Un Human Rights Council

UK Should Not Hinder Palestine's Right to International Criminal Court

Alyn Smith | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.

George Clooney's Fiancée Turns Down Chance To Serve On UN Council Inquiry Into Gaza

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

The dramatic alignment of Hollywood, politics and the Middle East is not to be. George Clooney's fiancée Amal Alamuddin has turned down an offer to s...

Reign of Terror Continues in Northern Sri Lanka

Edward Mortimer | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics
Edward Mortimer

Five years after the civil war ended in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan security forces are still committing crimes against humanity - including rape, sexual vi...

'Passionate about human rights? You'd never know it'

Izza Leghtas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Izza Leghtas

Is the UK a passionate defender of human rights? Given the way senior members of the government have attacked them in recent months, you wouldn't thin...

Think Twice Before Ordering a Slice of Traditional Values

Agnes Callamard | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Agnes Callamard

Traditional values have no place in the international human rights framework. They mask an insidious agenda to obscure and legitimise discrimination. The international community must not allow momentum to build that will further entrench this dangerous narrative, which threatens to erode international human rights protection.

Israel's Move Could Topple UN's House of Cards

Dr Rosa Freedman | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Rosa Freedman

The fact that Israel can unilaterally decide to withdraw from a universal human rights mechanism demonstrates the UN's impotence when it comes to human rights.

The UK Human Rights Debate in Global Perspective

Thomas Probert | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Politics
Thomas Probert

The second round of consultations on a UK Bill of Rights closed at the end of September, as did the 21st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Both contain symptoms of the UK's problematic relationship with international human rights law.

States 'Extinguishing' Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Davinder Kumar | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK
Davinder Kumar

Globally, although the indigenous peoples represent only about 5 per cent of the world's population, they occupy one-fifth of entire earth's territory from the Arctic to the South Pacific. Despite their hold over vast swathes of land, indigenous peoples make up 15 per cent of the world's poor and one-third of the world's 900 million extremely poor rural people.

Visible Children Few Want to See

Davinder Kumar | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK
Davinder Kumar

As the world marks the International Day for Street Children today, children in street situations serve as a grim reminder of how one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in the world continues to be deprived of their basic rights; failed by governments, institutions and societies.

Commonwealth Chief Condemns Homophobia But Where's the Action?

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

The penalties for same-sex relations include 25 years jail in Trinidad and Tobago and 20 years plus flogging in Malaysia. Six Commonwealth countries stipulate life imprisonment: Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Uganda, Bangladesh and Guyana. In parts of Nigeria and Pakistan, same-sex relationships can be punishable by death.Commonwealth states account for more than half of the countries in the world that still outlaw homosexuality. This defies the Commonwealth's ostensible commitment to equality and human rights.