05 April 2011

UK: Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, Legal Aid

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2010 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report was released on 31 March 2011. Quarterly updates will be issued to track developments in the 26 countries being monitored.

Earlier in the month, the UK Dept. for International Development issued the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR), an independent review that "considers how the UK should best respond to humanitarian emergencies overseas, and the role the country should play in the international humanitarian system." Here is ODI's initial reaction to the review, a blog commentary, and a more fleshed out opinion piece.

Finally, the UK government has announced cuts to legal aid funding. Two recent responses include:

Proposed Changes to Legal Aid and What They Could Mean for Migrants’ Access to Justice (Migrants' Rights Network, March 2011) [text]

"Refugees Face Double Whammy from Cuts," Runnymede Bulletin, no. 364 (Winter 2010/2011) [full-text]
- Scroll down to p. 10.

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