Weekly Human Rights News: 23-06-23
This week’s human rights news includes our CEO’s speech at a Learning Disability Week conference and an update on the Council of Europe’s report.
Our CEO spoke at All Wales People First’s AdFest
AdFest is an annual learning disability conference hosted during Learning Disability Week by All Wales People First – a united voice of self-advocacy groups and people with learning disabilities in Wales. This year, our CEO, Sanchita Hosali, attended and spoke about the importance of protecting our Human Rights Act. She also shared our Easy Read resources and met with other groups and organisations that use our Human Rights Easy Read postcards in their work.
We shared our new pages on LGBT+ rights and the Human Rights Act
To mark Pride Month 2023, we’re pleased to be able to share two new Get Informed pages focused on LGBT+ rights and the way the Human Rights Act can and has been used for advocacy. Our pages focus on key rights including the right to private life and the right to be free from discrimination, as well as the obligation placed on public bodies to respect, protect and fulfil rights.
News from Elsewhere
The Council of Europe adopted its report on UK human rights reform
On Thursday 25th May, Rapporteur Kamal Jafarov published his draft report on UK human rights reform. On Tuesday 21st June (one year on from when the Rights Removal Bill was first introduced to Parliament), the report was adopted (agreed) by the full Parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe. All UK representatives who voted on the report voted in favour of adopting it.
A man in prison was given permission to marry his girlfriend
55-year-old Levi Bellfield is serving two whole-life orders in prison. He applied to marry his girlfriend but this was refused by the prison governor. Under Article 12 of the Human Rights Act, the right to marry can only be interfered with if it is lawful, legitimate and proportionate. While the UK Government is trying to ban people who are serving whole-life prison sentences from getting married through the Victims and Prisoners Bill, there is not currently a law preventing people in prison getting married. After Levi decided to bring a human rights case, his application was granted so he will be able to marry.
Source: The Independent
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