UN agency says bill will lead to ethnic profiling

UN agency says bill will lead to ethnic profiling Backbenchers condemn UN after it said some proposed UK laws could stigmatise foreigners and deny housing to those in need.
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UK needs prompt action on human rights record, UN panel warns

UN Committee Against Torture report recommends 40 separate measures to be taken before UK is given clean bill of healthThe British government’s human rights record since the attacks of 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq is facing ferocious criticism from a United Nations panel, which warns that prompt action is needed to ensure the country […]
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David Cameron fights UN plan to commit to reduced income inequality

Prime minister argues in New York that UN should instead focus on ‘measurable, concrete’ goals in developing worldDavid Cameron is fighting plans to place a commitment to reduce income inequality in the developing world into a major UN report that will set out a series of targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Amid fears […]
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Hugh Muir’s diary: Revolver-gate and the mayor. The cops move in

Seemed like an ill judged joke. Will it backfire?• Endlessly scratchy in Tower Hamlets, we said yesterday, where Labour and Lutfur Rahman, the independent mayor, are again at loggerheads. The latest skirmish a Twitter conversation between Labour activists about Rahman and a few rum remarks about what the reaction might be if he rejoined Labour […]
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Syrian opposition says west has promised military aid

New National Coalition claims its ‘accountability and unity’ has assuaged concerns about arming rebelsThe Syrian opposition says it has been promised western military support in return for forming a united front, in advance of a donors’ conference in London on Friday intended to consolidate the new rebel coalition.British diplomats said Friday’s expert-level meeting would discuss […]
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UN ‘may use torture evidence to impose sanctions on terror suspects’

United Nations’ special rapporteur on counter-terrorism questions integrity of security council’s enforcement regimeThe United Nations may be relying on evidence obtained by torture when deciding whether to impose restrictive financial sanctions on al-Qaida suspects, a British UN official has warned.Ben Emmerson QC, the UN’s special rapporteur on counter-terrorism, has questioned the integrity of the security […]
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Call to lift Syria arms embargo to aid rebels

UK to review EU ban after Cameron visits refugee camps as Turkey says it will ask Nato to put Patriot missiles along borderBritain is to review the EU arms embargo on Syria as part of a wholesale change in strategy in the wake of Barack Obama’s re-election that could lead to the eventual arming of […]
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Letters: We need new ways of working

Jackie Ashley’s piece on the need for a clear economic alternative (Neither Keynes nor the market will save Labour, 29 October) is both timely and important. Two phrases, in particular, stand out from the essay by Lothian and Unger to which she refers. Describing the poverty of ideas shown by left-leaning politicians these authors say: […]
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