Human rights

Council cancels event over feminist writer’s views on trans rights

27/06/2022

Feminist writer Julie Bindel has threatened to sue Nottingham CC after the council banned her from giving a talk because of her views on transgender rights.

One in three UK adults face homelessness, Amnesty warns

07/06/2022

The right to housing should be protected in law, human rights groups says as nearly one in three adults report they are concerned about homelessness.

Queen’s Speech: Mental health laws to be overhauled

10/05/2022

Government will reform mental health laws to make it harder to detain people and to stop the disproportionate use of the laws against BAME communities.

Call for clarity on local government's use of Hikvision surveillance cameras

26/04/2022

Local government minister, Michael Gove, has been urged to clarify his position on buying surveillance cameras from tech company Hikvision.

Government launches Liberty Protection Safeguards consultation

18/03/2022

Government has launched a consultation on Liberty Protection Safeguards to ensure the freedom of people who may need decision-making assistance is protected.

County council ends contract with Russian-owned Gazprom

02/03/2022

Suffolk County Council has decided to end its contract with the Russian-owned energy supplier Gazprom in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Human rights group warns of ‘uninhabitable’ temporary accommodation

18/01/2022

Children in London growing up in ‘uninhabitable’ temporary accommodation due to Government-imposed austerity and the housing crisis, human rights group warns.

Report criticises 'destitution by design' policy

11/10/2021

A new report has called for a step-change in the way asylum seekers are supported in Scotland.

Vulnerable children ‘detained unlawfully’ in Scotland

07/06/2021

Vulnerable children in Scotland may have been detained unlawfully in secure accommodation, a new investigation has revealed.

Trade union calls for higher human rights standards in PPE

26/01/2021

A local government trade union has called for new laws to stop PPE being supplied by companies that exploit workers.

Brighton councillors criticise arms manufacturer for ‘deadly bombs’ used in Yemen

02/10/2019

Councillors in Brighton have called on the Government to stop a local business from manufacturing ‘deadly bombs and weapons’ after the company was named in a UN report.

Facing up the future?

27/09/2019

Sue Chadwick urges local authorities to think hard before using Automatic Facial Recognition technology on publicly owned land and buildings.

Grenfell residents had human rights breached, watchdog warns

13/03/2019

The residents of Grenfell Tower had their human rights breached by the council and public services before the fire started, a watchdog has warned.

Council’s decision not to allow a barrier around Muslim grave ‘fair’, court rules

23/01/2019

A court has ruled that Walsall Council’s decision not to allow a Muslim man to install a marble edge around his father’s grave was ‘appropriate and fair’.

Councils criticised for banning anti-abortion protests

30/05/2018

Councils wanting to restrict protests outside abortion clinics have been challenged by a group of campaigners, including human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

Councils threaten to ‘divide' migrant families, report says

09/04/2018

Local authorities often threaten to take children into care if their parents do not have the proper documentation to remain in the country, human rights groups warn.

Human rights watchdog launches Grenfell fire inquiry

11/12/2017

The harm suffered by those who survived or witnessed the Grenfell Tower fire may constitute ‘inhumane and degrading treatment’, according to human rights watchdogs.

Councils complicit in ‘human rights violations’, disability organisations say

21/08/2017

Deaf and disability organisations have accused the Government and local authorities of human rights violations due to policies which prevent disabled people living independent lives.

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