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Befriending Group's Story

A mental health hospital had a practice of detaining asylum seekers using the Mental Health Act without using an interpreter even if they spoke little or no English. Members of a user-led mental health befriending scheme used human rights language to successfully challenge this practice after attending a BIHR session. They were able to argue that it breached the asylum seekers' right not to be discriminated against on the basis of language and their right to liberty. 

Key information

BIHR Example

Rights this relates to: 
Article 5: Right to liberty
Article 14: Right to be free from discrimination

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