Human rights


On a rainy day and evening the CAA-NPR-NRC protesters are still in Shaheen Bagh . People have come to support from far and wide

Shaheen Bagh lives on

22 July 2020 The women of a south Delhi neighbourhood have inspired a protest movement which will long outlive their temporary encampment, writes Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya

My father’s 13 years as a Palestinian political prisoner

18 June 2020 Shahd Abusalama recounts her father Ismail's experience in the Israeli prison system and calls for drastic reforms

Immigration detention and the politics of Covid-19

2 June 2020  The response to the pandemic has allowed us to imagine a world without immigration detention centres, writes Rachel Harger

The politics of Covid-19: urgent calls to end immigration detention

25 March 2020 Hundreds of lives are at risk as the government resists calls to release people held in immigration detention. Annahita Moradi reports

Election 2019: The latest attack on travelling communities

11 December 2019 The Conservative manifesto includes yet another attack on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. We can resist at the polls - and by responding to the public consultation, says Beth Holmes

We stand with Jeremy Corbyn

Letter: We stand with Jeremy Corbyn – just as he always stood with us

10 December 2019 Organisations and individuals including Kehinde Andrews, Hanif Kureishi, Ahdaf Soueif, Gillian Slovo, Robert Del Naja and Anish Kapoor urge BAME and migrant communities to vote for Labour

Jeremy Corbyn and front bench holding copies of the 2019 manifesto

Election 2019: An ambitious, agenda-setting and credible manifesto

29 November 2019 The 2017 Labour election manifesto was good but the 2019 version is the document we’ve really been waiting for, argues Mike Phipps

Migrant voters can change the narrative

25 November 2019 Once again, politicians are framing immigration as a problem - while ignoring migrant voters. We must turn out to address our own legitimate concerns, says Zrinka Bralo of Migrants Organise

No deportation is justified

4 April 2019 We must fight to end to the inhumanity of detention, writes Remi Joseph-Salisbury

The treatment of Shamima Begum should worry us all

13 March 2019 The government played fast and lose with fundamental rights, endangering children's lives in the process, argues Anita Hassan.

After Grenfell, we need to bring humanitarian responses into our politics if we want to save lives

17 October 2018 Neoliberalism means abandoning people to the whims of markets. Abby Meadows argues that we need to use the tools of humanitarianism to address the depth of the social crisis.

Citizenship in a capitalist state

4 September 2018 Lea Ypi writes on the death of citizenship as a democratic ideal, and the collapse of civic politics into ethnopolitics.

Britain’s Modern Slavery

13 March 2018 The Home Office estimates that there are currently around 13,000 slaves in the UK, though other sources suggest this is a a gross underestimate. And yet most of us remain oblivious to this reality of contemporary Britain, writes Abda Khan.

Our prison system is broken. Is it time to abolish prisons altogether?

16 February 2018 David Scott argues that our prison system represents a human rights disaster, and reformist solutions can't tackle the root problems.

We must challenge this government’s warped idea of free speech

5 January 2018 They're not defending free speech - they're just seeking to shore up their own power, writes Ilyas Nagdee

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ for migrants endangers victims of trafficking.

30 October 2017 Theresa May claims to be tackling 'modern slavery' - but her immigration policies put vulnerable people further at risk, writes Zoe Gardner.

In light of Dunkirk: What have we learned from the (lack of) response in Calais?

3 May 2017 Amy Corcoran and Sam Walton ask who helps refugees when it matters – and who stands on the sidelines

The Confession – a survivor’s story

16 November 2016 Robert Rae reviews a new film about former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg

The EU-Turkey deal is a disaster for refugees

27 May 2016 In making a deal with Turkey, the EU is entrusting refugees to a government that cares little for their safety – and sponsors the terrorists they are fleeing from, writes Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Family attack: The truth about the right to family life

10 June 2012 As Theresa May launches a high-profile attack on the right to family life, Kate Blagojevic looks at what the rights she wants to remove really mean

State-sponsored cruelty

14 July 2011 The coalition government promised to end child detention in asylum cases. Instead it has hired Barnardo’s to help run a new detention centre. Richard Goulding reports

Seeking sanctuary

15 May 2011 Tim Hunt explores a project that fosters local support and practical help for asylum seekers

Refusing to be silenced

25 July 2010 Lauren Wroe and Hannah Berry investigate the impact of the asylum system on women

Enforced destitution

1 December 2009 Frances Webber investigates the Home Office's policy of imposing poverty on those seeking asylum in Britain

Border stories

1 October 2009 Frances Webber investigates the tabloid fantasies and desperate realities surrounding migrants in Calais

Asylum watch: Losing the plot

31 August 2009 The treatment of 12 students branded as terrorists despite no evidence being laid against them has aroused widespread anger. A campaign on their behalf is gaining momentum across the country, writes Frances Webber

Into the abyss

21 May 2009 Labour says it is planning to 'simplify' immigration legislation. Frances Webber argues that its real agenda is to subvert human rights and give more power to the state

Asylum watch: Now what?

23 March 2009 Labour says it is planning to 'simplify' immigration legislation. Frances Webber argues that its real agenda is to subvert human rights and give more power to the state

A fake friend

11 December 2008 Andrea D'Cruz looks at the truth about the International Organisation for Migration

Dead safe

14 November 2008 The government insists that Iraqi Kurdistan is safe and is deporting hundreds of Kurdish and other asylum seekers to Iraq. By Amanda Sebestyen Mohammad Hussain was one of the best-known and loved members of the Kurdish community in the north of England, ‘a big man with a big heart’. Originally from Erbil, he had been […]

The Torture Line

1 April 2006 The British government has tried to play down its role in rendition – the illegal removal of suspects from one country to another for questioning and, in some cases, torture. But there is mounting evidence that the Foreign Office, armed forces and intelligence services are complicit in this process, exposing British citizens and residents to ‘coercive interrogation’ techniques and opening up British airspace to US ‘torture flights’.



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