5 UK Human Rights Issues and Trends to Watch in 2020 – Each Other

‘From landmark legal cases to a landslide general election result, and civil disobedience to constitutional upheaval – the UK had no shortage of human rights news stories in 2019.’

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Each Other, 6th January 2020

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Lady Hale warns UK not to select judges on basis of political views – The Guardian

‘The government should not select judges on the basis of their political views as they do in the US, the outgoing president of the supreme court, Lady Hale, has warned.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2019

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Election candidate guilty of harassing MP Anna Soubry – BBC News

Posted December 17th, 2019 in brexit, harassment, news, political parties, sentencing by tracey

‘A Brexit activist who was “obsessed” with former MP Anna Soubry has been jailed for 28 days for harassing her.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2019

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Campaigners threaten UK parties with legal action over data processing – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2019 in data protection, elections, news, political parties by sally

‘A data rights group has threatened legal action against the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats over the parties’ use of personal data ahead of Thursday’s election.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2019

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The Future Could Be Accessible, But Only If All Disability Shortlists Are Made Legal – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘Tuesday 3 December marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD), but with only one week to go until the UK General Election, the prospects of sufficient Members of Parliament with disabilities being elected looks dismal. The theme of the 2019 IDPWD is ‘The Future is Accessible’, examining what barriers need to be removed to enable full inclusion of people with disabilities. Reforming Section 104 of the Equality Act 2010 on selection of candidates to allow for All Disability Shortlists would remove a significant barrier. The legitimacy of our democracy and political engagement by disabled people requires it.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 5th December 2019

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted December 4th, 2019 in climate change, environmental protection, news, political parties, pollution by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Mark Davies, Angelica Rokad and William McBarnet consider the first ever televised climate change debate, coverage of environmental issues in the Conservative election manifesto and the recent prosecution of Weetabix for polluting the River Ise.’

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Six Pump Court. 3rd December 2019

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Consider decriminalisation to tackle drug death ‘crisis’, say treatment providers in unprecedented plea – The Independent

‘The future government has been urged to consider every available measure to curb the current drug death “crisis”, including decriminalisation, in an unprecedented plea from the UK’s major drug treatment providers.’

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The Independent, 2nd December 2019

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Christopher Bevan: Anti-HRA Rhetoric and the Conservative Party 2019 Manifesto: Are the Proposals for a British Bill of Rights and Repeal of the Human Rights Act “Dead in the Water”? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 28th, 2019 in elections, human rights, news, political parties by sally

‘The ECHR was incorporated into UK domestic law through the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), which came into effect in October 2000 and has been hailed as a “constitutional statute” enjoying limited protection from implied repeal which this status brings (see Thoburn v Sunderland City Council). It has been further referred to as a “higher order” provision under which the long established doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty has yielded its station to the constitutional morality of the rule of law. It is arguable that the HRA has provided substantial positive protections to citizens as judgments finding violation against the UK have decreased in trend from 6.8% of Strasbourg judgments in 2001 to 0.2% in 2017.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 28th November 2019

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A ‘Law Check’ of Conservative Party HQ’s Fake Twitter ‘Fact Check’ – Church Court Chambers

Posted November 28th, 2019 in elections, fraud, internet, misrepresentation, news, political parties by sally

‘For even the most dyed in the wool Conservative voter, Conservative Central Headquarters’ decision to rename their twitter account as factcheckUK during Monday night’s leadership debates would have appeared unedifying. This conduct, which has the clear potential to mislead the public, goes beyond party lines and drifts into tactics that no one would properly describe as fair or opaque. Indeed, it is tactic one would expect to be utilised by one of the worlds autocratic regimes rather than by a major party in a democracy like the United Kingdom.’

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Church Court Chambers, November 2019

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Heres How The Party Manifestos Stack Up On Human Rights – Rights Info

Posted November 27th, 2019 in elections, human rights, news, political parties by sally

‘As the clock ticks down to the 12 December general election, political parties have begun releasing manifestos outlining the policies they will pursue if they enter into government.’

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Rights Info, 26th November 2019

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General election 2019: Lib Dems launch legal action over ITV debate – BBC News

Posted November 12th, 2019 in elections, judicial review, media, news, political parties by sally

‘The Liberal Democrats are launching a legal challenge against ITV over its decision to exclude their leader from the channel’s election debate.’

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BBC News, 11th November 2019

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UK can’t rely on US platforms to regulate political ads, inquiry told – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2019 in advertising, inquiries, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘The UK cannot continue to rely on the goodwill of US digital platforms for regulating political adverts online, the chair of a parliamentary inquiry into democracy and digital campaigning has told the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2019

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UK vulnerable to malicious meddling in election, warns study – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2019 in elections, fraud, internet, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘Britain needs to take concerted action to reduce the risk of malicious actors in the UK and abroad from contaminating the results of a looming general election, according to a new study that warns of the risks of public “abuse and deception”.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2019

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Man fined for kicking Labour MP Jess Phillips’ office door and shouting: ‘Is this the fascist party offices?’ – The Independent

Posted October 11th, 2019 in fines, harassment, news, political parties, public order by tracey

‘A man has been fined after kicking out at the front door of Jess Phillips’ constituency office, while shouting “is this the fascist party offices?” ‘

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The Independent, 10th October 2019

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MP Chris Williamson loses anti-Semitism suspension appeal – BBC News

‘An MP has lost his High Court bid to be reinstated to the Labour Party after he was suspended in an anti-Semitism row.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2019

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Brexit: ‘No evidence’ of crimes by Leave.EU and Arron Banks – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2019 in brexit, elections, expenses, news, political parties, referendums by tracey

‘The National Crime Agency has found “no evidence” of criminal offences after allegations against Leave.EU and its founder Arron Banks.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2019

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Boris Johnson: What Is The Next Prime Minister’s Human Rights Record? – Rights Info

‘Boris Johnson has been named the new leader of the Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.’

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Rigths Info, 23rd July 2019

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Who was Carl Sargeant and what were the allegations against him? – The Guardian

‘Key questions answered as inquest into death of sacked Welsh minister concludes.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2019

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Major: I will seek a judicial review to stop Parliament shutdown – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2019 in brexit, judicial review, news, parliament, political parties by sally

‘Former prime minister Sir John Major has told the BBC he would seek a judicial review in the courts if the new prime minister tried to suspend Parliament to deliver a no-deal Brexit.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2019

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Ep 86: Brexit – The Conservative leadership election and a new EU negotiating team – Law Pod UK

Posted July 4th, 2019 in brexit, EC law, news, parliament, political parties by sally

‘Here Professor Barnard examines whether either candidate could sign up to a tariff free no-deal, the so called GATT 24 option, and what the timings for Brexit look like both here and in the EU.’

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Law Pod UK, 3rd July 2019

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