wrong. | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.08.2015 | UK

A landmark report by politicians, calling for a more liberal drug regime based on human rights, had one detail that attracted particular attention. ...

The Tories Still Want to Abolish the Human Rights Act - and London Will Be Worse Off as a Result

Sadiq Khan | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

If I'm Mayor of London, I want to bring this same kind of passion for people's fundamental rights to City Hall. I can't speak for the other candidates but for me, it's a no brainer - it's part of who I am. I want to be the leader of this great city who gets why it's important we have the right to protest and to free speech, we have the right to a fair trial, and we have the right to privacy.

Will the UK Supreme Court Really Become the Ultimate Arbiter of Human Rights Matters in the UK?

David Morrison | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
David Morrison

This is not just a domestic matter for the UK - the Belfast Agreement was endorsed by referenda in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland and incorporated into an international treaty with the Irish Republic, which was deposited with the UN. It certainly cannot be changed without the consent of the Irish Republic.

David Cameron Fuels Chaos Over Human Rights Convention

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has left the door open to withdrawing Britain from the European Convention on Human Rights if it continues to block "sending home" forei...

Is the Risk to the Human Rights Act Over-Hyped?

Sonya Sceats | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sonya Sceats

The Conservatives have so far refrained from fully 'weaponizing' the Human Rights Act in the election and the prospect of repeal in the next Parliament is scant. But it is still vital to speak out about the role of the Act in protecting vulnerable people including torture survivors seeking sanctuary in this country.

Walking Away From the ECHR Would Mean Closing Ourselves Off to the World

Sadiq Khan | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

While we rightly celebrate today, all is not rosy. Forces close to home are intent on weakening people's rights here, and undermining our standing abroad. The Tories are threatening to walk away from the ECHR and rip up our Human Rights Act, replacing it with a weaker Bill of Rights... Walking away from the ECHR would mean closing ourselves off to the world. This reverses centuries of history and is so very un-British. Our moral authority to press other countries on their human rights record - a cornerstone of our foreign policy - would be chopped off at the knees.

Will a Conservative Government Withdraw From the European Convention on Human Rights?

David Morrison | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

The Conservative Party has proposed that the UK has a veto over decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg, the body respon...

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.

The Human Rights Act: Repeal at Our Peril

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Cooper

The 1980s was a watershed decade. From the perspective of human rights, it was the decade when the United Kingdom (UK) began the process towards the successful shift from a system of government premised principally on civil liberties to one that recognised that the human rights of all within the jurisdiction also needed to be promoted and protected.

Clegg Accuses Tories Of Being 'Economically Extreme'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has accused the Tories of being "economically extreme" as he set out red lines for any future coalition negotiations. The Deputy Prime Mini...

The Dangers of Scrapping the Human Rights Act

Tim Hancock | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Hancock

At a fundamental level, human rights are an assertion of protection from the government and a claim for the protection of the government. Power has the potential for good and ill, which is why power must be regulated and laden with responsibility.

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?

Going Undercover: Human Rights and the Niqab

Gabriel Webber | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Gabriel Webber

This week saw one of those fleeting moments when Daily Mail readers will have felt a great big load of love for the European Court of Human Rights...

Nurse Who Force Fed Baby To Death Can't Be Deported Because Of This...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK

A Ghanaian nurse who was jailed for force-feeding her 10-month old baby to death has been allowed to stay in the UK because deportation would deprive ...

Why is Everyone Talking Rubbish About 'Europe'?

Sam Fowles | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

I'm trying really hard to remember a time when we could go a whole week without having to have a national moan about "Europe"*. I mean I get it, I really do. All that great food, fantastic culture and nice weather. Not to mention Germany and France's positively infuriating collective predilection for paying people properly and according them proper employment rights.

'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...

Who Knew Halloween Could be Horrific for Human Rights?

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ben Acheson

Allegations of child witchcraft are increasingly being levied against children, leading to many youngsters being harmed, abused or killed. Breaches of children's human rights are not uncommon. We've all heard of child marriage, trafficking and sexual abuse. Now we can add 'witchcraft exorcism' to the list.

Policy Exchange Is Wrong: Human Rights Will Not Destroy Our Military Capability

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

To exempt the military is to suggest that the Second Estate somehow has a special status. This was the case in the past, when rulers could declare a state of war to enforce repressive policies. But society has advanced. When it comes to the rule of law, no one is special.

Theresa May Isn't Supposed to Like the Human Rights Act

Gabriel Webber | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Nobody enjoys being stopped from doing things they want to do. And government ministers - who like to think of themselves as being 'in charge' - take to it even less. So it was no surprise that at this year's Conservative party conference, Home Secretary Theresa May announced that she wants to repeal the Human Rights Act.

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.

No Myth or Monster Can Be Worse Than the Truth of Us

A. L. Kennedy | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK
A. L. Kennedy

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was born out of a remarkable time in mankind's history. It was 1946, and the world was recovering from its first and, thus far, only truly global conflict. Our species had shown itself to be capable of conjuring hell on earth and to be on the brink of complete self-destruction.

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.