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UK High Court rules prison book ban unlawful
December 6, 2014
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ....... [more]

Ireland v. UK: Revisiting the Treatment of the 'Hooded Men'
December 6, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying t....... [more]

Rights groups: donors must press for progress on human rights in Afghanistan
December 4, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International on Wednesday issued a joint statement urging Afghanistan's foreign donors to support human rights progress within the country. The statement, in conjunction with recent letters to foreign ministers, urges domestic and international accountability, e....... [more]

Bangladesh tribunal convicts UK journalist of contempt
December 4, 2014
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday found British journalist David Bergman guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll of Bangladesh's 1971 independence war with Pakistan. Bergman wrote in a 2011 blog post and two other articles that the number of those killed or raped during....... [more]

Ireland government to ask ECHR to review 1978 human rights case
December 2, 2014
The Minister for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, announced on Tuesday he will make a request to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to review the judgment of a case against the UK for alleged torture. In 1971 during a violent period known as The Troubles....... [more]

Stolen Asset Recovery: The Case of Ukraine
December 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Anton Moiseienko, PhD Student at Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, discusses the problem of recovery of stolen state assets and describes what obstacles Ukraine may face in its pursuit of the governmental assets diverted by the Yanukovich regime ...A ye....... [more]

HRW: UK counterterrorism bill infringes on rights
December 1, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that the new UK Counterterrorism and Securities Bill infringes on human rights. The bill, presented by Prime Mininster David Cameron to Parliament last Wednesday, proposes temporary restrictions on travel, exclusion from the UK for suspicion of involvement in t....... [more]

UK PM threatens to leave EU if no welfare payments changes allowed
November 28, 2014
UK Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech Friday raised the possibility of the UK leaving the EU if other member state leaders block plans to restrict access to welfare payments for migrants. Cameron outlined proposed welfare reform which would block European migrants to the UK from receiving welf....... [more]

Commission decides Scotland to have more independent powers
November 27, 2014
UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission, concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron, recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to de....... [more]

Amnesty urges Ireland to reopen UK torture case
November 25, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged the Irish government to petition the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 UK v. Ireland case following claims that the UK sanctioned torture. These allegations follow the airing of the RTE documentary "The Torture Files", which asserts that th....... [more]

Thailand editor sentenced for defaming king
November 24, 2014
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one of....... [more]




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