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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

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