Deportation: House of Commons
The Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules has come into effect today. As to the Human Rights Act, the Home Secretary has made her views known publicly on a number of occasions.
Theresa May, Home Secretary, Conservative
Phone Hacking: Judiciary
In Philips v Mulcaire, the Supreme Court dismissed a self-incrimination appeal in its first look at an issue arising from the phone hacking litigation against the News of the World newspaper.
UKHRB | Judgment
Sentencing (NI): Media
A man convicted of murdering two policemen has won his court challenge against being returned to prison. Marin Corey from County Armagh is to be freed on unconditional bail.
Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza has appealed to the ECtHR against his extradition to the US on terror charges.
Bill of Rights: House of Commons
A brief exchange was had on the implications of a Bill of Rights on policy and constitutional reform, the Commission’s intentions and also on the question of a bill of rights for Northern Ireland.
Mark Harper, Under-Sec of St for Constitutional and Political Reform, Conservative (responding)
Arms Trade: House of Commons
The UK fully supports the inclusion of criteria on human rights in an arms trade treaty. The UK already operates a robust national export licensing system that requires mandatory refusal where there is a risk equipment may be used for internal repression.
Alistair Burt, Under-Sec of St for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Conservative
Child Care: Judiciary
In A & S Lancashire County Council, the High Court held that a series of failures by a local authority constituted a breach of two young boys’ rights under Article 3 and 6.
UKHRB | Judgment
Religious Freedom: House of Commons
In view of Miss Eweida’s appeal to the ECtHR, the Prime Minister supports the right of people to wear religious symbols at work. If necessary, the Government will change the law to make it clear that people can do so.
David Cameron, Prime Minister, Conservative
Justice and Security Bill: House of Lords
Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the second day of committee stage.
Bill of Rights: Media
The Commission are carrying out another consultation, with the consultation document being more substantial than the first and providing some useful detail as to the kind of ideas being considered.
Consultation document | UKHRB
Five suspected terrorists have appealed to the ECtHR against extradition to the U.S. Among them is alleged terrorism fundraiser Babar Ahmad who has been held without trial since 2004.
Ethnic Discrimination: House of Lords
An outline was given on the Government’s policy regarding the collection and publication of data on ethnicity to assess access to public services and facilities and to identify patterns suggesting inequality or discrimination.
Baroness Verma, Government Whip, Conservative
Justice and Security Bill: Media
Suspects could be detained in prison without knowing the reasons if the ancient writ of habeas corpus is trumped by Government plans for secret courts, according to Reprieve.