human rights

User-led service providers need more support from the Government if its commitment to ‘independent living’ for disabled people is to be achieved

Many ‘vulnerable groups’ will be especially hard hit by public service budget cuts, none more so than disabled people. So an inquiry by the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on Human Rights into the implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living is timely. Peter Beresford gave evidence to the inquiry and here discusses what more the government needs […]

Spending cuts will increase inequalities between women and men and may seriously harm the human rights of some women

James Harrison and Mary-Ann Stephenson recently launched a report that assessed the impact of the public spending cuts on women. Coventry was used as a case study but the findings are applicable to the whole of the UK; namely that the spending cuts will increase inequalities between women and men and may seriously damage the human rights of some women. […]

Book Review: The Development of British Defence Policy: Blair, Brown and Beyond

Matthew Partridge reviews an edited collection of works set to be a fixture on the reading lists of those studying British foreign policy. The Development of British Defence Policy: Blair, Brown and Beyond. Edited by David Brown. Ashgate. August 2010. Find this book at: Google Books Amazon LSE Library An inexperienced leader comes to power in an election where the […]

The Commission looking into the possibility of a British bill of rights is supposed to support diversity and inclusivity, but is fatally compromised by its narrow membership base

As debates on the role of the European Court of Human Rights in UK society continue, Nick Clegg and Ken Clarke have recently launched a Commission to look at the possibility for a UK Bill of Rights. Conor Gearty writes that despite its apparent ‘independence’, the Commission is weakened by its own obvious lack of diversity.

Recent actions in Libya show that ‘liberal interventionism’ to support the human rights of civilians is not exempt from politics

Recent actions by NATO in Libya seem to some to represent a new ‘liberal interventionism’,  and has stared debates about different countries’ levels of involvement, especially after the recent withdrawal of US air power. Chris Brown finds that against this background  the Western intervention in Libya, ostensibly to protect civilians and their human rights, is an unavoidably political one. When, […]

Human rights issues are high on the policy agenda in the UK today and the public are keener than ever to discuss these. A recognition that this discussion is moving online and involves a wide range of people is vital if we are to successfully thrash out the issues on rights.

Last week MPs debated prisoners’ voting rights and voted overwhelmingly to continue to exclude them from voting and this week the Protection of Freedoms bill was introduced in order to ‘safeguard civil liberties and reduce the burden of government intrusion into the lives of individuals’: human rights are under discussion and under threat in the UK at every turn argues […]

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    Book Review: An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory

Book Review: An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory

Alasdair Cochrane considers animal welfare and rationality in his new book, as reviewed by Richard Seymour.

An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory. By Alasdair Cochrane. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2010.

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A human rights perspective is notably absent in UK policy debates. To help change things, join in an interactive debate hosted by the LSE

David Cameron’s party conference speech promised that his Government ‘will  always pursue British interests’. But there are some lines – such as torture and mistreatment of terror detainees – that should never be crossed. How can a human rights perspective inform where this ‘line’ is drawn? Conor Gearty, professor of human rights law at the London School of Economics […]