Nationality and Borders Bill: many of the proposals will negatively affect children, not just those concerning them directly – EIN Blog

‘Hadia (22), Mubin (16), and Hasti (7) along with their mother Khazal were among the 27 people who died in the Channel in November 2021, trying to reach the UK. Other children and young people like them have attempted the dangerous crossing or have made it across the Channel, though we don’t know how many. While not the majority, children do make up a significant proportion of the asylum-seeking population. Between 2010 and 2020, 86,533 children claimed asylum in the UK, while children made up almost a quarter (23%) of UK asylum applicants and dependents during that time. Most (62,321) claimed asylum with their families, making up 17% of asylum seekers overall. The remaining 6% claimed asylum on their own as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.’

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EIN Blog, 7th January 2022

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Waste is only waste if we waste it* – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 10th, 2022 in bills, environmental protection, food, local government, news, waste by tracey

‘Michael Mousdale examines the measures in relation to waste enforcement and regulation set out in Part 3 of the Environment Act 2021 and assesses their impact on local authorities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th January 2022

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Use of secondary legislation ‘dangerous for democracy’, peers warn – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 10th, 2022 in bills, constitutional law, legislation, news, parliament, rule of law by tracey

‘Ministers are showing “growing contempt for parliament” through the increasing use of secondary legislation and skeleton bills to significantly change the law without proper scrutiny – a growing trend which is “dangerous for democracy”, peers have warned.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th January 2022

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Domestic abuse victims in England and Wales to be given more time to report assaults – Ministry of Justice

‘Under the changes, victims of domestic abuse will be allowed more time to report incidents of common assault or battery against them. Currently, prosecutions must commence within six months of the offence.’

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Ministry of Justice, 4th January 2022

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Colston Four acquittal raises doubts about 10-year jail term proposal – The Guardian

‘The acquittal of the Colston Four raises questions about new laws imposing 10-year jail terms for the toppling of statues, legal experts have said.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2022

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Nationality and Borders Bill: Why is it causing protests? – BBC news

‘Terrorists, war criminals, spies – that’s who the government says it’s targeting as part of a shake-up of immigration law. Under the Nationality and Borders Bill being debated in the House of Lords, if the British government wants to remove someone’s citizenship it will no longer need to tell them.’

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BBC News, 7th January 2022

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Karolina Szopa: Condemning the Persecuted: Nationality and Borders Bill (2021) and Its Compatibility with International Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 6th, 2022 in bills, immigration, international law, news, treaties by sally

‘In light of the ongoing migration issues, the UK’s government set out to reform the immigration system to make it fairer and more efficient, while aiming to tackle people smuggling and prevent unsafe routes to asylum. The Nationality and Borders Bill 2021, currently awaiting a second reading in the House of Lords, was introduced in July 2021 as a potential solution.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th January 2022

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‘Most racist law to come to Britain’: Protestors voice anger over Nationality and Borders Bill outside Parliament – The Independent

Posted January 6th, 2022 in bills, citizenship, demonstrations, news, refugees by sally

‘Protesters have condemned Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill as a “tool to divide” during a demonstration in Westminster.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2022

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Breastfeeding voyeurs targeted by new proposed offence in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Voyeurs who record images of breastfeeding women without permission and domestic abusers who escape jail because of time limits on prosecutions are being targeted by proposals put before parliament on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2022

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Richard Clayton: The Government’s New Proposals for the Human Rights Act; Part One – The Proposals in Outline – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 4th, 2022 in bills, constitutional law, human rights, news, parliament by tracey

‘The Conservative Party has opposed the HRA root and branch ever since its enactment. Manifesto commitments to overhaul the HRA were made in 2010, 2015, 2017, and 2019. In 2015 Prime Minister, David Cameron, said he was open to the “nuclear option” of withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights (the ECHR) to ensure the UK’s highest court remains the “ultimate arbiter of human rights”, although this was to be delayed until after the referendum on EU membership. The Government has now, however, confirmed that the UK will not leave the ECHR.

In December 2020 the Government announced it was setting up an Independent Human Rights Act Review chaired by Sir Peter Gross, the former Lord Justice of Appeal. On 16 December 2021 the Review published its final report. On the same day the Deputy Prime Minister and new Justice Minister, Dominic Raab, announced a packet of proposals to launch a new British Bill of Rights.

The impact of these proposals will be profound. In this article I shall outline what the proposals will involve. I shall next assess the impact of those proposals.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association , 4th January 2022

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Information Commissioner’s Office challenged over Whitehall JR submissions – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Public law specialists have begun legal proceedings against the Information Commissioner’s Office over publication of Whitehall submissions on judicial review that have influenced controversial reforms.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th December 2021

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Modern slavery victims may face barriers to justice under Priti Patel’s immigration bill, MPs warn – The Independent

‘Modern slavery victims may face barriers to seeking justice while criminal gangs “evade punishment” under Priti Patel’s immigration bill, cross-party MPs have warned.’

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The Independent, 21st December 2021

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Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ rioter jailed for 14 years – The Independent

‘A protester who set fire to police vehicles during a riot that followed a “Kill the Bill” demonstration in Bristol has been jailed for 14 years.’

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The Independent, 17th December 2021

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Raab to claim overhaul of human rights law will counter ‘political correctness’ – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2021 in bills, deportation, freedom of expression, human rights, news by tracey

‘Dominic Raab is to outline a sweeping overhaul of human rights law that he claims will counter “wokery and political correctness” and expedite the deportation of foreign criminals.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2021

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Voter ID: MPs urge government to rethink plans for election checks – BBC News

Posted December 13th, 2021 in bills, elections, government departments, identification, identity fraud, news by tracey

‘The UK government should rethink its plans to require voters to show photo ID at polling stations, MPs say.’

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BBC News, 13th December 2021

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How Will The New Flexible Working Bill Protect Your Rights? – Each Other

Posted December 9th, 2021 in bills, consultations, employment, flexible working, news by sally

‘Earlier this year, a Bill was introduced in Parliament to give more workers the right to request and access flexible working options. But does it do enough to enhance workers’ rights?’

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Each Other, December 2021

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Campaigners threaten UK legal action over porn sites’ lack of age verification – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2021 in bills, charities, children, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘The UK data watchdog must introduce age verification for commercial pornography sites or face a high court challenge over any failure to act, children’s safety groups have warned.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2021

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Online Safety Bill : What to expect – BBC News

‘A report from a joint committee of MPs and Lords recommending what should be included in the Online Safety Bill is due in the next few days.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2021

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Jailed women in UK five times more likely to suffer stillbirths, data shows – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2021 in bail, bills, birth, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, prisons, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Women in prison are five times more likely to have a stillbirth and twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby that needs special care, new data collected by the Observer shows.’

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The Guardian, December 2021

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Navy rape survivor backs civilian court trials for serious offences – BBC News

‘A member of the Royal Navy, whose rape case collapsed in a military court, has backed calls for serious offences committed in the UK to be investigated and tried through civilian courts.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2021

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