Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Upheld and Updated

Andrew Hilland | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Andrew Hilland

Endorsed and adopted in 1948 by most member states of the United Nations, the UDHR endures as a beacon and a standard, its influence both wide and deep. The Declaration was then - and remains today - an unprecedented educational and cultural force...

UK's First "Red-Light" District: Leeds' Cruel Solution to Prostitution and Violence

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK
Taina Bien-Aime

On an ordinary winter day in 2014, Mary Honeyball led her colleagues in the European Parliament to pass a groundbreaking resolution urging member stat...

Human Rights Day: The Antidote to Trump-Mania

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

So, on this Human Rights Day, embrace your fundamental human right to freedom of expression to tell The Donald that you don't think the world is quite as scary as he makes out. The good news is, if we all take the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to heart, it won't be.

Walking Away From the ECHR Would Mean Closing Ourselves Off to the World

Sadiq Khan | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

While we rightly celebrate today, all is not rosy. Forces close to home are intent on weakening people's rights here, and undermining our standing abroad. The Tories are threatening to walk away from the ECHR and rip up our Human Rights Act, replacing it with a weaker Bill of Rights... Walking away from the ECHR would mean closing ourselves off to the world. This reverses centuries of history and is so very un-British. Our moral authority to press other countries on their human rights record - a cornerstone of our foreign policy - would be chopped off at the knees.

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.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Halabja and Kurdish Genocide in Iraq Shows We Must Move From 'Never Again' to 'Always Prevent'

John Slinger | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Slinger

While many of the world's governments want to prevent genocide, they almost never act to achieve this aim. This despite most being signatories to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide which is explicitly designed to compel them to do just that.

More Than Words Required to Make Responsibility to Protect a Reality

John Slinger | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
John Slinger

What is happening in Syria now shows the futility of the words we use to conduct international diplomacy...We in Labour must not hide behind a naïve belief that any western intervention is an imperialist plot.

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.

Former Archbishop Condemns Same Sex Marriages As 'Political Power Grab'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Politics

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has voiced his opposition to plans to legalise same-sex marriages. In an article for the Daily Mail,...

International Court To Decide Whether To Prosecute Kenyan Deputy PM Over Massacre

PA | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK

A decision by the International Criminal Court is due on Monday on whether six influential Kenyans accused of helping to orchestrate violence that kil...