15 April 2021

News from BIHR

Free, open human rights Lunch & Learns this month!

Every final Wednesday of the month, we hold free Lunch and Learns. Our Lunch and Learns are informal chats with a member of BIHR staff on a different human rights topic each month. Usually, access is exclusive to our Communities of Practice members.

But for April’s Lunch and Learns, we’ve decided to make them open access so everyone can join! This means you can come along even if you’re not a member of our Communities of Practice. Click the button below to find out more, or follow this link


 Our new resources on vaccines and human rights

Last week, we published two new resources to help everyone understand how human rights are at play when thinking about vaccines:

  1. Our Short Guide: the Covid-19 Vaccine and Human Rights - we look at restraint, capacity, mental health & vaccine passports through a human rights lens
  2. Our blog: 3 Important Cases about the Covid-19 Vaccine – we look at 3 important Court of Protection cases and explain how human rights are at the centre of best interests decisions about the Covid-19 vaccine

News from Elsewhere...

  1. Priti Patel’s detention policies found to breach human rights rules

    “A landmark court ruling has held the home secretary, Priti Patel, accountable for failures in ensuring that deaths in immigration detention centres are properly investigated.”

    The Guardian, 14 April 2021

  2. Disabled woman who died in Sheffield hospital ‘ignored’, parents tell inquest

    “The parents of a young disabled woman who died after she went into hospital for a routine eye operation have told a coroner that doctors ignored their daughter’s attempts to communicate.”

    The Guardian, 12 April 2021

  3. Government proposes mandating Covid-19 vaccination for care home workers

    “The government has proposed making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for care home staff working with older people, after scientists warned immunisation levels were below recommended levels in nearly half of such homes.”

    Community Care, 14 April 2021

    Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes with older adult residents, Government press release, 14 April 2021

  4. Covid: Government ‘told vaccine passports could be unlawful by rights watchdog’

    “The government has been warned by its own equalities watchdog that covid-status certificate schemes or “vaccine passports” could be discriminatory, it has been reported.”

    The Independent, 15 April 2021

  5. Social care cuts and increased charges causing ‘huge distress’ to disabled people

    “Survey of disabled people reveals four in five have faced cuts in packages or increased charges during the pandemic, as providers report council fee rates not keeping pace with costs”

    Community Care, 13 April 2021

  6. Holyrood bills to be challenged by UK government

    “The UK government is to challenge parts of two bills passed by the Scottish Parliament. MSPs unanimously approved the bills relating to children's rights and local government last month.”

    BBC News (Scotland), 12 April 2021

  7. UK armed forces bill would limit war crimes accountability: UN rights chief

    “In a statement, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged Parliament to heed warnings that the proposed new Overseas Operations Bill risks undermining key human rights obligations that lawmakers have previously agreed to.”

    UN News, 12 April 2021

  1. Home Office placed hundreds of asylum seekers at ‘serious risk’ of fire in Napier Barracks, document reveals

    “The Home Office placed hundreds of asylum seekers in military barracks where they were at “significant risk” of a fire breaking out, previously unseen documents show.”

    The Independent, 14 April 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.