Facial Recognition Technology: High Court gives judgment – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police and Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2341 (Admin). The High Court has dismissed an application for judicial review regarding the use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology (AFR) and its implications for privacy rights and data protection.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th September 2019

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Domestic violence killings in UK at five-year high – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2019 in bills, domestic violence, homicide, news, statistics, victims, women by tracey

‘The number of domestic violence killings has reached a five-year high, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2019

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Government must end ‘irreparable harm’ inflicted on children whose mothers are in prison, warn MPs – The Independent

Posted September 10th, 2019 in children, families, imprisonment, news, select committees, sentencing, women by tracey

‘The government needs to take action to end the “irreparable harm” inflicted on children whose mothers are in prison, MPs and peers have warned. Courts often do not have adequate information about whether a defendant has children and how a sentence would impact their lives, the Joint Committee on Human Rights said.’

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The Independent, 9th September 2019

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Domestic abuse: Killers ‘follow eight-stage pattern’, study says – BBC News

‘Men who kill their partners follow a “homicide timeline” that could be tracked by police to help prevent deaths, new research suggests. Criminology expert Dr Jane Monckton Smith found an eight-stage pattern in 372 killings in the UK. The University of Gloucestershire lecturer said controlling behaviour could be a key indicator of someone’s potential to kill their partner.’

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BBC News, 27th August 2019

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Complaints by female and BAME military staff a ‘serious concern’ – BBC News

‘A “disproportionate” number of female and ethnic minority personnel in the armed forces file internal complaints, MPs have said.’

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BBC News, 7th August 2019

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Post-LASPO and the role of diversity in family law – Family Law

Posted August 5th, 2019 in diversity, equality, families, legal aid, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘Celebrations and policy campaigns continue to mark a 100 years of women in law. In 2017, as reported in the Law Society’s Annual Statistics Report Flyer 2018 ‘for the first time, the number of female practising certificate (PC) holders exceeded male colleagues…women made up 50.1% of all PC holders – up from 43.4% in 2007.’ Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) professionals as practising solicitors were at its highest at 16.5% of the profession. While significant strives have been made, little attention has been paid to the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) on the role of diversity, with particular reference to women and BAME, in family law.’

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Family Law, 5th August 2019

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Victims’ commissioner to meet woman who went into hiding after ex freed – The Guardian

‘The victims’ commissioner for England and Wales is to call for increased support for domestic abuse victims after a woman went into hiding when her violent ex-partner was released from prison early.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2019

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Women face discrimination over their periods at work: ‘It’s just an excuse to act like a b****’ – The Independent

Posted August 1st, 2019 in employment, equality, health, news, sex discrimination, statistics, women by tracey

‘Women are facing discrimination over their periods in the workplace and colleagues are not taking their pain seriously and subjecting them to scathing comments, according to a new poll.’

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The Independent, 31st July 2019

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Caster Semenya: Biology trumps gender identity, says IAAF – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2019 in appeals, equality, gender, news, sex discrimination, sport, women by tracey

‘Athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, has said “biology has to trump gender identity” after welcoming the decision to permit restrictions in testosterone levels of female runners.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2019

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Police must offer women detainees period products under new rules – BBC News

Posted July 24th, 2019 in codes of practice, detention, equality, health, human rights, news, ombudsmen, police, women by sally

‘Police in England and Wales must offer female detainees free sanitary products in case they are on their period while in custody, under new legislation.’

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BBC News, 23rd July 2019

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Government to legislate for legal advice on NDAs – Legal Futures

‘The government has pledged to change the law to ensure that employees signing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) receive independent legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2019

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Rural domestic abusers being protected by countryside culture – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2019 in domestic violence, news, police, reports, women by tracey

‘Rural women enduring domestic abuse are half as likely as urban victims to report their suffering and are being failed by authorities with perpetrators shielded by countryside culture, a report says.’

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The Guardian, 17th 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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The Warwick ‘rape chat’ case exposes universities’ failings on sexual violence – The Guardian

‘A series of mishandled sexual assault cases have shown how university policies aren’t supporting students.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2019

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Women’s World Cup: Unequal Prize Money ‘A Human Rights Breach’, Says Lawyers – Rights Info

Posted July 9th, 2019 in human rights, news, remuneration, sport, women by sally

‘FIFA is likely breaching its own human rights policies by awarding women footballers only 7.5 percent of the prize money men receive, legal experts say.’

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Rights Info, 9th July 2019

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Judge faces no action over drink-driver ‘being a woman’ remark – BBC News

‘A judge who said a drink-driver deserved a chance to avoid jail because she is a woman will not face sanctions.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2019

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NDAs: Millionaire given secrecy order over sex assault claims – BBC News

‘A senior British establishment figure was given anonymity after accusations of sexual harassment and assault in an employment case, it has been reported.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2019

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CPS cancels meeting on rape victims’ phone data due to legal action – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs and prosecutors have been accused of treating a coalition of women’s groups with contempt after cancelling a meeting to discuss concerns over requests to hand over mobile phone records in rape investigations.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2019

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Green bicycle mystery: Case ‘worthy of Sherlock Holmes’ – BBC News

Posted July 8th, 2019 in barristers, bicycles, evidence, legal history, murder, news, victims, women by sally

‘It was a murder trial that captivated a nation: a well-spoken former Army officer represented by the most famous barrister of the day stands accused of killing a vivacious, independent young woman.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2019

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Police face calls to end use of facial recognition software – The Guardian

‘Police are facing calls to halt the use of facial recognition software to search for suspected criminals in public after independent analysis found matches were only correct in a fifth of cases and the system was likely to break human rights laws.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2019

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