Selective Humanitarian Intervention in the Arab Spring is Corrosive to the Universality of Human Rights

Introduction The concept of humanitarian intervention is slowly evolving into the ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) doctrine.[1] Reaffirmed by Security Council Resolution 1894 and UN General Assembly Resolution 60/1, R2P shifts the primary obligation of monitoring and upholding human rights from the international community as a whole to the individual states.[2] Should they fail, the international… More Selective Humanitarian Intervention in the Arab Spring is Corrosive to the Universality of Human Rights

Should the prohibition against torture ‘give way’ in the present atmosphere of adjusting the balance between liberty and security?

Introduction This article will examine the moral dilemma surrounding the use of torture, and particularly, whether torture is ever justified in the face of a resounding threat to national security.  This is a morally questionable task to take on; Slavoj Zizek has argued that “essays … [that] simply introduce it as a legitimate topic of… More Should the prohibition against torture ‘give way’ in the present atmosphere of adjusting the balance between liberty and security?

ECtHR finds a violation of the right to examine witnesses

On 10th April 2012, in Gabrielyan v. Armenia, the European Court of Human Rights found no violation of Article 6(1) on the right to a fair trial taken together with Article 6(3)(c) on the right to legal assistance, and found a violation of Article 6(1) taken together with Article 6(3)(3) on the right to examine… More ECtHR finds a violation of the right to examine witnesses

New Malaysian Security Bill encourages human rights violations

On 10th April 2012, the government of Malaysia submitted the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012 to Parliament. This proposed law is meant to replace the much-criticised Internal Security Act (ISA) 1960, effectively reducing periods of detention without judicial review from 60 to 28 days, and restricting detention only for ‘active investigation’ rather than solely… More New Malaysian Security Bill encourages human rights violations

ECtHR finds no violation of Article 3 if alleged terrorists are extradited to the US

On 10th April 2012, in Babar Ahmad and Others v. The United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights held in a Chamber judgment that the extradition of five of six alleged international terrorists to the United States would not be in violation of Article 3 on the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment. The… More ECtHR finds no violation of Article 3 if alleged terrorists are extradited to the US

The International Criminal Court calls on Libya to deliver Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has told Libyan authorities to surrender Saif al-Islam Gaddafi who is wanted in the Hague for crimes against humanity. The former dictator’s son was arrested in November by rebel fighters in Libya and was indicted for killing and persecuting civilians during the uprising. The Libyan authorities have requested a postponement… More The International Criminal Court calls on Libya to deliver Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

The Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights’ response to the Government’s consultation to extend “closed material proceedings” to all civil proceedings

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has criticised the Government’s consultation to extend “closed material procedures” to all civil proceedings for being “inherently unfair”. However, it has at the same time recognised the gravity of the concerns behind the Green Paper, in particular the anxieties of the US that intelligence information is not predictably… More The Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights’ response to the Government’s consultation to extend “closed material proceedings” to all civil proceedings

ECtHR finds that articles 8 and 10 are not invoked in a Professor’s complaint against his criminal conviction

On 3rd April 2012, in Gillberg v Sweden, in a (final) Grand Chamber judgment, the European Court of Human Rights held that Article 8 on the right to respect for private and family life and Article 10 on the freedom of expression did not apply in the case. The applicant, Christopher Gillberg, a Swedish national,… More ECtHR finds that articles 8 and 10 are not invoked in a Professor’s complaint against his criminal conviction