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What Human Rights Do For Us

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50 Cases
2010
Europe

Police stop and search powers can’t be limitless

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Two protesters were stopped and searched, without any grounds for suspicion, by the police. The European Court of Human Rights said this was a violation of their right to privacy. The UK government had to review its anti-terrorism law.

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    Justice
    2014
    UK

    Everyone deserves access to justice – that means legal aid where necessary

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    In this decision, the right to legal aid is discussed by the court. It is established that in some cases, in order for access to justice to be achieved, legal aid must be granted when there would be an obvious unfairness.

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      Disability
      2015
      UK

      A family can receive damages if a council messes up care proceedings

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      The Council removed a 15 day old baby from its mother and put it into care. There were unnecessary delays and confusion over the plan for the baby's permanent home. It was finally placed with the mother's parents in Latvia aged 22 months.

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      Family
      2010
      Europe

      A tenant’s family circumstances must be considered during eviction

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      Tenants in a housing trust said they should not be evicted even after their leases had come to an end as it would cause their families hardship. They won their case.

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      Victims of Crime
      2013
      UK

      Victims of British colonial abuse are entitled to damages

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      Victims of horrific treatment in Kenyan detention camps run by colonial officials between 1952-1963 brought a claim against the British government. The government settled the case, apologised and paid them damages.

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      Seeking Refuge
      2011
      Europe

      No-one should endure inhuman or degrading treatment

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      The conditions faced by asylum seekers in Greece were deemed tantamount to “inhuman or degrading treatment,” and Greece and Belgium were both found to be in violation of the ECHR. The appellant’s detention and living conditions while in Greece meant that both Greece and Belgium were in violation if a deportation were to be enforced.

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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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      Seeking Refuge
      2004
      UK

      Asylum seekers have a right to preserve their mental stability

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      The ECHR gives people the right to a private and family life. In this case, it was shown that mental health can be considered a component of this right. Razgar was an Iraqi asylum seeker who was to be deported to be Germany. It was shown that the effects of deportation would be seriously harmful to his mental health. Consequently, Razgar was allowed to stay in the UK, relying on right to the preservation of his mental stability.

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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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          Health
          2004
          Europe

          Medical staff can’t ignore parents’ objections to treatment of their children

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          A mother had fought doctors' decisions to give diamorphine to her critically ill disabled son as it could speed up his death. The Court said the approach of the doctors breached the mother and sons' right to family and private life.

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          Seeking Refuge
          2000
          UK

          The state must protect women from sexual slavery

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          Women trafficked in Ukraine for sexual servitude could be classified as a persecuted social group, as the authorities are unable or unwilling to protect them. In this case, asylum was granted to two women.

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            Rights at Work
            2008
            Europe

            Employers must be fair to people who care for disabled people

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            An employee with a disabled child felt forced to resign after being refused a flexible working hours arrangement which she needed to care for her disabled son. She had been discriminated against.

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            TOP 50
            50 Cases
            1975
            Europe

            Prisoners must be able to contact their solicitors

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            A prisoner was stopped from writing a letter to his solicitor. He wanted to make make a libel claim against a prison guard. He won his case. Not being allowed to contact a solicitor was a violation of the right to fair trial.

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              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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              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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                Religion & Belief
                2011
                Europe

                A person can conscientiously object to military service

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                A Jehovah's witness was convicted for refusing to serve in the Amenian army. He successfully argued his right to conscientious objection based on his deeply held religious beliefs. He was awarded 20,000 euros in compensation.

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                TOP 50
                50 Cases
                2012
                UK

                Steven Neary was unlawfully detained in care

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                Steven Neary lived at home with his father. He had autism and learning disabilities. The council removed him for a year. His wishes should have been listened to and the council should have involved his father from the start. His human right to family life was breached.

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                Children
                2012
                UK

                Children in care must be properly protected by the state

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                Two boys came into local authority care and were freed for adoption. The boys were moved between foster placements for 11 years, becoming increasingly unsettled. This breached several of their rights and local authorities had to re-examine their care systems.

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                  Speech & Protest
                  2012
                  Europe

                  Offensive anti-gay speech in schools isn’t acceptable

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                  Four students were convicted for distributing homophobic leaflets in a secondary school. The court decided that their right to freedom of expression was not violated.

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                  Health
                  2013
                  UK

                  Victims of neglectful hospital treatment got justice (and compensation)

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                  Elderly and vulnerable patients were badly mistreated in an NHS hospital. A public inquiry found there was a failure of the NHS system at every level.

                  Privacy
                  2011
                  Europe

                  If mass surveillance occurs, it must be through clear, accessible laws

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                  Russia's registration of human rights activists in a surveillance database regulated by a ministerial order is unlawful. All States are required to regulate mass surveillance through clear and accessible laws.

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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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                    Seeking Refuge
                    2012
                    UK

                    Asylum seekers have a right to accommodation whilst awaiting decisions

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                    This landmark ruling found that the failure of the Home Office to provide access to support for asylum seekers waiting for a decision on their further claim for asylum for a minimum of three weeks is leading to homelessness and destitution.

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                      Health
                      2010
                      Europe

                      Women at risk of health problems must have access to information about abortion

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                      A woman was in remission from cancer. She became pregnant and believed this could provoke a relapse. She couldn't find out from authorities or the courts whether she could have a legal abortion. She won her case. It was too unclear whether she could have a legal abortion or not.

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