Carol Harlow: Windrush: Lessons learned or perhaps not? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 19 March, screened by the draft Corona: Defence of the Realm Bill, the long awaited Windrush: Lessons Learned Report (hereafter Lessons Learned) was published. For those who have missed out on the considerable publicity generated by the Windrush Generation scandal, a short account is in order. The Windrush Generation broadly comprises Commonwealth citizens who have indefinite leave to remain in the UK or “settled status” on the basis of having settled in the UK before 1973 when the Commonwealth Immigration Act 1971 came into force, and not since 1988 having left the UK for more than two years. Many of these elderly British citizens were unable to prove their right to live here to the satisfaction of the Home Office (perhaps because they entered the country on a parent’s passport or had lost their papers in the ensuing forty-odd years since their arrival). These unfortunate “surprised Brits” were denied healthcare, welfare benefits, pensions, lost their settled housing and long-term jobs, were taken into detention and even deported. They had become victims of the so-called “hostile environment” policy, a set of measures introduced in 2012 by Theresa May when Home Secretary with a view to making life as difficult as possible in the UK for people with no legal status to encourage them to leave. The measures were defended at the time by Theresa May, then Home Secretary, and incorporated into the Immigration Act 2014.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th April 2020

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Ofcom rejects 309 complaints that Dave’s Brit Awards performance was ‘racist’ – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2020 in complaints, media, news, racism by tracey

‘Ofcom has rejected more than 300 complaints made about a performance by rapper Dave at February’s Brit Awards, which was accused of being “racist”.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2020

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Everton football fan convicted of hate crime – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 5th, 2020 in hate crime, news, racism, sport by tracey

‘A football supporter who shouted racial abuse at a player during a game between Crystal Palace and Everton in August 2019 has been convicted of a hate crime.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th March 2020

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UK Nazi Satanist group should be outlawed, campaigners urge – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2020 in news, proscribed organisations, racism, terrorism by sally

‘A British neo-Nazi Satanist group should be outlawed by the government as a terrorist organisation, according to a report from anti-racism campaigners.’

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BBC News, 2nd March 2020

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Barrister fails in appeal over “seriously offensive” tweet – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has upheld the reprimand and fine issued to a barrister who sent a “seriously offensive” tweet in a private capacity that was “racially charged and derogatory to women”.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd March 2020

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DWP ordered to pay former trainee £400k over racism and ageism – The Guardian

‘A woman is to receive nearly £400,000 from the Department for Work and Pensions after a judge ruled that her colleagues there had deliberately created a “hostile environment” of racism and ageism that forced her out of work.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2020

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Rotherham child sex abuse victim ‘vindicated’ – BBC News

‘A survivor of sexual abuse in Rotherham has told the BBC she feels “vindicated” by a watchdog’s investigation that found South Yorkshire Police did not do enough to protect her.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2020

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Manchester City fan banned for racially abusing Raheem Sterling – The Independent

Posted January 13th, 2020 in community service, news, racism, sentencing, sport by tracey

‘Manchester City have banned one of their own supporters for life after he was found guilty of racially abusing Raheem Sterling.’

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The Independent, 11th January 2020

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Let’s talk about: Racism & the Bar – Counsel

Posted January 9th, 2020 in barristers, news, racism by sally

‘Comfortable talking about race? How does racism show up in chambers? Raggi Kotak shares her views, hopes and suggestions for change.’

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Counsel, January 2020

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British neo-Nazi teenager jailed for planning terrorist attacks on home city – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2020 in Judaism, news, racism, sentencing, terrorism, young offenders by sally

‘A teenage neo-Nazi who listed venues in his home city as possible terrorist targets has been jailed for six years and eight months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2020

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Racism in UK military: only six people found guilty at court martial in past five years – The Guardian

‘Just over 17% of racially aggravated crimes investigated by military police over the past five years resulted in guilty verdicts at court martial, it has emerged, as the armed forces faces new pressure over claims it is failing black and Asian service personnel.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2020

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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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Racism ‘prevalent’ in the armed forces, ombudsman warns – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2019 in armed forces, news, ombudsmen, racism by sally

‘”Racism is prevalent” within the armed forces, the independent ombudsman overseeing complaints has warned.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2019

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Soldier wins racism claim against British Army after superiors confused him with only other black sergeant in unit – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 4th, 2019 in armed forces, news, race discrimination, racism by tracey

‘A soldier has won a racism claim against the Ministry of Defence after being confused with the only other black sergeant in the unit.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd December 2019

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Targeting of Supt Robyn Williams ‘example of Met institutional racism’ – The Guardian

‘The pursuit of a senior officer under paedophile laws when she is not a sex offender is discriminatory and an example of institutional racism still poisoning the police force, the Black Police Association has claimed.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2019

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Northamptonshire PC dismissed for Auschwitz eBay sales – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, dismissal, internet, news, police, racism by tracey

‘A police officer who sold items from Auschwitz on eBay has been dismissed without notice.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2019

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Holocaust denial, hyperlinks and YouTube: Chabloz again – Law & Religion UK

‘Alison Chabloz was convicted in 2018 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of three offences contrary to s.127(1) of the Communications Act 2003.

On appeal, in R v Alison Chabloz [2019] Southwark Crown Court 13 February, the issue was whether or not the three songs were “grossly offensive” [2]. She lost.

She then sought to appeal by way of case stated; however, following a hearing in May concerned with how the matter should proceed, the judge refused to state a case and indicated that the proper course was for her to seek permission for judicial review of the written ruling. No such application was ever formally made, although written grounds for judicial review were produced in September 2019. In Chabloz v Crown Prosecution Service [2019] EWHC 3094 (Admin), Coulson LJ sets out the rather confusing procedural history of the case at [2]-[5].

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Law & Religion UK, 20th November 2019

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Boss jailed after racially abusing and defrauding security guard staff – The Independent

‘A company boss who racially abused workers when they complained about not being paid has been jailed for defrauding staff out of almost £60,000.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2019

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Joseph Hudson discusses Leeds United’s Kiko Casilla’s recent FA disciplinary charge – Park Square Barristers

Posted November 7th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, news, professional conduct, racism, sport by sally

‘LUFC goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is alleged to have racially abused Charlton Athletic forward Jonathan Leko during the Championship match between Charlton and Leeds on 28 September 2019.’

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Park Square Barristers, 6th November 2019

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Mixed race soldier sues MoD for £100,000 amid claims colleagues put up ‘racist’ posters at army base and nicknamed him Apu, High Court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘A mixed race soldier is suing the MoD for £100,000 amid claims he was bullied after colleagues put up “racist” posters at an army base and nicknamed him Apu, the High Court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2019

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