Our pick of human rights news stories from the past week.

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Explainer: JHRC report on the detention of young people with learning disabilties and/or autism

he Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) published a report on the detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism. The report condemns the “horrific reality” of conditions and treatment under which many young people with learning disabilities and autism are detained in mental health hospitals, “inflicting terrible suffering on those detained and causing anguish to their distraught families”.

BIHR Briefings and Explainers

Brexit Blog: The Impact of Brexit on human rights in Scotland

Part of a series of expert blogs commenting on how Brexit may affect human rights in a variety of sectors. This contribution is from Mhairi Snowden, Coordinator of the Human Rights Consortium Scotland looks at the impact Brexit may have on human rights in Scotland.


Brexit Blog: Brexit and the rights of EU citizens in the UK

As part of a series of expert blogs commenting on how Brexit may affect human rights in a variety of sectors, Maike Bohn, Cofounder of the3million blogs on Brexit and the rights of EU citizens in the UK.


News From Elsewhere

'Brexit uncertainty' halts anti-trafficking work in Glasgow

Anti-human trafficking measures at Glasgow airport have been suspended because of Brexit uncertainty, Border Force staff have told inspectors.

Romanian officers had been travelling to Scotland to deal with “high-risk” flights from their country as part of a collaboration described in an inspection report on Glasgow and Edinburgh airports as “extremely useful”.

The Guardian

AI system for granting UK visas is biased, rights groups claim

Immigrant rights campaigners have begun a ground-breaking legal case to establish how a Home Office algorithm that filters UK visa applications actually works.

They fear that the AI “streaming tool” created three channels for applicants including a “fast lane” that would lead to “speedy boarding for white people”.

The Guardian


Met police accused of 'degrading' treatment of disabled XR activists

The Metropolitan police’s advisers on disability have accused the force of “degrading and humiliating” treatment of disabled activists during the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London this month.

A formal complaint by the Met’s disability independent advisory group says members are “disappointed and angered” the force failed to engage with them over the policing of the protests, and the Met may have caused “irreparable damage” to relations with disabled people.

The Guardian


Mental Health: police detentions up 30% in five years

The number of times police have detained someone under the Mental Health Act has risen by nearly a third in Wales over the last five years.

Better support is needed to avoid a "revolving door" where the same people are repeatedly detained and released, an assembly committee has said.

BBC News Wales


More children to be sent to Feltham despite damning inspection finding youth jail unsafe

More children are to be sent into a notorious youth prison just months after an inspection found “appalling” conditions were making it unsafe.

An urgent notification was issued to Feltham Young Offenders Institution (YOI) in July after HM Chief Inspector of Prisons uncovered rocketing self-harm and violence.

The Independent

Frozen eggs storage 10-year limit 'should be changed'

There is no scientific reason for the 10-year limit on storage of frozen eggs, which is forcing some women to destroy them before they are ready to become parents, say fertility experts.

Sarah Norcross, director of fertility charity the Progress Educational Trust, said the current limit was "a very clear breach of human rights".

BBC News

Rape victims face ‘culture of disbelief’ despite #MeToo movement, says commissioner

People who are raped face a “culture of disbelief” when trying to obtain justice, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales has said.

Dame Vera Baird QC said a combination of myths surrounding rape and a drop in the number of prosecutions, despite record volumes of cases being reported to police, meant many victims feel like they were unsupported by the criminal justice system.

Dame Vera said the lack of convictions was particularly disappointing given the good work of the #MeToo campaign in encouraging victims to come forward.

The Independent


European Court of Human Rights rules against United Kingdom in ‘Bedroom Tax’ case

Last Thursday the European Court of Human Rights ruled, in the case of A v the United Kingdom, that the so called ‘bedroom tax’ unlawfully discriminates against vulnerable victims of domestic violence.

Matrix Chambers