UK Law

I'm Ready to Talk About My Abortion

Robyn Harris | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robyn Harris

In the end, I had to pick the outcome to the situation that would make me hate myself the least. Retrospectively, it was like picking a way you'd like to die. Obviously, you're going to go for the easiest, most painless option you can. But, in addition, you're still going to die. And all of this is quite ironic, seeing as it wasn't my life I was choosing to end.

'Tiger Porn' Victim Bites Back

Myles Jackman | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Myles Jackman

A man walks into a Court. He's charged with an offence under Section 63 of The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 of being in possession of an "extreme pornographic" video of a woman having sex with a tiger... It turned out the "tiger" was a man in a tiger-skin costume, who turns to the camera and says: "That's Grrreat". Hilarious. Except that the joke was on the defendant (Andrew Holland, of Wrexham, North Wales) as the story was on the front cover of The Daily Telegraph and numerous articles published across the globe.

Will Legislation Ever Prevent Dog Attacks?

Clare Williams | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Clare Williams

Dogs are not born dangerous. Yes some breeds are obviously going to inflict more damage than others in the wrong hands because of their size, power and 'gameness', but the environment they grow up in and the training they receive (or lack of it) also play a major part in their development.

Fighting Human Trafficking in Supply Chains: What You Can Do

Madina Jarbussynova | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Madina Jarbussynova

As more and more stories of human trafficking appear in newspapers and on television, consumers are increasingly asking what they can do to fight this problem. Many are frustrated, and feel disconnected from the people who make the clothes they wear or pick the fruit they eat, toiling in foreign countries and even on distant continents thousands of kilometres from the stores and markets where the products are sold...

'Tiger Sex' Video Leads To 6 Months Bail And A Life In Ruin

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK

A law against "extreme pornography" is being challenged by a man whose life was ruined after he was charged for possessing a video of a woman having s...

We Need Our Human Rights

Vera Baird QC | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Vera Baird QC

Police must protect people's right not to suffer from inhuman or degrading treatment and serious crimes inflict just that. This rule will be there to help children in Rotherham to make the police investigate abuse and not neglect it as they did in the past.

Detention Breaks the Soul

Nabil Al-Inzy | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Nabil Al-Inzy

I have seen how detention is bad for the physical and emotional wellbeing of those detained, especially those who are kept there for months, not knowing when it will end. It is important to remember that these are not criminals but people who have been refused asylum or broken immigration rules - complex systems which few people understand. I believe that if an asylum seeker has the reasonable reason to stay within the government rules they should grant them asylum or send them home with dignity -not keep them in detention for a long period. Detention breaks the soul.

There Are More Internet Trolls Than You Can Possibly Imagine

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Tech

A YouGov poll has shown that nearly a third of Americans have 'admitted malicious online activity directed at somebody they didn’t know'. This is...

Alexander Wang and H&M Collaboration; A Moment to Think About Fashion, Intellectual Property and Culture

Tania Phipps-Rufus | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tania Phipps-Rufus

The collaborations between the street and the high-end represent a change in the business of fashion. Amelia Groom in her essay on Japan's contemporary street fashion culture observes that 'change in fashion has often been explained as a 'trickle-down' effect of class imitation followed by class aversion.'

After Oscar Pistorius, Are We Ready for Televised Criminal Trials?

Phil Hall | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Phil Hall

My fear is the televised cases are only going to be those that draw in an audience because broadcasters are commercial animals. They need viewing figures. Thus the celebrity jungle, which has become more and more unedifying in recent years, will have another wild beast out of control and out of kilter with reality.

Rape Is Always an Act of Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Louise Pennington

The obsession with the theory that rape itself doesn't cause bodily harm is so very dangerous... It causes physical, psychological and emotional trauma. The emotional and psychological trauma can have physical effects like depression, self-harm and suicidal behaviour.

Mobility Scooters Raise Legal Loophole

Salome Verrell | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Salome Verrell

Not only should my client not have been charged with an offence, but he should never have been arrested and breathalysed. It is akin to stopping and breathalysing someone for walking home drunk.

'Space Detective' Is An Actual Job Title

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Tech

The world's first space detective agency has been created to help provide authentic satellite imagery during court battles. New Scientist reports t...

Men Falsely Accused of Rape Also Deserve Justice

Bob Morgan | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Bob Morgan

More needs to be done to protect women who are victims of such crimes and the criminal justice system needs to get better at it. I think all this is true - but I don't think that that injustice means it is right to deny men justice when they suffer imprisonment and disgrace for something they did not do.

Cameron's Half-Baked Assault Would Leave Our Rights and International Standing in Tatters

Emily Thornberry | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
Emily Thornberry

As the former attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has said, this would be an utterly puerile way for the United Kingdom to conduct itself on the international stage... David Cameron and his fellow Tories often like to pay homage to Winston Churchill and the war-time generation, yet in their deeds they seem determined to take an axe to the treaties, the courts and institutions that were their legacy. Any party that believes that trading in not just our fundamental rights but our place in the post-1945 international order just to hoover up a few votes off Ukip in the Clacton by-election is not fit for office.

The Future of Human Rights in Britain According to the Conservative Party

Schona Jolly | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
Schona Jolly

Human rights exist for all human beings. It should not be in the gift of government to decide whether to apply them to person A or person B. These proposals set Britain back on a path to the first half of the 20th Century...

10 Holes And Howlers In The New Tory Plans For Human Rights

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK

The Tories plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and renegotiate the terms of our human rights agreement with Strasbourg are out. And there are a few qu...

Stop Domestic Psychological Abuse Now

Sara Davison | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Victims will often protect their abusers in public for fear of any repercussions at home. They will act the loving couple so that nobody suspects and even to convince themselves that things are not as bad as they are. It is often only when the abuse has gone too far and there is no way back that the victim will confide in a close friend or family member.

Victims of Crime Need Real Action Not Lip Service

Sadiq Khan | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

Time and again over the last four years we've pressed the government to support our plans for a victims' law. Repeatedly they've refused to do so, going so far as to attack our plans. Just last week in the House of Commons chamber ministers were given the opportunity to back a victims' law - an opportunity they didn't take. Back in July Chris Grayling even attacked Labour's victims' law, saying "the opposition always talks about laws". So this weekend's sudden conversion by the government to the need for new 'laws' - a victims' law - is a little surprising. After all, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Of course if the government are sincere about their new found passion for victims, it is to be welcomed, but it is little wonder many are cynical.

Frank Turner Wants a Word With You

Mark Davyd | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Davyd

Agent of Change has been trialed and tested in Australia and it works; better planning, better developments, people thinking about what exists where they want to live and how they will live there, music venues and others thinking more about their neighbours.

Brexit Can Be a Moderate Proposition

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Lindsell

As British exit becomes more likely, all interest groups should consider the merits and drawbacks of leaving the EU and how they should be addressed. Questions of free trade, Britain's stance on the world stage and domestic policy can all be overcome. It's best that they're overcome together.

Ashya King - The Flaw in the System Which Led to the Criminalisation of Innocent Parents

Stacy Stafford | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stacy Stafford

As the mother of a severely disabled child, I know first hand how parents of sick and disabled children can be bullied and pressurized by health professionals, and are often vilified and criminalised, just by virtue of having what is known to the system as a "vulnerable child".

New Law on Domestic Abuse

Vanessa Lloyd Platt | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Lloyd Platt

There are four certainties in life, we live, we die, we pay taxes, and the police will never understand the concept of domestic abuse.

Louise Ridley

You Might Not Feel The Same About Pineapple After Reading These Allegations

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK

A British human rights campaigner is facing seven years in prison and a $10 million fine for uncovering appalling "modern slavery" conditions in a Tha...

Shining a Light on Child Sexual Abuse

Nick Lowles | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Nick Lowles

Rotherham is sadly just the latest in a long, and growing, list of British towns and cities which has experienced grooming by Pakistani/Kashmiri gangs. So, if it is right to call on public institutions like the BBC and the NHS to review procedures and the Catholic Church to address abuse by its clergy, we should not shy away from dealing with the problem within specific communities.