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What Have Human rights done for us?

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50 Cases
1976
Europe

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.

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    The Gap

    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

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    Safety Net

    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

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    Listen To Me

    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