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

RW(UK) launches landmark report that reveals counterproductive prevent strategy violates rights of children

The government’s Prevent strategy, a centrepiece of its national counter-terrorism policy, is stifling the freedoms of children in classrooms across the United Kingdom and is counter-productive, Rights Watch (UK) said today in a landmark report based on extensive interviews with children, parents, teachers and law enforcement officials, among others. The report ‘Preventing Education: Human Rights … Continue reading RW(UK) launches landmark report that reveals counterproductive prevent strategy violates rights of children

New Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill threatens to undermine the very ‘British Values’ it seeks to promote

The Government announced today in the Queen’s Speech that it will be introducing the Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill. The Bill will build upon the widely criticised Prevent Strategy and introduce further controversial measures to counter ‘extremism’. In doing so the Government is choosing to ignore the many and serious criticisms that have been made of … Continue reading New Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill threatens to undermine the very ‘British Values’ it seeks to promote

Gender principles briefing in Congress

Last September the Belfast-based Legacy Gender Integration Group produced Gender Principles for Dealing with the Past. This innovative document was the first of its kind to be produced and was well received by all parties in the run into the intensive negotiations on dealing with the past last November. The Gender Principles show how the … Continue reading Gender principles briefing in Congress

New Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill alienates the very community whose help is needed to combat extremism

New Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill threatens to undermine the very ‘British Values’ it seeks to promote and to alienate the very community whose help is needed to combat extremism The Government announced today in the Queen’s Speech that it will be introducing the Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill. The Bill will build upon the widely criticised … Continue reading New Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill alienates the very community whose help is needed to combat extremism

27 years since the murder of Patrick Finucane:
still no justice

27 years have passed, and still there is no justice in the Patrick Finucane case. It is high time that the UK Government fulfilled it human rights obligations and conducted an independent, effective and thorough investigation into the death of Patrick Finucane by way of a public inquiry. Nothing less than a public inquiry will … Continue reading 27 years since the murder of Patrick Finucane:
still no justice

RW(UK) submits a complaint to the Information Commissioner about the UK Government’s refusal to disclose its legal advice on the use of drones in Syria

On 7 September 2015, the Prime Minister announced in Parliament that, on 21 August 2015, the Royal Air Force conducted a strike in Raqqa, Syria, which resulted in the death of two UK nationals and a Belgian national. The use of drones to effect a targeted killing of British nationals in a country where the … Continue reading RW(UK) submits a complaint to the Information Commissioner about the UK Government’s refusal to disclose its legal advice on the use of drones in Syria

Supreme Court makes ruling on UK obligations to investigate unlawful killings

Today the UK Supreme Court made a significant ruling on how far back in time the UK’s obligation to investigate unlawful killing goes. Rights Watch (UK) and The Pat Finucane Centre intervened in the case of Keyu and Others v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs before the Supreme Court (Batang Kali Massacre … Continue reading Supreme Court makes ruling on UK obligations to investigate unlawful killings

Human Rights Group, Rights Watch (UK) will begin legal proceedings against the government for erasing ‘international law’ from the Ministerial Code

On Thursday last week the government quietly published an amended version of the Ministerial Code. The Ministerial Code sets out the standard of conduct expected of government ministers in the United Kingdom and serves as an important accountability check on the actions of Government Ministers; the Prime Minister can fire ministers that don’t comply with … Continue reading Human Rights Group, Rights Watch (UK) will begin legal proceedings against the government for erasing ‘international law’ from the Ministerial Code

Rights Watch (UK) considers the Government’s ‘Counter- Extremism’ strategy will have a profound effect on British Muslims

The Home Office’s ‘Counter-Extremism Strategy’, published today, raises fears over counter-productive effects in Muslim communities and the creation of a legal regime which offends the rights to expression, thought and religion. Rights Watch (UK) considers that many of the measures to combat extremism set out in the Strategy will necessarily have a profound effect on … Continue reading Rights Watch (UK) considers the Government’s ‘Counter- Extremism’ strategy will have a profound effect on British Muslims