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Latest human rights developments in the UK: 16/1/2012 – 22/1/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 16/1/2012

Voting: House of Commons
One of the most basic decent human rights is the right to vote.
Mark Harper, Under-Sec of St for Constitutional and Political Reform, Conservative
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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the third day of committee stage.
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Human Rights Commission (NI): House of Lords
Northern Ireland Civil Service staff training is a matter for the head of the NICS. The final content and delivery of the training programme is an operational matter for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission working with the NICS.
Lord Shutt of Greetland, Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Lords, Lib Dem
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Child Detention: Judiciary
In CRAE v Sec of St for Justice, G4S Care and Justice Services and Serco plc, the High Court ruled it had no jurisdiction to grant an order that victims of unlawful restraining methods in secure training centres be identified and advised of their rights.
Judgment | UKHRB

Sharia Law: Media
A leading barrister has called for the UK to become more sharia-literate, while arguing that Islamic law can be compatible with the toughest human rights legislation.

Tues 17/1/2012

Work Experience (NI): House of Commons
The NIHRC is responsible for developing and implementing its own human resources policies and offers some internships on an expenses only basis.
Hugo Swire, Min of St for Northern Ireland, Conservative
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Life Sentences: Judiciary
In Vinter and Ors v UK, the ECtHR has found three British murderers’ imprisonment for life is not inhuman or degrading and therefore not in violation of Article 3.
Press release | BBC | Guardian | UKHRB

Deportation: Judiciary
In Othman (Abu Qatada) v UK, the ECtHR has ruled whilst diplomatic assurances may protect a suspected terrorist from torture, he cannot be deported to Jordan while there remains a real risk that evidence obtained by torture will be used against him.
Judgment | BBC | Guardian | UKHRB

Abortion (Scot): Media
Scotland’s largest health board has been taken to court by Catholic staff who are claiming conscientious objections over abortion procedures were disregarded.

Wed 18/1/2012

Deportation: House of Commons
The ruling by the ECtHR that Abu Qatada cannot be deported is difficult to understand and frustrating. I am going to Strasbourg next week to argue that as we are chairing the Council, this is a good time to reform the ECtHR.
David Cameron, Prime Minister, Conservative
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Detainee Inquiry: House of Commons
A statement and short discussion took place concerning official policies relating to the treatment of individuals in detention.
Kenneth Clarke, Sec of St for Justice, Conservative (statement made by)
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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the fourth day of committee stage. Amendments discussed covered schedule 1 of the Bill. Committee stage continues on 24 January when further amendments will be discussed.
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Right to Protest: Judiciary
The City of London has succeeded in its first court battle in the High Court against the Occupy London movement which is currently occupying an area close to St Paul’s Cathedral. As things stand, subject to any appeals, the movement has been evicted.
UKHRB (including judgment) | BBC | Guardian

Rendition and Torture: Media
The Justice Secretary has told Parliament the Gibson Inquiry tasked with considering whether Britain was ‘implicated in the improper treatment of detainees, held by other countries, that may have occurred in the aftermath of 9/11’ has been scrapped.
Inquiry | Guardian | UKHRB

Veterinary Tribunal: Media
In Joseph Lennox Holmes v Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Privy Council ruled the disciplinary procedures of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons did not give rise to bias so as to breach a practitioner’s right to a fair trial under Article 6.
Judgment | UKHRB

Supreme Court (Scot): Media
The High Court should be able to decide which criminal cases can be referred to the UK Supreme Court on human rights grounds, Scotland’s most senior judge has said.

Thurs 19/1/2012

Council of Europe: House of Lords
The overarching theme of our chairmanship will be the promotion and protection of human rights. We will have a particular focus on developing practical measures in a provided list of areas.
Lord Howell of Guildford, Min of St at the FCO, Conservative
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Extradition: House of Lords
Figures were provided on how many persons are currently being held in detention without charge in the UK, pending extradition to other jurisdictions.
Lord Henley, Min of St for Crime Prevention, Conservative
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Overseas Aid: House of Lords
A commitment to human rights is a key condition for overseas development funding to governments, but not to countries.
Baroness Northover, Spokesperson for International Development, Lib Dem
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Kettling: Judiciary
In R (on the app of McClure and Moos) v Commissioner of Police, the Metropolitan Police has succeeded in its appeal against a ruling the use of crowd control measures against Climate Camp protesters did not constitute ‘lawful police operations’.
Judgment | UKHRB

Extradition: Judiciary
In Harkins and Edwards v UK, the ECtHR has found there would be no breach of Article 3 in extraditing two men accused of murder to the United States.
Judgment | Guardian | UKHRB

Fri 20/1/2012

Press freedom: Judiciary
In Associated Newspapers Ltd, R (on the app of) v Rt Hon Lord Justice Leveson, the High Court dismissed the second application for judicial review of the Leveson inquiry.
Judgment | UKHRB

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