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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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