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Council bosses have paid a vulnerable transgender teenager nearly £5,000 damages after a member of staff breached his human rights by revealing personal information. The teenager, now 17, had taken legal action, saying the disclosure of information had damaged his mental health. His legal team, headed by barrister Sarah Morgan…
The hugely important UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities aims to ‘promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity’. Among its principles are respect for ‘individual…
New guidelines will allow immigration detainees to be put in solitary confinement for being "stubborn", a leading human rights campaign group has said. Liberty condemned the "unprecedented" new Home Office guidelines which it said would also allow segregation of detainees at immigration removal centres for periods longer than 14 days.…
The head of civil rights group Liberty has accused the Government of deliberately fostering a hostile environment for immigrants which has helped fuel a spike in hate crime after the Brexit vote. Martha Spurrier, who has taken over the high-profile role as director of Liberty from Shami Chakrabarti, suggested Prime…
Two children who were taken into care have won a family court damages fight after a judge criticised the way a council had handled their case. Judge Stuart Farquhar said the youngsters - a boy, 12, and his 11-year-old sister - should each get £20,000 from West Sussex County Council.…
The NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) is seeking your views on the way it communicates with individuals and organisations across Wales. The CEHR is keen to further develop its communications and also find out more about what information people need about equality and human rights. As part…
David Cameron will risk a major row with opposition MPs and civil liberties organisations by pushing ahead with plans for a new Bill of Rights. The Government will publish proposals for a British Bill of Rights, arguing that it will restore "common sense" to human rights legislation. But any move…
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) have launched a new set of films and an eBook exploring the Human Rights Act, its role in our democracy, and its achievements in protecting our human rights over the 15 years it has been in force. The government has promised to 'scrap'…
Shami Chakrabarti, one of Britain's most vocal civil liberties supporters, is to leave human rights campaign group Liberty. The 46-year-old announced her departure from her role as the organisation's director after 12 years in which she has repeatedly clashed with governments. During her time at the helm, Liberty has fought…
Dr Simon Hoffman, from the College of Law and Criminology at Swansea University has been asked to act as Vice Chair of a working group that will develop proposals for legislative guidance in respect of human rights for older people. The working group will submit its proposals to the Welsh…
The body representing local authorities in Scotland has launched its a new plan for disabled people based on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the European Convention on Human Rights (UNCRPD). Disabled people make up a large number of the people who use the services…
A landmark legal challenge to relax Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws has been successful. The challenge was brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), which wants access to legal terminations in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. Judge Mr Justice Mark Horner told Belfast High Court:…
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