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The government response to COVID-19 raised human rights concerns, including in relation to health, immigration policies, domestic abuse and housing. Instances of racial discrimination and excessive force against protesters by the police were documented. Northern Ireland made progress on same-sex...
Europe and Central Asia Discrimination

United Kingdom: Submission on counter-terrorism law, policy and practice in the United Kingdom, prepared by Amnesty International for the Independent Commission on Counter-Terrorism Law, Policy and Practice

Amnesty International submits the following response to the call to evidence by the Independent Commission on UK Counter-Terrorism Law, Policy and Practice. This submission is a select summary of Amnesty International’s work on counter-terrorism concerns in the UK since 2007. The past 15 years have...
Europe and Central Asia Business and Human Rights

United Kingdom: Meta, workers’ rights matter! The case of a trade union organiser dismissed after trying to improve working conditions for cleaners

Workers who are sub-contracted to clean the offices of Meta (formerly known as Facebook) must all be guaranteed fair working conditions as part of their right to freedom of association, including the right to form and join a union and collectively bargain for decent conditions, without fear of...
Europe and Central Asia Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

United Kingdom: Dismantling the Human Rights Framework: Amnesty International Submission to the 41st Session of the UPR Working Group, November 2022

In this submission, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to the UK in its previous Universal Periodic Review, including in relation to proposals to weaken domestic incorporation of international human rights law, rights abusive counter-terrorism legislation,...
Europe and Central Asia Censorship and Freedom of Expression

United Kingdom: Authorities must ensure safety of Professor Colin Harvey and protect freedom of expression in Northern Ireland

Amnesty International is concerned at the campaign of hostility directed at human rights and constitutional law academic, Professor Colin Harvey, as a result of his legitimate academic activity. Professor Harvey has been subjected to a years-long campaign from elected politicians, media...