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We still have a few spaces left on our human rights open training courses.
At BIHR we aim for the light bulb moments- when people make the connection between human rights and the work they do every day. We move human rights from the law books to everyday life, using real examples and a practical human rights based approach.

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Wednesday 26 February- Human Rights Based Approach to Social Justice (ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT)
Wednesday 4 March - Human Rights Based Approach to Person Centred Care 
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PSNI data: European court rules ID policy breaches human rights

The indefinite storage of a convicted drink driver's DNA profile, photo and fingerprints by police is a breach of human rights, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
The ruling follows a decade-long legal battle by Fergus Gaughran against the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Mr Gaughran, from Newry, was convicted in 2008, but challenged the PSNI's policy of keeping offenders' ID data.
The ruling said a lack of safeguards in the data policy had been "decisive".

BBC News

Met Police's first facial recognition deployment in London results in no arrests

The Metropolitan Police’s first official deployment of facial recognition in London has resulted in no arrests and no matches to a list of wanted criminals.
A senior officer called it a “fantastic crime-fighting tool” when the force announced the controversial technology was being brought into use last month.
Critics have questioned its effectiveness, after only eight arrests were made as a result of scanning in three years of trials, and raised human rights concerns.

The Independent ​

MPs approve emergency terror law

Emergency legislation designed to end the release of people convicted of terrorism offences halfway through their sentence has been approved by MPs. It passed the House of Commons unopposed and the government hopes the measures will become law by the end of the month.

BBC News

Number of women killed by a partner or ex rises by almost a third, figures show
The number of women killed by a partner or ex has risen by almost a third in just one year, new figures show.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 80 women were killed by a current or ex-partner between April 2018 and March 2019 – a 27 per cent increase on the year before.
The number of female victims of overall homicides in England and Wales rose by 10 per cent in the year up to March 2019 – the highest number for 13 years.
Domestic abuse victims are not automatically entitled to a safe home from their local council and frontline service providers frequently encounter women who are forced to return their abusive partners to avoid being pushed onto the streets.

Matt Hancock facing legal challenge over 'repeated failures' in autism care

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is facing legal action over the "repeated failure" to give people with learning difficulties and autism the appropriate accommodation.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has taken the first step towards mounting a legal challenge over the "inappropriate inpatient care" of more than 2,000 people. It has sent a pre-action letter to Mr Hancock, arguing that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has breached the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).

The body says the department has failed to meet NHS targets to move patients to community-based settings, and to reduce the reliance on inpatient care of people with learning disabilities and autism. An inquiry into the often long-term detention of young people with learning disabilities or autism is ongoing



Same-sex marriage: Couple make history as first in NI

A couple have tied the knot in the first same-sex marriage to take place in Northern Ireland.

Robyn Peoples, from Belfast, and Sharni Edwards, from Brighton celebrated their nuptials on Tuesday at a ceremony in a hotel in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

"We didn't set out to make history - we just fell in love," she added.

BBC News

Jamaica deportation flight leaves with 'around 20' people

A planned deportation flight to Jamaica has taken off but with only around half of those due to have been on board after a court last night upheld a legal challenge.
As the government came under fire for proceeding with the flight, it was defended on Tuesday by the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, who said those onboard were not members of the Windrush generation but offenders who posed a risk to the public.

Women seeking asylum in UK being made homeless and attempting suicide, chilling report finds
Women seeking asylum who suffered rape in their home country are being made homeless and experiencing further sexual violence in the UK, a chilling report has found.
The study, published by Women for Refugee Women, found a third of the migrant women polled had attempted to take their own lives. 
Almost a third of women surveyed said they had been raped or sexually abused in their country of origin and this occurred again when becoming destitute in Britain.

The Independent 

Girl home-schooled due to lack of disabled toilets in Monmouthshire

An eight-year-old girl has been home-tutored for 20 months because of a lack of disabled toilets in schools.
Imogen Ashwell-Lewis has cerebral palsy and has not been able to find a school with suitable facilities since leaving Rogiet Primary in June 2018.
Monmouthshire council said it was following Welsh Government guidance.

Denial of bereavement benefits to unmarried parents 'breaches human rights', High Court rules

The government has been handed a fresh defeat at the High Court over its refusal to pay bereavement benefits to unmarried parents.

On Friday, the court ruled in favour of two single fathers who were left caring for young children after the deaths of their respective partners.



Doncaster care home breached residents' human rights

A resident in a dementia care home in Doncaster who was being ‘regularly restrained without suitable safeguards’ and had their ‘human rights breached’, a Government watchdog has ruled.

The Star


Compulsory religious education 'may breach human rights'

Making all pupils take part in religious education classes could see the Welsh Government taken to court for breaching human rights, a legal expert has warned.

Parents' right to withdraw their children from religion lessons will be removed under Wales' new curriculum.

BBC News


Travellers complain over Met officer's warning about funeral

Scotland Yard has been accused of “blatant discrimination” after an officer warned local businesses of the risk of hosting mourners from the Traveller community attending a funeral.

The warning to the businesses in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham prompted representatives of the Traveller community to send a complaint to the policing watchdog and to the Met commissioner, Cressida Dick.

The Guardian


Calls for exclusion zones outside UK abortion clinics amid protests

A leading provider of abortion care has criticised the Home Office for refusing to introduce exclusion zones after a group of anti-abortion activists protested outside a north London clinic on Saturday morning.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) said its clinic in Finsbury Park had never had any problem with demonstrations until Saturday, when staff and clients were met with a group of 45 people protesting outside the centre.

The healthcare provider said the group was stopping women as they left the clinic, approaching women as they tried to walk away, following them, and shouting they “love them”

The Guardian