Human Rights

Children Whose Mothers are in Prison: Government Report Response

Government response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights 22nd report Command paper responding to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ (JCHR) 22nd report of Session 2017 to 2019: The right to family life: children whose mothers are in prison Download The Report You are unauthorized to view this page.

Responding to Human Rights cases

1st November 2019 New publication today Responding to human rights judgments Report to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Government’s response to human rights judgments 2018–2019   You are unauthorized to view this page.

More than half the people held in immigration detention during a six month period were released into the community instead of being deported

More than half of the people held in an immigration detention centre during a six-month period were then released back into the community instead of being deported. Campaigners branded the detention “pointless cruelty” and a waste of taxpayer funds as the figure was revealed in a report about Brook House Immigration Removal Centre by the […]

ECHR Rules Terrorism justifies closed courts

European Court of Human Rights published: January 15, 2016 Sher and Others v United Kingdom (Application No 5201/11) Before G. Raimondi, President and Judges P. Hirvelä, L, Bianku, N. Tsotsoria, P. Mahoney, F. Vehabović and Y. Grozev Section Registrar: F. Elens-Passos Judgment: October 20, 2015 The right of suspected terrorists to take proceedings to challenge […]

Whole life sentence to be re-examined

A triple killer’s claim that his whole-life prison sentence breaches his human rights is to be re-examined by European judges. Arthur Hutchinson’s case will be considered again after it was referred to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Earlier this year a judgment from the Strasbourg court ruled that there […]

Prisoner voting ban breaches human rights

The rights of more than 1,000 UK prisoners were breached when they were prevented from voting in elections, European judges have said. But the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected the applicants’ claims for compensation and legal costs. The case before the ECHR concerned 1,015 prisoners who were behind bars throughout various elections between […]

Court ruling due on prisoner voting

European judges are set to rule on whether the rights of 1,015 serving prisoners in the UK were breached when they were prevented from voting in elections. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is due to announce its judgment on prisoner voting rights tomorrow. It will cover applications brought by more than a thousand […]

European Court Rules Whole Life Sentences Lawful

Triple killer Arthur Hutchinson, who murdered three members of the same family in Sheffield, has lost his challenge at the European Court of Human Rights against his whole-life prison sentence. The judgment is the latest development in the protracted legal wrangle over “life means life” terms. Hutchinson was jailed in 1984 for stabbing wealthy couple […]

Supreme Court recognises transgender as third gender

In a landmark judgment, the Indian Supreme Court has created the “third gender” status for transgendered people when until now they were forced to write male or female against their gender. They are now to be known as belonging to an ‘Other Backward Class’ – OBC. Other Backward Class (OBC) is a collective term used […]

Notorious Abu Ghraib Prison Closed

Iraqi authorities have closed down a notorious prison west of Baghdad over security concerns, the justice minister said. Hassan al-Shimmari said that 2,400 inmates have been transferred from Abu Ghraib to other prisons in safer areas of the country. He said it was a precautionary measure because the Abu Ghraib facility is located in “a […]