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Human rights are “the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled”.

Examples of rights and freedoms which are often thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property, freedom of expression, pursuit of happiness and equality before the law; and social, cultural and economic rights, including the right to participate in science and culture, the right to work, and the right to education.

Human rights are protected by legal mechanisms which are attached to policies in every country, with varying levels of implementation of the law.

All humans are born with human rights and they cannot be removed, regardless of the status of implementation in their country.

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How does illegal cattle farming create Amazon deforestation?

Today (26 November) a new report exposes how deforestation is caused by illegal cattle farming in the Amazon.
EU migration statistics, general election

What do the latest EU migration statistics mean for immigration?

In the run-up to the general election, legal experts Sophie Barrett-Brown and Miglena Ilieva discuss Conservative immigration promises with the latest EU migration statistics.
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Women activists face disproportionate violence for work

On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, a report examines activist stories across 21 countries and finds a global failure to protect women activists.
magnitsky provisions, POCA

What are the UK’s Magnitsky provisions?

Here, John Binns talks us through the UK's version of the Magnitsky provisions and why they are unclear.
apply for citizenship, International Observatory of Human Rights

UK government charges children £640 to apply for citizenship

In this article, Valerie Peay, Director for the International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR), describes the profit-making scheme used by the UK government on children who apply for citizenship.
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Whistleblowing policy in the public sector

Andy Shettle discusses whistleblowing policy in the public sector, from the current level of transparency to how to create an efficient infrastructure.
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Extinction Rebellion protest ban lifted by High Court

Today (6 November) the Extinction Rebellion protest ban lifted by the High Court created a landmark ruling on the right to peaceful protest.
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Vietnam: Man imprisoned for making facebook post

Internet censorship in Vietnam is a consistent fear exemplified in the case of Nguyen Ngoc Anh, a man imprisoned for creating a facebook post.
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North America will leave Paris Agreement in 2020

President Trump has announced plan to leave Paris Agreement in 2020, the world's most cohesive plan to fight climate change.
use of chemical restraint, aged care

Report reveals use of chemical restraints in aged care

The Royal Commission of Inquiry’s report questions why Australia allowed use of chemical restraints in aged care.
immigration policy in eastern europe, Ius Laboris

What’s new with immigration policy in Eastern Europe?

In the third of a series of articles exposing changes to global mobility and immigration policy in Eastern Europe, member firms of Ius Laboris examine the developments.
access to HIV treatment, non-national prisoners

UAE: Prisoners do not have access to HIV treatment

Here, Human Rights Watch discuss how United Arab Emirates (UAE) prison authorities are limiting access to HIV treatment for non-national prisoners.
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Why are hundreds dying in the ‘war on drugs’?

The Bangladeshi authorities are responsible for hundreds dying due to a violent anti-drugs campaign, Amnesty International said in a recent report.
immigration policy in south america, ius laboris

What’s new for immigration policy in South America?

In the second of a series of articles exposing changes to global mobility and immigration policy in South America, member firms of Ius Laboris examine the developments.
pegasus spyware, whatsapp attacks

WhatsApp attacks: Pegasus spyware hacks 1400 users

WhatsApp have launched a legal case against the NSO group, for hacking the encrypted messaging platform with their Pegasus spyware which roughly impacted 1,400 users.
Grenfell Phase One, no evacuation plan

Grenfell Phase One: No evacuation plan existed

Here, we discuss the Grenfell Phase One report published today (30 October), which found that there was no evacuation plan for the high-rise.
UK sanctions, SAMLA

UK Sanctions: Where are we now?

Here, John Binns from BCL Solicitors LLP briefly explains UK sanctions - where they came from and what the B-word impact will be.
access to medicine, iran sanctions

Iran: Sanctions impair access to medicine

The Trump administration’s sanctions on Iran have limited the ability of the country to finance imports, including access to medicine, causing serious hardships for ordinary Iranians.
immigration policy in western europe, global mobility

What’s new for immigration policy in Western Europe?

In a series of articles exposing changes to global mobility and immigration policy in Western Europe, member firms of Ius Laboris examine the developments.
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Syrian refugees: Hundreds forced to return to war zone

A report released today (25 October) investigates how Turkish authorities forced Syrian refugees to return to a war zone, in the lead-up to the current offensive in the northeast.

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