UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of the UK

In May 2012, the UK’s human rights performance will be subject to review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Yesterday was the deadline for organisations and NGOs to make submissions on the UK’s work since its last Universal Periodic Review in 2008. JUSTICE welcomes some positive developments – like the decision to reduce pre-charge detention for terrorism offences – but regrets that there is still major work to be done. We raise concerns about the policing of protest; cuts to legal aid; the failure to provide an effective investigation into allegations that the UK has been complicit in torture; and the politicisation of the protection of human rights in the current debate on a bill of rights for the UK.