17 December 2020

News from BIHR

Human Rights Day 2020

Last Thursday, 10 December 2020, was Human Rights Day. We marked this day by:

  1. Delivering a free, open human rights session in the morning for people to learn more about their rights and to hear about how human rights make change in people’s everyday lives;
  2. Hosting a human rights reception in the evening: ‘70 years of the Convention, 50 years of BIHR, 22 years of the Human Rights Act and 2020'; and
  3. Sending an open letter to the Prime Minister and political leaders, signed by 114 other organisations from across the UK, urging them to respond proportionately to Covid-19, protect people’s rights and the rule of law, and to stand by the Human Rights Act.

Find out more about our Human Rights Day action here!

News from Elsewhere...

  1. The Government's Responds to the Joint Committee on Human Right's report: The Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications

Read the Government’s response here, published 14 December 2020


  1. Isolation of children moving into secure care caused anxiety and increased self-harm, finds Ofsted

"Isolation of children moving into secure care caused anxiety and increased self-harm, finds Ofsted."

Community Care, 15 December 2020


  1. Home Office unlawfully leaving destitute and disabled asylum-seekers homeless, High Court rules

"The Home Office is leaving destitute asylum-seekers homeless in breach of the law due to its failure to monitor the operations of private firms contracted to manage asylum accommodation, the High Court has ruled."

The Independent, 15 December 2020


  1. Council breached Care Act in delaying assessment, not issuing plan and charging for intermediate care

"A local authority breached the Care Act 2014 when it failed to assess a woman’s needs for several weeks, produce a care plan when she was deemed eligible or provide her with free intermediate care, an investigation has found."

Community Care, 16 December 2020


  1. Councils withholding advocacy from parents with learning disabilities in child protection process

"Some local authorities are withholding or delaying advocacy support for parents with learning disabilities involved in child protection cases, contrary to good practice guidance and potentially breaching their human rights, a leading professional network has warned."

Community Care, 10 December 2020



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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.