European Court of Human Rights

Daily Mail Forced To Correct Piece By... The Justice Secretary

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK

The Daily Mail has been forced to make a humiliating correction to a piece written for the newspaper by Chris Grayling about the European Court of Hum...

David Cameron, Terror Suspects and the Human Rights Act

Dilly Hussain | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

Politicians in the UK are gearing up for next year's general election. Certain issues are already dividing the battleground, with one issue being proposed as a vote winner by the party in power, the Conservatives. That issue is the scrapping of the loved and loathed Human Rights Act (HRA)...

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.

Jack Sommers

The Sun's Human Rights Facepalm Takes Irony To A Whole New Level | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

The Sun has been left red-faced after calling for the abolition of the Human Rights Act - only to have to rely on it just days later to protect its jo...

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.

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.

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

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...

Human Rights Groups In The UK Are Not Happy About Banning The Burka

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK

The French burka ban does not breach human rights laws, the European Court of Human Rights has declared - despite outcry from a UK human rights group....

Human Rights Groups In The UK Are Not Happy About Banning The Burka

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK

The French burka ban does not breach human rights laws, the European Court of Human Rights has declared - despite outcry from a UK human rights group....

Homeland, Spooks And 24 'Have Glorified Torture To A Generation'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK

More people in Britain believe torture is acceptable than in Russia - partly thanks to popular TV shows such as 24, Homeland and Spooks, human rights ...

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...

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.

Are 100-Year Prison Sentences Really the Answer?

Megan Hughes | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

Last Thursday, David Cameron came out in favour of a "life means life" approach to prison sentences. This seems to be the latest in a stream of exercises in vote poaching, and yet another of the Prime Minister's populist attempts at pandering to widespread right-wing sympathies.

Tories May Propose Leaving European Convention On Human Rights

PA | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics

The Conservative Party will draft proposed new laws to curtail the impact of European human rights legislation on Britain in the coming year, Justice ...

How to Reframe Human Rights in the UK? Focus on the Hidden Cultural Codes

Giulio Carini | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Politics
Giulio Carini

Repeated negative discourse on human rights has influenced more people to be conflicted towards human rights in the UK. Although this group - which demographically is broadly representative of the UK as a whole - can see the benefits of human rights legislation, they also feel that these laws are being exploited or abused.

Judge 'Astounded' By Home Secretary Human Rights Comments

PA | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK

A former lord chief justice has called for a change in the Human Rights Act to make it clear that British courts are not obliged to follow the rulings...

Immigration 2: When the State Says Who Is Worthless

Gregor Smith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Immigration is a difficult topic matter to discuss. Even though most people accept that our economic and political systems would fail if there wasn't a policy to control immigration, many people have many different ideas on where the line should be drawn.

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.

UK Spies Could Face European Court For Snooping On Citizens

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

The UK's most vociferous privacy campaigners have slammed the British justice system as not fit for purpose, in dealing with damning allegations about...

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.

Proceed with Caution: British Ministers' Relentless Attacks on Human Rights

Eleanor Blatchley | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics
Eleanor Blatchley

What is it about the European Court of Human Rights that the home secretary takes such exception to?

The Only Thing 'Spinning' is the Government on Human Rights

Clive Baldwin | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK
Clive Baldwin

This week, two events, just hours apart, showed the level of confusion and derision some senior British ministers have sunk to in their approach to hu...

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 ...

Human Rights and the FCO: A Case of Disjuncture or Dishonesty?

Professor Aoife Nolan | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
Professor Aoife Nolan

Human rights advocates will be delighted to hear that, according to a publication issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the UK's campaign for election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UK 'is a passionate, committed and effective defender of human rights.'