Rights Watch (UK) taking UK government to court over refusal to disclose legal basis for targeted killings

Today, Rights Watch (UK) is before the Upper Tribunal to appeal the government’s refusal to disclose the legal advice, or summary of it, that formed the basis of the lethal drone strike that killed two British citizens, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, in August 2015. The strike, which the then Prime Minister David Cameron described … Continue reading Rights Watch (UK) taking UK government to court over refusal to disclose legal basis for targeted killings

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

Queen’s Speech 2017: UK Government to strengthen widely criticised counter extremism policy, despite serious human rights concerns

Rights Watch (UK) urges Government to address human rights implications of Prevent before pressing ahead with counter extremism agenda outlined in Queen’s Speech. Today, the Queen’s Speech affirmed that the Conservative minority Government intend to establish a commission for countering extremism ‘to support the government in stamping out extremist ideology in all its forms’. The … Continue reading Queen’s Speech 2017: UK Government to strengthen widely criticised counter extremism policy, despite serious human rights concerns

No impunity for state violence in Northern Ireland

Rights Watch (UK) calls on the Government to immediately reject the Defence Committee’s calls to impose a statute of limitations  The House of Commons Defence Select Committee issued a deeply concerning report today that called on the UK Government to grant impunity to British soldiers who committed abuses during the three decades of violence in … Continue reading No impunity for state violence in Northern Ireland

Intelligence and Security Committee ‘profoundly’ disappointed with Government’s lack of transparency on Syria drone strike

Today, the Intelligence and Security Committee published its Report ‘UK Lethal Drone Strikes in Syria’. The Report expresses disappointment at the Government’s failure to disclose vital documents, which hindered the Committee’s investigation. The Report investigates the UK’s targeted killing of Reyaad Khan, which was carried out in Syria in August 2015 without prior Parliamentary approval. … Continue reading Intelligence and Security Committee ‘profoundly’ disappointed with Government’s lack of transparency on Syria drone strike

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

RW (UK) and others Intervene in Judicial Review of UK Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia for Use in Yemen

Next week will see the High Court rule for the first time on the lawfulness of the UK’s trade in arms to Saudi Arabia in the context of the conflict in Yemen. The judicial review brought by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) against the Secretary of State responsible for licensing exports of weapons will … Continue reading RW (UK) and others Intervene in Judicial Review of UK Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia for Use in Yemen

Most significant shift in a generation: UK Government aligns itself with US position on the use of lethal force

The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, presented the United Kingdom’s legal position on the use of force in self-defence in a speech at the Institute for Strategic Studies on 11th January 2017. The position set out by the Attorney General is unsubstantiated under international law and dangerously eroding established legal limits on the use of force, … Continue reading Most significant shift in a generation: UK Government aligns itself with US position on the use of lethal force

UN Special Rapporteur urges UK Government to finally provide accountability and justice for conflict related harms in NI ahead of release of Stormont House Agreement Bill

This week the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, issued his country report on the UK. The report exclusively focuses on the UK Government’s persistent failure to adequately provide for accountability for conflict related harms in Northern Ireland. The report comes out ahead of a … Continue reading UN Special Rapporteur urges UK Government to finally provide accountability and justice for conflict related harms in NI ahead of release of Stormont House Agreement Bill

RW(UK) challenge Information Commissioner’s decision to uphold refusal to publish legal advice on drones

As Joint Committee for Human Rights say government ducking central legal question on drone strikes, human rights group challenge Information Commissioner’s decision to uphold their refusal to publish legal advice. Rights Watch UK have appealed the Information Commissioner’s decision to not release legal advice on the government’s lethal drone strike in Syria. The strike killed … Continue reading RW(UK) challenge Information Commissioner’s decision to uphold refusal to publish legal advice on drones