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Fifteen Years for One Click on Terrorist-Related Content

(London) – The United Kingdom Parliament should scrap provisions in a new counterterrorism bill that excessively restrict freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and privacy, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft law punishes a…
An armed police officer stands guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, April 2017.
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Parliament Should Amend It to Prevent Mass Surveillance

(London) – A surveillance bill the United Kingdom government presented to parliament on November 4, 2015, would enshrine the UK’s already overly broad surveillance practices in law and expand the government’s reach even further into peoples’ lives, Human…
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Privacy Violations in Intercepting, Retaining, Sharing Data With NSA

Human Rights Watch and three anonymous individuals filed a complaint today over surveillance by the United Kingdom. The complaint by Human Rights Watch to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) charges its rights had been violated…
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Parliament Should Amend Problematic and Counterproductive Measures

(London) - The new UK Counterterrorism and Security Bill includes far-reaching measures that could curb free movement, family life, free expression, and risks alienating specific communities, Human Rights Watch said today. Parliament will begin fast-…
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Need Full Accounting, and Justice for Abuses

(London) –The report of an uncompleted inquiry into UK involvement in renditions and overseas torture underscores the need for a full accounting. The government, which received the report in June 2012, finally published it on December 19, 2013. The…
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General Assembly Should Pass Strong Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

(New York) – The United Nations General Assembly should approve a new resolution and make clear that indiscriminate surveillance is never consistent with the right to privacy, five human rights organizations said in a November 20, 2013 letter to members…
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Review of Counterterrorism Laws’ Search Powers Needed

(London) – The shocking detention of David Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald, a journalist at the Guardian, at London’s Heathrow airport on August 18, 2013, appears aimed at punishing or intimidating journalists, Human Rights Watch said today. The…
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Stronger Legislation, Oversight Needed to Protect privacy Rights

(London) – Reports that the United Kingdom’s intelligence agency has intercepted and collected vast amounts of Internet and phone data raise serious concerns that the government has breached the privacy rights of millions of people in the UK and elsewhere…
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Government’s Compensation to Torture Victim Underscores Need for Full Inquiry

(London) –The UK government’s compensation to a Libyan dissident over its complicity in his torture and rendition provides some relief but does not absolve it of the duty to investigate. A criminal investigation into his claims and a wider public inquiry…
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Alarming Decline in Europe’s Record

(Brussels) – The European Union and member governments proved unwilling to tackle human rights abuse at home during 2011, even as they proclaimed the issue’s importance in inspiring the Arab Spring, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2012…
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End Reliance on No-Torture “Assurances” from Abusive Governments

(New York) – Documents recently discovered by Human Rights Watch in Tripoli reveal new details of the high level of cooperation among United States, United Kingdom, and Libyan intelligence agencies in the transfer of terrorism suspects, Human Rights Watch…
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Iraqi Died in UK Army Custody in 2003 After Beatings

(London) – The findings on September 8, 2011, of the inquiry into the death of an Iraqi detained by British soldiers in 2003 provide an opportunity for the United Kingdom government to reform its military detention and justice systems, Human Rights Watch…
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Authorities Should Rely on Criminal Prosecution to Combat Terrorism

(London) - The United Kingdom coalition government's proposals to reform controversial counterterrorism measures contain improvements, especially on pre-charge detention, but fall short of bringing counterterrorism law and policy in line with…
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Don’t Accept Torture Intelligence From Abusive Countries

(London) - France, Germany, and the United Kingdom use foreign intelligence obtained under torture in the fight against terrorism, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 62-page report, "'No Questions Asked': Intelligence Cooperation…
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FCO Should Clarify Statement in Human Rights Report

(London) - The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) should immediately clarify statements in its annual human rights report that appear to give a green light to complicity by UK security agencies in the mistreatment of terrorism suspects in other…
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British Government Should Stop Stonewalling

(London) - The UK government should immediately order an independent judicial inquiry into the role and complicity of British security services in the torture of terrorism suspects in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 46-…
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UK-Ethiopia Agreement on Deportations Puts Suspects at Risk

(London) - The UK government should not rely on unreliable "diplomatic assurances" against torture to deport national security suspects to Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the UK government. In December 2008, the United Kingdom…
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Approval of no Torture Promises is Setback for Human Rights

(London) - A House of Lords ruling that allows the deportation of terrorist suspects to Algeria and Jordan damages the global ban on torture, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling wrongly endorses the British government's use of unreliable promises…
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Promises From Algeria and Jordan Unreliable in Preventing Abuse

(London, October 22, 2008) - The British government should immediately halt plans to deport foreign terrorism suspects to countries that offer unreliable promises not to torture them, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 36-page…
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Risk of Torture Too Serious to Permit Abu Qatada’s Return

(London, October 27, 2008) - The British government should drop its efforts to deport a Jordanian terrorism suspect who risks torture and an unfair trial if returned to Jordan, Human Rights Watch said today. The Jordanian government's promises of humane…