Prisoners, Parliament et une interdiction – The human rights roundup
18 April 2011
It’s time for the human rights roundup, a regular bulletin of all the law we haven’t quite managed to feature in full blog posts. The full list of links, updated each day, can be found here.
by Graeme Hall
In the news:
Prisoner voting remains in the headlines and given that the European Court of Human Rights has refused the UK government’s request to reconsider Greens and MT v UK, it’s not going to stray far. Benn Quinn, writing in the Guardian, notes that the UK is one of very few signatories to the Convention on Human Rights which has a blanket ban; a point picked up by Adam Wagner in his recent post.
Strasbourg’s refusal to reconsider means that a blanket ban on prisoner voting amounting to a human rights violation is now a final decision. The Law and Lawyers blog reports that whilst it is disappointing Strasbourg did not give reasons for its refusal (an issue discussed in detail by Dr Ed Bates), the UK government’s reaction is awaited with interest; particularly as it takes the reins of the Council of Europe this October.
Chris Morris, in an interesting article for the BBC, reports that a major reason for the negative reaction to this judgment and other similar judgments is that they have emanated from international courts prefixed with the word “European”. However, as The Lawyer notes, the UK judiciary and parliament’s relationship is at the very least becoming more fraught and the Inforrm blog, shedding some light on the number and types of privacy injunctions currently before the High Court, reminds us of the UK judiciary’s continued difficult relationship with the media.
Further, as Rosalind English reports, the UK judiciary’s relationship with the Strasbourg judiciary is not always plain sailing. Perhaps, as Geoffrey Robertson QC argued in the Mail Online, a British Bill of Rights is the best way forward?
While on the subject of blanket bans and the Strasbourg court, Joshua Rozenberg concludes that the Strasbourg court would find France’s ban on women wearing the burqa to be a human rights violation. The Human Rights in Ireland blog as well as Halsbury’s Law Exchange offer comprehensive analyses of this ban. See also our cross-post from Eoin Daly.
In the courts:
H and L v A City Council  EWCA Civ 403 (14 April 2011) : Local authority’s disclosure of sex offender’s conviction to charities he worked with was unlawful as he didn’t work with children
Inzunza & Ors v United States of America & Ors (Rev 1)  EWHC 920 (Admin) (14 April 2011): Extradition of 3 criminal suspects (2 of murder, 1 drug dealing) would not be inhuman & degrading punishment contrary to Article 3 ECHR
Moos & Anor, R (on the application of) v Police of the Metropolis  EWHC 957 (Admin) (14 April 2011): High court: Police “kettle” (containment” of Climate Camp protesters on 1/4/09 was unnecessary and unlawful. Tactics “unduly inflexible” and used “unjustified force”
Secretary of State for the Foreign Office & Commonwealth Affairs v Maftah & Anor  EWCA Civ 350 (13 April 2011) : Court of appeal: Review of financial anti-terror sanctions imposed on 2 Libyans not a determination of article 6 ECHR civil rights
Rahman, R (on the application of) v Birmingham City Council  EWHC 944 (Admin) (31 March 2011): High Court rules Birmingham council’s decision to cut legal advice centres funding was unlawful as failed to discharge equality duties (old rules)
…and don’t forget to take a look at our recent posts:
- Did the UK misuse European court process on prisoner votes? – Dr Ed Bates April 15, 2011 1 Crown Office Row
- “Civil rights” in Strasbourg: development or dithering? April 15, 2011 Rosalind English
- ‘Fairness’ in an unfair world April 15, 2011 Rosalind English
- Analysis: US State Department’s review of UK Human Rights April 14, 2011 Catriona Murdoch
- Pearls and badgers – location, location, location April 14, 2011 David Hart QC
- Tick tock tick tock April 13, 2011 Adam Wagner
- Human rights, anti-obesity surgery and the NHS purse April 13, 2011 Adam Wagner
- Aarhus breaches all round? April 13, 2011 David Hart QC
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