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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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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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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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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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    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
    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
    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
    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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        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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        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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        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
          1997
          Europe

          Female-to-male transsexuals can be treated as the father of their child

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          A transsexual was entitled to be treated as the father of his child, even though he could not be registered as the father on the child's birth certificate. The law has now changed and this would be possible.

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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
            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
            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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            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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              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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                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
                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
                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
                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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