Secret Courts

How the Tories Sold British Democracy

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

The coalition government has much to answer for since 2010. Yet what seems to escape almost all notice is their relentless attacks on the very fabric of British democracy. The conventional guarantee against totalitarianism in any democratic society is the Rule of Law, separation of powers, and public access to legitimate scrutiny of executive action. This was arguably a well-founded existence in Britain, until recently.

'Really Not Justice At All'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK

One of the UK's most senior judges has slammed a Supreme Court decision to sit in secret for the first time, calling it an "unwelcome departure from t...

Secret Courts: Un-British, Second-Class Justice

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Last night I ... tuned into the BBC's coverage of the House of Lords debate on the Justice and Security Bill via Democracy Live's excellent website. (Yeah, I know, online parliamentary debates are the new rock 'n' roll). Anyway, here's the short version of what happened: the government won, human rights lost.

Philippe Sands QC Quits Lib Dems Over 'Corrosive' Secret Courts Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Politics

Philippe Sands QC, a leading lawyer and former adviser to Nick Clegg, has quit the Lib Dems over the party leadership's support for the "corrosive" Ju...

Lib Dems Vote To Reject Secret Courts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has suffered a stinging defeat after Liberal Democrat activists overwhelmingly rejected so-called secret courts legislation. The party's...

'A Dark Night For British Justice' As Ministers Vote For Secret Court Hearings

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics

Civil liberties campaigners have vowed to continue fighting the government's plans to hold secret court hearings for cases of sensitive national secur...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Revolt Of The 'National Union Of Ministers'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 4 March 2013... 1) REVOLT OF THE 'NATIONAL UNION OF MINISTERS' From the Times splash: "David Camero...

Commons Battle Looms Over Secret Courts Bill

PA | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Politics

Ministers are braced for a new Commons battle over controversial plans for secret court hearings in sensitive national security cases. Labour will ...

Police Spy Case Shows Threat of Secret Courts

Clare Algar | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Politics
Clare Algar

Last week, lawyers for the police were partly successful in pushing a case concerning what has been described as the "sexual and psychological abuse of campaigners for social justice ... by undercover police officers" into a secret tribunal, from which little if any evidence of just how this was allowed to happen will emerge.

Ken Clarke Defends 'Secret Courts Bill' In Wake Of Stinging Lords Defeats

Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Politics

Ken Clarke has defended his plans to expand secret courts in the wake of a series of heavy defeats in the House of Lords, arguing that Britain's reput...

'From The Pages Of A Kafka Novel'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK

Human rights groups have furiously condemned "kafkaesque" plans by cabinet minister Ken Clarke over secret court legislation, as the government prepar...

Secret Court Hearings 'Overkill' Warns Government Adviser

PA | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics

Plans for secret hearings in civil courts are "overkill", a senior government adviser warned today as he said changes to controversial legislation had...

Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

In November of 2010, Cameron took a little visit to China. During that visit he spoke to them about human rights and made a lovely talk about how impo...