August 13, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 6/8/2012 – 12/8/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

** The House of Commons and House of Lords are on Summer Recess. The House Commons will return on 3 September and the House of Lords on 8 October. **

Mon 6/8/2012

Back To Work Scheme: Media
A graduate has lost her legal challenge to a government scheme which she says forces people to work without pay.
BBC | Guardian

Rioting: Media
A man who was jailed following rioting in Nottingham last year is planning to challenge his conviction in the ECtHR.
BBC

Tues 7/8/2012

Sex Discrimination: Media
An equality watchdog is looking into claims a Birmingham play centre is excluding men.
BBC

Thurs 9/8/2012

Military Intelligence: Media
Britain’s role in supplying information to an American military ‘kill list’ in Afghanistan is being subjected to legal challenge amid growing international concern over targeted strikes against suspected insurgents and drug traffickers.
Guardian

Fri 10/8/2012

Abortion: Media
Two Roman Catholic midwives who lost a legal battle to avoid taking part in abortion procedures are to have their appeal heard in January next year.
BBC

August 6, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 30/7/2012 – 5/8/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

** The House of Commons and House of Lords are on Summer Recess. The House Commons will return on 3 September and the House of Lords on 8 October. **

Tues 31/7/2012

Racism: Media
A former Royal Mail postal worker who was sacked after complaining about colleagues’ racism has been awarded compensation at an employment tribunal.
BBC

Fri 3/8/2012

Contractual Security: Judiciary
In A, R (o.t.a. A) v Chief Constable of B Constabulary, the High Court examined the intersection between the principles that a party to a contract may treat others how they please but a public body is obliged to treat others in accordance with public law rules of fairness.
UKHRB | Judgment

Sat 4/8/2012

Religious Freedom: Judiciary
In A Mother v A Father HHJ Platt, a County Court ruled that a Jewish girl should be baptised after a differing of views on the issue between her parents.
UKHRB | Judgment

July 30, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 23/7/2012 – 29/7/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

** The House of Commons is on Summer Recess and will return on 3 September. **

Mon 23/7/2012

Justice and Security Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the final day of committee stage.
Full transcript

Religious Freedom: Media
A seminar was held on Article 9 ECHR, with Dinah Rose QC, John Bowers QC, Dr Evan Harris and Rabbi Michael Laitner squaring off over the relationship of the courts to religious belief and believers, refereed by Joshua Rosenberg.
Recording | UKHRB

Tues 24/7/2012

Damages: Judiciary
In Swift v Sec of St for Justice, the High Court assessed the intersection of Articles 8 and 14 with the law governing who can recover damages for the death of a relative.
Judgment | UKHRB

Policing: Media
Pre-emptive arrests, confinement by kettling and the gathering of personal data give police officers ‘excessive and disproportionate’ control over public protests, a report by a coalition of police monitoring groups has warned.
Guardian

Wed 25/7/2012

Journalism: House of Lords
The Grand Committee took note of the report of the Communications Committee, ‘The Future of Investigative Journalism’.
Full transcript

Religious Belief: Judiciary
In RT (Zimbabwe) and others (Respondents)  v Sec of St for the Home Department, the Supreme Court held it is no answer to a refugee claim to say that the individual concerned should avoid persecution by lying and feigning loyalty to a regime which he does not support.
Judgment | UKHRB

Press Reporting: Media
On the eve of his retirement, the president of the Supreme Court Lord Phillips has launched a strong attack on the tabloid press, saying that they ‘have their knives into the ECHR’.
BBC

Fri 27/7/2012

Freedom of Speech: Judiciary
In Paul Chambers v DPP, the High Court has held that Twitter users are ‘free to speak not what they ought to say, but what they feel’.
Judgment | Guardian | UKHRB

July 23, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 16/7/2012 – 22/7/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 16/07/2012

Equality and Human Rights Commission: House of Commons
The Commission’s 2011-12 annual report and accounts was laid before the House. Copies will be available in the Vote Office.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
Full transcript

Terrorism (NI): House of Commons
There are still a small number who favour violence and reject democracy. They have no respect for life, human rights or the will of the people in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Owen Paterson, Sec of St for Northern Ireland, Conservative
Full transcript

 Victim Support Scheme: House of Commons
The EHRC has provided funding to organisation and groups providing support to victims of discrimination and human rights abuses. The Government Equalities Office itself has not provided funding directly to organisations or groups for this purpose.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
Full transcript

Equality and Human Rights Commission: House of Lords
The Commission’s 2011-12 annual report and accounts was laid before the House. Copies will be available in the Vote Office.
Baroness Verma, Government Whip, Conservative
Full transcript

Terrorism (NI): House of Lords
There are still a small number who favour violence and reject democracy. They have no respect for life, human rights or the will of the people in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Earl Attlee, Life Peer, Conservative
Full transcript

Church Accountability: Judiciary
In JEG v The Trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the church can be held liable for the negligent acts of a priest it has appointed.
UKHRB

Gay Marriage: Media
The Policy Exchange, a leading conservative think tank, has published ‘What’s In a Name? Is there a case for equal marriage?’, the best and most carefully considered for equal marriage from a conservative perspective so far.
Report | UKHRB

Tues 17/7/2012

Justice and Security Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the third day of committee stage.
Full transcript

Equality Act (Age Exceptions) Order 2012: House of Lords
The Grand Committee considered the Order.
Full transcript

Wed 18/7/2012

Immigration: Judiciary
In Alvi, the Supreme Court has struck down a previous attempt by the Home Office to introduce substantive immigration requirements through the back door of policy guidance or instructions, rather than in the body of the immigration rules themselves.
Judgment | Guardian

Right to Life: Media
An editorial article published in the British Medical Journal has provoked controversy in right-to-life circles.
UKHRB

Right to Protest: Media
Royal wedding protesters have lost their High Court claim that they were the victims of unlawful searches and arrests in a ruling that endorses the pre-emptive arrest police tactic just before the Olympics.
Guardian

Squatting: Media
Squatters occupying land on the site of Heathrow’s proposed third runway have been given a stay of eviction in a County Court judgment that housing specialists say could ‘radically change the face of the residential private rented sector’.
Guardian

Thurs 19/7/2012

Press Misreporting: Media
The Daily Mail have published an article ‘naming and shaming a ‘controversial’ immigration judge for allowing an appeal on human rights grounds, whilst failing to mention that the Home Office themselves had conceded the point.
Daily Mail | UKHRB

Sentencing: Media
Jeremy Bamber has won the right for European judges to hear his appeal that keeping him in jail for the rest of his life breaches his human rights.
BBC | Guardian

Military Conduct: Media
The Ministry of Defence has been accused of withholding evidence of ‘truly shocking’ treatment of civilians in an incident involving the most serious allegations made so far against British forces in Iraq.
Guardian

Fri 20/7/2012

Contempt of Court: Judiciary
In HM Attorney General v Associated Newspapers Ltd & Anor, the Divisional Court ruled that reports of Levi Bellfield in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, published while a jury was considering his charge of attempted kidnapping were in contempt of court.
Judgment | UKHRB

Olympics: Media
Authorities have ‘lost the plot’ over the Olympics and are needlessly arresting people, according to a human rights lawyer. Kieron O’Rourke’ said authorities had a ‘hyper-sensitivity’ over the Games.
BBC

Rendtion: Media
Two Libyan opponents of Muammer Gaddafi who claim they were the victims of rendition and torture because of the actions of a British minister and an M16 officer have been interviewed for the first time by Scotland Yard.
Guardian

Police Negligence: Media
Women who say they were let down by the Metropolitan police when they reported rape and sexual assault, including two who were attacked by the taxi driver John Worboys, are suing the force.
Guardian

Sun 22/7/2012

Religion: Judiciary
In Khaira v Shergill, the Court of Appeal showed that the courts have developed rules stopping themselves from deciding certain cases, refraining from immersing themselves in issues of religious doctrine.
Judgment | UKHRB

July 16, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 9/7/2012 – 15/7/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 9/7/2012

Deportation: House of Commons
The Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules has come into effect today. As to the Human Rights Act, the Home Secretary has made her views known publicly on a number of occasions.
Theresa May, Home Secretary, Conservative
Full transcript

Phone Hacking: Judiciary
In Philips v Mulcaire, the Supreme Court dismissed a self-incrimination appeal in its first look at an issue arising from the phone hacking litigation against the News of the World newspaper.
UKHRB | Judgment

Sentencing (NI): Media
A man convicted of murdering two policemen has won his court challenge against being returned to prison. Marin Corey from County Armagh is to be freed on unconditional bail.
BBC

Extradition: Media
Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza has appealed to the ECtHR against his extradition to the US on terror charges.
BBC

Tues 10/7/2012

Bill of Rights: House of Commons
A brief exchange was had on the implications of a Bill of Rights on policy and constitutional reform, the Commission’s intentions and also on the question of a bill of rights for Northern Ireland.
Mark Harper, Under-Sec of St for Constitutional and Political Reform, Conservative (responding)
Full transcript

Arms Trade: House of Commons
The UK fully supports the inclusion of criteria on human rights in an arms trade treaty. The UK already operates a robust national export licensing system that requires mandatory refusal where there is a risk equipment may be used for internal repression.
Alistair Burt, Under-Sec of St for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Conservative
Full transcript

Child Care: Judiciary
In A & S Lancashire County Council, the High Court held that a series of failures by a local authority constituted a breach of two young boys’ rights under Article 3 and 6.
UKHRB | Judgment

Wed 11/7/2012

Religious Freedom: House of Commons
In view of Miss Eweida’s appeal to the ECtHR, the Prime Minister supports the right of people to wear religious symbols at work. If necessary, the Government will change the law to make it clear that people can do so.
David Cameron, Prime Minister, Conservative
Full transcript

Justice and Security Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the second day of committee stage.
Full transcript

Bill of Rights: Media
The Commission are carrying out another consultation, with the consultation document being more substantial than the first and providing some useful detail as to the kind of ideas being considered.
Consultation document | UKHRB

Extradition: Media
Five suspected terrorists have appealed to the ECtHR against extradition to the U.S. Among them is alleged terrorism fundraiser Babar Ahmad who has been held without trial since 2004.
BBC

Thurs 12/7/2012

Ethnic Discrimination: House of Lords
An outline was given on the Government’s policy regarding the collection and publication of data on ethnicity to assess access to public services and facilities and to identify patterns suggesting inequality or discrimination.
Baroness Verma, Government Whip, Conservative
Full transcript

Fri 13/7/2012

Justice and Security Bill: Media
Suspects could be detained in prison without knowing the reasons if the ancient writ of habeas corpus is trumped by Government plans for secret courts, according to Reprieve.
Guardian

July 9, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 2/7/2012 – 8/7/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 2/7/2012

European Convention on Human Rights: House of Commons
The attempt to make the European Union a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights is something I have considerable difficulties with.
David Cameron, Prime Minister, Conservative
Full transcript

Equality and Human Rights Commission: House of Commons
A summary of responses to the Government’s consultation on reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission is available in the House Libraries and on the Home Office website.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
Full transcript

Crime and Courts Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination took place during the fifth day of committee stage.
Full transcript

Tues 3/7/2012

European Court of Human Rights: House of Commons
A brief discussion was had on the weight given to decisions of national courts and the election of Paul Mahoney as the UK judge to the court.
Kenneth Clarke, Sec of St for Justice, Conservative (responding)
Full transcript

Prisoner Votes: House of Commons
The Government will respond to the judgment in Scoppola v the Italian Government in due course.
Kenneth Clarke, Sec of St for Justice, Conservative
Full transcript

Religious Freedom: House of Commons
The case of Nadia Eweida v the UK Government will be heard on 4 September and involves wider issues about the enforcement of religious rights in employment. The Attorney-General is no doubt preparing the Government’s defence in this case and will be consulted.
Kenneth Clarke, Sec of St for Justice, Conservative
Full transcript

Wed 4/7/2012

Crime and Courts Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination took place during the sixth day of committee stage.
Full transcript

Immigration: House of Lords
The Immigration rules allow for the refusal of entry in cases where there is independent, reliable and credible evidence that an individual has committed human rights abuses.
Lord Henley, Min of St for Crime Prevention, Conservative
Full transcript

Thurs 5/7/2012

Immigration: Judiciary
In SK (Zimbabwe) v Sec of St for the Home Office, the High Court held that someone who is involved as a member of the ruling Zimbabwe Zanu PF party with farm invasions cannot be eligible for refugee status.
Judgment | UKHRB

Margin of Appreciation: Judiciary
In R (on the app of S and KF), the High Court provided an up to date analysis of the role of the doctrine of ‘margin of appreciation’ and its applicability in domestic courts.
Judgment | UKHRB

July 2, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 25/6/2012 – 1/7/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 25/6/2012

Extradition: House of Lords
The only issue for the Home Secretary to consider is whether Gary McKinnon’s extradition would contravene his human rights and she is currently reviewing all the relevant material, including extensive representations provided by his solicitors.
Lord Henley, Min of St for Crime Prevention, Conservative
Full transcript

Extradition: Media
Labour MP Tom Watson has spoken out against the extradition of UK student Richard O D’wyer.
Guardian

Draft Communications Bill: Media
It would be ‘extraordinary and self-defeating’ if intelligence agencies and police were not allowed to keep pace with terrorists and criminals, the head of Mi5 has said in response to the row over the draft bill.
Guardian

Tues 26/6/2012

Secret Justice: Media
Plans for more secret court hearings will create a ‘statutory straitjacket’ for judges, a barrister has said.
BBC

European Court of Human Rights: Media
Paul Mahoney who was an administrator and registrar at the ECtHR for more than 30 years is leading the race to be the UK’s next judge to the court.
Guardian

Wed 27/6/2012

Immigration Detention: House of Commons
In the event of a death in immigration custody or while under escort, separate independent investigations are carried out by the police and the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and there will also be a coroner’s inquest, satisfying the investigative obligation arising under Article 2.
Lord Henley, Min of St for Crime Prevention, Conservative
Full transcript

Privacy: Judiciary
In The Queen, on the app of (1) RMC and (2) FJ – and – Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, the High Court ruled the automatic retention of photographs taken on arrest for at least six years was an unlawful interference under Article 8.
Judgment | UKHRB

Thurs 28/6/2012

Same-Sex Marriages: House of Commons
The Government have consulted on enabling same-sex couples to have a civil marriage ceremony and continue to consider all relevant court judgments, including those from Europe.  A response will be published by the end of the year.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
Full transcript

Repatriation: House of Commons
The ECtHR made clear in Othman (Abu Qatada v UK) that it is for the Court to only examine whether assurances are sufficient to remove any real risk of ill-treatment.  The Government continues to work with foreign partners to ensure adequate assurances are provided.
James Brokenshire, Under-Sec of St for Crime and Security, Conservative
Full transcript

Rendition: Judiciary
In Omar & Ors (on the app of) v Sec of St for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Divisional Court has ruled that common law principles cannot be used to obtain evidence from the Foreign Secretary for use in a foreign court.
UKHRB

Terrorism: Media
The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation has released his report into the operation of terrorism law in 2011.
Report | Press release | UKHRB

House of Lords Reform Bill: Media
The Deputy Prime Minister said he cannot declare the bill as compatible with the Human Rights Act as prisoners will be banned from voting for Lords if the bill becomes law.
Judgment | UKHRB

Public Consultation: Media
Residents of a council tower block in east London have challenged plans to install missiles on the building’s roof during the Olympics.
BBC | Guardian

Fri 29/6/2012

Caravan Sites Bill: House of Lords
The bill received a second reading, a general debate on all aspects of its content.
Full transcript

Sat 30/6/2012

Council Housing: Media
People living in high-rise flats in Bristol say there is more noise and mess from dogs after council rules were relaxed on tenants keeping pets.
BBC

June 18, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 11/6/2012 – 17/6/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 11/06/2012

Military Conduct: Media
Human rights group Liberty is to apply for a judicial review into the inquest of a soldier who hanged herself after alleging two colleagues had raped her.
BBC

Tues 12/06/2012

Justice and Security Bill: House of Commons
The Government’s response to the consultation was laid before the House and a statement made regarding the issues raised, including closed material procedures.
Kenneth Clarke, Sec of St for Justice, Conservative
Full transcript

Justice and Security Bill: House of Lords
The Government’s response to the consultation was laid before the House and a statement made regarding the issues raised, including closed material procedures.
Lord Wallace of Tankerness, Advocate-General for Scotland
Full transcript

Gay Marriage: Media
Government proposals for gay marriage would dilute an institution ‘vastly’ important to a healthy society, the Church of England has warned.
BBC | Guardian | UKHRB

Stop and Search: Media
Police forces are up to 28 times more likely to use stop and search powers against black people than white people and may be breaking the law, new research from the ECHR reveals.
BBC | Guardian

Wed 13/06/2012

Undercover Policing: House of Commons
A debate was held on issues arising from the rules governing undercover police infiltrators and informers.
Full transcript

Article 8: Media
The Home Office has released its Statement of Intent on Family Migration.
Statement | UKHRB

Military Conduct: Media
A British army doctor present at the death of hotel worker Baha Mousa was a criminal who ignored the cries of men who were being tortured, a tribunal has heard.
Guardian

Thurs 14/06/2012

Joint Committee on Human Rights: House of Lords
Baroness O’Loan was appointed a member of the committee in place of Baroness Campbell of Surbiton who has resigned.
Full transcript

Justice and Security Bill: Media
The overwhelming majority of Special Advocates have responded to the Justice and Security Bill by stating that the case has still not been made by the Government for the introduction of closed material procedures in other types of civil litigation.
Response | UKHRB

Privacy: Media
The Government’s scheme to track email, Facebook, Twitter and other web use comes with an official price tag of at least £1.8bn and an official warning that the figure may well prove to be an underestimate, the Home Office has revealed.

Extradition: Media
The Supreme Court has reaffirmed its rejection of Julian Assange’s appeal against his extradition to Sweden, turning down an unusual last-minute request to reopen the case.
Guardian

Sun 17/06/2012

Deportation: Media
The Sunday Telegraph has named and shamed the ‘three judges who allowed the most appeals’ in cases involving the deportation of foreign criminals.
Telegraph | UKHRB

Mental Health: Media
A former medical student who suffers from extremely severe anorexia can be force fed against her wishes, a High Court judge has ruled.
Guardian

May 27, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 21/5/2012 – 27/5/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 21/5/2012

Immigration: House of Commons
A brief discussion was had concerning immigration and Article 8. New immigration rules will be in place by this summer with the Government currently considering the response to the public consultation.
Theresa May, Home Secretary, Conservative (responding)
Full transcript

Equality and Human Rights Commission: House of Commons
Figures were provided for how much (a) members of the Board and (b) senior executives of the EHRC incurred in expenses in the past three years. Figures for individual board members are published in the EHRC’s annual report and accounts.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
Full transcript

Equality and Human Right Commission: House of Commons
Figures were provided for how much the EHRC spent on furniture, artwork and sculptures, hotel accommodation, training and travel for the past three years.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
Full transcript

Right to Life (NI): House of Lords
The Government do not collect information centrally about applications for compensation in relation to deaths in Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK or elsewhere that may have violated Article 2.
Lord McNally, Min of St for Justice, Lib Dem
Full transcript

Public Inquiries: Judiciary
In MM and AO (a child), R (on the app of) v Sec of St for the Home Department, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the Government acted lawfully in not ordering an independent inquiry into a 2009 protest at an Immigration Detention Centre.
Judgment | UKHRB

Tues 22/5/2012

National Health Service: House of Commons
A debate was held on the issue of foreign nationals’ use of the NHS.
Full transcript

European Court of Human Rights: House of Commons
Good progress has been made in clearing the backlog of inadmissible cases. However more work is needed to address the growing backlog of admissible cases, hence the recent Brighton Declaration.
Dominic Grieve, Attorney General, Conservative
Full transcript

Prisoner Votes: House of Commons
The PM has always believed that when someone is sent to prison they lose certain rights and one of those is the right to vote. Crucially, it should be for Parliament to decide and not a foreign court. Parliament has made its decision and he completely agrees with it.
David Cameron, Prime Minister, Conservative
Full transcript | BBC

Prisoner Votes: Media
Prisoners in the UK must be given the right to vote the ECtHR has ruled, though ministers may determine which inmates should be enfranchised.
BBC | Guardian

European Court of Human Rights: Media
MPs aiming to claw back powers from Europe have secretly interviewed candidates to become Britain’s next judge at the EctHR.
Guardian

Wed 23/5/2012

Equality and Human Rights Commission: House of Commons
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill contains clauses on the EHRC, so there will be an opportunity for the Floor of the House to say a few words on the matter when the Bill is debated.
Full transcript

Employment: Judiciary
In Mattu v University Hospitals of Conventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, the Court of Appeal ruled the procedure by which a doctor was dismissed did not attract the protection of Article 6 as an employer who dismisses with or without a formal hearing is not determining the employee’s civil rights.
Judgment | UKHRB

Extradition: Judiciary
In Lukaszewski and Ors, R (on the app of Halligen) v Sec of St for the Home Department, the Supreme Court has ruled there should be a discretion in exceptional circumstances for judges to extend time for both filing and service of appeals against extradition.
Judgment | UKHRB

Thurs 24/5/2012

Travellers: Judiciary
In BSkyB and Anor, R (on the app of) v Chelmsford Crown Court, the police failed to satisfy the High Court that their need for footage taken by TV organisations to help in criminal proceedings justified an interference with the rights of a free press under Article 10.
Judgment | UKHRB

Prisoners Votes: Media
David Cameron believes he will be able to resist implementing the ruling from the EctHR that prisoners must be granted the right to vote during his time in Downing Street.
Guardian

Sun 27/5/2012

Right to Protest: Media
Activists who were rounded up before the royal wedding are challenging the Metropolitan police in the High Court on Monday in a case that could have widespread implications for the way the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations and the Olympics are policed.
Guardian

May 21, 2012 Off

Latest human rights developments in the UK: 14/5/2012 – 20/5/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 14/5/2012

European Court of Human Rights: House of Commons
A brief discussion was had on progress made in reforming the operation of the court with the issues of case backlog and the Brighton Declaration being touched upon.
Mr Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire, Conservative (responding)
Full transcript

Bill of Rights: House of Commons
The Government has no plans to leave the convention and are currently considering a British Bill of Rights. It will ensure that freedoms and liberties are enhanced and hope that a bill would build on the terms of the convention. The Commision should aim to publish its report by the end of 2012.
Mr Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire, Conservative
Full transcript

Immigration: Media
The UK Border Agency is detaining children in ‘degrading and disgraceful’ conditions at Heathrow, according to an official watchdog.
Guardian

Literature Competition: Media
The results for this year’s Amnesty International Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition have been announced.
Guardian

Tues 15/5/2012

Equality and Human Rights Commision: House of Commons
An announcement took place of the Government’s response to the consultation on the reform of the EHRC. Copies of the document will be placed in the House Library and can also be found on the Home Office website.
Theresa May, Home Secretary, Conservative
Full transcript

Equality and Human Rights Commision: House of Lords
An announcement took place of the Government’s response to the consultation on the reform of the EHRC. Copies of the document will be placed in the House Library and can also be found on the Home Office website.
Baroness Verma, Government Whip, Conservative
Full transcript

Council Support: Judiciary
In De Almeida, R (on the app of) v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the High Court ruled the council had acted unlawfully in refusing support for a Portugese national suffering with AIDS.
Judgment | UKHRB

Wed 16/5/2012

Equality and Human Rights Commission: House of Commons
Figures were provided on the amount spent on items branded with the EHRC logo for the last three years.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
Full transcript

Libel: Judiciary
In Mcgrath v Dawkins, Amazon and Ors, the High Court has delineated the scope for defamation in blog posts and discussion threads where the audience is small and libel is limited.
UKHRB | Judgment

Thurs 17/5/2012

Immigration: House of Commons
The Government is considering responses to the public consultation on changes to the family migration rules carried out last year, and expects to announce the results shortly.
Damian Green, Min of St for Immigration, Conservative
Full transcript

Immigration: House of Commons
There are no plans to amend the Immigration Rules following the publication of the FCO report on human rights and democracy.
Damian Green, Min of St for Immigration, Conservative
Full transcript

Child Tax Credit: Judiciary
In Humphreys (FC) v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Supreme Court has ruled a person’s entitlement to Child Taz Credit (CTC) is a ‘possession’ for the purposes of article 1 of the First Protocol to the ECHR.
Judgment | UKHRB

Asylum: Media
A Cameroonian playwright and her husband, who were hours away from deportation from the UK, have won the right to political asylum.
BBC

Police Conduct (Scot): Media
A man whose appeal changed the Scottish legal system has walked free from court after a re-trial collapsed. The UK Supreme Court had previously upheld his appeal ruling his human rights had been infringed as he was interviewed by police without a solicitor present.
BBC

Privacy: Media
The Metropolitan Police has implemented a system to extract mobile phone date from suspects held in custody.
BBC

Jubilee Celebrations: Media
A protest has been held outside Buckingham Palace against the visit of the Bahraini King and a number of other foreign royals, who have lunched at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubille.
BBC | Guardian

Fri 19/5/2012

Deportation: Media
A bail hearing for radical cleric Abu Qatada is to be heard at the end of the month, the Judicial Communications Office has said.
BBC | Guardian

Sat 19/5/2012

Disability Discrimination: Judiciary
In Burnip v Birmingham City Council, Trengrove v Walsall Metropolitan Council, Gorry v Wiltshire Council, the Court of Appeal ruled that housing benefit rules were discriminatory against disabled people, in breach of Article 14 read with Article 1 Protocol 1 of the ECHR.
Judgment | UKHRB

Sun 20/5/2012

Immigration detention: Media
A report by the Refugee Council to be published this week accuses the immigration service of continuing to detain child asylum seekers by wrongly classifying them as adults.
Guardian