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Buy on Get One Free Human Rights Training!

We have a couple of places left on our Human Rights training day for Health and Social Care Providers next Wednesday (10 March) in Central London.

We are offering the last few places as 2 for 1!
Get in touch at [email protected] If you have already bought a ticket speak to us about bringing a friend/ colleague!

Explainer: Human Rights Act
The Human Rights Act has been in the news a lot recently. But what does this law actually do and what does it mean for each of us, everyday?
We explain why the Human Rights Act matters and how it protects all of us.

We Are Hiring!
Are you committed to bringing human rights to life beyond the courtrooms?
Come join our team here at BIHR. We're hiring a part-time Research and Communications Assistant.

Human Rights Training for Advocates, Self Advocates and  Community Organisations
"So much training is theoretical and does not translate into knowing how to use human rights in practice. This breaks this trend!"
This was just one of the lovely pieces of feedback from our first open training on a Human Rights Based Approach to Social Justice. 
We have one more of these sessions on Wednesday 10 March. We would love to see you there.
Our 15% for small voluntary organisations will apply.

News From Elsewhere...

Upholding the rights of disabled people through the courts

Blog from EHRC on the recent Court of Appeal case: TP, AR & SXC v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The Court of Appeal upheld the judgments of the High Court, finding that certain aspects of the scheme to migrate people onto Universal Credit were discriminatory against disabled people.



Universal Credit linked to mental health problems for 63,674 people, study finds

Tens of thousands of people may have become clinically depressed as a result of universal credit, according to a study which says the welfare reform must be “fundamentally modified” to reduce mental health harms.

A report published in The Lancet found the introduction of universal credit was associated with a 7 per cent increase in psychological distress among recipients since the benefit was introduced – equivalent to an estimated 63,674 unemployed people.

Of these, over a third – or 21,760 individuals – may have become clinically depressed, according to the researchers from the University of Liverpool.

The Independent

Met Police chief backs legislative framework for police tech

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has called on the government to introduce an “enabling legislative framework” to outline how police should or should not use emerging technologies.

On the MPS website, the force lists the laws and legislation it claims enables it to use LFR, which includes the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Data Protection Act 2018 among others.

Computer Week


Stormont: Only Jim Allister objects as bill of rights committee set up

MLAs have agreed to set up a new committee to examine a potential bill of rights for Northern Ireland – but it will not report for more than two years.

Belfast Newsletter


'Cover-up': DWP destroyed reports into people who killed themselves after benefits were stopped

The Department for Work and Pensions has been accused of “a cover-up” after destroying reports into suicides linked to benefits being stopped.

Around 50 reviews into deaths following the loss of social security payments before 2015 have been shredded, officials have admitted – blaming data protection laws.

However, the data watchdog has said there was no requirement to destroy the reports by any particular date and that a “public interest” exemption could have been used.

The Independent


Corporate witnesses in Grenfell Tower inquiry given immunity from prosecution

Witnesses from firms called to the Grenfell inquiry have won their fight for immunity from prosecution for their evidence, despite a lawyer for the victims describing the idea as “abhorrent”.

Suella Braverman, the new attorney general, has accepted a request from the inquiry’s chairman after architects and builders behind the tower’s refurbishment threatened to withhold testimonies.

The Independent

Delay in treating disabled boy's toothache 'indefensible'

Delays in treating a severely disabled boy thought to have had toothache for five months were "little short of an outrage", a judge has said.

The autistic boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, could not say he had toothache and started banging his head against walls due to the pain.

Mr Justice Hayden said the handling of the boy's case by Cardiff and Vale health board was "indefensible".

The health board apologised and said it would launch an internal inquiry.

BBC News