Christian wins appeal after being thrown off social work course – The Guardian

‘A devout Christian thrown off a university social work course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about gay and bisexual people on Facebook has won the latest round of a legal battle.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2019

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Supreme Court to hear ‘bedroom tax’ dispute over ability to disapply regulations to avoid human rights breaches – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in benefits, housing, human rights, news, Supreme Court, tribunals by sally

‘The Supreme Court will this week (3 July) hear an appeal on whether social security tribunals have the power or duty to calculate entitlement to housing benefit without making deductions for under-occupancy, where the application of regulations would breach claimants’ rights under the Human Rights Act.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2019

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The Heathrow judgment: what we learned about climate change law – Six Pump Court

‘The High Court judgment in the Heathrow third runway case is arguably the most extensive judicial reasoning on current UK climate change law to date.’

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Six Pump Court, 25th June 2019

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‘Councils Cannot Blame Funding For Special Educational Needs Failures’, High Court Told – Rights Info

‘A lack of funding gives councils “no excuse” for failing to meet their legal duty to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), a court has heard.’

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Rights Info, 27th June 2019

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Watchdog criticises ‘chaotic’ police use of facial recognition – The Guardian

‘Police forces are pushing ahead with the use of facial recognition systems in the absence of clear laws on whether, when or how the technology should be employed, a watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2019

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Gambling addict’s parents launch action to hold government liable for his death – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2019 in compensation, gambling, human rights, inquests, news, regulations, standards, suicide by sally

‘The parents of a gambling addict who took his own life have launched a legal bid to hold the government liable for his death, potentially opening the floodgates to multiple compensation claims citing lax regulation by the state.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2019

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Domestic workers face heightened slavery risk in UK, warns EU study – The Guardian

Posted June 27th, 2019 in forced labour, human rights, news, reports by sally

‘An EU agency has highlighted the heightened risk of foreign domestic workers in the UK enduring slavery-like conditions but conceded its pan-European study of labour conditions had been impeded by “mafia networks”.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2019

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Arm Sales to Saudi Arabia: Evaluating the Clear Risk of Violations of IHL – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted June 26th, 2019 in appeals, export controls, human rights, international law, news, weapons by sally

‘On Thursday 20 June, the Court of Appeal issued its open judgment in the appeal concerning the lawfulness of the grant by the UK Government of export licences for arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (“KSA”), for possible use in the conflict in Yemen. In their judgment, Sir Terence Etherton MR, Irwin LJ and Singh LJ allowed the appeal by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (“CAAT”), remitting the decision to issue said licences by the Secretary of State for International Trade for reconsideration in accordance with the correct legal approach.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 26th June 2019

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‘Lack Of Special Educational Needs Funding Breaches Children’s Human Rights’, Court Will Hear – Rights Info

‘The government is “leaving thousands of children in limbo” and breaching their human rights by underfunding education for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), a court will hear.’

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Rights Info, 26th June 2019

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JusticeWatch: Growing ‘justice gap’ in discrimination cases – Legal Voice

‘Victims of discrimination were being denied access to justice and offenders going unchallenged as a result of a ‘failing’ legal aid system, as reported in the Justice Gap.’

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Legal Voice, 21st June 2019

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CA rejects challenge to abolition of oral permission hearings – Litigation Futures

Posted June 26th, 2019 in appeals, civil justice, human rights, news, oral hearings by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge to the abolition of most oral permission-to-appeal hearings before it.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th June 2019

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Obtaining Injunction – Panopticon

‘Birmingham City Council v Afsar and Others (2019) EWHC 1560 (QB) is a case about a protest which has been carried on outside a primary school. Warby J granted interim injunctions, on the basis that the Council was likely to succeed at trial in showing that restraint on the way that protests were being conducted was justified.’

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Panopticon, 20th June 2019

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Investigation into abuse at Brook House IRC risks failure to meet requirements of Article 3 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 21st, 2019 in detention, human rights, immigration, inquiries, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘MA, BB v Secretary of State for the Home Department (The Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2019] EWHC 1523.
The High Court has held that an effective Article 3 investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (“PPO”) into allegations of serious physical and mental abuse in an Immigration Removal Centre requires the PPO to have powers are to compel witness attendance, hold hearings in public and ensure that the claimants have properly-funded representation to enable them to review and comment on witness evidence and provide lines of enquiry.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th June 2019

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Data collection leads to discrimination and self-censorship, MPs told – The Guardian

‘Widespread data collection practices lead to self-censorship and discrimination even though most users are not fully aware of how much their privacy is being infringed, a parliamentary committee has been warned.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2019

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Child spies used by police at risk of severe harm, high court told – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2019 in children, human rights, judicial review, news, police, time limits by tracey

‘Children recruited to spy on drug dealers, gangs, terrorists and paedophiles have fewer safeguards when handled by investigators than those arrested for minor offences such as shoplifting, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2019

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MI5 engaged in ‘extraordinary and persistent illegality’ whilst handling personal data, High Court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘MI5 has been unlawfully holding people’s data collected through surveillance or hacking programmes, the high court has been told.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2019

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Criminalisation Of Travel To Designated Areas A ‘Serious Abuse Of Civil Liberties’ – Rights Info

Posted June 10th, 2019 in freedom of movement, human rights, news, terrorism by sally

‘New counter-terrorism measures which could see people who travel or stay in certain areas overseas jailed for up to 10 years are a “serious abuse of civil liberties”, a campaign group has warned.’

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Rights Info, 7th June 2019

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Sajid Javid’s decision to strip Shamima Begum of her citizenship questioned by one of UK’s most senior judges – Daily Telegraph

‘One of Britain’s most senior judges has called into question Sajid Javid’s decision to strip Isil bride Shamima Begum of her British citizenship.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th June 2019

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The CPS is failing rape victims. That’s why we’re taking legal action – The Guardian

‘Reported rapes have soared, but cases reaching court have plummeted. Our coalition of women’s groups won’t stand for it.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2019

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Supreme Court gives new guidance on liability of local authorities – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Poole Borough Council v GN and another [2019] UKSC 25. The Supreme Court has found that Poole Borough Council did not owe a duty of care to two children, CN and GN, who it failed to re-house, despite the fact that they were suffering abuse from their neighbours. However, the court overruled previous authority and found that in some situations a duty of care might arise.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th June 2019

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