In 2020 we have been working hard to make sure that the voices of the people we work with have been amplified in our policy work.

Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry

We gathered evidence directly from over 230 people, staff and advocates focusing on how Covid-19 (and the goverment's response to the pandemic) has impacted their rights and lives. We submitted 3 reports to the JCHR inquiry into the human rights implications of Covid-19, you can read the reports here.

Independent Review of Administrative Law

We made a submission to the Independent Review of Administrative Law, including evidence gathered directly from people, staff and advocates and campaigners. The submission showed that judicial review is a crucial mechanism for protecting and respecting the human rights of people in the UK. Judicial review protects not only the people that are directly affected by a decision that is made by public bodies but all of us, by helping to ensure there is a human rights culture in the UK. 

Our evidence, gathered from both decision makers (staff working in health, care and social work) and people who access services (and the family members, advocates and community groups that support them) found that across the board there is strong support for judicial review in its current form. You can read the submission here.

The Use of Emergency Powers in Scotland

This year we submitted 2 reports to the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee about the human rights impact of the use of emergency powers in Scotland.

You can read the reports here.

The Use of DNAR Orders

In November, we worked with partners Learning Disability England and Turning Point  to host an online workshop with over 60 people who have experienced DNAR decisions, both this year and beyond. We are analysing the results now to produce a human rights analysis which we will make publicly available, and which we will feed into the CQC Review.  There is also an evidence gathering session with staff scheduled for January. 

You can read our a blog from our Director, Sanchita, on this work here.

BIHR's Communities of Practice

This year we also launched out Communities of Practice platform where the people we work with can have  their say on the key human rights issues that affect their life and work.

Find out more here.