Smith and others v Ministry of Defence [2013]

December 22, 2014

Facts This case involved a series of claims brought by the families of troops killed while on duty in Iraq. The Smith claim arose from the death of UK soldiers on duty in Iraq in Snatch Land Rovers subject to the impact of an improvised explosive device. Mrs Smith alleged that the Ministry of Defence […]

A Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

December 19, 2014

What is this Northern Ireland bill of rights about? For the last ten years, following the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in 1998 – which brought the conflict in Northern Ireland to an end – there has been a debate going on in Northern Ireland about a bill of rights. But to really understand that debate, […]

Belhaj & Anor v Straw & Ors [2014]

December 1, 2014

Facts MrBelhaj was an opposition commander during the Libyan armed conflict of 2011 and is now leader of the Libyan Al-Watan Party. This claim involves allegations by Belhaj that he and his pregnant wife, MsBouchar, were abducted from China to Libya where they were subjected to torture by the Gaddafi regime, as part of the […]

Article 10: Freedom of Expression

November 17, 2014

Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects freedom of opinion and its expression. Below is a set of seven principles discussed by JUSTICE’s Council, ((JUSTICE’s work is overseen by its members via a Council chaired by Helena Kennedy (Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC). The Council meets twice a year and includes […]

Article 9: Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion

What rights does Article 9 protect? Freedom (a) of thought, conscience and religion; (b) to change your religion or belief; and (c) to ‘manifest’ religion or belief in ‘worship, teaching, practice and observance either alone or with others, in public or private’. With which other rights is the right of freedom of thought, conscience and […]

Article 8: Right to Respect for Private and Family Life

What does Article 8 cover? The right to respect for your private and family life, your home and your correspondence. What are the limitations on these rights? Interference in this right must be: •In accordance with law •Necessary in a democratic society for the following reasons: National security, private safety, economic well-being of the country, […]