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Latest human rights developments in the UK: 2/7/2012 – 8/7/2012

By Justin Glenister in Weekly human rights updates

Mon 2/7/2012

European Convention on Human Rights: House of Commons
The attempt to make the European Union a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights is something I have considerable difficulties with.
David Cameron, Prime Minister, Conservative
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Equality and Human Rights Commission: House of Commons
A summary of responses to the Government’s consultation on reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission is available in the House Libraries and on the Home Office website.
Lynne Featherstone, Under-Sec of St for Equalities, Lib Dem
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Crime and Courts Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination took place during the fifth day of committee stage.
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Tues 3/7/2012

European Court of Human Rights: House of Commons
A brief discussion was had on the weight given to decisions of national courts and the election of Paul Mahoney as the UK judge to the court.
Kenneth Clarke, Sec of St for Justice, Conservative (responding)
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Prisoner Votes: House of Commons
The Government will respond to the judgment in Scoppola v the Italian Government in due course.
Kenneth Clarke, Sec of St for Justice, Conservative
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Religious Freedom: House of Commons
The case of Nadia Eweida v the UK Government will be heard on 4 September and involves wider issues about the enforcement of religious rights in employment. The Attorney-General is no doubt preparing the Government’s defence in this case and will be consulted.
Kenneth Clarke, Sec of St for Justice, Conservative
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Wed 4/7/2012

Crime and Courts Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination took place during the sixth day of committee stage.
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Immigration: House of Lords
The Immigration rules allow for the refusal of entry in cases where there is independent, reliable and credible evidence that an individual has committed human rights abuses.
Lord Henley, Min of St for Crime Prevention, Conservative
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Thurs 5/7/2012

Immigration: Judiciary
In SK (Zimbabwe) v Sec of St for the Home Office, the High Court held that someone who is involved as a member of the ruling Zimbabwe Zanu PF party with farm invasions cannot be eligible for refugee status.
Judgment | UKHRB

Margin of Appreciation: Judiciary
In R (on the app of S and KF), the High Court provided an up to date analysis of the role of the doctrine of ‘margin of appreciation’ and its applicability in domestic courts.
Judgment | UKHRB

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