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Children
2011
UK

Children abducted by a parent should generally be returned immediately

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Children were abducted by their mother, without their father's knowledge, from Norway and brought to the UK. The children would be returned to Norway as, overall, it was in their best interests.

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Family
2009
Europe

Strong family ties can prevent deportation

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Mr Omojudi had lived in the UK for over twenty years. He had committed offences while in the UK. He had 3 children and 1 grandchild, all in the UK. The government wanted to deport him. He won his case to stay.

Family
2011
UK

A non-UK national can apply for a marriage visa if they are under 21

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Quila and Bibi were stopped from entering the country to marry because they were under 21. They successfully challenged the law, which was meant to help prevent forced marriages.

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Children
2014
UK

Keeping children with family should be considered before adoption

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A child was placed for adoption without proper consideration of whether a placement in Poland with her grandparents would have been preferable. This breached the family's right to respect for private / family life.

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Family
2014
UK

Doctors must involve families in ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ notices for patients

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A 'Do Not Resuscitate' Notice was put in the Mrs Tracey's medical notes without consulting her or her family. The doctors' failure to consult breached her right to personal autonomy and to respect for private and family life.

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Children
1994
Europe

Children can’t be put up for adoption without parents knowing

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Laws which allowed a child to be put up for adoption without her biological father's knowledge or consent breached his right to respect for private and family life, and meant he had been deprived of a fair hearing.

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Family
2008
UK

Unmarried couples in Northern Ireland can apply to adopt

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An unmarried couple in Northern Ireland were banned from applying to adopt because they were unmarried. They challenged the ban and they won their case.

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Family
2006
Europe

Both parents must consent to the use of sperm in IVF treatment

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A woman and her husband separated after they had agreed to fertilise her eggs. The embryos were frozen and stored. She wanted to proceed with the pregnancy, he did not. She lost her case.

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    Family
    2008
    UK

    Children and mums must be kept together when fleeing domestic violence

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    Mother and children were fleeing domestic violence and ended up in London. Social workers said they were intentionally homeless and would take children into care. Right to a family life used to keep family together.

    Family
    2009
    UK

    There’s a right to information about your own adoption

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    An adult was seeking information about his adoption in the 1950s. Both his birth parents had died. The adoption society refused to give him the information. He challenged the refusal and won his case.

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    Family
    2007
    Europe

    Prisoners may be entitled to artificial insemination

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    A prisoner and his wife were refused artificial insemination. He was serving a sentence for murder and she would be past child-bearing age when he was released. They won their case.

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      Family
      2001
      UK

      Children are entitled to find out who their birth parents are

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      A father wanted to force a mother to allow testing to confirm he was the child's birth father. She did not want the tests to happen. He won his case.

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        Children
        2001
        UK

        Families who foster children should be paid the same as other carers

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        A family who were fostering children within the family successfully challenged the council policy to pay them less than non-family foster carers.

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        Family
        2014
        UK

        A woman could have a child using sperm of her deceased partner

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        A widow wanted to use the sperm of her husband, who died aged 32 years old of a brain tumour. He had not given his consent in writing. She won her case.

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        Children
        2001
        Europe

        Children should be protected from abuse within the family

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        Children in a family suffered abuse and neglect by their mother. They were not protected properly by the social services. They won their case and were awarded damages.

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        Family
        2002
        UK

        You can get information about an anonomous donor parent

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        Two adults successfully challenged the law that prevented them from knowing the identities of the birth parent who had anonymously donated the sperm used to conceive their birth.

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          Children
          1994
          Europe

          Unmarried parents can be a family

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          The father in an unmarried couple challenged the Dutch government's refusal to recognise him as the legal father of the couple's child, unless his partner's husband denied paternity. He won his case.

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            Family
            2003
            UK

            Deceased fathers can be named on birth certificate

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            A widow won the right to put the name of her deceased husband on the birth certificates of her children. The law was changed to allow all women to do the same.

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              Children
              1987
              Europe

              Birth parents have the right to challenge childcare decisions

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              A mother complained that she was not given the chance to object to her children being taken into care. She won her case.

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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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                Disability
                2013
                UK

                A woman with Down’s Syndrome wasn’t force sterilised

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                A local authority wanted a court to let doctors sterilise a woman with Down’s Syndrome. The court focused on her best interests and said the decision had to be the 'least restrictive' of a person’s rights and freedom of action. It wouldn't allow the sterilisation.

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                  Disability
                  1975
                  UK

                  Sterilisation is considered the deprivation of a basic human right

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                  This case was about the wardship of an 11 year old girl with mental health problems. The court said sterilisation was the deprivation of a basic human right and it would, if for non-therapeutic reasons without consent, be a violation of that right.

                  Children
                  2001
                  Europe

                  Birth parents must be involved in childcare decisions

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                  A four-year-old girl was taken into care and placed for adoption following allegations of abuse. Her mother was not consulted on the care plan and succeeded in her claim that this breached her right to a family life.

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                    Children
                    2006
                    UK

                    Abducted children’s views on staying in the UK matter

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                    A Romanian mother brought her child to the UK. His father objected. The removal was not unlawful and the child wanted to stay in the UK. The child's views were taken into account and he was permitted to stay.

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