Alexander Litvinenko death inquest: Public inquiry to probe ‘Russian state-ordered murder’ of former KGB officer in London – The Independent

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in inquests, inquiries, international relations, news, poisoning, spying by sally

‘The Government is expected to announce today that a public inquiry at last be held into the death of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2014

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International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014

Posted March 14th, 2014 in equality, gender, international relations, legislation, state aids by tracey

International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014 published

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Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Iraq war inquiry blocked in bid to make Bush-Blair ‘kick ass’ memo public – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2013 in disclosure, inquiries, international relations, Iraq, news by michael

“Cabinet Office resists Chilcot’s request to disclose what the allied leaders said in the escalation to war.”

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The Guardian, 9th November 2013

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The value of the rule of law to international trade and finance – Attorney General’s Office

“Speech at City of London Guildhall on the central importance to the British economy of the rule of law.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 14th October 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Gibraltar row: UK considering ‘unprecedented’ legal action – BBC News

“The UK government is considering legal action against Spain over the imposition of additional border checks in Gibraltar, Downing Street has said.”

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BBC News, 12th August 2013

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Litvinenko public inquiry blocked: Diplomacy ‘a factor’ – BBC News

“UK-Russian relations were a ‘factor’ in the government’s decision not to hold a public inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.”

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BBC News, 19th July 2013

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Attorneys General support prosecutions of rape in conflicts – Attorney General’s Office

Posted May 10th, 2013 in attorney general, international relations, news, prosecutions, rape by sally

“The Attorneys General of Canada, Australia, the United States, New Zealand and England and Wales have resolved to work together more closely to fight sexual violence against women and children at yesterday’s annual Quintet meeting of Attorneys General in Auckland.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 9th May 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Litvinenko inquest: newspapers launch challenge over withholding of evidence – The Guardian

“Media groups will on Tuesday challenge what they describe as a ‘deeply troubling’ attempt by the government to withhold evidence from the inquest into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2013

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Legal Process as a Tool to Rewrite History – Law, Politics and History – Gresham College Lecture

Posted February 14th, 2013 in international courts, international relations, news, war, war crimes by sally

“Trials at the ICTY concerned political violence and criminality that resulted from disintegration of a federation from which seven new successors states were formed. That process has been defined as a ‘clash of state projects’, where violence happened in areas claimed by two or more parties, or an aspiring state. The war crimes trials at the ICTY that resulted from overlapping territorial claims in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo produced a huge record of trial evidence. Problems in the very small state of Kosovo may be seen as the beginning of the violent process of disintegration, now known loosely as the Balkan wars of the 1990s. The conflict in Kosovo of 1998-9 may be seen as the end of those wars. Kosovo now seeks global recognition as an independent state but faces opposition both as to its international legal entitlements and as to how its history in the conflict should be viewed.”

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Lecture by Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

Gresham College, 13th February 2013

Source: www.gresham.ac.uk

Former MI5 chief General Baroness Manningham-Buller backs proposals for judges to hear intelligence evidence in secret – The Independent

“Intelligence relationships between the UK and other countries could be ‘seriously jeopardised’ unless judges are allowed to hear evidence in secret, a former MI5 chief has said today.”

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The Independent, 14th November 2012

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Yunus Rahmatullah: the US and UK caught committing a crime together – The Guardian

“A UK supreme court ruling on the unlawful detention of Yunus Rahmatullah exposes the complicity of Britain with the US.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2012

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Foreign Office fights move to publish secret immigration blacklist – Daily Telegraph

“The government has launched an appeal against a ruling that it must publish a secret blacklist of 44 countries whose nationals face tougher immigration measures when applying to come to Britain.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2012

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Centuries of open justice threatened by secret courts – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2011 in intelligence services, international relations, news, private hearings by tracey

“Secret justice looks set to be a regular feature of British courts and tribunals when the intelligence services want to protect their sources of information.  Civil courts, immigration panels and even coroner’s inquests would go into secret session if the Government rules that hearing evidence in public could be a threat to national security. The proposals, which run counter to a centuries-old British tradition of open justice, were introduced to a sparsely attended House of Commons yesterday by the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke – and met almost no opposition. The planned changes to the British justice system follow lobbying of the Government by the CIA.”

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The Independent, 20th October 2011

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Vulture funds: UK MPs propose law to end debt relief profiteering – BBC World Service

Posted March 2nd, 2010 in bills, debts, international relations, news by sally

“Campaigners for lower international debts are backing a proposed law in the UK parliament called the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill.”

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BBC World Service, 26th February 2010

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Bar Council calls on International Lawyers to counter Global Threats to Rule of Law – The Bar Council

Posted October 3rd, 2007 in international relations, news, rule of law by sally

“Speaking at a dinner to mark the Opening of the Legal Year on Monday evening, Chairman of the Bar, Geoffrey Vos QC has spoken out about the threats to the rule of law around the world. Vos said that promoting the rule of law is a fundamental instrument for forcing change in undemocratic regimes.”

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The Bar Council, 2nd October 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk