Police face legal action over Luton airport terror detention

UK-based man, who is not religious and has denounced terrorism, was detained with son en route to holiday in Rome

A man detained by the police on his way to a holiday in Rome is bringing legal action against Bedfordshire police for breaching his human rights.

Ziad Najm, 56, is from Iraq but has lived in Europe for more than 30 years. He was at Luton airport with his son Tarek, 30, en route to a week-long holiday when they were detained by plainclothes police officers under anti-terrorism legislation.

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I was a victim of undercover police abuse. I fear we won’t get justice | Alison

Here in the Royal Courts of Justice we are listening for crumbs of information about the officers who used and abused us. But nothing is revealed

I’ve been researching undercover policing ever since the boyfriend I knew as Mark Cassidy left me in spring 2000. Like the other female activists bringing cases of undercover police abuse to light, I have become skilled in scouring documents, interrogating and interpreting evidence. We’ve fought a legal case against the Metropolitan police to expose its institutional sexist practices, and waited for five years for an apology that should have been given much earlier.

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Sexual abusers should not be able to rely on a court anonymity order

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Dominic Grieve expects climbdown over post-Brexit human rights law

Ex-attorney general says ministers ‘may well change course’ over push to ensure EU charter of fundamental rights is enshrined in UK law

The former attorney general Dominic Grieve has said he is still expecting the government to back down over his attempts to force a vote to ensure human rights law is enshrined in the EU withdrawal bill.

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'Travesty' trial ends in China with lawyer Jiang Tianyong jailed

Court sentences human rights defender to two years’ prison but his supporters say guilty plea on subversion charges was likely to have been coerced

China has sentenced a prominent civil rights lawyer to two years in prison in a trial that was denounced as political theatre by critics.

Jiang Tianyong, whose past clients include a wide range of activists such as the exiled dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng, was sentenced on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” in the central city of Changsha on Tuesday morning, after languishing in detention for the past year.

Related: UN tells China to release human rights activists and pay them compensation

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‘The situation is critical’: cholera fears on Manus as water and medicine run out | Ben Doherty

Special report: After the wells were poisoned, many of the 400 refugees living in Australia’s former detention centre face life-threatening illnesses

The piercing pain in Joinul Islam’s right arm keeps him from sleeping. He can’t bend it to eat properly (to eat with one’s left is considered unclean), and there are precious few painkillers to allow him to rest.

Four months ago, he was attacked by a gang in Lorengau, his elbow was sliced open with a machete and the surgery to repair it did not work. He was promised follow-up surgery, but it never happened. Now, he waits for more medical treatment that might never come.

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Hygiene conditions are worsening day by day. We are thirsty and have been waiting for rain

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The Guardian view on Yemen: a catastrophe that shames Britain | Editorial

The world’s worst humanitarian crisis is deteriorating as a Saudi blockade prevents desperately needed food, fuel and medicine from entering the country. London’s unstinting support for Riyadh makes the UK complicit

Twenty years ago, Tony Blair acknowledged the British government’s responsibility for the Irish famine that killed one million people: a healing gesture needed because, even after a century and a half, pain and anger endured and the responsibility of “those who governed in London” remained glaring. Now we are on the brink of another famine – perhaps the worst for decades, says a UN aid chief – and Britain must again bear blame. The UN called Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis even before Saudi Arabia decided to blockade the country a week and a half ago, shutting out food and medicine. Now the heads of three key agencies have warned that millions are on the brink of starvation. Unicef fears that 150,000 children could die by the end of the year. A cholera outbreak that has already affected 900,000 is expected to flare up again, as the lack of fuel shuts off water and sewage systems. Twenty million people, more than two-thirds of the population, are in urgent need of humanitarian supplies.

An impoverished country has been destroyed by what is both a civil and a proxy war. Houthi rebels, allied to Iran, drove out the internationally recognised president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, allying with his predecessor who had been ousted in the Arab spring. Since then, 10,000 lives have been lost, many to heavy bombing by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition, with arms and military support from the US, UK and others. The blockade has taken this terrible, futile conflict to a new depth. It seeks to starve a population into submission – a crime against humanity horrifically familiar from its ongoing use in Syria as well as elsewhere. Britain’s staunch support for Riyadh makes it complicit.

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‘We lost a great leader’: Berta Cáceres still inspires as murder case takes fresh twist | Liz Ford

As friends and followers of the late Honduran activist continue her battle for indigenous land rights, their cause has been boosted by a damning legal report

María Santos Domínguez heard about the death of her good friend Berta Cáceres on the radio. She had just given birth to her youngest daughter, so she wasn’t with Cáceres the week she was murdered.

“It was a double blow because we were very close, we worked together in the communities,” said Santos Domínguez, a coordinator for the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (Copinh), the organisation Cáceres co-founded 24 years ago to stop the state selling off the country’s ancestral lands to multinational companies.

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Erasing modern slavery is a slow process, but it catches on in Australia | Richard Ackland

An important part of any legislation would require businesses to report what goes on in their supply chains. And already, the battle lines are drawn

Quite smartly human rights are back on the front page, thanks to Wednesday’s outcome of the voluntary postal survey on marriage equality.

It should pave the way to a bigger infusion of rights, with the next milestone a Human Rights Act for the entire nation. Possibly, there would have been no need for a postal survey or even a parliamentary skirmish if there has been a Human Rights Act in the first place.

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“Unless a commission is given extremely wide powers to investigate [and] prosecute the whole supply chain in its entirety, it will be a toothless tiger.”

Related: Australia must legislate to prevent modern slavery in our supply chains | Amy Sinclair and Felicitas Weber

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Respect for human rights can prevent 'vicious cycle' of terrorism, says UN chief

Speaking in UK, secretary general António Guterres said countries that suppress rights and deny opportunities are breeding ground of ‘unprecedented threat’

The world faces an unprecedented terrorist threat which finds its best breeding ground in countries that suppress human rights, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, has said in a major speech designed to put countering terrorism at the heart of the UN’s agenda.

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The super-rich are trying to exploit human rights law to dodge tax | Robert Verkaik

A powerful alliance of tycoons and billionaires is cynically arguing that the Human Rights Act means tax havens must keep their identities secret

If the Paradise Papers have taught us anything, it is that the world’s super-rich will move heaven and earth to stop the public from finding out how they dodge tax.

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