The use of armed drones by the United States, both within the conflict zones of Iraq and Syria, and further afield in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen, continues to be characterized by minimal public transparency, as the recent report, “Out of the Shadows,” released by Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic and the Sana’a Center for Strategic … Continue reading Hidden from the Public: The United Kingdom’s Drone Warfare
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
On Sunday May 7, 2017 Yasmine Ahmed, Rights Watch UK’s Executive Director, appeared on the BBC’s The Big Questions, hosted by Nicky Campbell. Yasmine joined a panel, which among others included Mukesh Kapila, professor of global health and humanitarian affairs at Manchester University and Kirsty McNeil of Save the Children, to discuss the effectiveness and … Continue reading Rights Watch UK on BBC’s The Big Questions discussing Humanitarian Intervention
L Last month, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (‘the ISC’) published its long-awaited report, UK Lethal Drone Strikes in Syria. The report sheds some light on the threat posed by the target of the UK’s drone strike, Reyaad Khan, but ultimately the report shows just how limited the ISC’s oversight function … Continue reading Limited accountability: targeted killing, the ISC and the UK’s international legal obligations
Rights Watch UK submits evidence to the APPG on Drones Inquiry ‘The Use of Armed Drones: Working with Partners’ Read our full submission here.
On 13 July 2016, RW(UK) launched its landmark Report, Preventing Education: Human Rights and UK Counter-Terrorism Policy in Schools (link below) at an event at the Houses of Parliament. The event was chaired by Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC, Patron of RW(UK), and was attended by a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from … Continue reading Rights Watch (Uk) Launches Landmark Report on the Prevent Strategy at the Houses of Parliament
Today the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee added its voice to the growing and urgent calls for an independent review of the Government’s decision to place the Prevent duty on a statutory basis. This echoes the calls that have been made by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation as well as numerous others … Continue reading Home Affairs Select Committee Calls for Independent Review of Prevent
Following on from the launch of Rights Watch (UK)’s landmark report Preventing Education: Human Rights and UK Counter Terrorism Policy in Schools, RW(UK) and Chatham House held a invite only roundtable seminar that brought together a group of leading experts to assess the UK Government’s approach to counter-extremism. The seminar represented a unique opportunity to … Continue reading Rights Watch (UK) and Chatham House hold a Joint Roundtable to Assess the UK Government’s Approach to Counter-Extremism