Human rights

Poison couched in human rights

By David Collier, December 1, 2016

Have you heard the one about the Rabbi 'for Human Rights' who aggressively pushed another Jew in church?


NGO blasts Palestinian attacks on free speech

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 1, 2016

Human Rights Watch this week issued a damning report on the lack of freedom of speech in the Palestinian territories.

The report detailed the arrests and torture of journalists, activists and even rap artists who have criticised government policy in the areas controlled by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.


Breaking the Silence in the dock

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The Israeli government is demanding that Breaking the Silence - the organisation that records testimonies from IDF soldiers on alleged human-rights offences - reveals the names of soldiers who spoke to the organisation's researchers.


My quest to find a forgotten history

By Philippe Sands, May 12, 2016

In the spring of 2010, I received an unlikely invitation from a city in the western Ukraine.


Jewish group leads calls to reform system of detaining asylum-seekers

By Rosa Doherty, April 20, 2016

Faith leaders and MPs have urged the government to end indefinite detention for asylum seekers.

Jewish human rights charity René Cassin and Tzelem, the Rabbinical Call for Social Justice, joined Christian and Muslim faith leaders to campaign for a reform of the immigration and detention system.


History shows why we need a Human Rights Act

By Dominic Grieve, January 28, 2016

The government will shortly announce a public consultation on its plans to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. This may seem like dry semantics, of interest only to legal and constitutional techies, but nothing could be further from the truth.


Top jurist plans Wallenberg centre for human rights

By David Lazarus, November 5, 2015

Renowned Canadian human-rights lawyer Irwin Cotler is planning a centre for International Justice named after his hero Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from certain death during the Holocaust.


Police questioned over lack of investigation into Palestinian protester

October 1, 2015

Jewish activists say they will call for a review of the Metropolitan Police's decision to drop an investigation into a pro-Palestinian protester who appeared to support the killing of Jews.

Lawyer Robert Festenstein, who acts for the Jewish Human Rights Watch group, said he was "astonished" that the police was taking no action.


Life is not ours to cut short, says Chief, but Progressives back assisted dying

By Simon Rocker, May 28, 2015

One of the strongest advocates for assisted dying is the Jewish human rights lawyer Lord Joffe, who has made repeated attempts to win parliamentary approval for it.

But when the former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer introduced a bill last year that would have allowed doctors to supply lethal drugs to someone given less than six months to live, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined the Archbishop of


It’s time to shake hands with Israel, your Majesty

By Sandy Rashty, May 21, 2015

The royal family is one of the most important institutions that Britain has at its diplomatic disposal. At the request of the government, the Queen — or a member of her family — may be sent on a state visit to a foreign realm as a sign of solidarity and good relations, or a commitment to building better relations despite countries being alienated by political differences.