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Guantanamo detainee set to be released in June
April 24, 2015
A US government source on Friday revealed that Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, is expected to be released in June after recent calls from the UK government. Aamer and his counsel had asked a federal judge last week to release him on th....... [more]

UN rights chief calls on UK to curb 'hate speech' in tabloids
April 24, 2015
The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hus....... [more]

Argentina sues UK, US companies over drilling off Falkland Islands
April 17, 2015
Argentina's Minister for Issues Relating to the Falkland Islands, Daniel Filmus, announced on Friday the country is beginning legal proceedings against oil and gas companies from the US and UK drilling off of the islands. Filmus claims that extracting resources from the islands is illegal, saying t....... [more]

UK judge approves extradition of Basque fugitive to Spain
April 14, 2015
A UK judge ruled Tuesday that a convicted member of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) can be extradited to Spain. In his ruling, Judge Howard Riddle said there had been no abuse of process in Antoio Troitino's case, and he could receive a fair trial in Spain. Troitino served 2....... [more]

Rights groups take UK government to European Human Rights Court over mass surveillance
April 10, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) revealed on Friday that the group, along with other prominent human rights organizations, has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), bringing claims of indiscriminate surveillance practices against the UK government. The decision to formall....... [more]

Nuclear talks with Iran intensify close to preliminary deadline
March 29, 2015
Nuclear talks continued Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, two days before a self-imposed deadline for a preliminary deal set by the six world powers involved in the negotiations with Iran. US Secretary of State John Kerry and French and German foreign ministers have cancelled travel plans to leave La....... [more]

Sierra Leone war crimes court rejects Charles Taylor's request for transfer to Rwanda prison
March 26, 2015
The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone on Wednesday denied the request of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in Rwanda instead of the UK. Taylor alleged that his detention in the UK violated his rights because of the essentially isolated condit....... [more]

UK Supreme Court grants release of Prince Charles letters
March 26, 2015
The United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of The Guardian, deciding that the UK newspaper may publish a series of letters between Prince Charles and high government officials. The court determined that governmental attempts to conceal the "Black Spider memos" were unlawful. The corre....... [more]

Julian Assange to be questioned in London by Swedish prosecutors
March 13, 2015
Swedish prosecutors on Friday issued a request to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over sexual assault allegations at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of 2012. The move marks a change of course for the team of prosecutors, who have insisted since 2010 that Ass....... [more]

UK Parliament to pass amendment to equal pay law
March 7, 2015
The UK House of Lords on Wednesday will debate a bill recently passed through Parliament that will require certain businesses to reveal whether there are differences in the pay of male and female employees. The bill calls for the Secretary of State to make changes to the 2010 Equality Act, requirin....... [more]

UK court extends smoking ban to prisons
March 5, 2015
Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott, won a contentious judgment in the UK High Court on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and other places of high prisoner traffic. Th....... [more]




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