UK failing on many human rights measures, report claims – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in children, human rights, news, prisons, refugees, reports, stop and search, United Nations by sally

‘The UK has failed to meet many human rights recommendations made by the United Nations and should do more to prevent prison overcrowding, tackle hate crimes and restrict stop and search powers, a coalition of 175 civil society organisations claims.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2016

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The Human Rights Act protects our soldiers – as well as those they protect – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, news, war by sally

‘Tom Tugendhat is wrong. Limiting human rights to our borders will strip soldiers of hard-won protections, and values that distinguish them from the enemy.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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How often must we investigate torture? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 21st, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, detention, human rights, Iraq, news, torture, war by tracey

‘Al-Saadoon & Ors v. Secretary of State for Defence [2016] EWCA Civ 811, 9 September 2016. This post concerns the extent of any obligations imposed on the UK to investigate violations of non-refoulement (under Article 3, ECHR) and arbitrary deprivation of liberty (Article 5, ECHR). The non-refoulement issue arose from two individuals whom had been captured by British forces in Iraq claimed they were transferred to American custody and subsequently ill-treated. The Article 5 issue arose from the detention by British forces in Iraq of several individuals who claimed to have had their Article 5 rights violated whilst in British custody.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th September 2016

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Hard cases need better reasons – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 20th, 2016 in appeals, human rights, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘R (o.t.a. CPRE Kent) v. Dover District Council [2016] EWCA Civ 936, 14 September 2016. The Court of Appeal has just given us a robust vindication of the importance of giving proper reasons when granting planning permission, by way of a healthy antidote to any suggestion that this is not really needed as part of fairness.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th September 2016

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Iraq abuse claims ‘often very poor’ says former DPP – Daily Telegraph

‘Alleged Iraq abuse claims brought against British troops by a leading human rights law firm have often been made up of poor, inaccurate information, a review by a former director of public prosecutions has said. Sir David Calvert-Smith said investigators tasked with wading through hundreds of alleged abuse claims had found key details such as names, dates and times were often wrong.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2016

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MPs slam ‘national scandal’ of FGM- Britain’s hidden crime – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2016 in child abuse, crime, female genital mutilation, human rights, news, select committees by tracey

‘Britain’s failure to protect girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) has been described as a “national scandal” by a committee of MPs, who said it was “beyond belief” that, 30 years since it became illegal, not a single person has been convicted of the crime. They described it as a “hidden crime” and “preventable” child abuse.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2016

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Failed 21/7 London bombers lose court claim – BBC News

Posted September 14th, 2016 in explosives, human rights, news, police, terrorism by tracey

‘Three of the 21/7 failed London bombers who said their rights were violated when they were arrested have had their claim rejected by the European Court of Human Rights.’

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BBC News, 13th September 2016

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European court orders UK to pay convicted terrorist £13,000 over ‘human rights violations’ following London plot – The Independent

Posted September 14th, 2016 in costs, human rights, news, terrorism by tracey

‘The British Government has been ordered to pay a convicted terrorist more than £13,000 because his human rights were “violated” during police interviews over a plot to attack London. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that €16,000 (£13,600) of Ismail Abdurahman’s legal costs must be paid at the culmination of a seven-year court battle.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2016

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War remains inside the court room: jurisdiction under ECHR – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This is an extremely important judgment from the Court of Appeal on the reach of the ECHR into war zones, in this case Iraq. The CA, with the only judgment given by Lloyd Jones LJ, disagreed in part with Leggatt J.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th September 2016

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War & peace: the importance of applying the rule of law to the military – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 12th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, law firms, news, war by sally

‘The news last month that Public Interest Lawyers, the firm which brought a host of discredited cases alleging abuse by British serviceman in Iraq, is to be wound up has been met with applause by the press and service community. These claims culminated in the Al Sweady Inquiry which considered allegations of war crimes and abuse by British troops in Iraq in 2004. The allegations were found to be “baseless” and claims of torture and murder were “wholly without foundation” and “entirely the product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility” from some Iraqi witnesses. It has prompted calls for the suspension of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on the “battlefield” and a general attack on lawyers meddling or challenging affairs involving “war”. That reaction is understandable; however, it would be an enormous mistake to conclude that the law only interferes with the military doing its job.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 7th September 2016

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A democratic defence of the European Court of Human Rights – OUP Blog

Posted September 12th, 2016 in constitutional reform, courts, human rights, news, treaties by sally

‘“Vote leave, take control” was the slogan of almost fiendish simplicity that helped win the Brexit referendum, masking the mendacity and absence of vision that underlay it. The impulses it captures—wresting sovereignty back from remote elites to Westminster, with its proud democratic tradition—echo those that have for years underpinned the opprobrium directed at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in British public debate.’

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OUP Blog, 12th September 2016

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Fugitive Pole wins battle against extradition after ‘transforming’ his life – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2016 in delay, extradition, fugitive offenders, human rights, news, Poland by tracey

‘A fugitive from Poland who came to the UK and “transformed” his life has won a High Court battle against extradition for old criminal offences.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2016

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Justice Secretary Liz Truss casts doubt on prison reforms – BBC News

Posted September 8th, 2016 in bills, human rights, news, prisons by tracey

‘Justice Secretary Liz Truss has appeared to cast doubt on plans for a sweeping reform of prisons in England and Wales proposed by her predecessor, Michael Gove.’

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BBC News, 7th September 2016

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Lord Chancellor expresses delight at action taken against “ambulance chasing” law firm – Legal Futures

Posted September 7th, 2016 in human rights, law firms, legal education, lord chancellor, news, parliament by sally

‘The new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice used her first appearance in the House of Commons to label Birmingham law firm Public Interest Lawyers as “ambulance chasers”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2016

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Law centres to challenge rights helpline contract – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 7th, 2016 in equality, human rights, law centres, news, telecommunications, tenders by sally

‘The Law Centres Network has threatened to seek judicial review of the government’s decision to award the contract for operating a discrimination helpline to security contractor G4S.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th September 2016

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Met police to start using spit hoods on suspects within weeks – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2016 in human rights, London, news, pilot schemes, police, restraint orders by sally

‘Britain’s biggest police force is to allow its officers to use spit hoods on suspects within weeks, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2016

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Know Your ECHR From Your UDHR… These Are The Key Documents Which Protect Our Human Rights – RightsInfo

Posted September 1st, 2016 in EC law, human rights, news, treaties, United Nations by sally

‘On 3 September 2016, the European Convention on Human Rights celebrates 63 years since coming into effect. To mark the anniversary, we are taking a look at the Convention and other powerful documents which protect our rights. How do they work and which, if any, is the most important?’

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RightsInfo, 31st August 2016

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Forced Marriage: Is It A Human Rights Question? – RightsInfo

Posted September 1st, 2016 in children, forced marriages, human rights, news by sally

‘For most people, their wedding is a momentous, happy occasion. Sadly, this is not the case for everyone. More than 15 million girls under 18 are married each year, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.’

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RightsInfo, 1st September 2016

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Does a judge have to consider Article 8 in possession proceedings brought by a private landlord? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Fiona McDonald was a private sector tenant. The landlords were her parents who had purchased the property by obtaining a secured loan from a private company. They fell into arrears of the monthly payments, and the company sought possession pursuant to a s.21(4) Housing Act 1988 (‘HA 1988’) notice. The arrears were not substantial, but they had persisted for some time.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th August 2016

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Why a Tribunal has mis-applied human rights law in closing an independent religious school – Education Blog

Posted August 26th, 2016 in education, human rights, Islam, news, proportionality by sally

‘In a very recent appeal against a decision to deregister a school whose curriculum centred around the Muslim faith, the First Tier Tribunal has attempted to apply Article 9. It appears, however, to have got it wrong.’

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Education Blog, 25th August 2016

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