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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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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
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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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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    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
      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
      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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        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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          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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            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
            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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              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
              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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              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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                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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                  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
                    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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                    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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                    Equality
                    2005
                    UK

                    Racial discrimination is unacceptable at all stages of immigration process

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                    British immigration officers at Prague Airport were told to make it more difficult for Roma people to enter. 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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                    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
                    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
                    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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