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About Frances Webber

Frances Webber is a human rights lawyer, author of Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights (Pluto, 2012) and vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations.

Articles by Frances Webber

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

UK government will be held accountable for complicity in torture and rendition

As Trump swears to bring back torture, the UK Supreme Court has held that the UK government will be held accountable for its complicity in torture and rendition committed by foreign states.

The UK government’s inversion of accountability

What to make of a government that increasingly excuses its actions from legal accountability while demanding more and more accountability from citizens? 

Farewell Magna Carta: the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

A new law being rushed through Westminster with little scrutiny is a direct attack on our freedom.

Justice blindfolded? The case of Jimmy Mubenga

Following the acquittal on 16 December of the G4S guards charged with the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga, barrister Frances Webber, chair of the Institute of Race Relations, focuses on the judge’s decision to rule inadmissible evidence pointing to endemic racism within G4S.

Human rights — at the government’s discretion

There is more to the Tories’ proposals on human rights and free movement than mere electioneering, argues Frances Webber of the Institute of Race Relations.

Barnardo's and G4S, partners in the child detention business

Four years ago the coalition government promised to end child detention for immigration purposes. But they didn't. Instead, the UK's biggest children's charity and security giant G4S created a prettier prison.

Britain may squander human rights for the sake of deporting Abu Qatada

Cameron threatens to 'temporarily withdraw' from the European Convention on Human Rights in order to expedite a radical cleric's deportation. The worst kind of populist politics drives Britain towards international outlawry.

Is Barnardo's legitimising child detention in the UK?

Children's charity Barnardo's has agreed to work with the UK Border Agency in a planned immigration detention centre. While they promise to "speak out" on injustice and abuse, they will have little real power, and are in danger of legitimising the continued detention of children in the UK.
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