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Equality
2014
UK

Transgender people can stay married after changing gender

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Gay couples can convert their civil partnerships to marriages. Transgender people do not now have to get divorced following surgery.

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50 Cases
2002
Europe

Post-operative transsexuals can marry who they like

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A male to female transsexual was still considered male, so couldn't marry a man. This was a violation of her right to privacy. Two years later, the Gender Recognition Act gave legal recognition to transsexuals in their acquired gender.

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Equality
1981
Europe

Being gay is not a crime

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A Northern Irish man had been interrogated by the local police on his sexual activities - he was gay and Northern Ireland's law punished homosexuality. The European Court ruled his right to privacy had been breached. Shortly afterwards, Northern Ireland decriminalised homosexuality.

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Equality
2012
Europe

Gypsy families must have stronger rights to challenge eviction

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Mrs Buckland was evicted from her caravan site following anti-social behaviour by her son and non-payment of bills by herself. She complained that had not had the chance to appeal against her conviction. She won her case.

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Equality
1995
Europe

Rape is accepted as essentially debasing

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A man appealed against his conviction of raping his wife, arguing that rape in marriage wasn't a crime at the time. The European Court rejected this, and said attitudes to rape were travelling in a clear direction that was defined and foreseeable.

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Equality
1999
Europe

Openly gay soldiers can serve in the Armed Forces

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Four men were dismissed from the Royal Navy for being homosexuals. The European Court of Human Rights ruled their their right to privacy had been violated. Because of this, the Armed Forces withdrew the long-standing ban on homosexuals serving.

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Disability
2004
UK

Disabled people must be able to access public transport too

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A wheelchair user wanted a train company to pay for a taxi to assist his train travel. The court said as long as it was reasonably practicable, disabled people should be given equivalent access to public transport.

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    Equality
    2000
    Europe

    Consensual gay activity is legal

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    A man was prosecuted for gross indecency for taking part in gay group sex. The European Court of Human Rights said this was a violation of his right to privacy. The law was changed in 2003 by the Sexual Offences Act.

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    50 Cases
    1772
    UK

    Slavery is odious

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    A slave escaped then was imprisoned by his "master" on a ship bound for Jamaica, where he would be sold. Lord Mansfield ordered his release and said there was no support for slavery in English law: "The state of slavery...is so odious, that nothing can be suffered to support it". A key moment for the abolition movement.

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    Disability
    2015
    UK

    A disabled person can’t be evicted if it’s discriminatory

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    A disabled man facing eviction said he was being discriminated against by his landlord. The Supreme Court said that judges have to consider discrimination eviction cases carefully and in detail.

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      Equality
      2006
      Europe

      Children of all races must have equal access to education

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      Disproportionate numbers of Roma children were placed in special schools. This breached their right to access to primary education and their right not to be discriminated against on racial grounds.

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        Equality
        2000
        Europe

        Juries must not discriminate

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        A defendant in criminal proceedings believed members of the jury were racist as they had made racist jokes. The court agreed the trial had been unfair.

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        Equality
        2004
        UK

        An employer can’t refuse to employ transgender people

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        A person who had an operation to become a woman was refused a job as a police officer. She won her case as she had not got the job because she was a transsexual.

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        Equality
        1997
        Europe

        The age of consent is equal for all

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        The UK had an higher age of consent for homosexuals. The European Court said this discriminated against Mr Surtherland and violated his right to privacy. The UK government then committed to equalise the age of consent, which it did in 2000.

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        Equality
        2011
        UK

        Employees can’t be treated badly because they are gay

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        A pub's management forced a gay employee to make the pub less welcoming to gay people, then made comments about him being gay, pushing him to resign. He won his case as he had been badly treated because of his sexuality.

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        Children
        2007
        Europe

        Children of all races must have equal access to education

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        Disproportionate numbers of Roma children were placed in special schools. This breached their right to access to primary education and their right not to be discriminated against on racial grounds.

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          Disability
          2013
          UK

          The social care system must be fair to disabled people

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          Getting employment and support allowance required a questionnaire and usually a face-to-face interview. This was causing major problems for people with mental health problems. The court said the system was unlawfully discriminating against them.

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            Equality
            1999
            UK

            Same-sex couples can be a family

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            A man was not allowed to inherit the council flat of his long-term male partner, who had died, because they were gay. The court said this was discrimination. He won his case.

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              Disability
              2011
              UK

              You can’t shut a library without considering impact on disabled people

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              Individuals, including a man with a learning disability, challenged changes to councils’ library services. Equality duties had been breached by the councils’ failures to consider the potential impact on the disabled

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              2004
              UK

              No race barriers to asylum

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              British immigration officers at Prague airport were told to make it more difficult for Roma people to come here. The court said that racial discrimination at any point in the asylum process is not permitted, and no race of people is excluded from the right to asylum.

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                Equality
                2004
                Europe

                Gypsies have same right to keep their homes as caravan owners

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                The Council wanted to evict a gypsy family because of anti-social behaviour. The family won its case and were allowed to stay. The government changed the law shortly afterwards to protect gypsies from eviction.

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                Disability
                2014
                UK

                Closing adult day care centres without consultation is wrong

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                A disabled adult challenged the closure of an adult day care centre. The failure to consult users and relatives before the council decided to close it had been unlawful.

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                Equality
                2008
                Europe

                A local authority can’t refuse gay adoption applications

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                A lesbian applied to adopt the child of her long-term partner and was refused. The European Court of Human Rights said that was discrimination. She won her case.

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                Equality
                2004
                Europe

                The age of consent must be the same whether you’re gay or straight

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                A man had been arrested and charged for having sex with a 16 year old. He won his case in the European Court. It was unlawful discrimination and a breach of the right to privacy to have a different age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual intercourse.

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