Family of Pat Finucane Lose Appeal over Public Inquiry


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 Lose Appeal over Public Inquiry

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

Rights Watch (Uk) Launches Landmark Report on the Prevent Strategy at the Houses of Parliament


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

Home Affairs Select Committee Calls for Independent Review of Prevent


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

Rights Watch (UK) and Chatham House hold a Joint Roundtable to Assess the UK Government’s Approach to Counter-Extremism


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

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