24 September 2021

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


News from BIHR

Sneak peak at our research findings!

This week we have been writing up our findings from our recent workshops dedicated to gathering experiences of government consultation across the UK.





The above quotes came from the participants on our workshops with:

  • people and their loved ones who have responded to government consultations or have wanted to respond but not been able
  • community, voluntary and campaigning groups who respond to consultations with or on behalf of their communities and people they support
  • policy professionals who respond to government consultations as part of their professional lives.

The stories and data that we capture in our workshops 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

We have one more workshop which is for staff who work within public bodies. This is taking place on Wednesday 29th September 3 – 4.30pm. Click here to book your place.

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.

Check out our NEW RESOURCES on 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.



More NEW RESOURCES - 10 Easy Read, captioned human rights videos

We recently launched 10 new videos from a human rights workshop we delivered back in April 2021 with Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL).

The videos include information about

  • where human rights come from
  • how our Human Rights Act works
  • our right to be free from discrimination... and lots more!

You can watch all 10 of our new videos here.


Our work with community and advocacy groups

The BIHR team is hard at work collaborating with four new partner organisations to co-produce human rights “solutions”, as part of our work with communities.

Last week, we shared that we are teaming up with Hopscotch, Room to Heal, Together and Warrington Speak Up to work on a variety of resources to enable people to know and claim their rights.

Find out more about this project by watching the video below!


Our work with public services

This week, the BIHR team was excited to begin our work with our three newly recruited Lived Experience Expert Consultants who will be helping us develop and deliver a learning programme with NHS England on human rights in children and young people’s inpatient mental health services.

 Say hello to Kirsten, Charli and Hanna if you haven’t already!

 Find out more about this programme here.



Week of Action on Human Rights: 10-17 October 2021

From 10-17 October 2021, the British Institute of Human Rights and other human rights organisations are holding a Week of Action on Human Rights in the UK.

Want to get involved in the Week of Action?

  • Click here for our 12-step guide on how to influence your MP.
  • Click here for our Human Rights Officers, Annie and Natalie’s blog about how they are taking action and follow in their footsteps.
  • Click here for a captioned recording of BIHR’s workshop about why the Human Rights Act is worth saving and what you can do!
  • Attend Amnesty UK’s workshop: Top tips to influence your MP and engage local media. Monday 27 September, 6 - 7.30pm. Click here to register.
  • Attend Amnesty’s Stop the Rights Raid: Ask the experts event on Monday 4 October, 6 - 7.30pm. Click here to register.
  • Attend Just Fair and the Social Right’s Alliance workshop on tackling poverty as a human rights issue on Monday 11th October 1-3pm. Click here to Register.

Work with BIHR


This is a great opportunity for someone at the start of their career in human rights and/or communications, although applications from more experienced candidates are also welcomed.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 4 October 2021.

Click here to find out more about the role and how to apply.

Human Rights Day 2021

We are busy making exciting plans to celebrate our human rights on Human Rights Day 2021, Friday 10th December.

To register your interest and keep up to date with our plans, please click here.

News from elsewhere


  1. The UK has been added to Civicus Monitor’s international watchlist over threats to peaceful assembly.

Civicus Monitor is an online platform which tracks developments to civic freedoms like the right to freedom of assembly and associate and to freedom of expression, across 196 countries. The platform flagged legislative developments in the UK such as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill and the review of the Human Rights Act as well as the treatment of protestors and targeting of climate defenders amongst its concerns. 

You can read more here.

  1. Report by the Coronavirus and Learning Disability study published on 24 September 2021.

The findings reflect much of our experience-led research on the impact of Covid19 and human rights and provides an up to date picture of the experiences of people with learning disabilities and their loved ones, including the ongoing health and social care challenges.

You can read the full report here.

  1. A BBC investigation finds that children and young people face “agonisingly long waits” for mental health care.

The report draws attention to long wait times for care and support as well as inappropriate settings used where beds are not available on specialist wards. We see the impact of this every day in our work with children and young people and CAMHS staff.

You can read the article here. You can read about our work in CAMHS here

  1. Boris Johnson’s plan to impose a statute of limitations to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles before 1998 could be in breach of international law, a European human rights commissioner has told the government.

Dunja Mijatović of the Council of Europe wrote to the secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, saying the UK’s proposals were deeply problematic in regards to “access to justice and the rule of law.”

Lewis, states that these proposals were to inform engagement not offer a final decision.

You can read more here.