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Latest human rights developments in the UK: 23/1/2012 – 29/1/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 23/1/2012

 Multinational Companies: House of Lords
The Government encourage all UK-registered multinationals to respect standards and instruments for responsible business conduct, such as the Voluntary Principles of Security and Human Rights.
Baroness Wilcox, Under-Sec of St for Business, Innovation and Skills, Conservative
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Deportation: Media
Radical cleric Abu Qatada is seeking bail after winning a critical ruling blocking his deportation from the UK.
BBC | Guardian

Tues 24/1/2012

Bill of Rights (NI): House of Commons
Since 19 October 2011, ministers and officials continue to meet human rights groups and progress will be made on the basis of consensus. The Sec of St for Northern Ireland’s suggestion that the process be taken forward by the Assembly awaits response.
Hugo Swire, Min of St for Northern Ireland, 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 fifth day of committee stage.
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European Court of Human Rights: House of Lords
Figures for the number of cases communicated by the ECtHR to the Government from 2008-10 were provided. The Government is unable to assess the reasons for an increase in the number of applications lodged at the Court originating in the UK from 2009-10.
Lord Howell of Guildford, Min of St at the FCO, Conservative
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Internet: Media
Established pseudonyms can be used to register accounts on Google+ after the social network relaxed its name policy.

European Court of Human Rights: Media
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has told the cabinet he wholeheartedly supports David Cameron’s campaign to reform the European Court of Human Rights, as the government dismissed criticism of the Prime Minister’s plans.

Wed 25/1/2012

Equality and Human Rights Commission: House of Commons
Details of how many inquiries and cases were dealt with by non-profits funded by the EHRC outside the legal aid scheme in 2010-11 and 2011-12 to date were provided, along with an estimate of the number of currently active cases.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
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European Court of Human Rights: Media
David Cameron has warned that the concept of human rights was being ‘distorted’ – and even ‘discredited’ – by controversial decisions in Europe.
Full transcript | BBC | Guardian

Thurs 26/1/2012

Foreign and Commonwealth: House of Commons
A debate was held on the FCO’s 2010-11 human rights report.
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Fri 27/1/2012

Immigration / Access to Legal Advice: Judiciary
In R (on the app of Medical Justice) v Sec of St for the Home Department, the Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that government policy unlawfully provided for expedited removal procedures in certain pressing circumstances.
Judgment | UKHRB

European Court of Human Rights: Media
The president of the ECtHR has warned political leaders against using ‘emotion and exaggeration’ to criticise the court’s workings.

Sun 29/1/2012

Gay Marriage: Media
The Archbishop of York has declared he did not agree it was the role of the state to define what marriage is. He said, ‘It is set in tradition and history and you can’t just [change it] overnight, no matter how powerful you are’.

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