News from BIHR 

BIHR Evidence to the JCHR Inquiry 

Throughout July, we have been busy gathering evidence through our Communities of Practice platform, surveys and our direct work across the UK. Our policy responses are directly informed by people’s real-life experiences of the issues, drawn from our work to support people to benefit from their human rights in their daily experiences. 

To focus our work, we collected evidence from three groups we work with:

  1. People accessing (or trying to access) health and care;
  2. Staff working in health and care during Covid-19; and
  3. Advocates and campaigners

We’re are writing up full reports and easy read versions of our findings, which will be published very soon.

In the meantime, find out more here, and read a summary of our key human rights findings from this work here.


Wales Session

We’re really looking forward to our upcoming Human Rights for Self-Advocates session with All Wales People First: Friday 28th August, 11 am – 1 pm. 

If you are a self-advocate living in Wales and want to join us, please get in touch with [email protected] – first come, first served, so book early!



Read our new blog from our Research and Comms Assistant, Jo! It’s on the ‘The Value of Human Rights in Health and Social Care: from Covid-19 and beyond’.



We’re recruiting for two new BIHR staff!

Passionate about using human rights to empower people to create change in their own lives? Then come join our small and very friendly team! The roles are: 

  1. Operations Coordinator
    Deadline to apply: 10am Monday 3 August 
  1. Human Rights Officer
    Deadline to apply: 10am Monday 10 August

News from Elsewhere... 

Coronavirus: Safety fears over lack of translated virus advice 

“A lack of translated coronavirus guidance is jeopardising the safety of non-English speakers in the UK, a joint letter to the health secretary claims.

The government said it has translated public health information into 25 languages, reaching a "wide audience". 

But campaigners say it is a "limited range of languages" and the translations can take weeks to be updated when advice or rules change.”

BBC News, 28 July 2020


Coronavirus and SEND Education: 75% of schools ignored Government risk assessment guidance during the lockdown

New report from Special Needs Jungle exposes the reality of SEND Education during Covid-19. More information here.



This week, the charity Article 39 have been challenging the Secretary of State for Education in the High Court over the removal of legal protections for children in care during Covid-19. More information here.


Coronavirus: English care homes policy 'reckless', MPs say

“Advising hospitals to discharge thousands of patients into care homes without knowing if they had coronavirus was a “reckless” and “appalling” policy error, a Commons report has said.”

The Guardian, 29 July 2020