News from BIHR

Our new resources on vaccines and human rights

This 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

New easy read BIHR resources published!

We’ve been working hard to write lots of new easy read resources for people to learn more about their human rights. Find out more about them here!


News from Elsewhere...

  1. Babies and toddlers can join two visitors inside care homes in England from 12 April

    “Care home residents in England will be allowed two regular visitors indoors from 12 April and will also get the chance to see babies and toddlers – in a bid to reunite grandparents with their grandchildren.”

    Care Home Professional, 6 April 2021

  2. SEND judicial review and how LAs spin tales about “litigious” parents

    “So in 96% of JR claims about EHCPs, the LA backed down – usually in fullwithout families having to engage the courts at all. Nonetheless, local authorities didn’t back down in every case. A few ended up going further.”

    Special Needs Jungle, 8 April 2021

  3. Action launched to challenge trip ban for England care home residents

    “People living in care homes are being treated by Public Health England as if they are “different species”, according to a campaigner whose organisation has launched a challenge to a ban on residents making trips.”

    The Guardian, 2 April 2021

  4. Death of sickle cell disease patient who rang 999 from hospital bed could have been prevented, coroner says

    “A patient suffering sickle cell crisis who rang 999 from his hospital bed after being refused oxygen would not have died if medics had recognised his symptoms and given him a blood transfusion quicker, a coroner has said.”

    The Independent, 6 April 2021

  5. NHS hospital trust facing prosecution after death of woman and child

    “A hospital trust is facing prosecution for alleged breaches of patient safety that are said to have led to the deaths of a mother of six and a child who was brain damaged at birth.”

    The Guardian, 6 April 2021

  6. UK's 'headlong rush into abandoning human rights' rebuked by Amnesty

    “Amnesty International has published a stark rebuke of the UK government’s stance on human rights, saying that it is “speeding towards the cliff edge” in its policies on housing and immigration, and criticising its seeming determination to end the legal right for the public to challenge government decisions in court.”

    The Guardian, 7 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.