Human rights

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.


It's now time for Israel to grow up and join up

By Geraldine Var Bueren, May 19, 2015

This is the barmitzvah year of the International Criminal Court. Now the court has reached maturity, it is appropriate for Israel to reconsider joining the majority of the world's states and becoming a member. It has been assumed that joining the ICC would open the door to litigation against Israel, but this can happen without Israel being a member.


They are the forgotten heroes of global Jewry. It is our duty to remember them

By Colin Shindler, April 30, 2015

Last week saw the passing of two former Soviet Jewish refuseniks, Vladimir Slepak and Vladimir Prestin, who were not permitted to leave the USSR for almost 20 years. It was only when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 that the gates were finally opened for a small group of long-term Moscow activists.


UN session targets Israel

By Shira Rubin, March 26, 2015

On Monday, the first day of the UN Human Rights Council's thrice-yearly meeting on global abuses, Israel was accused of deliberately targeting civilians and violating human rights in the 50-day Gaza war last summer.

Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch, a human-rights NGO based in Geneva, called it a "Hate Israel Day".

Israel was discussed under Agenda Item 7.


Arabs blocked from buses

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon caused a political and legal row after accepting the demands of West Bank settlers to stop Palestinian workers travelling on Israeli buses.


Human rights champion Helen Bamber dies

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2014

Veteran human rights champion Helen Bamber has died at the age of 89.

Following the Holocaust, Ms Bamber began her compassionate work by helping victims of torture and atrocities.

She was born into a Polish-Jewish family in north London in 1925 and as a teenager joined efforts to combat Oswald Mosley’s fascists.