Supreme Court ruling welcomed by leading Mental Health and Human Rights Organisations

February 8, 2012

Hospitals must ensure that they take appropriate steps to prevent voluntary psychiatric patients from taking their own lives, according to a landmark judgment handed down today by the Supreme Court. The unanimous ruling, which has been welcomed by leading mental health and human rights organisations, held that Pennine Care NHS Trust had a duty under […]

JUSTICE welcomes inspector’s call for reform of undercover policing

February 2, 2012

JUSTICE welcomes the recommendation of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Sir Denis O’Connor, that the use of undercover surveillance must be subject to prior oversight. In our November 2011 report, Freedom from Suspicion: Surveillance Reform for a Digital Age, we called for the use of covert human intelligence sources to be subject to judicial control […]

JUSTICE reacts to Othman v UK (Abu Qatada)

January 17, 2012

JUSTICE welcomes judgment of the European Court of Human Rights that return to face trial on the basis of torture evidence would be unlawful and expresses regret on the conflicting judgment of the Court on the Memorandum of Understanding between Jordan and the UK. Read JUSTICE’s Press Release

Secret evidence in civil proceedings unnecessary, unfair and unjustified: JUSTICE responds to Government consultation on Justice and Security Green Paper

January 11, 2012

JUSTICE has published its response to the Government’s Green Paper on Justice and Security. We strongly criticise Government’s principal proposals– which would give the Government the discretion to trigger the use of secret evidence in any civil proceedings – as an unnecessary, unfair and unjustified interference with the principle of open justice. The Government should think […]

UK proposals for reform of the European Court of Human Rights would fundamentally undermine the protection of human rights in Europe

January 10, 2012

JUSTICE – as part of a coalition of major UK and international civil society organisations – today publishes its detailed analysis of current proposals for the reform of the European Court of Human Rights. New proposals by the UK and Swiss Governments would unacceptably restrict the right of individual petition and would undermine the invaluable […]

JUSTICE calls on the Prime Minister to show “moral leadership” on torture inquiry

January 7, 2012

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, now head of the Tripoli Military Council, today announced his decision not to appear before the Government’s Detainee Inquiry, led by Sir Peter Gibson. In proceedings against the Government, Mr Belhadj claims that, following intervention by UK security and intelligence agencies, he was held and tortured in Tripoli under the Gaddafi regime. […]

JUSTICE responds to Strasbourg judgement on hearsay evidence

December 15, 2011

Al-Khawaja and Tahery v UK was heard on appeal from the Fourth Section of the Strasbourg court to the Grand Chamber. JUSTICE was granted permission to intervene as a third party in the case. Read our press release in response to the judgment and more information about the intervention.