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Human Rights And Brexit 

This week saw the UK officially leave the European Union. Back in October we asked some experts to blog for us on the impact Brexit might have on Human Rights. You can read the blogs below. 

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Government ‘likely’ to have breached Human Rights Act over failure to overhaul regulations before fire, Grenfell Inquiry hears

The government is likely to have breached the Human Rights Act over its failure to overhaul buildings regulations in the years before the Grenfell Tower fire, the inquiry into the tragedy has heard.

Inside Housing


Met Police's facial recognition cameras 'inaccurate' and a 'serious threat' to human rights

The Met Police has starting deploying live facial recognition cameras in London, despite widespread criticism over its accuracy and the breach of civil liberties, led by the MP for Erith and Thamesmead.

The Met announced on Friday it would begin operating new Live Facial Recognition (LFR) technology to aid in fighting serious crime and help find wanted criminals and missing children.

Police say the technology will be an additional tool their daily operations with officers always making the final decision, but several Labour MPs and campaign groups have slammed the scheme as a "breathtaking assault on human rights."

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U.K. Proposes to Limit Accountability for Violations by Armed Forces

The British government is considering unprecedented and comprehensive measures designed to shield both individual members of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense (MoD) from legal scrutiny for historic alleged wrongdoing. The protections would apply in a manner likely inconsistent with the U.K.’s obligations under both international and domestic law.

Just Security


Court of Appeal rejects JR on assisted dying

A terminally ill man has lost his appeal for a judicial review on assisted dying. Phil Newby, who has motor neurone disease, had asked the courts to undertake a ‘detailed examination of the evidence’ to determine whether the ban on assisted dying was compatible with his human rights. The Court of Appeal refused permission for a judicial review. As in previous cases the court decided that a change in the law was a matter for parliament. Newby is considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Judge said parliament was entitled to consider the question in the context of human rights principles but added: ‘There is no right to death or suicide under the ECHR, to which effect has been given by the Human Rights Act 1998.’

The Law Gazette

Employment Tribunal provides reasoning in ethical veganism case

Following his headline-grabbing finding on 3rd January 2020 that “ethical veganism is a philosophical belief which qualifies as a protected belief within the meaning of section 10 of The Equality Act 2010”, Norwich Employment Tribunal Judge Postle has now provided his full determination.

UK Human Rights Blog

This is why ‘freedom of speech’ doesn’t mean anti-trans academics are free to spout views on ‘gender ideology’

Paul Johnson, a professor and head of the department of sociology at the University of York, explains for PinkNews why ‘freedom of speech’ doesn’t mean anti-trans academics are free to spout views on ‘gender ideology’.

Pink News


Court of Appeal upholds the right to roam of Romany and Travellers

The Court of Appeal, in The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Bromley v Persons Unknown [2020] EWCA Civ 12, has delivered a unanimous judgment reaffirming the rights of the Romany (‘Gypsy’) and Traveller community to live in accordance with their traditional, nomadic way of life.

The case is significant for two reasons. First, in recent years there has been a spate of local authorities applying for injunctions which prevent Romany and Travellers setting up unauthorised encampments in their boroughs. There are now 38 of these injunctions nationwide.

Despite the clear effect on Romany and Travellers of these injunctions, this case was the first time the Romany and Traveller community was represented at a hearing where an injunction was sought.  Further, it is the first case where an injunction of this sort has been considered by the Court of Appeal.

Lord Justice Coulson, delivering the leading judgment, gives clear guidance for local authorities, significantly limiting the scope for use of injunctions against the Romany and Traveller community in the future.

Second, in its judgment, the Court of Appeal reaffirms the centrality of a nomadic lifestyle to Romany and Traveller tradition and culture.

UK Human Rights Blog


Disabled man starved to death after DWP stopped his benefits

MPs and campaigners have called for an independent inquiry after it emerged a disabled man with a long history of mental illness starved to death just months after welfare officials stopped his out-of-work and housing benefits.

The Guardian


Human rights report to oppose extradition of Julian Assange to US

Julian Assange’s detention “sets a dangerous precedent for journalists”, according to politicians from the Council of Europe’s parliamentary arm, who voted on Tuesday to oppose the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition to the US.

The words of support for Assange and implicit criticism of the UK government will be contained in a final report produced by the Labour peer Lord Foulkes for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which focuses on upholding human rights across the continent.

The Guardian


Woman who was told man that filmed her naked without consent could not face charges wins fight for justice

A woman who was told the man who filmed her naked without her consent could not face charges has won a five-year fight for justice as the Crown Prosecution Service said it would look at the case again.

Interesting use of language- “The CPS has treated me inhumanely me from beginning to end, I was diagnosed with PTSD. I had a breakdown. This has completely derailed the last five years of my life. If only the CPS had dealt with this properly from the beginning.”

The Independent