Human rights committee says UK laws block matters of public interest and encourage libel tourism

uncan Campbell
gua, Thursday August 14 2008 13:27 BST

The intervention by the UN comes in the wake of international disquiet over the use of British courts for “libel tourism”, whereby wealthy plaintiffs can sue in the high court in London over articles that would not warrant an action in their own country.

The criticisms are made as part of the committee’s concluding observations on the report submitted by the UK on civil and political rights. UN member states are required to submit reports on human rights in their jurisdictions every three years.

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