9 July 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 New Work with Community and Advocacy Groups!

Last week,BIHR launched our new project Co-Design a Human Rights “Solution” with BIHR. 61 groups and organisations registered for a workshop that was help on 1 July. The variety of different groups and organisations all in one room to discuss human rights was amazing, and we learned so much. You can read a twitter thread about our initial learnings here.

The next step of the project is that we will work with a number of partner organisations to work together to co-design a human rights "solution" for the groups, members or the people they support.

The Human Rights Act Hub

We've put together a new hub where you can find out all you need to know about the Human Rights Act, how it works and how people have used it to change their lives (beyond the courts).

News from Elsewhere...

UK GPs ‘refused registration to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller patients’ during Covid-19 pandemic

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community members were refused care by British GP practices during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in what has been described as a breach of equalities law, it has been revealed.

In a “mystery shopping” exercise conducted by Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) – a leading national charity that works on behalf of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers – 74 out of 100 of GP surgeries appeared to break NHS England guidance by refusing to register a nomadic patient in March and April of this year.

The Independent 

Human Rights Act Review: Do not risk UK’s constitutional settlement and enforcement of rights by amending Act, urge MPs and Peers

Amending the Human Rights Act could constitute a risk to the UK’s constitutional settlement and to the enforcement of our human rights, warns the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Amending the Human Rights Act could constitute a risk to the UK’s constitutional settlement and to the enforcement of our human rights, warns the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights

Policing Bill: MPs vote for ‘draconian’ protest laws despite mounting opposition

MPs have voted for “draconian” protest laws in spite of mounting warnings over human rights and questions over whether police want or need the powers. A bill backed by the House of Commons would allow police to impose restrictions on protests based on noise and ban demonstrations by a single person.

It would also create a criminal offence of “public nuisance”, lower the bar for prosecuting people who violate conditions and increase maximum prison sentences to a year.The Liberal Democrats failed in a bid to cut the controversial clauses out of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Monday after their amendments were voted down – the main one by 354 votes to 273.

The Independent

David Lammy speech: “Human rights are an integral part of Labour’s mission”

This week Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy delivered a speech on strengthening human rights to the Institute for Public Policy Research. You can read the full speech here.

You can BIHR Director, Sanchita Hosali's twitter thread welcoming the commitment to clarifying which public bodies have legal duties & incorporating international standards whilst highlighting holding the "status quo", exploring creative solutions to make human rights protection a practical rather than policy debate is actually radical, progressive approach here.

Thanks for reading!

There is often a lot of sad human rights news, and we know it can be overwhelming. Why not take a moment to read our blog, Value of Human Rights in Health and Social Care: from Covid-19 and beyond, to remind yourself and reflect on the value that human rights have in helping us achieve dignified and independent lives.