In the final human rights podcast Laura speaks to Sir Michael Tugendhat, former High Court judge and QC, about the report he authored for Bright Blue 'Fighting for freedom?' in which he sets out the historic and future relationship between conservatism and human rights. Bright Blue director Ryan Shorthouse argues that the Conservatives should champion human rights in order to attract more younger voters.
In this episode Laura discusses the rise of the far-right in America with David Aaronovitch and Bright Blue's Jesutofunmi Somade joins the show to talk about child abuse in Afghanistan.
In this episode, Laura is joined by Henry Smith, Member of Parliament for Crawley, to discuss the situation in Venezuela, and Jeremy Corbyn’s reaction. Research assistant Freddie Lloyd also joins the show to talk about the ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines.
Laura Round discusses the vote in the Jordanian parliament to repeal a law that enabled rapists to avoid punishment by marrying their victim, and the refugee situation in Calais. Trump announced he was banning transgender people from serving in the American military. Mark Nevitt, US Navy Commander and Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, joins the show to discuss this in further detail.
In the 27th episode of Bright Blue's Conservatism and human rights podcast series, Laura Round is joined by Professor Nick Cheeseman, democracy and international relations specialist at the University of Birmingham, to examine the upcoming elections in Kenya and concerns around voters' safety and democracy. Bright Blue's research assistant Freddie Lloyd also features to discuss protests against growing authoritarianism and associated human rights violations in socialist Venezuela. Other topics include President Trump's reinstatement of a ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, and Australia's offshore immigration processing programme.
In this Special Edition of Bright Blue's Conservatism and human rights podcast series, which marks our 26th episode overall, Laura Round is joined by our human rights commissioners the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP (a Conservative Member of Parliament who serves as Chairwoman of the Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee) and the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP (a Conservative Member of Parliament and former Attorney General) to discuss our new report Britain Breaking Barriers. This culminates a one-year investigation into equality and human rights in the United Kingdom. Bright Blue's director Ryan Shorthouse and researcher James Dobson also feature.
In this week's episode Laura Round talks to Konstanty Gebert from the European Council on Foreign Relations about a recent vote in Poland that risks undermining the independence of the judiciary, and discusses the refugee crisis in Italy with Bright Blue's research assistant Neil Reilly.
In this week's episode Laura Round discusses the current situation in Hong Kong with Ben Rogers. Are we seeing an inevitable encroachment of Chinese authoritarianism into Hong Kong?
In the twenty second episode of the Conservatism and human rights podcast Laura Round talks to to Dr James Edward Hoare about North Korea.
In the twenty first episode of the Conservatism and human rights podcast Laura Round talks to to Neil Reilly, Research assistant at Bright Blue, about Northern Ireland.