Category Archives: Human Rights

MEP McMillan-Scott presses Obama on US aid for rape victims

Last week I wrote on Liberal Democrat Voice about my chat with Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Edward McMillan-Scott. He told me how the EU human rights body he leads has been helping the rebels in Syria … Continue reading

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Amnesty International report highlights horrendous torture in Syria

My friend Shabnum Mustapha, who’s Amnesty’s Scottish Director, was on Good Morning Scotland today talking about the chilling report on torture in Syria produced by the organisation. I’ve read the report. It’s utterly horrible and upsetting. Crucifixion, rape, electric shocks, … Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat MEP McMillan-Scott gets European Hunan Rights Portfolio

Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, Edward McMillan-Scott, re-elected as one of the European Parliament’s 14 Vice Presidents last month, has again been allocated the portfolio for Democracy and Human Rights.  He has also been given a new … Continue reading

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An original way to make a point – but chilling Oklahoma Personhood Bill clears first stage

The arguments around abortion are well rehearsed and highly emotive. I was therefore impressed to see pro choice Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson taking a novel approach during a hearing on a Personhood Bill there. The pro-choice senator filed an amendment, … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg stands up for human rights in Belarus and warns of divisions in EU

Nick Clegg has a piece in the Independent today in which he outlines the abuses of human rights carried out by the Government of Belarus. This Summer, after protesting was banned by the Government (which, by the way, shut down … Continue reading

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The Liberty Fringe at #ldconf on the Human Rights Act in tweets

There can’t be much better nourishment for the liberal soul than being in a room with Julian Huppert, Shami Chakrabarti, Ming Campbell and Evan Harris. A packed fringe meeting at Lib Dem Conference in Birmingham gathered to hear these esteemed … Continue reading

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Shami Chakrabarti praises Nick Clegg on human rights commitments

One thing we can be sure the Tories would have done had they been governing alone is taken the Human Rights Act and shredded it. The fact that these hard won freedoms are still there is down to Nick Clegg … Continue reading

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>Rennie tells Salmond: you should be bothering about Cornton Vale, not slating judges

>I was more than a little bit perturbed to see First Minister’s Questions today completely dominated by Alex Salmond’s thrawn refusal to apologise to Lord Hope. Yes, it’s an important issue, but ultimately, Lord Hope can look after himself. A … Continue reading

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>Rennie calls Salmond out for blistering attack on senior Judge

>For those of you who don’t know, bourach is a lovely Scots word meaning a right old mess or confusion. I do like it as a word, but at the moment it seems particularly appropriate to use it to describe … Continue reading

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>Persuade Uganda not to pass "Kill the Gays" bill today

>I’m not so sure that the Ugandans will take a whole load of notice of me, but I can’t just sit by and watch while their Parliament debates a bill that would bring in the death penalty for being gay. … Continue reading

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