Regina (Youssef) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – WLR Daily

Regina (Youssef) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2013] EWCA Civ 1302 ;   [2013] WLR (D)  412

“The Foreign Secretary had acted lawfully by applying a test of reasonable grounds for suspecting that the claimant met the criteria for designation on a UN Security Council’s consolidated list of persons to be treated as associated with an Islamic terrorist group . The law did not require the Foreign Secretary to stymie the designation because other states relied on evidence obtained by torture. That any review by the court of the designation decision was by way of the conventional rationality test.”

WLR Daily, 29th October 2013

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GCHQ accused of monitoring privileged emails between lawyers and clients – The Guardian

“GCHQ is probably intercepting legally privileged communications between lawyers and their clients, according to a detailed claim filed on behalf of eight Libyans involved in politically sensitive compensation battles with the UK.”

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The Guardian, 13th October 2013

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Al-Sweady inquiry: British soldiers to accuse colleagues of abusing Iraqis – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2013 in armed forces, evidence, inquiries, Iraq, news, torture, unlawful killing by sally

“British soldiers have accused colleagues of abusing Iraqis they shot or detained after an intense gunfight with insurgents in 2004, the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the incident heard on Tuesday.”

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2013

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UK woman held in ‘squalid’ cell for more than five years – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2013 in human rights, news, prisons, rehabilitation, standards, torture by sally

“Women’s prison in Surrey criticised for ‘inhumane and degrading treatment’ of a prisoner.”

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The Guardian, 21st August 2013

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London man Andrzej Kulesza’s torture murderer jailed – BBC News

“The killer of a man whose remains were found in a field has been jailed for life for his torture murder and kidnap.”

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BBC News, 7th August 2013

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As Abu Qatada leaves, Theresa May vows to change human rights law – The Guardian

“Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, celebrated the successful deportation of Abu Qatada to Jordan on Sunday by saying the long-running saga meant there would have to be ‘wholesale changes’ in Britain’s human rights laws.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2013

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Civil courts not open to attempts to re-run criminal trials – UK Human Rights Blog

“Salahuddin Amin v Director General of MI5, Chief of MI6, the FCO, the Home Office and the Attorney General- [2013] EWHC 1579 (QB). Do not be misled by the impressive cast list of defendants in this case it means simply that the claimant was attempting to attack the integrity of his criminal conviction via the civil courts.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th June 2013

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High court throws out ‘UK complicit in torture’ damages case – The Guardian

Posted June 27th, 2013 in abuse of process, civil justice, intelligence services, news, torture by sally

“The high court has thrown out a damages case brought by a man convicted on terrorism charges who claimed MI5 was complicit in his alleged torture by Pakistan’s intelligence service.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2013

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UK to expect more colonial-era compensation claims – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2013 in colonies, compensation, human rights, Kenya, news, torture by sally

“Following news of payments over Mau Mau insurgency, more claims likely from Kenya, Cyprus and other former colonies.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2013

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Kenyan Mau Mau veterans to get £14m torture settlement from Britain – The Independent

Posted June 6th, 2013 in compensation, Kenya, news, torture by sally

“Britain will offer compensation to victims of the torture and brutality it meted out to thousands of Kenyans detained during the Mau Mau uprising, according to reports.”

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The Independent, 5th June 2013

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UK needs prompt action on human rights record, UN panel warns – The Guardian

Posted June 3rd, 2013 in Afghanistan, human rights, Iraq, news, Northern Ireland, reports, torture by sally

“The British government’s human rights record since the attacks of 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq is facing ferocious criticism from a United Nations panel, which warns that prompt action is needed to ensure the country meets its obligations under international law.”

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The Guardian, 31st May 2013

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Regina (EO and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted May 23rd, 2013 in asylum, detention, immigration, law reports, torture by sally

Regina (EO and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 1236 (Admin); [2013] WLR (D) 190

“In deciding when an immigrant into the United Kingdom should not be detained because they had been tortured the definition of torture in the Secretary of State’s detention policy in force before January 2013 was any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, was intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person had committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based upon discrimination of any kind.”

WLR Daily, 17th May 2013

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Abdel Hakim Belhaj torture case may be heard in secret court – The Guardian

“One of the first cases to be heard by the government’s new generation of secret courts may be a claim brought by a Libyan dissident who was kidnapped along with his pregnant wife and flown to one of Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2013

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Torture victims win test case over detention in UK immigration centres – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2013 in asylum, compensation, detention, immigration, news, torture, victims by sally

“The Home Office has been ordered by the high court to pay compensation to four torture survivors who were unlawfully held in British immigration detention centres.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2013

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Detainees win torture claims test case – BBC News

Posted May 20th, 2013 in asylum, compensation, detention, immigration, news, torture by sally

“Hundreds of people who were tortured before seeking asylum in the UK could seek compensation and release from immigration detention.”

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BBC News, 17th May 2013

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Abu Qatada launches fresh bid to be released from prison – The Independent

“Radical cleric Abu Qatada will launch a fresh bid for freedom today as he seeks to be released from prison at an immigration tribunal.”

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The Independent, 20th May 2013

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Oxford gang found guilty of grooming and sexually exploiting girls – The Guardian

“A gang of abusers who subjected vulnerable girls in Oxford to years of rape, torture and extreme sexual violence has been convicted at the Old Bailey in one of the biggest child sexual exploitation trials in recent years.”

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The Guardian, 14th May 2013

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Theresa May’s treaty with Jordan: this is the game-changer she needs – Head of Legal

Posted April 26th, 2013 in deportation, evidence, news, torture, treaties by tracey

“A day after the Court of Appeal refused her permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in the Abu Qatada case, Theresa May’s announcement today of a mutual legal assistance treaty with Jordan seems finally to turn the case in her favour.”

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Head of Legal, 24th April 2013

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Can Britain withdraw from the European human rights convention? – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2013 in human rights, news, terrorism, torture, treaties by sally

“It is theoretically possible to withdraw temporarily from the European convention on human rights particularly over matters involving terrorism.”

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The Guardian, 24th April 2013

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Theresa May to set out next steps over Abu Qatada deportation – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2013 in appeals, deportation, evidence, news, terrorism, torture by sally

“Theresa May is to detail renewed diplomatic attempts to secure fresh assurances from Jordan that the radical Islamist preacher Abu Qatada will not face a trial based on torture-obtained evidence if he is deported from Britain.”

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The Guardian, 24th April 2013

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