Upper Tribunal rejects the UK Government’s blanket national security claim to withhold targeted killing legal advice

In a decision published on 2 January 2018, the Upper Tribunal has decided that the ‘security bodies’ exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) should not have been applied in a blanket fashion to exempt the legal advice that formed the basis of the lethal drone strike that killed two British citizens, Reyaad Khan … Continue reading Upper Tribunal rejects the UK Government’s blanket national security claim to withhold targeted killing legal advice

Court ruling dismisses the challenge to halt UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Court ruling that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful gives UK government green light to continue to prioritise a ‘strategic relationship’ and financial gain over the lives of Yemeni civilians Despite damning and voluminous evidence by the United Nations, the European Parliament and many NGOs, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, that … Continue reading Court ruling dismisses the challenge to halt UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Human Rights and National Security at the UK’s Universal Periodic Review

Last month the United Kingdom was under the microscope at the Universal Periodic Review – a peer review mechanism that sees each UN Member State’s record scrutinised for its compliance with their international obligations every four years. During the interactive dialogue, 94 States made statements on the UK’s record. Concerns arising from the UK’s counter … Continue reading Human Rights and National Security at the UK’s Universal Periodic Review

Family of Pat Finucane Still Waiting for Justice

Today, the Court of Appeal in Belfast upheld as lawful the decision of the UK Government not to hold a public inquiry into the murder of human rights solicitor, Pat Finucane.  The solicitor was 39 years old when he was shot dead in front of his wife and three children by loyalist paramilitaries. This month … Continue reading Family of Pat Finucane Still Waiting for Justice