Landmark Judgment for Women’s Rights – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted June 18th, 2018 in abortion, human rights, news, Northern Ireland, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom concluded on the 7th June 2018 that Northern Ireland’s laws on termination of pregnancy are incompatible with human rights. More specifically, in situations of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality a majority of the judges concluded that the law breaches the right to private life protected by article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court highlighted the disproportionate nature of the interference, which stresses and humiliates women and girls experiencing a time of crisis. It further recognised the possibility that individual cases, in the three circumstances, may fall within the scope of article 3 and reach the threshold of severity required to be considered inhuman and degrading.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 14th June 2018

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Do Children Have a Right to Privacy? – Rights Info

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, data protection, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘In the age of the internet, privacy is an important and controversial issue. But what do privacy rights mean for children? RightsInfo takes a look.’

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Rights Info, 15th June 2018

Source: rightsinfo.org

Enhancing the rights of grandchildren to see their grandparents – Family Law Week

Posted June 14th, 2018 in contact orders, families, grandparents, human rights, news by tracey

‘Julie Stather, barrister, Crown Office Row, Brighton advances the case for reform of the law relating to the rights of grandchildren to see their grandparents.’

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Family Law Week, 8th June 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Justice Minister Phillip Lee Resigns Over Brexit Saying We Need To Be On ‘The Right Side of History’ – Rights Info

Posted June 13th, 2018 in EC law, human rights, news, political parties by sally

‘Justice minister Phillip Lee has resigned from his position, during a keynote speech about the importance of human rights.’

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Rights Info, 12th June 2018

Source: rightsinfo.org

Shona Wilson Stark: In Re Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application for Judicial Review [2018] UKSC 27: A Declaration in All but Name? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘All eyes were on the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) last week as it gave judgment in In Re Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application for Judicial Review [2018] UKSC 27, the case challenging the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) compatibility of Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation. Such a case is always bound to be headline-grabbing and controversial. But even more heat than usual was generated by this case. For starters, it followed swiftly after the Republic of Ireland’s referendum vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment of its Constitution, which acknowledges the equal right to life of the unborn child. That led to public and political pressure for change on the other side of the border too. But the Northern Ireland Assembly has been suspended since January 2017 and Westminster legislating in this area in its absence – particularly if prompted by the UKSC – would provoke controversy. The Conservative Government’s Confidence and Supply Agreement with the traditionally pro-life Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) further complicates the possibility of reform on this side of the Irish Sea. The outcome of a challenge to the compatibility of the Northern Ireland legislation was therefore keenly anticipated by many. In the event, a Court of seven declined (by a majority) to make the declaration of incompatibility due to a lack of standing. Given the Court’s conclusions, however, the judgment may effectively be a declaration in all but name.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 12th June 2018

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Jerome Jones v Birmingham City Council – Arden Chambers

‘The Court of Appeal has held that proceedings for a gang injunction under Part 4, Policing and Crime Act 2009 (the “2009 Act”) and an anti-social behaviour injunction under Part 1, Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the “2014 Act”) do not involve the determination of a criminal charge and therefore do not engage Articles 6(2) or 6(3) of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”). Nor does the requirement of a fair trial under Article 6(1) require the criminal standard of proof to be applied.’

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Arden Chambers, 23rd May 2018

Source: www.ardenchambers.com

MPs and peers call for judge-led inquiry into UK rights abuses – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2018 in human rights, inquiries, news, parliament, rendition, torture by sally

‘An all-party group of MPs and peers has written to Theresa May demanding a judge-led inquiry into the UK’s role in human rights abuses since September 11.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Supreme Court rules on challenge to abortion ban in Northern Ireland – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 12th, 2018 in abortion, appeals, human rights, news, Northern Ireland by sally

‘On 7th June 2018, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of regarding the controversial issue of the legal framework regulating abortion in Northern Ireland.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th June 2018

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Northern Ireland’s abortion law violates human rights but challenge rejected on technical grounds, Supreme Court rules – The Independent

‘Supreme Court judges have said Northern Ireland’s abortion law violates human rights, but rejected a challenge brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIIHRC) on technical grounds.’

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The Independent, 7th June 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Here Are The Most Inspiring Black Human Rights Heroes in the UK Today – Rights Info

Posted June 4th, 2018 in human rights, minorities, news by sally

‘Human rights are for all of us, but sometimes we need to stand up for them, or even just be proud advocates.’

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Rights Info, 1st June 2018

Source: rightsinfo.org

Surrogacy and parental orders for single parents – the ‘non-urgent’ road to change – Family Law

‘Since May 2016, prospective single applicants for parental orders for surrogate children have waited with bated breath for the change in the law that permits them to make their applications, independent of their relationship status. At the end of last year, it was announced that a remedial order to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (HFEA 2008) had been placed before Parliament. However, five months have now passed and the question remains whether we are any closer to change.’

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Family Law, 31st May 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Claimant fails in damages claim against council for housing breaches – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 31st, 2018 in damages, housing, human rights, local government, news by sally

‘A woman left in unsuitable housing is not entitled to damages from the London Borough of Enfield, the High Court has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Birmingham man fails to overturn gang injunction – BBC News

Posted May 24th, 2018 in gangs, human rights, injunctions, local government, news by tracey

‘Gang injunctions that can ban individuals from towns and cities do not breach European human rights laws, a court has ruled. Appeal court judges made the ruling after a challenge by a 21-year-old who was made the subject of a Birmingham City Council banning order.’

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BBC News, 23rd May 2018

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Can the Grenfell Inquiry be a truly modern public inquiry? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in diversity, fire, health & safety, housing, human rights, inquiries, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Is there any hope that the Grenfell Inquiry will finally gain legitimacy? As with the successful McPherson Inquiry following the Stephen Lawrence murder, recognition of diversity and inclusivity are essential.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd May 2018

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Home Office under fire over ‘muddled’ strategy on slavery that fails victims – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in human rights, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘Anti-trafficking campaigners have accused the Home Office of a “muddled and inconsistent” strategy over modern slavery that is failing its victims, following the resignation of Britain’s first anti-slavery commissioner.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2018

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Chief Coroner publishes new guidance following Mary Hassell JR – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in burials and cremation, coroners, delay, human rights, news by sally

‘The Chief Coroner has issued guidance following the judgment of the Divisional Court in R (Adath Yisroel Burial Society) v Senior Coroner for Inner North London [2018] EWHC 969 (Admin) (“the AYBS Case”).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th May 2018

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Daedalus, Ariadne and the Minotaur: Where are we now? – Family Law Week

‘Alex Laing of Coram Chambers re-visits the use of the inherent jurisdiction to deprive children of their liberty in the light of recent judgments.’

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Family Law Week, 15th May 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Should civil partnerships only be available to same sex couples? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 15th, 2018 in civil partnerships, equality, human rights, news by sally

‘Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan contend they were unlawfully refused an opportunity to register a Civil Partnership at Chelsea Town Hall on the grounds that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 reserves that status strictly for same sex couples. This exclusion started to appear somewhat anomalous when the government opened marriage up to same sex couples by way of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. The effect of this is that same sex couples in England and Wales (and Scotland – but not Northern Ireland) had a choice of marriage and civil partnership but different sex couples only had the former option.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th May 2018

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UK ‘settles rendition case’ with former Libyan dissident – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2018 in human rights, intelligence services, news, rendition, torture by sally

‘The UK government has reached a settlement with former Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj over a long-running rendition case, the BBC understands.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Men wrongfully imprisoned for 24 years seek compensation – The Guardian

‘The fairness of the criminal courts process goes on trial this week when two men who spent a total of 24 years wrongfully imprisoned seek compensation for their ordeals.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com