Latest Human Rights Act News

  • Anger As Paedophile Demands Victim Photos
    Anger As Paedophile Demands Victim Photos Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    He has formally asked for a laptop and a mobile telephone to be handed back, according to human rights campaigner Liberty, which is representing the victim and her family. Photos of the victim dressed in swimwear and leotards are on the computer, but Dorset Police say they cannot delete them because they are not legally classified as indecent or prohibited. Liberty is arguing the return of the laptop and phone would breach articles three and eight of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protect against inhuman treatment and invasion of privacy respectively. In a letter to Dorset Police, the human rights group said the prospect of having the photos returned to the abuser would cause "a significant amount of distress". More »

  • Anger over paedophile laptop move
    Anger over paedophile laptop move Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A self-confessed paedophile could get his hands on intimate photos of a young girl he abused because police officers have refused to delete them from his confiscated laptop before it is returned, human rights campaigners have said. More »

  • Supreme Court rejects appeal over gay bias case Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom. More »

  • Yashika Bageerathi: Why Has Mauritian A-Level Student Been Deported From Br …
    Yashika Bageerathi: Why Has Mauritian A-Level Student Been Deported From Br … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Aspiring mathematics student Yashika Bageerathi has been deported from the UK to her home country of Mauritius after a judge refused to grant her asylum.  Lawyers represeting Bageerathi had sought an injunction on her deportation to allow them time to take her case to the court of appeal. But Lord Justice Richards refused the application and 19-year-old Bageerathi continued her journey to Heathrow Airport. Immigration minister James Brokenshire said on Monday that the Home Office decided she did not need protection from violence or persecution in her homeland. More »

  • Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland’s school patronage system is u …
    Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland’s school patronage system is u … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The State is responsible for the rights of students in the national school system even if the schools are run by patron bodies, writes Peter Ferguson. More »

  • Stepping Hill Hospital Deaths: Nurse Victorino Chua Charged With Murder
    Stepping Hill Hospital Deaths: Nurse Victorino Chua Charged With Murder Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    A nurse has been charged with the murder of three patients following their deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital in Greater Manchester in 2011. Victorino Chua, 48, is accused of murdering patients Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Alfred Derek Weaver, 83, by poisoning them with deliberately contaminated products at the hospital in Stockport. Chua is also charged with 31 further offences against 25 other patients at the hospital, including 22 counts of attempted grievous bodily harm and eight counts of attempted poisoning. Chua, who is originally from the Philippines, was arrested in January 2012, and later released on bail. More »

  • Prisoners vote decision delayed
    Prisoners vote decision delayed Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    A decision over whether prisoners should be given the vote could delayed until after the next general election, the Justice Secretary has indicated. More »

  • Payout after police video blunder
    Payout after police video blunder Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    A woman who reported she was raped and physically abused by her former partner has won compensation after a police force lost her video evidence. More »

  • Parents' relief at Deepcut ruling
    Parents' relief at Deepcut ruling Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    The Government's chief legal adviser has given permission to the family of a young Army recruit who died at Deepcut barracks to apply for a fresh inquest into her death. More »

  • Student tells of deportation fears
    Student tells of deportation fears Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    A promising student facing deportation to her native Mauritius without her family has told how she fears for her life if she is returned. More »

  • Gym faces lawsuit over Muslim head covering Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    A gym in Albuquerque refused to let a Muslim woman wear her religious head covering when she tried to work out, according to a new lawsuit against the company. An attorney for Tarainia McDaniel, 37, recently ... More »

  • Decision due over Malaysian battle
    Decision due over Malaysian battle Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Relatives of Malaysian rubber plantation workers killed by British troops more than 60 years ago will find out the result of the latest round of their legal battle for an official investigation. More »

  • Widow Wins Ruling Over Late Husband's Sperm
    Widow Wins Ruling Over Late Husband's Sperm Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    There were gasps in the court and Beth Warren's tearful mother reached forward to embrace her daughter when the judge made her declaration. Ms Warren and her husband Warren Brewer froze his sperm before he began radiotherapy in 2005 for a brain tumour. However, the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA) ruled that paperwork completed by the couple was not sufficient for the sperm to be stored long term as Mr Brewer could not renew his consent after his death. More »

  • Clegg calls for spy agency reforms
    Clegg calls for spy agency reforms Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The future of the intelligence and security services could be undermined unless there are major reforms to make them more transparent and accountable, Nick Clegg has warned. More »

  • Payout victory for Worboys victims
    Payout victory for Worboys victims Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    Two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cabbie John Worboys have won their bid to get compensation from the Metropolitan Police. More »

  • UK couple lose US extradition fight
    UK couple lose US extradition fight Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    A British couple have lost their High Court fight against extradition to the US over an alleged work expenses fraud. More »

  • W.Va. Senate to consider non-discrimination bill Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    A bill introduced in the West Virginia Senate would make it unlawful for employers and landlords to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation. Senate President Jeff Kessler, the ... More »

  • Maine court rules in favor of transgender pupil
    Maine court rules in favor of transgender pupil Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind. More »

  • Court: Rights of transgender student violated
    Court: Rights of transgender student violated Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, Maine's highest court has ruled. More »

  • Court: Transgender student's rights were violated
    Court: Transgender student's rights were violated Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A transgender fifth-grader should have been allowed to use the girls' bathroom, Maine's highest court ruled Thursday, concluding that school officials violated state anti-discrimination law. More »

  • Defeat on the horizon: Cameron once again at the mercy of his backbenchers
    Defeat on the horizon: Cameron once again at the mercy of his backbenchers Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    David Cameron faces a double parliamentary defeat this week, after the government tabled the immigration bill without knowing whether it could win a majority in the Commons. More »

  • The 9 at 9: Sunday
    The 9 at 9: Sunday Sun, Dec 29, 2013

    Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your Sunday. More »

  • Column: 10 years on, Ireland’s human rights act has failed to deliver
    Column: 10 years on, Ireland’s human rights act has failed to deliver Mon, Dec 23, 2013

    The ECHR was introduced as a result of a pledge in the Good Friday Agreement to provide “at least an equivalent level of protection of human rights” in the Republic as in Northern Ireland. Ten years on, we have failed to live up to our promises, writes Michael Farrell. More »

  • Sadiq Khan MP: Human Rights are for all of us Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan celebrates International Human Rights Day by reminding us how human rights have transformed the country. More »

  • Coalition plots court case to escape EU 'fundamental rights' charter
    Coalition plots court case to escape EU 'fundamental rights' charter Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    Chris Grayling has pledged to go court to make sure the EU's charter of fundamental rights does not apply to the UK, following reports that Britain has been 'duped' into coming under new human rights law. More »

  • The stolen children of India
    The stolen children of India Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Heart-rending story of parents seeking to get back children snatched from them and then sent for adoption abroad. More »

  • Column: Ireland’s continuing disregard for transgender citizens is inexcusa …
    Column: Ireland’s continuing disregard for transgender citizens is inexcusa … Thu, Oct 24, 2013

    Last wednesday evening, i went about the usual domestic chores of an Irish twenty-something (making dinner, tackling the ironing, filling out job applications…). Just after 9 o’clock, the TV background noise grabbed my attention with Stephen Fry’s BBC documentary Out There. This two-part programme followed the eloquent broadcaster as he examined what it means to be gay in Uganda, the USA, Russia, Brazil and India. More »

  • Immigration bill contains a state power-grab over marriage
    Immigration bill contains a state power-grab over marriage Tue, Oct 22, 2013

    The immigration bill going through parliament contains a major power grab which would give the Home Office jurisdiction over people's right to marry. More »

  • May: Foreign Suspects Face Early Deportation
    May: Foreign Suspects Face Early Deportation Mon, Sep 30, 2013

    Suspected foreign criminals will be deported before they have the chance to claim their human rights have been breached under new Government plans. More »

  • Conservatives say want out of European rights accord
    Conservatives say want out of European rights accord Mon, Sep 30, 2013

    MANCHESTER (Reuters) - Home Secretary Theresa May said on Monday her ruling Conservative party would take Britain out of the European Convention on Human Rights if re-elected in 2015, saying she would include such a promise in the party's election manifesto. "It's ridiculous that the British government should have to go to such lengths to get rid of dangerous foreigners," she told an annual conference of her party. "That's why the next Conservative manifesto will promise to scrap the human rights act. ... More »

  • Britain's Conservatives say want out of European rights accord Mon, Sep 30, 2013

    MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British interior minister Theresa May said on Monday her ruling Conservative party would take Britain out of the European Convention on Human Rights if re-elected in 2015, saying she would include such a promise in the party's election manifesto. "It's ridiculous that the British government should have to go to such lengths to get rid of dangerous foreigners," she told an annual conference of her party. "That's why the next Conservative manifesto will promise to scrap the human rights act. ... More »

  • Cameron touts housing plan and rights accord exit
    Cameron touts housing plan and rights accord exit Sun, Sep 29, 2013

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron began setting out his stall for the 2015 election on Sunday by talking up a contested plan to boost home ownership and suggesting Britain may ditch Europe's main human rights treaty, an object of hatred for Eurosceptics. ... More »

  • School face veil ban proposed by minister
    School face veil ban proposed by minister Mon, Sep 16, 2013

    A government minister has raised the prospect of banning face veils in all schools. More »

  • Red Caps Mob Threat 'Was Ignored' - Claim
    Red Caps Mob Threat 'Was Ignored' - Claim Thu, Sep 12, 2013

    New information on the murders of six Royal Military Policemen killed by a mob in southern Iraq suggests that commanders knew they were likely to be attacked before they were sent out on patrol. More »

  • Legal Action Over Red Caps' Iraq Mob Death
    Legal Action Over Red Caps' Iraq Mob Death Thu, Sep 5, 2013

    The families of four Royal Military Policemen who were killed by a mob in Iraq 10 years ago are taking fresh legal action to force a public inquiry into their deaths. More »