human rights

The two Coalition parties are sorely at odds over human rights

The Commission on a Bill of Rights came out with its report 21 months into the making, but the government is expected to issue no response to it. Amy Williams welcomes this result but felt the commissioners in the majority could have done better by highlighting their disagreements, in particular over the UK’s European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) membership and the […]

Do as I say and not as I do: hypocrisy and human rights

Conor Gearty explores the hypocrisy that often surrounds human rights, with many states displaying inconsistencies between their actions and words.   Shortly before he became Prime Minister, David Cameron launched the Conservative Party’s Annual Human Rights Report. In it the Party called in exemplary fashion for an increase in human rights protection around the world. Introducing the Party leader, a young man from the […]

The Burning Issue: The DNA of Human Rights

‘What are human rights and where do they come from?’, asks Professor Conor Gearty in a recent Burning Issue lecture from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest can be a tool for change in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Dissident blogger Emin Milli believes this is a great opportunity to voice public criticism of the government’s human rights violations and to demand the release of political prisoners. This article first appeared on the LSE’s EUROPP blog. Tonight 42 countries will be participating in the 57th Eurovision song contest in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The government has even […]

May 26th, 2012|Europp|0 Comments|

Book Review: Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality, by Peter Lee

When is it right to go to war? Peter Lee argues that Tony Blair’s “illusion of morality” evaporated after the 2003 Iraq invasion because the ideas he relied upon were taken out of their historical context. Dr Matthew Partridge is not convinced by the author’s arguments, and finds that exaggerations make the book into a polemic, rather than a serious academic study.  Blair’s […]

The on-going conflict in Syria presents a great challenge to proponents of human rights. A consensual strategy must be found that saves lives and prevents an escalation of violence

 Many world leaders agree that something has to be done to stop the bloodshed in Syria, but the country sits on a faultline of instability which could be made worse by intervening parties. Katerina Delacoura argues that the UK and other key powers must decide the path that best reduces the loss of lives and minimises the risk of a […]

Is the government serious about protecting human rights?

David Cameron today calls for reform of the European Court of Human Rights, noting that it needed to refocus its priorities and limit its involvement in the decisions made in credible national courts. Here we present some of our experts discussing the Tories’ turbulent relationship with Strasbourg – and the issue of human rights in general – from our […]

The partisanship shown by many commentators on the Abu Qatada case does not do the advocacy of human rights any favours

The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that Abu Qatada, allegedly very close to Osama Bin Laden for many years, will not be returned to Jordan to face further action against him by the authorities in that country The ruling has outraged a large portion of the public and, as Conor Gearty writes, has also divided human rights activists.