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A disabled man who complained a High Court judge acted unlawfully when giving medics permission to take him from home to hospital and authorising the use of force has lost a legal fight. Aamir Mazhar, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, said an order made by Mr Justice Mostyn, who is…
Former detainees and a charity have won a challenge against a Government policy change on torture said to have led to asylum seekers fleeing persecution being wrongly detained in UK immigration centres. Mr Justice Ouseley ruled in their favour on Tuesday after hearing accusations that individuals were locked up during…
Terminally-ill Noel Conway has vowed to appeal against a legal decision which has denied him a say over how and when he will die. The 67-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his motor neurone disease, is dependent on a ventilator and was not at the…
A religious education teacher who said homosexuality was a sin during an online discussion has begun a human rights fight in the High Court after complaining that university bosses were wrong to throw him off a social work course. Felix Ngole, 39, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, said he was lawfully…
The consequences of recent and future changes to the criminal justice system and how this will affect offenders and victims will be explored at an event organised by the University of Leicester on Wednesday 27 September. The free public lecture, titled ‘What is the future of criminal justice and human…
A judge in a specialist court has made a landmark decision which will have implications for relatives of terminally ill people, lawyers say. Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled that a 50-year-old woman who had suffered from Huntington's disease for more than 20 years should be allowed to die after a…
Human rights campaigners have called for the establishment of an independent Scottish commission on social care. Judith Robertson, chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC), urged ministers and social care providers to do more to address gaps in the system. She argued a commission could help close those gaps…
Concerns have been raised about a "backlog" of patients in Scotland's secure hospital wards who are waiting to be moved to a less-restrictive environment. The Mental Welfare Commission raised the issue of human rights of patients in medium and low security forensic wards, saying some are "being held in conditions…
The chairwoman of a United Nations committee has accused the Government of creating a "human catastrophe" for disabled people in the wake of cuts. Policies pursued by the Government have "totally neglected" the vulnerabilities faced by disabled people, according to Theresia Degener, who chairs the UN's Committee on the Rights…
Disabled people are being "increasingly marginalised and shut out of society" as they bear the brunt of Government spending cuts, the UK's equality and human rights bodies have warned. Campaigners said the UK and devolved governments must start taking the human rights of disabled people more seriously, as officials prepare…
A United Nations committee will hear from British disability campaigners that the Government is breaching the rights of disabled people and ignoring requests for information on key issues. On Monday activists will tell the UN's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that their previous concerns have only…
Two landmark court challenges against the ban on same sex marriage in Northern Ireland have been dismissed. Mr Justice O'Hara rejected both cases, insisting the ban did not violate the rights of LGBT couples in the region. Delivering judgment at the High Court in Belfast, he said it was for…
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