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Offensive ideas need to be protected too
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Mr Handyside was prosecuted for publishing "The Little Red Book", which encouraged children to rebel against social norms. The European Court supported the prosecution as protecting public morals but famously emphasised that free speech also applied to offensive ideas.
The most important human rights cases translated into plain-English short stories
This week, our human rights stories are about the right to privacy. In 2009, a woman disappeared. As usual, police interviewed the people she knew. Mr A was one of … Continued
No. 26 of #50cases. This is a story about imprisonment. Not of a criminal, but of a man with autism and severe learning difficulties. Let’s call him HL. HL was incapable of … Continued
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. 30 of #50cases. Four siblings were born between 1982 and 1988. On numerous occasions between 1987 and 1992 grandparents, teachers and neighbours told others they were worried about the children. … Continued