A District Judge has refused to allow the Crown Prosecution Service to appeal against the acquittal of eight anti-arms trade activists who were charged with blockading the DSEI arms fair in London last September. The CPS application to appeal was refused on the basis it was "frivolous" and "misconceived".
Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) has said it will monitor the case of a British father held in Ethiopia, among other cases, amid concerns that the government has lessened its commitment to ending human rights abuses abroad.
Amnesty International has warned the UK is setting a dangerous precedent to the world by undermining human rights on a number of fronts, in its annual report on the state of the world’s human rights published yesterday.
UK companies, including BT and Vodafone, may be getting away with human rights abuses abroad because the government’s system of handling complaints against them is grossly inadequate, Amnesty International UK has warned in a new report.
Campaign Against Arms Trade has welcomed the International Development Committee's call for the UK to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia and end its opposition to calls for an independent international inquiry into allegations of alleged abuses of international humanitarian law in Yemen.
Hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortion, massive recruitment of child soldiers and indiscriminate attacks against civilians with entire villages burned down have been perpetrated by all in sides in South Sudan, says the UN.
The arrest of Samar Badawi, a prominent human rights defender and sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, is the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s utter contempt for its human rights obligations, says Amnesty International.
On the 14th anniversary (11 January) of the first detainees being taken to the now notorious US military detention centre at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, Amnesty International repeated its call for the camp’s closure.