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

News From BIHR

The ECtHR rules that the 'Bedroom Tax' is discriminatory against women who are survivors of domestic violence

Last month, the European Court of Human Rights found that the ‘bedroom tax’ discriminated against women who are survivors of domestic violence. We take a look at this case and at how human rights can help women rebuilding there lives after domestic violence. We also announce a new BIHR project!


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News From Elsewhere

Brexit could mean homelessness for EU children in care, says charity
Thousands of children in care whose immigration status will be affected by Brexit could find themselves in the UK unlawfully, facing homelessness, immigration detention or deportation, an immigration legal charity has said.

The Guardian

Extinction Rebellion cases suspended after police ban ruled unlawful by High Court

Nine Extinction Rebellion cases were suspended at court today in the wake of the High Court challenge where judges deemed a London protest ban unlawful.
The cases were due to be heard at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning, but have now been sent back to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for “review of evidence”. 
Oliver McGowan death prompts mandatory autism training
All health and social care workers are to be given mandatory training on autism and learning disabilities after the death of a teenager.
Oliver McGowan, 18, died at Southmead hospital in Bristol in 2016 after being given a drug he was allergic to despite repeat warning from his parents.
The government has announced funding of £1.4m to develop and test the new training package.
BBC News 

British government ‘driving refugees to use deadly smuggling routes’ with migration policies, MPs find

The government is risking the lives of migrants by driving them into the hands of smugglers through punitive policies, MPs have found.

The Foreign Affairs Committee said the deaths of 39 people in a lorry discovered in Essex must act as a wake-up call, forcing ministers to reconsider their approach.

A report warned that the UK’s focus on closing borders “serves to drive migrants to take more dangerous routes and pushes them into the hands of criminal groups”.

The Independent

Share of convicted children who are BAME doubles in eight years

The proportion of children convicted of a crime who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has nearly doubled in eight years, an increase experts have described as an urgent problem.

The steep rise comes despite a drastic drop in the overall number of youth cautions or sentences handed down, which one academic described as an indictment on the whole justice system.

In 2018, 27% of the 10 to 18-year-olds who received a youth caution or sentence were from a minority ethnic background, compared with 14% in 2010, according to official figures from the Ministry of Justice released earlier this year.

The Guardian

Charity calls for an end to 'collective shame' of restraint and isolation of learning disabled pupils

Hundreds of Scottish children with disabilities are restrained or isolated on thousands of occasions every year which in some cases causing them lasting harm, a charity has warned.

Enable Scotland is calling for the Scottish Government to issue new guidance and stricter protocols on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

The Herald Scotland