Human Rights Watch report: World Report 2018

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Despite allegations of serious abuse in immigration detention centers, the UK
persisted in not imposing a maximum time limit for immigration detention, and
continued to detain asylum-seeking and migrant children.

This is from the January 2018 report (pdf) from the Human Rights Watch (HRW). World Report 2018 is their 28th annual review of human rights
practices around the globe.

The report summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2016 through November 2017. 

The report finds: 

Germany over the past year made headlines when the Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the first far-right party to enter its parliament in decades
Despite a strong tradition of protecting civil and political rights, Australia has serious unresolved human rights problems. Australia continued in 2017 to hold asylum seekers who arrived by boat on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and on the island nation of Nauru, where conditions are abysmal
Bahrain’s human rights situation continued to worsen in 2017. Authorities shut down the country’s only independent newspaper and the leading secular-left opposition political society. 
In Bangladesh, civil society groups faced pressure from both state and non-state actors, including death threats and attacks from extremist groups.

Read the full report (pdf).

Crowdjustice campaign: Challenging Hate Speech in the Press

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‘In a democratic society, the press must be accountable for stirring up hate’.

This is according to Rachel Elgy who has launched a January 2018 Crowdjustice campaign to hold the press to account for hate speech and challenge ineffective press regulation.

As a result of submitting a complaint in August 2017 to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) against an Islamophobic article in The Sun, Rachel is now challenging the IPSO decision that the complaint would not be upheld. Trevor Kavanagh, who wrote the article, was at the time a member of IPSO’s board.

Rachel is being represented by John Halford at Bindmans LLP to take it forward to a judicial review and she is running a crowdfunding campaign to raise the fees.

Rachel states:

I may be the one taking on the review, but this is not about me, or indeed for my benefit. It’s to try and make some difference to the barrage of hate that we constantly see in national press, it’s to demonstrate that we do not accept and validate hate speech, and it’s to demand that freedom of speech is protected, but so are our other human rights: to live in safety and dignity, free from discrimination with freedom of religious belief.

Find out more and support Rachel.

European Agency for Fundamental Rights survey: European Union Minorities and Discrimination

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has published the results of its second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey in December 2017. The report follows up and expands on FRA’s first major EU-wide survey on minorities’ and migrants’ experiences. The survey focuses on discrimination across the EU’s 27 member states and if there has been progress …

Sisters For Change report: Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection – Public Authority Responses to Violence Against Black and Minority Ethnic Women in England

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BME and refugee women are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than other women in the UK, says a November 2017 from Sisters For Change. 

Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection assesses how the UK Government and public authorities – both centrally and locally – are responding to violence against BME women in England. 

End Violence Against Women and Southall Black Sisters report: Violence Against Women and Girls – Protecting Women’s Human Rights and Holding the State to Account

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More than 100,000 women and girls in the UK are at risk of and living with the consequences of female genital mutilation, forced marriage and so called ‘honour-based’ violence. 

This is according to the October 2017 report from End Violence Against Women (EVAW) and Southall Black Sisters.