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What Human Rights Do For Us

Some of the key human rights cases and developments in colourful bitesized cards. Press the coloured buttons to change the category.

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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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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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Children
2009
UK

Children aren’t subjected to unreasonable curfews

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A 16 year old boy was not allowed out after 9pm in designated areas. He was not engaging in anti-social behaviour. He challenged the curfew. He succeeded.

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Speech & Protest
2006
UK

Police shouldn’t have stopped war protest bus

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The police stopped coach passengers from reaching the site of an anti-Iraq War demonstration. The protesters' right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly was violated. Police shouldn't have assumed they would be violent.

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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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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
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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50 Cases
2014
UK

Assisting suicide is still a crime, but watch this space

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Two profoundley disabled men wanted help in ending their lives, which would be a crime. They were unsuccessful, but the court said that the criminal offence could breach the right to respect for private life. The Human Rights Act doesn't let courts override Parliament but, unusually, they did ask Parliament to reconsider.

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Disability
2012
Europe

Mrs Reynolds got compensation after her son died in psychiatric care

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A mother complained that she had no access to compensation for the grief and distress caused by the untimely death of her son whilst he was in psychiatric care. She was awarded damages for violation of the right to a remedy and the right to life.

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    50 Cases
    2014
    UK

    The police can’t keep you on their database for ever

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    Two people wanted minor crimes committed years ago (shoplifting a packet of fingernails; stealing a bike aged 11) to be removed from the national police database, as it was stopping them getting jobs. Their privacy had been breached and the law was changed.

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      Children
      2002
      Europe

      If child access is jeopardised, parents must have legal representation

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      Parents were denied legal representation at a hearing to free their child for adoption. This breached their rights to a fair hearing and respect for family life, as the importance and complexity meant they should have legal representation.

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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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        50 Cases
        2004
        UK

        The supermodel’s privacy was breached by a tabloid rehab scoop

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        Naomi Campbell complained about photos taken of her leaving a rehab clinic and published in the Daily Mirror. The UK's highest court found Campbell's right to privacy outweighed that of the press to run the photos.

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        Privacy
        2001
        Europe

        Public activities may be protected by privacy

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        The European Court of Human Rights condemned the unlawful recording of two suspected criminals at their house and at the police station and said in principle a person's activities may be part of their private life even if they take place in a public context.

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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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          Seeking Refuge
          2012
          Europe

          Refugees have a right to reunite with their families

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          The European Court of Human Rights held that the UK Government’s refusal to allow the family reunion of a refugee and his wife under relevant immigration rules was unlawfully discriminatory against the refugee on the basis of his immigration status. Every person has the right to a private and family life.

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            Privacy
            2011
            UK

            Reporting of highly sensitive cases can be stopped

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            A woman in a semi-vegetative state wanted to be allowed to die. A judge defended the privacy of her and her relatives through the first injunction stopping publication of private information on any social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

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            Children
            2012
            UK

            Removing the governmental task force set up to protect children was unlawful

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            The Government failed to set up the Child Poverty Commission, as required by Parliament, to advise on the preparation of child poverty strategy. This was unlawful.

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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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            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.

            Privacy
            2012
            UK

            Sex offenders can’t be name-shamed on Facebook

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            A man who had been convicted for sex crimes involving children acted to have Facebook remove his data and photographs from the page "Keeping Our Kid Safe From Predators". Facebook agreed, as that posed a threat to his safety and privacy.

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            Health
            2015
            UK

            Councils can only detain people with mental health problems if it’s in their best interests

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            The Council removed a man from his home because they thought this in his best interests. His friends said otherwise and the Court agreed. The Council's act was an unlawful overreaction. The nonegenarian returned to live with his cat Fluffy.

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            50 Cases
            2011
            UK

            Children’s views are key in deportation cases

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            The Supreme Court decided that where a parent is deported, the rights of their children must be a primary consideration An asylum-seeker mother was allowed to remain in the UK because deporting her would breach her children's rights to respect for private and family life.

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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.

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