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

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Northern Ireland: Abortion decriminalised and same-sex marriage legalised!

New laws came into place in Northern Ireland which will give women the right to abortion, as well as permit same-sex marriage.


The Supreme Court is 10!

We take a look at some of the most important human rights judgments from the past 10 years.

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We have been shortlisted for a National Advocacy Award!

We’re thrilled to announce that BIHR has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Supporter category for the 2019 National Advocacy Awards. The Awards recognise excellence within advocacy and congratulate exceptional contributions to the field of advocacy. Y

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Independent authority to monitor EU citizens' rights post-Brexit

An independent authority is to be set up to monitor the implementation and application of EU citizens’ rights following Brexit.

It will cost £145m to set up and run and will have the authority to launch inquiries, receive complaints and bring legal action against the government.

The details are laid out in the 69-page Brexit impact assessment report that accompanied the publication of the withdrawal agreement bill on Monday night.

The new authority will monitor not just the settled status programme run by the Home Office for the estimated 3.4m EU citizens in the country, but the delivery of social welfare and other employment rights across various government departments.

The Guardian


Assisted dying: Terminally ill man challenges law in High Court

A terminally ill man challenging the law on assisted dying has to wait to learn if his High Court case can go ahead.

On Tuesday, High Court judges reserved their decision until a later date.

It is illegal in England and Wales to encourage or assist a death and holds a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

Lawyers for Mr Newby, from Rutland, said he is facing an "inhumane and intolerable" deterioration.

BBC News

Government criticised for failing to provide sustainable funding solution to domestic abuse refuges

The government has been criticised for failing to offer a sustainable funding solution to refuges providing support to women fleeing domestic abuse which have been “ravaged” by austerity measures.

Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, has announced an additional £15 million for refuges and safe accommodation projects in 2020 to 2021.

However, frontline service providers have hit out at the pledge and argue it will not help to tackle the “funding crisis” faced by refuges because it does not provide money which can be spent on day to day costs of service provision.

The Independent


Children with special educational needs are being failed by ministers, MPs warn

A cross-party group has warned of “overwhelming evidence” that a generation of young people are being let down by education changes introduced in 2014, despite its “good intentions”.

Reforms introduced under the Coalition government aimed to improve and simplify help for children and young people with SEND.

But, after an 18-month-long inquiry, the Education Committee has found that the reforms have left schools struggling to cope, councils at times failing to comply with the law, and families “thrown into crisis”.

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Legal challenge launched against government over ‘whitewash’ review of counter-extremism programme

A legal battle has been launched against the government over a review of its Prevent counter-extremism strategy, with allegations it will be a “whitewash”.

Campaigners are challenging the appointment of Lord Carlile as the independent reviewer, after he called the probe “completely unnecessary” and claimed it was based on a “complete lack of evidence”.

They are also questioning the scope of the exercise, claiming it has been structured to sidestep accusations of discrimination, violations of free speech and religion.

The Independent


Liberty fails in legal bid aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit

The court of appeal in London has refused the human rights organisation Liberty permission to have heard an urgent application seeking to prevent Boris Johnson crashing out of the EU without a deal.

Three senior judges, the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, the master of the rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, and president of the Queen’s bench division, Dame Victoria Sharp, agreed that there was no need for the matter to be considered by the English courts immediately.

The Guardian