Nov 7 2017 7:00AM
The UK government has been spying on Amnesty – so we're going to court
By Rachel Logan (Law & Human Rights Programme Director) and Joshua Franco (Researcher/Advisor on Technology & Human Rights) At around 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon in July 2015, a short, one-paragraph e-mail arrived at the offices of Am...
Sep 6 2017 11:00AM
Leaving not losing – rights, freedoms and equalities in the Brexit bill
Britain is withdrawing from the EU and we must ensure the hard-won rights people enjoy today will be the same on the day we leave.

In 2017 we ran a campaign telling the Brexit Secretary to end the anxiety of people who call the UK home. We called on them to guarantee that there will be no roll back of rights as the UK prepares to leave the European Union – and over 30,000 of you joined us in doing so. 

From protecting the rights of women and girls, LGBTI communities, workers’ rights and our right to data protection, all the way through to the mechanisms that work to control the arms trade – many of the protections we have in the UK come from the European Union. 


This week, Theresa May published the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – also known as the 'Great Repeal Bill', a significant step in the Brexit process. But unless something changes in the Repeal Bill, it's a step that will reduce our human rights.

The stated intent behind the Repeal Bill is to make a start on the huge task of sorting out UK law after leaving the EU. Simply put, it creates a way to copy and paste UK laws which are from the EU into a form that means they won't disappear on Brexit day.

Turkey’s crackdown on human rights

Turkish solders stay at Taksim square as people react in Istanbul
Turkish solders stay at Taksim square as people react in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. © OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

On 15 July 2016, a faction within Turkey’s military attempted to overthrow the government. The coup failed and in the following days, weeks and months the Turkish government embarked on a crackdown of exceptional proportions, targeting people it accuses of being linked to Fethullah Gülen – a Turkish cleric in exile in the US, who the government accuse of masterminding the coup.

British forces should not be above the law when it comes to torture, says Amnesty

British soldier on patrol in Basra, Iraq
British soldier on patrol in Basra, Iraq © APGraphicsBank
Responding to reports that Prime Minister, Theresa May, and Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, will today announce that the UK will introduce a presumption to derogate from its obligations under th

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In April 2016, Theresa May said that the UK should reject the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) because it ‘makes us less secure’ – a proposal that would strike at the heart of international rights protections.

People fought for our hard-won rights over generations. Many are still fighting for their rights every day, using the ECHR and often against overwhelming odds; the Home Secretary should not abandon them.

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‘Break the link’, they say, ‘limit the reach, ignore it, defy it’. There’s little love for the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) from the UK government at the moment. It makes me wonder whether our politicians have any understandi...
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