News Service


Press Release

Beyond racial capitalism, towards eco-socialist futures

  The January 2022 issue of Race & Class includes key interventions that seek to understand the workings of racial capitalism, digital colonialism and the ecological devastation they wreak, as well as crucial insights on ways out of the ‘global organic crisis’. Cedric Robinson’s thesis of racial capitalism is arguably one of the most crucial

Read More…


Comment

Human Rights as Privileges

  The measures proposed in the consultation on reform of the Human Rights Act are not merely an ‘unashamed power grab’ by a government seeking to put itself above the law, but in seeking to deny rights to ‘undeserving’ groups, they deny the universality of human rights and entrench a nationalistic and divisive political culture.

Read More…


News

Calendar of Racism and Resistance (5 – 19 January 2022)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. ASYLUM | MIGRATION | BORDERS | CITIZENSHIP Asylum and migrant rights 2 January: The Independent reveals that the Home Office paid Hong-Kong-based ‘migration behaviour change’ company Seefar £700,000 between 2016 and 2018 to dissuade Afghans from leaving the

Read More…


Comment

Equalities, free expression and ‘war on woke’

RIGHTS AS PRIVILEGES, DESERVED INEQUALITY Free expression – for some The one right to be afforded special protection under the Bill of Rights proposals is freedom of expression, seen as quintessentially British and undermined by ‘continental-style privacy rules and the incremental narrowing of the scope for respectful but rumbunctious debate in politically sensitive areas’ according

Read More…


Fortnightly Bulletin

IRR News (6 – 20 January 2022)

Impunity Entrenched This week, a beleaguered Boris Johnson administration reacted to calls for his resignation by announcing it will defund Britain’s public broadcaster and further militarise the Franco-British border. With many speculating it is a matter of when, not if, Johnson falls, it is important to recognise that such populist policies, launched to placate the

Read More…


Comment

Ministerial impunity and the rule of law

  The protections granted to and proposed for police and immigration officials are mirrored by the extensive use of legislation by regulation, which minimises Parliamentary scrutiny, reducing political accountability for ministers; legislation which reduces the role of the courts and of judicial review in ensuring legal accountability; proposals to criminalise investigative journalists and whistle-blowers, reducing

Read More…


Comment

Police impunity – in and beyond the pandemic

  As revelations of police racism, misogyny and brutality mounted in 2021 – in policing public protests, in encounters with black people, in statistics on stop and search and the use of force – the government responded to calls for change by granting police more powers and protections, and rather than making them more accountable,

Read More…


Comment

Impunity Entrenched: Policing the Borders

Policing the borders - impunity entrenched

  The hostile official reception for asylum seekers crossing the Channel is extended to recognised refugees in the Nationality and Borders Bill, which expands the discredited policies of exclusion, criminalisation and deportation to the point of threatening the very institution of asylum. ‘Performative cruelty’ After a five-year-old Afghan refugee boy, Mohammed Munib Majeedi, was killed

Read More…


Press Release

Impunity Entrenched

  As 2022 begins, its difficult to keep up with the legislative and policy changes threatening human rights. To help understand the sheer proliferation of government measures and proposals put forward over the past year, from Monday 17 January 2022, the IRR publish a five-part resource, Impunity Entrenched, authored by IRR Vice-Chair Frances Webber. On

Read More…


News

Calendar of Racism and Resistance (15 December 2021 – 5 January 2021)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. ASYLUM | MIGRATION | BORDERS | CITIZENSHIP Asylum and migrant rights 14 December: New immigration rules narrow the categories of people who can claim resettlement under the government’s Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), for those in danger

Read More…