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May 18 2016 3:35PM
The déjà vu Queen’s Speech

You can’t beat the Palace of Westminster for a good ol’ slice of pomp and ceremony. Did you know that every year, ahead of the State opening of Parliament (or Queen’s Speech to the non-political geeks), the Beefeaters still sweep...

Mar 11 2016 6:00PM
Urgent: Stop the new Snooper’s Charter annihilating our rights

The UK government is rushing a bill through parliament that, if it becomes law, will violate the human rights of every single person in the UK. The Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) – otherwise known as the Snooper’s Charter – is a...

Mar 8 2016 1:04PM
Seven reasons we still need to fight for women’s human rights

This post by Corallina Lopez-Curzi originally appeared on RightsInfo and is reproduced here with permission and thanks. Follow @rights_info on Twitter. Human rights are the basic minimum protections which every human being should be...

Feb 25 2016 7:15PM
LGBTI History Month: You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

Did you know that you could have faced the death penalty for being gay in the UK? Admittedly you would have had to been around in the 1530s when the Buggery Act was brought in. Scarily, it remained a capital offence until 1861 (and...

Feb 2 2016 5:03PM
The UK must recognise Eritreans as the refugees that they are

We have all heard about the terrible situation in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq causing people to risk their lives and make the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. However, what I have sadly come to realise is that not so many...

Jan 20 2016 4:07PM
Syria 2016: Why the UK government must do more

So, here we are: a new year and a new job. While most people were probably dreading the post-Christmas week back at work, as evidenced by the ‘backtowork’ hashtag on the first Monday back, I was one of the handful of excited and raring...

Jan 18 2016 5:50PM
Danger at every turn: women refugees seeking safety in Europe

It seems as though sexual violence against women and girls is constantly in the news, whether we are reading reports of: girls groomed into sexual exploitation and abuse across towns in the UK; the violence being meted out against...

Jan 5 2016 10:41AM
Four reasons the UK needs a New Year’s resolution on Saudi Arabia

New Year is often a time for reflection where we look at the year past and think about what challenges we will face for the new one and the changes we will make to meet them. Join the gym, look for a new job, or stop having to write...

Dec 10 2015 9:55AM
Why the UK government must remain a human rights champion

Written by Ann Clwyd MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) In my role as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG), I would like to mark International Human Rights Day this year by...

Dec 1 2015 11:28AM
Yemen conflict: Does the UK have blood on its hands?

In April 2013 David Cameron welcomed the UN’s adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, heralding it as a 'landmark agreement that will save lives and ease the immense human suffering caused by armed conflict around the world.' Two years...

Nov 17 2015 3:49PM
We must not close our hearts to refugees – it won’t make us any safer

In the wake of callous acts of terror committed in Paris on Friday, now more than ever is a time to stand up for human rights and unite against the perpetrators of hate, violence and brutality wherever they are from and whomever they...

Nov 13 2015 6:00PM
Modi and Cameron: a very special relationship, but what's not being said?

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is halfway through a three-day state visit to the UK. Last night he stayed at David Cameron’s countryside retreat, today he dined with the Queen and right now he's hosting a huge Diwali celebration...

Nov 12 2015 12:25PM
India is muzzling its critics and harassing its NGOs: will Cameron speak out?

David Cameron has had a busy few weeks. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just arrived in London to much fanfare, hot on the heels of visits from China’s Xi Jinping and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Reached London...

Nov 9 2015 10:28AM
The public’s message in new poll: Keep your hands off the Human Rights Act

A poll we commissioned on attitudes to human rights in the UK made for happy reading. The top line was this; there really is no appetite to repeal the Human Rights Act among the British public. The findings come ahead of the government...

Nov 6 2015 5:24PM
Not in my back yard: a shameful response to human tragedy

Greek PM Tsipras: 'No solution 2 #refugeecrisis as too many countries say not in my backyard.' UK is one of those. https://t.co/7WA1Hreql4 — Steve Symonds (@stevesymondsAI) October 26, 2015 Indeed. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...

Nov 4 2015 10:00AM
Chinese money, Saudi security and arms for Egypt: does Cameron care about human rights at all?

It has been months since the media first started suggesting that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would visit the UK soon, but it seems the “autocratic” leader will finally make it to London this week. It’s not too surprising...

Oct 20 2015 11:15AM
China: Picking quarrels and causing trouble (part II)

As President Xi Jinping’s plane hits the tarmac he must be excited about the royal welcome that he’ll be getting in the UK – the red carpet has been rolled out, the flags raised and the banquet prepared! I’m sure he’ll be keen to enjoy...

Oct 6 2015 6:26PM
Theresa May's absence of evidence is evidence of absence

Party conference speeches are often heavy on the rhetoric, light on the detail. They are meant to be rousing and engaging, after all, so I guess statistics, research and, I don't know...proof, often get bumped for metaphors and even...

Oct 5 2015 1:50PM
The UK is trading away its credibility in its relations with Saudi Arabia and China

The revelation that the UK secretly supported the candidacy of Saudi Arabia for a place on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council is a fascinating - if disconcerting - peek behind the diplomatic curtain. It appears to have been a...

Oct 1 2015 4:20PM
The Corbyn effect on human rights?

Party Conferences have always been a predictable affair. The party faithful gathering en masse for days (and nights) on end to campaign, gossip and grumble about their party and their policies – often fuelled by little sleep, warm...