European Court of 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.'

The Forgotten Bullying of the Registrar Who Dared to Believe in Marriage

Mike Judge | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Judge

They unilaterally designated her to be a civil partnership registrar without her consent, even though they knew this would put her in the impossible situation of choosing between her faith and her job. She told her employer that officiating at same-sex civil partnerships would conflict with her sincerely held religious beliefs.

Time for the UK to Show It Takes Torture Seriously

Izza Leghtas | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Izza Leghtas

The United Nations Committee Against Torture will look at the United Kingdom's record on May 7 for the first time since 2004. What a difference eight ...

UKIP, No Thanks

Colin Cortbus | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Colin Cortbus

You kip if you want to, I won't be turning back on Britain's tradition of tolerance, rejecting extremism and protecting human rights.

Ned Simons

Tory MP Criticises 'Antiquated' Ban On Political Advertising Following European Court Ruling | Ned Simons | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics

European judges have upheld Britain's blanket ban on political advertising, after the coalition government insisted it was necessary to prevent "those...

Rapist And Paedophile To Receive Damages Over Human Rights Breach

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK

A convicted rapist and paedophile is to receive damages from the British government after a European court found his human rights had been breached. ...

We'll Scrap The Human Rights Act, Says May

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Politics

Theresa May has promised that a Conservative government would scrap the Human Rights Act and could go further by pulling out of its European obligatio...

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.

Ken Clarke: European Court Protects People From 'Tabloid Lynch Mob'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Politics

Ken Clarke has rubbished justice secretary Chris Grayling's suggestion a future Tory government would withdraw Britain from the European Court of Huma...

Fun Fair Rapist Wins Damages For Human Rights Violation

PA | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

A fun-fair worker who raped a young teenager after forcing her to drink alcohol has won damages after a European court ruled his human rights had been...

Christians Win Right to Wear Cross, but Not to Believe in Marriage

Mike Judge | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Judge

Yes, there are a variety of beliefs about marriage in society. Yes, there are people on all sides of the gay marriage debate. But should your beliefs about that issue result in you being pushed out of your job? Should your career be abruptly ended because you think marriage is only for men and women?

Ireland To Legalise Abortion

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK

The Irish government is to introduce legislation to allow terminations to be carried out in the country, following a European Court ruling which found...