Search Results

News
We, the undersigned organisations, call upon the 41 Governments that compose the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, to take action and address the alarming proliferation of surveillance…
News
A court ruling in London yesterday marked a rare victory in the search for justice for torture and other abuses by the UK, US, and allies in the years after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The London case involves Abdul Hakim Belhadj, a former…
News
Dear Prime Minister, I am writing to request clarification on your government’s policy on targeted killings, specifically those carried out by the UK’s closest ally, the United States. In recent years the Obama administration has greatly expanded the…
News
Sara Carnegie Solicitor to the Inquiry Finlaison House   Dear Ms Carnegie, We are grateful for the opportunity to make a submission to the Inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa. This submission is based on our expertise on the application of international…
News

Improve Safeguards to Ensure Rights to Liberty and Fair Hearings

(London) - The United Kingdom's system of "control orders" to restrict the day-to-day activities of terrorism suspects should be amended to comply with international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Parliament released today…
News
Dear Member of Parliament, We write in advance of Parliament's debate on the renewal of the control order regime under sections 1 through 9 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005.  It is our view that the power to impose control orders should not be…
News

Revise Policies to Ensure Fair Hearing

(London) - The ruling today by the European Court of Human Rights on the United Kingdom's detention policy for foreign terrorism suspects confirms that indefinite detention violates basic rights, Human Rights Watch said. The court ruled that the…
News

Letter to Members of Parliament

In February 2007, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act as unconstitutional. The provisions permitted the use of secret evidence against foreign national security suspects subjected to "security…
News

Regarding the EU Call to Close Guantanamo

Human Rights Watch commends the collective call by the European Union to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center that was made at the E.U.-U.S. summit last month. The closing of Guantanamo would be a positive and welcome development. But the closing…
News

Joint letter to Tony Blair from Human Rights Watch and Liberty

Human Rights Watch and Liberty are deeply concerned about the British government’s stated intention to seek diplomatic assurances against torture in order to deport terrorism suspects to their home countries or to third countries where they would be at…
News
Human Rights Watch was dismayed to learn that the planned launch of the UK government’s Human Rights Annual Report, previously scheduled for Thursday 16 September, has been delayed. We understand that publication of the report at this time is deemed “…
News

British Territory Must Not Be Used for Torture

Dear Prime Minister: We write to urge you to take steps to ensure that torture does not take place on British soil, including the islands that are part of British Indian Ocean Territory. According to press reports in the United States, U.S. forces are…