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Thousands of older people in low and middle-income countries are at risk of abuse and human rights violations when being admitted to care homes, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study provides the first systematic analysis of admissions practices for residential long-term care…
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a request by Ireland to find that people detained by the UK during the Troubles in the so-called Hooded Men case suffered torture. Dismissing the request by six votes to one, the ECHR said there was "no justification" to revise a 1978…
Thirteen NHS bodies have been threatened with legal action over policies which "breach the human rights of patients". The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is launching legal action against 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England over their policies on NHS Continuing Healthcare. NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is a…
In October 2017, Scotland became the only part of the UK where women are given the choice to take abortion medication at home. The decision by the Scottish government means women seeking “early abortion” in the first nine weeks of pregnancy can take the second of two necessary medications at…
The UK violates women's human rights by criminalising abortions in Northern Ireland, a UN committee has said. The country has strict restrictions covering cases like rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. The UN Committee on the elimination of discrimination against women said great harm and suffering was caused by carrying…
The British Government should urgently introduce measures addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland's violent past, Amnesty International said. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley is to consult on mechanisms for investigating historic wrongdoing envisaged in the Stormont House Agreement between the main parties following the collapse of powersharing talks. Amnesty said…
Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway said the voices of the terminally ill "deserve to be heard" as he won the first stage of his Court of Appeal challenge to an earlier ruling on assisted dying. The 68-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his illness,…
A social worker who was criticised by a family court judge investigating child sex abuse allegations is set to take her case to the European Court of Human Rights after winning a fight to remain anonymous. Judge Gavyn Arthur had been asked to make decisions about the truth of sex…
The poorest in society are being hit the hardest by the Government's tax and welfare changes, the official equality watchdog has warned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said an analysis of all the changes to tax, social security and public spending since the Conservatives came to power in…
A devout Christian was lawfully thrown off a Sheffield University social work course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about homosexuals and bisexuals on a Facebook page, a judge has decided. Felix Ngole, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, said he was expressing a traditional Christian view and complained that university…
A challenge at the UK's highest court over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law has concluded. Seven Supreme Court justices in London will give a ruling on the controversial issue at a date yet to be fixed, but thought to be early next year. The Northern Ireland Human…
Northern Ireland's strict abortion law is set to come under scrutiny at the UK's highest court. The case centres on the current law which makes it an offence for a woman to abort with a fatal foetal abnormality or where the pregnancy arises through rape or incest. Tuesday's proceedings in…
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