Civil liberties campaigners, community leaders, progressive Muslims and commentators have expressed concern that the Home Secretary's ban on a hardline political Islamist organisation may prove counterproductive.
The Court of Human Rights has ruled that section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which gives the police broad powers to stop and search without suspicion, violates the right to respect for private life guaranteed by Article 8 of the Convention on Human Rights.
The conviction of five Muslim men who demonstrated at a home-coming parade by the Royal Anglian Regiment in Luton is an infringement of free speech and free protest, says veteran human rights activist Peter Tatchell.
Human rights, religious and anti-death penalty groups are calling on the US state of Texas to stop the execution of a man who may be brain-damaged. Since 1976 the USA has executed 1,188 people. There are 3,300 still on death row.
The last remaining bishop mentioned in a damning official report on the systematic failure of the Catholic Church in Ireland to deal with child abuse in its institutions, is facing insistent and repeated calls to step down.
Anti-capital punishment and human rights NGO Reprieve has condemned in the strongest terms the latest state execution in China - that of a mentally ill Briton who supporters say was conned into drug smuggling.
Amnesty International has condemned the “wholly avoidable” deaths of up to 15 people in Iran during the recent Ashoura religious commemorations. The Iranian government has also been criticised for its treatment of protesters.