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The fight against Covid-19: Whose life counts?

With the news of people with learning disabilities and older people  having Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders applied to them, with little consultation, BIHR Director Sanchita looks at the right to life, non-discrimination and Coronavirus.

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The Coronavirus Outbreak and Human Rights 

We have created an online hub for all our Coronavirus information, including our plan for ensuring that human rights are upheld during the Coronavirus outbreak and our new online human rights training.

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News From Elsewhere...

Covid-19: government threatened with JR over outdoor exercise limit

A human rights firm has hinted that it will pursue judicial review action over the government’s limit on outdoor exercise, saying it disproportionately affects families with disabilities.

Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 people can leave their home for only specified reasons, including exercise. Guidelines in England suggest this should be taken only once a day; in Wales once a day is the law. Bindmans has asked the government to reconsider its policy and says it has sent a letter pursuant to the pre-action protocol for judicial review. The firm says the policy breaches the Human Rights Act and Equality Act.

The Law Society Gazette 

Coronavirus: How woman ‘loitering’ at train station was wrongfully convicted in shambolic case

No one knows why Marie Dinou was “loitering between platforms” at Newcastle Central railway station on Saturday morning. She did not tell the police who questioned her, the lawyer who saw her in custody, or the court that found her guilty of an offence under new coronavirus laws.

The 41-year-old is not believed to have spoken a word between the moment of her arrest and the moment she was fined £660 in the first known case of its kind. Her conviction is to be quashed after police admitted that the wrong law was used to prosecute her, and the case “shouldn’t have happened”.

The Independent 

Scots human rights chief's concern over Coronavirus emergency laws

Concerns over the sweeping new controls in areas like social care, mental health law, restrictions on people’s movement and quarantine measures contained in the Coronavirus Act have been highlighted by the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

The Scotsman


Coronavirus: Single parents take government to court over welfare rules

A group of single parents who cannot claim welfare payments because of their migration status are suing the government.

A hearing at the High Court will hear pleas for the restrictions to be lifted due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Lawyers say tens of thousands of people are affected, mainly mothers from commonwealth countries with UK-born children, who work in low-paid jobs.

BBC News