13 May 2021

News from BIHR

10 Free Human Rights Sessions – apply now!

Does your organisation support people accessing/trying to access public services, their loved ones or carers? Want to know more about human rights, what they mean for the people you support and how you can use them to challenge policy and practice?

We are offering 10 more free human rights sessions to partner organisations to support you with this! Apply to request a session by 21 May. If more than 10 organisations get in touch, we will decide which organisations to work with based on our external criteria. Find out more here.

10 years on from Winterbourne View

In May, we’re holding two events to mark the anniversary of the Winterbourne View abuse coming to light, working with #Right2Home.

At our Lunch and Learn, we’ll be looking at key rights for people in health and care settings, particularly inpatients at ATUs like Winterbourne View, how advocates can support people to challenge practices and the duty on staff to protect and respect the rights of people accessing their services.

We’ll then take to Twitter for a Question Time to answer questions on human rights and ATUs – if you couldn’t make it the Lunch & Learns, send us your questions and we’ll answer them.

Follow the pic below to find out more and how to join:

New Easy Read Hub launched!

We’re really pleased to launch our new Easy Read Human Rights Info Hub!

Find all our easy read resources on human rights in one place! Follow the picture below or click this link to find it.

Vaccines Hub

Our new vaccines hub brings together all our handy resources on human rights and vaccines! Our latest resources include our Easy Read Guide to the Covid-19 Vaccine and Human Rights, and a blog by our Human Rights Officer Natalie on a European Court of Human Rights case relating to mandatory vaccination and how it might apply to the UK.

Follow the picture below it find it all!

News from Elsewhere...

  1. Deaths of people on benefits prompt inquiry call

    “The family of a woman who took a fatal overdose after her benefit payments were cut say they have begun a legal claim against the government.

    … Philippa's sister Imogen told the BBC her family had now begun a legal claim against the DWP and Capita including a claim under the Human Rights Act for violation of the right to life over their handling of the case.”

    BBC News, 10 May 2021

  2. Blanket bans on camping by Gypsies and Travellers ruled illegal at high court

    “The high court has ruled that local authorities can no longer issue blanket bans on Gypsies and Travellers stopping on parcels of land, in a landmark case which campaigners have hailed a “victory for equality”.”

    The Guardian, 12 May 2021


  3. The NHS Covid legacy - long waits and lives at risk

    “Covid has left a toxic legacy for the NHS, with hospitals facing a huge backlog, putting lives at risk, patient groups and staff are warning.”

    BBC News, 13 May 2021


  4. Britain’s immigration plans will ‘damage lives’ and undermine international cooperation, warns UN

    “Refugee agency ‘deeply concerned’ about ‘discriminatory’ approach and urges Home Office to ‘rethink’.”

    The Independent, 10 May 2021


  5. ‘Women at risk’ as police in England and Wales miss Clare’s Law deadlines

    “Police took over a month to disclose information about the criminal histories of suspected abusers in almost a quarter of applications for background checks approved last year, Observer analysis has found.”

    The Observer, 9 May 2021


  6. More care home residents died of Covid in second wave than first in England and Wales

    “More people died with Covid in care homes in England and Wales in the second wave of the pandemic than in the first, according to official figures.”

    The Guardian, 11 May 2021


  7. Cross-party MPs aim to force government to rectify rights breaches

    “A cross-party coalition of senior MPs including Labour’s Stella Creasy and the Conservative David Davis will try to use the Queen’s speech debate to force the government to comply with legal judgments that found it in breach of human rights.”

    The Guardian, 12 May 2021


  8. Met Police and Lambeth sued by Black activists for human rights breach

    “Lambeth Council and the Metropolitan Police Service have expressed regret after being found guilty of breaching the human rights of 34 Black activists following a landmark legal battle.”

    The Independent, 11 May 2021


  9. Covid in Scotland: Inspectors highly critical of Covid-hit care home

    “Residents in a Scottish care home at the centre of Covid outbreak experienced "unnecessary harm and suffering", according to inspectors.”

    BBC News (Scotland), 10 May 2021

Thanks for reading!

There has been a lot of sad human rights news this week, and we know it can be overwhelming. Why not take a moment to read our blog, Value of Human Rights in Health and Social Care: from Covid-19 and beyond, to remind yourself and reflect on the value that human rights have in helping us achieve dignified and independent lives.