3 September 2021

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

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News from BIHR

Our work with public bodies

At the start of the summer we partnered with a large NHS trust in the North of England to develop a special programme of work to train staff in GP practices on human rights and vaccine delivery. The aim of the programme was to ensure that human rights were the foundation of policy and practice in vaccine delivery. BIHR focused learning on potential issues around vaccine delivery to patients on the GP learning disability register. The programme was intended to give staff greater confidence in using a human rights framework to work through potentially difficult situations balancing reduced capacity and a patient’s right to make their own choices on vaccinations. BIHR’s activities focused on developing and delivering learning support for staff in a range of roles within GP surgeries (at a range of levels) to increase their knowledge and confidence of human rights law, and how to implement this in their practice.

Take a quick look at the impact this special programme has had:  

Visit our Impact hub to find out more about how our other projects have helped bring about change with people, communities, staff, and through policy.

Our policy work

This week has been a busy week for our exciting new project all about government consultation. We have nearly 100 people signed up to attend one of our workshops which start next week.

We are also asking everyone who has an interest in the way that government consultations are ran to fill in our survey. It doesn’t matter if you are coming to a workshop or not, we would love to hear from you! Please note – we will be asking different questions in our workshops, so please do both if you are able.

To fill in the survey and contribute towards this important project please click here. We have also produced an easy read version on the survey here.

Workshops (Links to zoom registration page)  

Wednesday 8th September – 2.30pm – 4pm: 

People (that access services) 

Wednesday 15th September – 2.30pm – 4pm: 

Communities (community groups, grass roots campaigns, advocates) 

Thursday 16th September – 3pm – 4.30pm:  

Policy (organisations that regularly work in policy) 

Wednesday 29th September – 3pm – 4.30pm: 

Staff (that work within public services/bodies incl. health and care) 

Please visit our project hub to learn more about this project and to register your place on of our workshops.

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. Click here to find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved.

One of the key things we are asking people to do during this week of action is to meet with their local MP to show how much you care about human rights. We want to ask our MPs, the elected politicians who represent us, to protect our rights.

Two of our human rights officers Annie and Natalie, are ‘practicing what we preach’ and taking part in the week of action. Both Annie Smith and Natalie Grubb have now written to their MPs and asked to meet with them during the week of action to talk about the campaign, and about their worries on proposed changes to legislation that would affect our human rights here in the UK.

Natalie is writing regular blog updates on the actions that she is taking for the week of action. You can read about her lobbying efforts and get ideas on how best to write to you MP on our blog.

Free workshop: Supporting Our Human Rights Act: What you need to know.

Monday 6th September 6pm – 7.30pm

In the run up to the Week of Action, BIHR are holding a free workshop: Supporting Our Human Rights Act: What you need to know. This is taking place on Monday 6th September 6pm – 7.30pm.

This is a brilliant chance to learn more about our Human Rights Act and get involved with the Week of Action campaign. The event will look at the Act, with a spotlight on Articles that are most relevant to proposed legislative changes that are currently progressing through parliament. Our director, Sanchita Hosali, and two human rights officers, Annie and Natalie, will be hosting the event and answering any questions about that campaign that you might have.

You can register for this workshop here.

Work with BIHR – 2 Exciting Opportunities

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. This associateship will run for 12 months from the start date; BIHR will re-recruit each year. You can find out more in our Job Description and Personal Specification, including further information about BIHR, the main tasks and responsibilities (with examples of regular tasks) and the application criteria for the role.

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

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


BIHR is investing in the building a new website to create a new high quality, engaging platform that will effectively showcase BIHR's human rights support for our key stakeholders and share our charity's impact. We are looking for a freelance Project Manager to lead this work with us.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest for this work is 12pm on Monday 13 September 2021.

Click here to find out more about the role and how to submit an Expression of Interest.

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

Ministers’ plans for voter ID risk breaching human rights law, warns report

Government plans for voter ID risk breaching human rights law by discriminating against as many as 2 million elderly, disabled and ethnic minority people, a report has warned.

The report, published by parliament’s cross-party Joint Committee on Human Rights, warned that the demand to show photo ID at the polling station could deny the right to vote to large numbers of people and create barriers to minority groups participating in elections.

The Independent

Read the report on Legislative Scrutiny: Elections Bill here.

Millions of children in religious groups in England and Wales vulnerable to abuse

Millions of children involved in religious organisations, including Sunday schools and madrasas, are vulnerable to sexual abuse in cultures where victim blaming, abuse of power and mistrust of external authorities are common, a report says.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said there was “no doubt that the sexual abuse of children takes place in a broad range of religious settings”.

The Guardian