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What Human Rights do for Victims of Crime

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2014
UK

The UK could forcibly remove people from their homeland

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The UK's highest court narrowly ruled the UK could forcibly remove inhabitants from the Chagos Islands so they could be used as a military base, and this decision wasn't overturned by the European Court of Human Rights. The Wikileaks scandal gave rise to more Information about the case, and another appeal was mounted, but it was again dismissed.

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Children
2014
Europe

The state must protect children against sexual abuse in school

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Irish primary school pupils were sexually abused by their teachers. The Irish authorities would have known about similar abuses before the 1970s. They didn't do enough to systematically protect the children.

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    Victims of Crime
    2013
    UK

    Families of soldiers killed in combat can sue the government

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    Families of soldiers killed in combat in Iraq are suing the government because they believe their sons were not given adequate training or equipment. They have been allowed to pursue their claim.

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    2001
    Europe

    Local authorities can be liable for child abuse if they failed to act

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    Four children were seriously ill-treated by their parents. The authorities were aware of this and failed to take action. The children's rights to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment had been breached and they were entitled to compensation.

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      Victims of Crime
      2002
      Europe

      Inquiries into state deaths should usually be in public

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      A mentally ill prisoner was murdered by another mentally ill prisoner. The government conducted a private inquiry. The parents successfully argued it should have been public.

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      2013
      UK

      Trafficked children are victims, not criminals

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      Victims of trafficking were forced into illegal work. A young boy was forced to cultivate cannabis, and a woman promised child-minding work was forced into prostitution. Their history of trafficking should have been taken into account.

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      Victims of Crime
      2014
      UK

      The state must protect victims of grooming and child abuse

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      An independent inquiry was commissioned into the history of sexual violence towards young women in Rotherham. The European Convention requires independent investigations into abuse.

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      1998
      Europe

      The police have a duty to protect our right to life

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      A teacher stalked a pupil, and ended up killing the pupil's father. The family sued the police for failure to protect the family. The court confirmed that in certain circumstances the police could be liable for failing to protect.

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      Victims of Crime
      2001
      Europe

      The state must protect children abused by their parents

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      Four children in one family were subjected to severe abuse and neglect for five years but were not put on the at risk register by the social services until their mother insisted. The children were awarded damages.

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      Victims of Crime
      2001
      Europe

      Victims of inadequate care in custody can get compensation

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      A man with mental health difficulties committed suicide whilst in custody. His father said the authorities had not done enough to protect his son from himself. He won his case.

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        Victims of Crime
        2000
        Europe

        If someone dies in custody, the authorities must provide a satisfactory explanation

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        A taxi driver was arrested by police and questioned in relation to suspected terrorist activities. He was subsequently taken to hospital and died. His family sued the Turkish authorities and won.

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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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          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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          Victims of Crime
          2002
          Europe

          Prisoners are protected from attack by other dangerous prisoners

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          A mentally ill prisoner was murdered by another mentally ill prisoner. The prison conducted a private inquiry which was inadequate. The parents won their claim.

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