News from BIHR


We really enjoy delivering human rights sessions as a chance to engage with lots of different groups of people across the country and help them understand more about human rights and what they mean.

This week, we’ve supported people with disabilities to know their rights when accessing services with Inclusion Gloucestershire - particularly the right to private & family life! We also worked with Scottish Autism to support autistic adults accessing/trying to access health and care during Covid-19 and their loved ones to know and apply human rights in their lives. On Wednesday, we hosted our November Lunch & Learn on the right to be free from torture & inhuman or degrading treatment with our Communities of Practice. On Friday, we'll be working with senior social workers to support them to see their work as human rights work!!

Find out more about our work here!


We’ve got a great range of blogs for you to have a look at! Why not try our latest blog by Human Rights Officer Eilidh on using human rights to address violence against women.

You could also try our new blog by Research & Comms Assistant Jo on three important legal cases and challenges for human rights during Covid-19.

Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism

On Wednesday, the world commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This kick-started the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which ends with Human Rights Day on 10 December 2020.

This year, BIHR is taking part by sharing different resources each day! These resources include blogs and information from BIHR and others on human rights for women who have experienced violence. We'll also be sharing sneak previews of a brand-new tool we are helping to develop to support women to know and use their rights when rebuilding their lives after domestic violence.

Click on the button below to find out more!

News from Elsewhere...

  1. Emergency children’s care rules that removed protections dating back decades declared unlawful

"Emergency care rules that snatched away safeguards dating back decades have been declared unlawful, in what has been called “a huge victory for children’s rights”."

The Independent, 24 November 2020


  1. Coronavirus pandemic saw almost 90% of people with learning disabilities stripped of care

"Almost nine out of 10 people with a learning disability (87 per cent) have had their care packages taken away during the COVID-19 pandemic leaving them struggling to cope but more families now fear further cuts, new research reveals."

Home Care, 23 November 2020

Mencap press release of their research available here.


  1. Home Office broke equalities law with hostile environment measures

“The Home Office broke equalities law when it introduced its hostile environment immigration measures, a critical report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has concluded.”

The Guardian, 25 November 2020


  1. People with learning disabilities face ‘discrimination’ as data shows Covid death rate six times the average

"People with learning disabilities have faced “discriminatory practices” through the pandemic, an expert has warned, as data suggested they died from Covid at six times the rate of the general population during the first wave."

Community Care, 19 November 2020


  1. Deportation of man with children in UK was 'disproportionate', court rules

"Judges in Strasbourg found that the removal of Charles Unuane violated his right to family life as guaranteed by article 8 of the European convention on human rights"

The Guardian, 24 November 2020


  1. Domestic abuse victims with 'trapped capital' should not be denied legal aid, court rules

"Victims of domestic abuse should not be denied legal aid because they have assets trapped in a home, the high court has ruled."

The Guardian, 25 November 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.