The government has spent at least £600,000 of taxpayers’ money trying to prevent a civil case being brought against it by a husband and wife who allege that British intelligence was complicit in their detention, rendition and torture.
Fifa will have to consider the future of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar if its record on the treatment of migrant workers does not improve within 12 months, according to the Harvard professor who has authored an independent report commissioned by world football’s governing body into its human rights responsibilities.
Britain has been challenged to withdraw its support for Saudi Arabia as chair of the UN human rights council panel as the closeness of the UK-Saudi relationship was dismissed as sycophantic by Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, and Labour called for an end to judicial cooperation with Riyadh.
Nicola Sturgeon has laughed off talk of any coalition with a Labour administration for the foreseeable future, saying she did not think it “would be forming a government with anybody any time soon”.
The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance.
Nick Clegg will on Wednesday emerge from the disaster of the general election to warn MPs that Britain’s civil liberties hang in the balance, promising to fight measures expected in the Queen’s speech that may compromise Britain’s commitment to the European convention on human rights.
The two rival candidates to replace Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats have united to launch a campaign to stop the Conservative government from scrapping the Human Rights Act.