22 October 2021

BIHR’s round-up of the week's top human rights news, from BIHR and beyond...


News from BIHR

1. Our Human Rights Act Matters:

Right now, it is more important than ever to be making clear to those in power that we believe our Human Rights Act Matters. We know there are hundreds of stories and reasons out there as to why people, groups and organisations know that our Human Rights Act matters.

In the run up to this year’s Human Rights Day (on 10 December) we are asking people, groups, and organisations all across the country to share with us “Why our Human Rights Act matters…”. 

If you would like to take part in our campaign you can share a photo of your reasons for #WhyOurHumanRightsActMatters and share it on social media (remember to tag us or use #WhyOurHumanRightsActMatters). 


Other ways to get involved:

  • Click here to register for our upcoming Lunch and Learn on 2 November- Why our Human Rights Act Matters… in Advocacy (1pm-1.30pm)
  • Click here to read our blog series in which people are tell us why our Human Rights Act matter to them.
  • Click here to find out more about our campaign and other events.

2. BIHR Speaks at Together's State of Children's Rights webinar series

On Thursday we took part in Together's State of Children's Rights webinar series. Our Human Rights Officer Eilidh, gave a lightening talk on An Introduction to (Children’s) Rights Impact Assessments.

Together members then had a chance to discuss the main issues that they face in terms of (Children’s) Rights Impact Assessments and any examples of best practice. BIHR and Together are also currently working on a project to create a tool to support Together members in conducting Children Rights Impact Assessments (CRIAs), please contact Natalie at [email protected] if you would like to find out more about this project.

3. Government Consultations and Human Rights

We have now completed our 4 workshops on Government Consultations and Human Rights. We are currently working on working our way through the wealth of stories and data that we capture in our workshops . These will be included in our final report and support the co-production of a matrix which can be used to ensure a rights-respecting approach to government consultations, something we believe is much needed! You can read more about the project here.

Get involved

If you missed the workshops, you can also fill in our survey and share your experience with us. Click here for a plain English version with no images. Click here for an Easy Read version of the survey.

4. Coronavirus: Lessons Learned - A Human Rights Perspective

Last week, a report was published which examined the UK’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic in England. The report criticised the UK’s ‘fatalistic approach’ to the pandemic, as attempts were made to manage the spread of the virus instead of trying to stop it spreading altogether.


You can read our news story on this report and why it important to human rights here.

5. NEW RESOURCES! Cameras in health and social care and human rights

Since July 2021, we've been working in partnership with the Restraint Reduction Network to create new resources aimed at helping individuals and organisations to know their rights and responsibilities around surveillance and human rights.

These resources are now available and include:

  • An Easy Read guide to the use of cameras in health and social care
  • A Plain Language version
  • A joint resource on surveillance as a restrictive practice
  • An easy download poster on surveillance and human rights
  • A blog by RRN Manager, Alexis Quinn

BIHR and the RRN will also be running a webinar soon: ‘Surveillance: A rights-based approach’. Sign up to our waiting list to be notified when webinar registration is available.

6. Our work with public services

As part of BIHR’s Human Rights in Children’s Inpatient Mental Health Services project, funded by NHSE England, we are offering 5 open access free human rights workshops.

These workshops are for children, young people, parents, loved ones, self/advocates and lived experience groups. 

The first free workshop will be on 2nd November, 10:30am -12pm.

Register here for the workshop

Click here to find out more about the workshops


News from elsewhere

The Care Quality Commission’s State of Care Report 2020/21 Published

The State of Care is the Care Quality Commissions (CQC’s) annual assessment of health care and social care in England. The report looks at the trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve.

The report found that the impact of the pandemic on many who use health and social care services has been intensely damaging. Many people have struggled to get the care they need, and there is also evidence that some people have not sought care and treatment as a result of COVID-19.

Care Quality Commission


Committee examines if new powers to repel migrant boats break human rights law

This week the Joint Committee on Human Rights heard evidence on the human rights implication of the Nationalities and Borders Bill. It will examine if new powers to repel migrant boats break human rights law

Joint Committee on Human Rights


Disabled people urged to provide evidence for UN on government’s record on rights

Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have launched a fresh bid to hold the government to account over its implementation of the UN disability convention, four years after their previous efforts helped lead to ministers being accused of causing a “human catastrophe”.

A partnership of DPOs from across England are leading work to collect evidence from disabled people and their organisations on how the UK government has met its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Disability News Service