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Latest human rights developments in the UK: 25/6/2012 – 1/7/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 25/6/2012

Extradition: House of Lords
The only issue for the Home Secretary to consider is whether Gary McKinnon’s extradition would contravene his human rights and she is currently reviewing all the relevant material, including extensive representations provided by his solicitors.
Lord Henley, Min of St for Crime Prevention, Conservative
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Extradition: Media
Labour MP Tom Watson has spoken out against the extradition of UK student Richard O D’wyer.

Draft Communications Bill: Media
It would be ‘extraordinary and self-defeating’ if intelligence agencies and police were not allowed to keep pace with terrorists and criminals, the head of Mi5 has said in response to the row over the draft bill.

Tues 26/6/2012

Secret Justice: Media
Plans for more secret court hearings will create a ‘statutory straitjacket’ for judges, a barrister has said.

European Court of Human Rights: Media
Paul Mahoney who was an administrator and registrar at the ECtHR for more than 30 years is leading the race to be the UK’s next judge to the court.

Wed 27/6/2012

Immigration Detention: House of Commons
In the event of a death in immigration custody or while under escort, separate independent investigations are carried out by the police and the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and there will also be a coroner’s inquest, satisfying the investigative obligation arising under Article 2.
Lord Henley, Min of St for Crime Prevention, Conservative
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Privacy: Judiciary
In The Queen, on the app of (1) RMC and (2) FJ – and – Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, the High Court ruled the automatic retention of photographs taken on arrest for at least six years was an unlawful interference under Article 8.
Judgment | UKHRB

Thurs 28/6/2012

Same-Sex Marriages: House of Commons
The Government have consulted on enabling same-sex couples to have a civil marriage ceremony and continue to consider all relevant court judgments, including those from Europe.  A response will be published by the end of the year.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
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Repatriation: House of Commons
The ECtHR made clear in Othman (Abu Qatada v UK) that it is for the Court to only examine whether assurances are sufficient to remove any real risk of ill-treatment.  The Government continues to work with foreign partners to ensure adequate assurances are provided.
James Brokenshire, Under-Sec of St for Crime and Security, Conservative
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Rendition: Judiciary
In Omar & Ors (on the app of) v Sec of St for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Divisional Court has ruled that common law principles cannot be used to obtain evidence from the Foreign Secretary for use in a foreign court.

Terrorism: Media
The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation has released his report into the operation of terrorism law in 2011.
Report | Press release | UKHRB

House of Lords Reform Bill: Media
The Deputy Prime Minister said he cannot declare the bill as compatible with the Human Rights Act as prisoners will be banned from voting for Lords if the bill becomes law.
Judgment | UKHRB

Public Consultation: Media
Residents of a council tower block in east London have challenged plans to install missiles on the building’s roof during the Olympics.
BBC | Guardian

Fri 29/6/2012

Caravan Sites Bill: House of Lords
The bill received a second reading, a general debate on all aspects of its content.
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Sat 30/6/2012

Council Housing: Media
People living in high-rise flats in Bristol say there is more noise and mess from dogs after council rules were relaxed on tenants keeping pets.

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