Prisoner wins first round in challenge to terrorism law – The Guardian

‘A prisoner convicted of stirring up religious hatred has won the first round in his legal challenge to emergency legislation preventing early automatic release of terrorism offenders.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2020

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Ministers aim to extend legally binding deadline on Prevent review – The Guardian

‘The government will attempt to push back a legally binding deadline for the completion of an independent review of Prevent, the programme that aims to stop people becoming terrorists, the Guardian understands.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2020

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300 allegations of Tory Islamophobia sent to equality watchdog – The Guardian

‘A dossier of more than 300 allegations of Islamophobia in the Conservative party has been submitted to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, increasing pressure on the watchdog to launch a formal investigation.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2020

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Asylum, Iran and “genuine conversion”: PS (Christianity – risk) – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 27th, 2020 in asylum, Christianity, Iran, Islam, news, religious discrimination by tracey

‘What is “genuine conversion” to Christianity for the purposes of an asylum claim by a fugitive from Iran? In PS (Christianity – risk) Iran CG [2020] UKUT 46 (IAC), the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the Upper Tribunal considered the current Country Guidance on asylum-seekers from Iran in the light of two questions: whether the situation in Iran for “ordinary” converts to Christianity had changed since the decision in SZ and JM (Christians – FS confirmed) Iran CG [2008] UKAIT 00082; and whether there was a real risk of persecution for persons who had engaged in Christian activities abroad, regardless of whether or not they held a genuine religious belief in Christianity.’

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Law & Religion UK, 27th February 2020

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Compulsory religious education ‘may breach human rights’ – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2020 in education, human rights, news, religious discrimination, school children, Wales by sally

‘Making all pupils take part in religious education classes could see the Welsh Government taken to court for breaching human rights, a legal expert has warned.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2020

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Islamists get longer jail terms than far-right extremists – The Guardian

‘Islamist offenders convicted of online extremist crimes received prison sentences three times longer than those of their far-right counterparts, according to new analysis.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2020

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Sikhs, beards and “hygiene”: Sethi – Law & Religion UK

‘In Mr R Sethi v Elements Personnel Services Ltd [2019] ET 2300234/2018, the Claimant, a practising but unbaptised Sikh, applied for a job with the Respondent: a specialist agency providing temporary staff for the hospitality industry, mainly at five-star hotels. He attended an induction course at which he was asked to sign various documents including the Respondent’s standard Contract for Agency Workers, which included the Respondent’s Code of Conduct. The Code provided, înter alia, that “No beards or goatees are allowed”. He explained that he would not be able to shave off his beard for religious reasons.’

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Law & Religion UK, 15th January 2020

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Burford school agrees to provide alternative to Christian assembly – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2019 in Christianity, equality, human rights, news, religious discrimination, school children by tracey

‘A couple who threatened to take a school to the High Court over its religious assemblies have won their fight for alternative activities for their children.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2019

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Brothers sentenced for knife attack outside mosque during Ramadan – The Independent

‘Two brothers have been sentenced for attacking a group of men outside a mosque during Ramadan.’

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The Independent, 4th November 2019

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Hate crimes double in five years in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘The number of hate crimes reported to police has more than doubled since 2013, according to government figures, which also showed a large increase last year in offences against people based on sexual orientation.’

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The Guardian, 15th 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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Healthcare-workers and transgender clients: Mackereth – Law & Religion UK

‘In Dr David Mackereth v The Department for Work and Pensions & Anor [2019] ET 1304602/2018, Dr Mackereth had been recruited by Advanced Personnel Management Group (’APM’) as a Health and Disabilities Assessor (‘HAD’) on behalf of the DWP [3]. He was contracted to assess individuals on behalf of the DWP who were contemplating, undergoing or had undergone gender reassignment. However, as a result of his Christian beliefs he refused, in conscience, to refer to clients using the pronoun of their choice – as the DWP required. It later became apparent the issue also extended to styles and titles of address [8]. He was suspended and, ultimately, sacked [17].’

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Law & Religion UK, 6th October 2019

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Christian doctor who refused to call transgender woman ‘she’ loses employment tribunal – The Independent

‘A doctor who refused to call a transgender woman “she” because of his Christian faith has lost his employment tribunal.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2019

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Detention of Muslims at UK ports and airports ‘structural Islamophobia’ – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in detention, Islam, news, religious discrimination, terrorism by sally

‘Muslims are being detained at ports and airports for up to six hours by law enforcement using controversial counter-terrorism powers so disproportionately that the practice has become Islamophobic, according to human rights group Cage.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 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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Specialist jails aimed at stopping radicalisation are underused, say staff – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in Islam, news, prison officers, prisons, religious discrimination, terrorism by sally

‘Jails-within-jails designed to prevent extremists from radicalising vulnerable prisoners are undersubscribed, staff at the specialist units have told officials.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2019

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Costs award overturned after judge read ‘without prejudice’ letters – Litigation Futures

‘A judge was wrong to make a costs order after viewing ‘without prejudice’ material relating to settlement discussions that was not marked “save as to costs”, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th July 2019

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Social housing and religion: R (Z & Anor) – Law & Religion UK

‘A non-Jewish woman, Z, had four children, including a son with autism. She was at the top of Hackney Council’s list for a four-bedroom home in the area. The co-defendant, the Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA), was founded in 1986 to provide social housing for Orthodox Jews in north London: it does not accept applications from anyone outside the Orthodox community. Six four-bedroom properties owned by AIHA became available but Ms Z was not allowed to apply for one of them. She sought judicial review of that refusal, arguing that it was unlawful and discriminatory for the AIHA to refuse her a home. As we noted, in R (Z & Ors) v Hackney London Borough Council & Anor [2019] EWHC 139 (Admin), a Divisional Court dismissed her claim, holding that a Jewish housing association might legitimately refuse to rent houses to those who were not Orthodox Jews. Z appealed.’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th July 2019

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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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Boxing beard ban is discrimination, says Sikh amateur fighter – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2019 in equality, health & safety, news, religious discrimination, Sikhism, sport by sally

‘A ruling that amateur fighters in Wales must be clean shaven is discriminatory, a Sikh boxer has said.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2019

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