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What Have Human rights done for us?
People don’t have to go back to a place that makes them suicidal
Related European Convention Articles
Inhuman treatment is unconditionally prohibited by article 3 of the ECHR, and in this case it was found that a risk of suicide upon deportation can be included within this definition. The appellants were Tamil Sri Lankans, brother and sister, who had been tortured by government security forces leading them to both suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Their asylum claims made on a humanitarian basis were rejected, but it was found that a return to Sri Lanka could lead to a strengthening of suicidal thoughts. Preventing their deportation through the ECHR can be seen as a success in protecting the rights of asylum seekers suffering from mental illnesses.
The most important human rights cases translated into plain-English short stories
No. 24 of #50cases. One important role the Human Rights Act plays is as a safety net for vulnerable people. This story is a good example of how it works. Mrs Bernard suffers … Continued
No. 48 of #50cases. On 5 July 2004, Carol Savage walked out of the hospital to which she had been compulsorily admitted. She walked about two miles to a railway station … Continued
Getting arrested is an unpleasant experience for anyone. Some people, though, are especially vulnerable, and as such must be carefully treated even when taken into custody. Let’s take one example. Patricia, … Continued
You’re four years old. You’ve been illegally abducted from Romania by your Mum to go and live with her in England against your Dad’s will. Normally, international law requires the … Continued