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The High Court in Belfast is set to hear a legal challenge to a decision to prosecute a woman who obtained abortion pills for her teenage daughter. Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland. Abortion is illegal except where a woman's…
A transgender man whose baby is at the centre of an historic human rights battle cannot yet get child benefit, a High Court judge has been told. The baby could become the first person born in England or Wales who will not legally have a mother. Lawyers say the baby…
Former politician and broadcaster Trevor Phillips has said he was "complicit" in workplace harassment of young women. The former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who has worked for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, said that such behaviour was commonplace in the world of television. Phillips admitted…
More support should be offered to those who represent themselves in court to ensure they get a fair trial, researchers have suggested. Ulster University academics have examined the barriers people face when they attend court without a lawyer. The resulting report has called for cultural change and more information to…
Britain's treatment of immigrants means it is no better than human rights abusers, a former minister has warned. Labour's David Lammy said the country's moral authority is "in the gutter" as he criticised the Home Office for detaining and imprisoning thousands of people every year, adding survivors of torture and…
Faith-based objections have no place in the secular same-sex marriage debate in Northern Ireland, the son of former Irish president Mary McAleese said. It is the only part of the UK in which what campaigners term marriage equality has not been legalised due to religious-inspired opposition from its largest party,…
Barnardo's has become the first children's charity in Northern Ireland to publicly voice support for the recognition of same-sex marriage. It made the announcement on Wednesday to coincide with Belfast Pride's Coming Out for Change campaign, and just days before the city's Pride parade. Northern Ireland is the only region…
A ruling that a man with an extensive brain injury should be allowed to die without his family going before a judge has been upheld by the UK's highest court. From June 2017, the 52-year-old financial analyst, who can be identified only as Mr Y, was in a prolonged disorder…
A major review of women's rights in Britain has found "failures" in many areas of life, including violence and harassment at work. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) made a series of recommendations aimed at protecting women from sexual harassment or violence and strengthening support services. Its report also…
Thousands of people with learning disabilities are "trapped" in institutional care and are having their "human rights routinely ignored", MPs have heard. Lib Dem former health minister Norman Lamb warned that more than 2,400 people in hospitals and care homes across the UK were being treated as "second class citizens".…
The UK's most senior judge has called for an overhaul of mental health laws. Supreme Court president Lady Hale said it is "time for yet another Mental Health Act" to ensure the UK meets its international obligations on human rights. She said the number of people being detained under the…
A committee of MPs has demanded "root and branch reform" of the Home Office's culture, policies and approach to immigration following the Windrush scandal. A report by the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) questioned whether the "hostile environment" approach promoted by Theresa May as home secretary should…
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