Our pick of human rights news stories from the past week.

News From BIHR

Decision makers & disapplying regulations that breach people's human rights

Sanchita looks at a an important Supreme Court which overturned a decision by the Court of Appeal and confirmed they duty of decision makers to uphold human rights laws and to not follow subordinate legislation that breaches human rights. This case deals with the “bedroom tax” (spare room subsidy) but has a wider significance in terms of achieving the aim at the heart of our Human Rights Act, a culture of respect for human rights.


The difference between kindness and human rights

The 13 November was World Kindness Day. This blog looks at the difference between kindness and Human Rights 


Brexit, immigration and human rights

Part of a series of expert blogs commenting on how Brexit may affect human rights in a variety of sectors. This contribution is from Colin Yeo, immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website.


News From Elsewhere

International human rights experts to meet disabled protesters as part of UK probe

International human rights experts are to meet grassroots campaigners and activists next month to discuss how disabled people have been treated by police during peaceful protests.

A team from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will discuss the treatment of disabled protesters by the Metropolitan police at last month’s Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London.

Disability News Service

Couples to sue over Northern Ireland same-sex marriage delays

Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are planning legal action over government delays in converting civil partnerships into marriages.

The Guardian

EU citizens face deportation after Brexit if they miss application deadline, under hardline UK rules

EU citizens who miss the deadline to apply for residency after Brexit will only be granted leniency from deportation in exceptional circumstances, according to people briefed on the plans.

A narrow list of exemptions from deportation, such as people with physical or mental incapacity, or children whose parents fail to apply on their behalf, are included in government guidelines .

The Independent

Ruling allowing Serco to evict asylum seekers sets ‘dangerous precedent’

Campaigners are warning that a “dangerous precedent” has been set by a “brutal” ruling from Scotland’s highest court that evicting asylum seekers by changing their locks is lawful.

The judgement means an estimated 150 people in Glasgow can now be evicted. The Inner House of the Court of Session rejected an appeal by Govan Law Centre and upheld an earlier court verdict in favour of the multinational housing provider, Serco.

The Ferret

Public inquiry ordered over death of Sheku Bayoh in custody
A public inquiry is to be held into the death of a man in custody after prosecutors decided not to charge any police officers involved.
The Scottish government’s justice secretary, Humza Yousaf, announced there would be an independent investigation into Sheku Bayoh’s death in Kirkcaldy four years ago after the 31-year-old was restrained by nine police officers using batons, CS spray and pepper spray.

The Guardian 

 Man died in immigration detention after staff ‘dismissed’ stroke as sign he had taken spice
A man died in immigration detention after medical staff “dismissed” signs that he was having a stroke because they wrongly presumed that he had taken spice, an inquest has concluded.
Jamaican national Carlington Spencer, 38, died in hospital on 3 October 2017, after medical staff in Morton Hall took more than 48 hours to treat his condition as an emergency despite warnings he was “fire hot” and one side of his face was drooping, the jury heard.
In an unusual move, the coroner said  he was preparing a report to send to Morton Hall and Nottingham NHS on how to improve their response to such warnings and to prevent “confirmatory bias” by staff.

The Independent ​

Tory plan to water down Human Rights Act to protect ex-soldiers would turn UK into pariah, experts warn

Conservative plans to water down the Human Rights Act – to prevent prosecutions of soldiers accused of murders in Northern Ireland – will make the UK a pariah, the party has been warned.

The move could also lead to Britain leaving the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) altogether, at huge cost to the country’s reputation, legal experts said.

The Independent

U.K. Minister Apologizes for Case of Teen With Autism Kept in Seclusion

Matt Hancock, the British health secretary, publicly apologized to a teenager with autism who has spent close to three years in near total seclusion.

The New York Times