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Flaws Found In Isolation Of Terror Inmates

Flaws Found In Isolation Of Terror Inmates

In this case Kamel Bourgass - the only person to be convicted of the notorious ricin poison plot, once used by US Secretary o…

  • Offenders given deport appeal right
    Offenders given deport appeal right Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Foreign national prisoners facing deportation have won permission to bring test case appeals against new laws aimed at removing them from the UK as quickly as possible. More »

  • Should Ukip LGBT be banned from the Pride London parade?
    Should Ukip LGBT be banned from the Pride London parade? Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Is it appropriate for an organisation that opposes LGBT equality to participate in the Pride London parade? The Pride London committee recently announced the line up of groups participating in the annual parade. It included, for the first time, the LGBT group from the Ukip. More »

  • Harassment Of Women 'Endemic' At Universities
    Harassment Of Women 'Endemic' At Universities Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    British universities are failing to respond to endemic levels of harassment against female students as new evidence raises questions about campus safety, it is being warned. A survey of female students at universities across the UK  found one in three has experienced discrimination or sexual harassment, with more than half of those instances taking place on a university campus. Of female students who had these experiences, 93% did not report them, the survey found. More »

  • UK marks 800 years of Magna Carta amid new human rights feud
    UK marks 800 years of Magna Carta amid new human rights feud Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II led commemorations Monday to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta — but the human rights the document helped enshrine are at the center of a modern political feud. More »

  • British PM urges human rights overhaul on Magna Carta ceremony
    British PM urges human rights overhaul on Magna Carta ceremony Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday called for an overhaul of British human rights laws as he marked the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at a ceremony led by Queen Elizabeth II. More »

  • Rulers Mark 800-Year Magna Carta Milestone
    Rulers Mark 800-Year Magna Carta Milestone Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The Queen has led celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in Surrey. Joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and Prince William, the monarch is at the site where the treaty between tyrannical King John and his rebellious barons was agreed. The Duke of Cambridge launched the celebrations by unveiling an art installation, called The Jurors, which symbolises one of the Magna Carta's most important clauses. More »

  • PM: UK Must 'Safeguard' Magna Carta's Legacy
    PM: UK Must 'Safeguard' Magna Carta's Legacy Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    David Cameron has used the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta to press the case for an overhaul of UK human rights laws. The historic document had been used around the world in the promotion of human rights but in Britain these principles had "sometimes become distorted and devalued", the Prime Minister argued. It fell to the current generation to "restore the reputation" of those rights and "safeguard the legacy" of Magna Carta. More »

  • Cameron 'pledge' on Magna Carta
    Cameron 'pledge' on Magna Carta Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    David Cameron has spoken of the need to reform UK human rights to "safeguard" the Magna Carta's legacy as the historic document's influence over the past 800 years was celebrated. More »

  • Magna Carta's 800th Anniversary Is Celebrated
    Magna Carta's 800th Anniversary Is Celebrated Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The Queen, members of her family and the Prime Minister are attending events to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Translated in English as Great Charter, it was signed in June 1215, but within weeks it was torn up and the country plunged into civil war. A statue of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was unveiled on the site on the banks of the River Thames on Sunday. More »

  • Cameron to say Magna Carta underpins human rights reform
    Cameron to say Magna Carta underpins human rights reform Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron will say on Monday that the principles of liberty, justice and democracy enshrined in the Magna Carta underpin his plan to overhaul human rights laws and reduce the influence of Europe. In a speech marking 800 years since England's King John signed the charter that curbed the powers of the crown and laid the foundation for modern freedoms, Cameron will say the reputation of human rights legislation needs to be restored. "For centuries (Magna Carta) has been quoted to help promote human rights and alleviate suffering all around the world," he will say, according to a release of his speech. More »

  • Tasered man 'took one step too far'
    Tasered man 'took one step too far' Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A police officer shot an unarmed man with his Taser because he was worried he might have a knife and took "one step too far" towards him, an inquest has heard. More »

  • Bare-faced cheek: Naked rambler makes legal history with nude court appeara …
    Bare-faced cheek: Naked rambler makes legal history with nude court appeara … Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Naked rambler Stephen Gough has made legal history after appearing in court nude via video link from Winchester Prison. Gough, 56, refused to wear clothes when he left Winchester Prison upon his release for a previous breach of an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo), which bans him from appearing nude in public. The appeal against his conviction was thrown out by Lady Justice Rafferty and two other judges. More »

  • Cameron - I won't rule out leaving European Convention on Human Rights
    Cameron - I won't rule out leaving European Convention on Human Rights Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could leave the European Convention on Human Rights if it does not get the changes it wants to the way the rules are applied, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday. Cameron's Conservative Party, which won a surprise majority in last month's election, wants to overhaul existing human rights laws to reduce the influence of the European Court of Human Rights, based in France, which enforces the convention. The move is part of his broader plans to reform Britain's relationship with the European Union ahead of a membership referendum by the end of 2017, although the court is not an EU institution but an arm of the separate Council of Europe. More »

  • David Cameron won't rule out UK leaving European Convention on Human Ri …
    David Cameron won't rule out UK leaving European Convention on Human Ri … Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Britain could withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights if it does not get the changes it wants to the way the rules are applied, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday (3 June). Cameron's Conservative Party, which won a surprise majority in last month's election, wants to overhaul existing human rights laws to reduce the influence of the European Court of Human Rights, based in France, which enforces the convention. "We are very clear about what we want which is British judges making decisions in British courts," Cameron told parliament when asked by a dissenting lawmaker from his own party to rule out a withdrawal from the convention. More »

  • Government 'split on human rights'
    Government 'split on human rights' Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    David Cameron is reported to have ruled out withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights despite the opposition of Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Theresa May. More »

  • Queen's Speech: EU Vote But Human Rights Delay
    Queen's Speech: EU Vote But Human Rights Delay Wed, May 27, 2015

    A bill to guarantee a referendum on the EU will be rushed through Parliament while plans to scrap the Human Rights Act are put on the back-burner, in the first all-Conservative Queen’s Speech for 18 years. More »

  • 'Queen's Speech for working people'
    'Queen's Speech for working people' Wed, May 27, 2015

    David Cameron has set out a packed agenda for the next 12 months in the first Conservative-only Queen's Speech for almost 20 years, with Bills to pave the way for an EU referendum, devolve powers to the nations and regions of the UK, and ban rises in income tax, VAT or National Insurance. More »

  • UK's Cameron outlines EU vote plan in Queen's Speech
    UK's Cameron outlines EU vote plan in Queen's Speech Wed, May 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Pomp met politics as Queen Elizabeth II donned a diamond-studded crown Wednesday to read out laws planned by Britain's new government, including more autonomy for Scotland and a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union. More »

  • Queen's Speech: EU referendum by 2017, Right to Buy scheme extended and …
    Queen's Speech: EU referendum by 2017, Right to Buy scheme extended and … Wed, May 27, 2015

    Britain will hold an in/out referendum on its EU membership before the end of 2017, the Queen formally announced during the state opening of Parliament. The pledge formed a key part of the Queen's speech, written by the new Conservative government following its majority win at the 7 May election, which also included confirmation of a "five-year plan" for the NHS that will see it work on a seven-day basis. Opening the speech outlining the Tory's plans, the Queen said: "My government will legislate in the interests of everyone in our country. More »

  • Queen's Speech: What Is The Human Rights Act?
    Queen's Speech: What Is The Human Rights Act? Wed, May 27, 2015

    Here's the history of the act and what its replacement might look like More »

  • Queen's Speech: SNP Europe spokesperson Stephen Gethins calls for 16-year-olds …
    Queen's Speech: SNP Europe spokesperson Stephen Gethins calls for 16-year-olds … Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Scottish National Party's Europe spokesperson has called for 16 and 17-year-olds to be able to vote in the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership, otherwise "they'll have to live with the consequences of our decision". Stephen Gethins, SNP MP for Fife North East, spoke exclusively to IBTimes UK about why his party is opposed to the government's plans to exclude both 16 and 17-year-olds and non-Ireland and commonwealth EU nationals residing in the UK from voting in the proposed referendum. Gethins told IBTimes UK: "If there is to be a European referendum, we are against this idea of disenfranchising people from EU countries. More »

  • Benedict Cumberbatch among celebs wanting the UK to keep the Human Rights A …
    Benedict Cumberbatch among celebs wanting the UK to keep the Human Rights A … Wed, May 27, 2015

    They are opposing the Government plans and have leant their voice to people who have used the Act in a series of short films. More »

  • Queen's Speech: PM Backs Off On Human Rights
    Queen's Speech: PM Backs Off On Human Rights Wed, May 27, 2015

    David Cameron has opted to consult on controversial plans to scrap the Human Rights Act rather than rush legislation through in the coming months. While the plans are expected to be mentioned in today's Queen's Speech, the Prime Minister will not bring forward legislation straight away because the Government does not want to "rush it through". Labour, the SNP and the Lib Dems are all opposed to scrapping the Human Rights Act and a number of prominent Conservatives, including former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, have spoken out against it. More »

  • Stars stand up for Human Rights Act
    Stars stand up for Human Rights Act Wed, May 27, 2015

    Benedict Cumberbatch is among a group of actors to voice their opposition to the Government's proposals to scrap the Human Rights Act. More »

  • What You Need To Know About The Queen's Speech
    What You Need To Know About The Queen's Speech Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Queen delivers her speech at the State Opening of Parliament today. Here's what you need to know. More »

  • Speech to set out 'clear vision'
    Speech to set out 'clear vision' Wed, May 27, 2015

    New laws to keep the lowest paid workers out of tax will be included in a Queen's Speech that sets out a "clear vision for what our country can be", David Cameron has said. More »

  • Lib Dem rivals unite on rights bid
    Lib Dem rivals unite on rights bid Mon, May 25, 2015

    The two rivals for the Liberal Democrat leadership have launched a campaign to block David Cameron's plan to scrap the Human Rights Act. More »

  • MPs bid to save Human Rights Act
    MPs bid to save Human Rights Act Sun, May 24, 2015

    Cross-party discussions have been launched to block David Cameron's bid to scrap the Human Rights Act, with potential Tory rebels being targeted to vote against its abolition. More »

  • Ministers to face 5-year pay freeze
    Ministers to face 5-year pay freeze Sun, May 24, 2015

    Government ministers will face a further five years of frozen pay as David Cameron insists that "we will all play our part" in balancing the books. More »

  • Rape victim who was wrongly arrested by police has been given £20,000 compe …
    Rape victim who was wrongly arrested by police has been given £20,000 compe … Fri, May 22, 2015

    The teenager tried to kill herself after police accused her of lying about the attack. More »

  • Factbox - Britain's EU demands, and how they might be handled Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Alastair Macdonald RIGA (Reuters) - David Cameron met his EU counterparts on Friday for the first time since his re-election two weeks ago ensured that Britain will have a referendum in the next couple of years on quitting the bloc. At an EU summit in Riga, Cameron repeated his intention to seek reforms in the Union before giving British voters a choice. Looking at Cameron's election manifesto demands, here is how they might try to accommodate Cameron's requirements: THE RELATIVELY STRAIGHTFORWARD: - REFORM THE EU : "TOO BIG, TOO BOSSY, TOO BUREAUCRATIC" - BREAK DOWN REMAINING BARRIERS TO TRADE IN SINGLE MARKET - CUT EU BUDGET, FOCUS EU SPENDING ON JOBS AND GROWTH Much of this is already in train. More »

  • UK police make £20,000 payout to wrongfully arrested rape victim
    UK police make £20,000 payout to wrongfully arrested rape victim Fri, May 22, 2015

    A British police force has agreed to pay £20,000 ($31,000) in an out-of-court settlement to a rape victim after officers arrested her following their failure to properly investigate her complaint, a report said Friday. More »

  • Payout and apology to rape victim
    Payout and apology to rape victim Fri, May 22, 2015

    A police force has apologised to a rape victim and agreed to pay her a £20,000 out-of-court settlement after she was initially arrested by officers, according to a report. More »

  • Deepcut father's rights act fears
    Deepcut father's rights act fears Mon, May 18, 2015

    The father of a soldier who died at Deepcut barracks has criticised the Government's plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. More »

  • SNP 'real opposition to Tories'
    SNP 'real opposition to Tories' Sun, May 17, 2015

    The SNP will be the "real and effective" opposition to the Conservatives, the party's Westminster leader has said. More »