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What Human Rights do for Equality

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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
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
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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    Equality
    2013
    UK

    You can’t refuse a couple a double bed because they’re gay

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    Christian bed and breakfast hotel owners refused a double-bedded room to a same sex couple becasue they weren't married. Gay people couldn't get married. The Supreme Court said this was discrimination.

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    Equality
    1985
    Europe

    Female immigrants get the same protection as male immigrants

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    Three women were legally resident in the UK. Their husbands, resident abroad, were not allowed to live in the UK with their wives and families. They successfully challenged the rules, which were later changed.

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    50 Cases
    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
      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
        2004
        Europe

        Women can’t be forced to take their husband’s name

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        A married woman who took her husband's name wasn't allowed to continue using her maiden name in her professional life. This was judged to be an interference with her private life, and discriminatory.

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          50 Cases
          2014
          UK

          Police must investigate rape claims

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          Two women complained to the police about sexual assault by a taxi driver. He was not brought to justice. It turned out he had raped and/or assaulted 100 women. The women won their claim that they suffered degrading treatment because the police failed to act.

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          50 Cases
          2010
          UK

          Gay and lesbian people can’t be returned to persecution

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          Under the United Nations Refugee Convention, social groups that have a well-founded fear of persecution are refugees. In this case, the Supreme Court said gays and lesbians could not be expected to live closeted lives in places they are persecuted.

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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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          Equality
          2002
          Europe

          Transgender people have equal rights, including to marry

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          Christine Goodwin complained she was not entitled to the same employment, social security and pension rights as those born female. The European Court said that was discrimination. Shortly afterwards, the UK introduced a system which allowed transsexual people to be legally recognised in their new gender.

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          Disability
          2010
          UK

          The law now protects disabled people in many areas

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          The Equality Act outlaws discrimination on grounds of disability, age, sex, race, religion and other characteristics, at work and when receiving services. It brought together all existing anti-discrimination law.

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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
            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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            50 Cases
            2004
            UK

            Gay people are treated equally in inheritance matters

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            A gay man was stopped from inheriting a council flat from his dead male partner. Only a husband or wife could inherit. He challenged the law and the law had to change.

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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
              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
              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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              Equality
              2001
              UK

              Discrimination at work due to nationality isn’t allowed

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              An English man working for the BBC in Scotland lost his job and was replaced with a Scottish woman. He won his case - he was discriminated against because he was English and BBC Scotland wanted a Scottish person to do the job instead.

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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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                  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
                      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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