This week’s news includes legal challenges to the Rwanda policy and brand-new Easy Read Human Rights postcards!

News from BIHR

We launched our new Easy Read Human Rights postcards!

We’re very proud to share our new Easy Read postcards which tell you about human rights. These were created as part of our co-design a human rights support “solution” programme. They cover:

We hope the postcards will help people with learning disabilities understand what rights they have and how their rights work. The postcards talk about real life stories of where rights have or have not been looked after.

We created these postcards together with Warrington Speak Up, an independent advocacy organisation in the north west of England, and Photosymbols who have a picture library featuring people with learning disabilities as the main characters. The postcards were also tested with the North West Regional Advocacy Forum.

Click here to see the postcards.

We released our newest Human Rights Act Reform briefing on Section 3!

In their Consultation on Human Rights Act Reform, the Government's questions gave us an idea of what changes they are thinking about making. One of these changes is to Section 3 of the Human Rights Act, which requires public bodies (such as courts) to interpret laws compatibly with human rights wherever possible.

We’ve created a plain language briefing which explains how this works at the moment and why it doesn’t need to change.

Click here to read our Section 3 briefing.

We continued our work with Scottish Recovery Consortium

We continued our workshops on Rights in Recovery, co-developed with people with lived experience of working with people in recovery from substance use.

Our Human Rights Officer, Natalie, and Assistant Human Rights Officer, Katie, spoke to the group about residential rehabilitation and housing, with Natalie saying it was a session full of “lightbulb moments” where people recognised how their human rights work in practice.

We hosted our first Lunch & Learn Campaigning Workshop

This week was the first of our four 45-minute Lunch & Learn workshops for anyone who wants to help stand up for our Human Rights Act! Our Human Rights Officers, Annie and Lauren, answered questions submitted by participants on how our Human Rights Act works.

Next week, they’ll be covering what changes the Government wants to make and the weeks after will be all about how you can take action.

Click here to sign up to our workshops.

News from elsewhere

Mothers and babies were moved out of unsuitable housing after Commissioners found it may breach their human rights

In April 2022, the Children's and Young People's Commissioner Scotland reported that housing for mums and babies seeking asylum in Glasgow breached human rights under the UN Convention on Rights of the Child and Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (the right to private and family life).

On Wednesday 18th May, it was reported that the last 12 mothers and babies have been moved out of this accommodation. A mother quoted in the story said her new accommodation is good with space for her baby to play.

Source: BBC News

Campaigners are taking legal action against Government plans to send people to Rwanda

50 people received notices from the Government, stating the Government intends to send them to Rwanda in the next two weeks. The Prime Minister said he expects a lot of legal opposition about the plans and when asked if he might respond with a review of the European Convention on Human Rights, he said “nothing is off the table.”

The flights were due to take place before the end of May but campaigners including Care4Calais say they have now been told no flights will take place before Monday 6th June. 

Source: The Guardian

The Northern Ireland Attorney General has referred a new Bill to the Supreme Court

A Northern Irish Bill that creates buffer zones around abortion clinics has been referred to the Supreme Court by the Attorney General. The Bill would creates an offence without an exception for "lawful excuse". The Supreme Court has been asked to determine whether that's a reasonable interference with protestors' rights to expression and assembly under the Human Rights Act.

Source: Irish Legal