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

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