6,000 people in a living hell: Calais camps judgment shows how vital our Human Rights Act is for protecting children and families

The Upper Tribunal has now handed down judgment in the case of the three children and one young man left in the Calais camps. After ordering the Government last week to permit them to reunite with their families in Britain, the Tribunal has handed down its reasons. They are, to say the least, grimly illuminating.

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Human rights victory as police agree to remove paedophile’s victim photographs

23 April 2014

Today Liberty announced that Dorset Police have agreed not to return intimate photographs of sexual abuse victims to their abuser – thanks to the Human Rights Act.

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Liberty fights against handover of victims’ photographs to paedophile

11 April 2014

Today Liberty announced that it is representing a family who are requesting that intimate photographs of them are not returned to their abuser. 

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Privacy matters

“Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence”.

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Liberty: Bedroom tax breaches right to family life

21 March 2013

Today Liberty announced it will seek Judicial Review of the Government’s controversial new “bedroom tax” policy based on the impact on separated families with shared custody of children. The announcement comes days before the High Court is due to rule whether a challenge based on the effect on disabled people should be allowed to proceed.

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My HRA: Jenny Paton

Of all our Human Rights Act’s fundamental freedoms, none attracts controversy like Article 8 – the right to a private and family life. Barely a day passes without it being demonised. Only a week ago the Home Secretary launched another attack on the judiciary’s handling of Article 8 in immigration cases.

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Another depressing attack

This weekend the Home Secretary launched another disappointing attack on our judiciary and human rights law – accusing immigration judges of ignoring Parliament when making decisions in immigration cases.

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Metropolitan Police’s heavy restraint of severely autistic and epileptic child ‘unjustifiable’

14 February 2013

Today the Court of Appeal ruled that “nothing could justify” the way in which seven Metropolitan Police officers heavily restrained a severely autistic and epileptic child – known as “ZH” – while he visited a local swimming pool.

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My HRA: Rachael Cox

It’s been a busy week for CRB checks, with the Court of Appeal ruling that automatic disclosure of all convictions and cautions is incompatible with the Human Rights Act. So today, the latest blog on our new series of Common Values films features mother-of-five Rachael Cox, whose life was blighted by the CRB system.

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CRB: Setting the record straight

Yesterday’s Court of Appeal ruling on CRB checks was widely regarded as a triumph for human rights and common sense. The current system of automatic disclosure – regardless of relevance to the job at hand – is clearly disproportionate. That’s why the Court recognised that it’s incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, the right to private life.

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