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Headline- Round Up: Sir Cliff Richard’s case against the BBC reaches the High Court

23 April 2018 by Conor Monighan

Conor Monighan brings us the latest updates in human rights law

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In the News:

The legal battle between Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC has begun in the High Court.

In August 2014, police raided Sir Cliff’s home based on an allegation of historic child sexual abuse. The BBC broadcast live footage of the raid filmed from a helicopter. The singer was interviewed under caution, but never charged.

Sir Cliff alleges that the BBC’s coverage of the police raid on his home was a serious invasion of his right to privacy, for which there was no lawful justification. He also alleges breaches of his data protection rights. The singer seeks substantial general damages, plus £278,000 for legal costs, over £108,000 for PR fees which he spent in order to rebuild his reputation, and an undisclosed sum relating to the cancellation of his autobiography’s publication. He began giving evidence on the first day of the hearing.
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The Round Up: Instagramming claim forms, procedural unfairness, and what happens when ‘pragmatism’ meets human rights.

11 February 2018 by Conor Monighan

Conor Monighan brings us the latest updates in human rights law.

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In the News:

Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire

Covered by the Blog here

There is no general immunity for police officers investigating or preventing crime. In this case, Mrs Robinson suffered injuries when two police officers fell on top of her, along with a suspected drug dealer resisting arrest. The officers had foreseen Williams would attempt to escape but had not noticed Mrs Robinson  (who was represented by 1 Crown Office Row’s academic consultant Duncan Fairgrieve).

The recorder found that, although the officers were negligent, Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [1989] gave them immunity from negligence claims. The Court of Appeal ruled the police officers owed no duty of care, and even if they did they had not broken it. It also found most claims against the police would fail the third stage of the Caparo test (i.e. it would not be fair, just and reasonable to impose a duty of care upon the police in these situations). The Court found Williams had caused the harm, not the police, so the issue was based on omission rather than a positive act. Finally, even if officers had owed the Appellant a duty of care, they had not breached it.

Mrs Robinson appealed successfully to the Supreme Court.

It held:
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Fight Hate With Rights

26 November 2017 by Adam Wagner

I wanted to alert you to a campaign RightsInfo has been running called #FightHateWithRights.

It’s about fighting the rise of extremism by standing up for human rights. Because social breakdown and even genocide don’t happen overnight – they are the result of the steady denial of rights over months or years. By protecting human rights, we also protect against the small cuts to liberty which can lead to far worse.

You can see all of the videos and resources here.

I have posted some of the key video content below the break, including a  film featuring three genocide survivors spanning 70 years, a film featuring Professor Philippe Sands and a short video where I sum up the points of the campaign.

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Your inspiring Human Rights Act stories

18 September 2017 by Adam Wagner

On 2 October it is the 17th birthday of the Human Rights Act – it came into force on 2 October 2000.

Rightsnfo is looking for inspiring stories of how people have used the Human Rights Act to publish as part of a birthday feature:

  • Please send your stories to info@rightsinfo.org
  • No more than 150 words per story
  • Send them by end of Friday 22 September
  • Stories welcome from people who have used the Human Rights Act or lawyers who have used it on people’s behalf (please confirm you have your client/ex-client’s authorisation to share the story).
  • If you have photos to share then please do so

Looking forward to seeing what people send in!

Fighting hate with human rights

29 August 2017 by Adam Wagner

RightsInfo needs your help on a new campaign to show how protecting human rights is the best way to prevent bigotry, hatred and the rise of the far right. 

We’ve all been shocked at the scenes of extremists on the march again. We need your help to fight back against these poisonous ideologies by producing a film for the International Day of Tolerance (16 November 2017), highlighting the discrimination and dehumanisation common to all genocides, and a series of other videos and features.

The crowdfunder launched this morning and we have already reached our first target of £4,000. Now we are working towards the stretch target of £9,000. Can you help?

All details here

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Human rights job alert

20 July 2017 by Adam Wagner

RightsInfo is one of one of the UK’s newest and most exciting charities, building knowledge and support for human rights with engaging, accessible and beautifully presented online content.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, talented Project Coordinator to join our multi-award winning team.

All details here

A powerful new human rights film 

10 June 2017 by Adam Wagner

It has just been the 6th anniversary of an important human rights case, that of Mark and Steven Neary. Steven, who is autistic, was detained in local authority care for over a year before his dad used the Human Rights Act to get him home. 

RightsInfo has made a powerful short film to mark the anniversary and tell this important human rights story.

In these uncertain political times, it is more important than ever to tell the positive stories of human rights to counter the tabloid press and grow support for human rights laws. So please do share!

Do you enjoy writing about rights?

10 April 2017 by Adam Wagner

RightsInfo, the UK Human Rights Blog’s sister site, is looking for new volunteer writers. Do you have a passion for human rights and can you write about law for a lay audience? If so, please apply! All details below, via RightsInfo.

We’ve had a cracking start to the year, covering all the biggest human rights news from Brexit developments to the London terror attackTory MPs who say we must stay in the Human Rights Convention to why the Tampon Tax is a human rights issue.

Most of what we produce is written by our amazing volunteer team. To support our news coverage further, we’re seeking new volunteers to write for RightsInfo. We are looking for people with excellent writing skills and a good knowledge and understanding of UK human rights law. If you’re keen on British politics, Brexit or human rights in practice then all the better!

We particularly need people who have time to work on more responsive pieces mid-week as part of our news rota, but we’d love to hear from you even if that’s not you.

If you’d like to apply, send us:

  • a brief statement on why you would be a good volunteer (max. 100 words)
  • a summary in 150 words or fewer of this recent ‘right to die’ case, aimed at a lay audience – no legalese please!
  • an indication of whether you would be able to be ‘on call’ one day per week to help us respond to breaking human rights news and, if so, which day of the week you would be able to cover
  • All in the body text please – no attachments and no C.V.s please!

Please email your application to info@rightsinfo.org no later than 10pm on Sunday 30th April with the subject line “Volunteer application – [NAME]” and with the case summary and other information all in the body text of the email. We regret that due to the high number of candidates expected, we cannot give individual feedback.

We look forward to hearing from you – good luck!

Human rights and fake news: what we need to do now

8 March 2017 by Adam Wagner

Last night I gave the annual Human Rights Lecture for the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Wales office. 

My chosen topic was access to justice, human rights and fake news. I tried to sum up some of my experiences of setting up this blog and RightsInfo, made a probably ill-advised foray into cognitive psychology, and also gave some modest (and non-exhaustive!) proposals for what the human rights community could be doing to make things better.

Thank you for the EHRC for inviting me, to Cardiff University for their very gracious hosting and the audience who were really engaged and asked some difficult questions!

You can watch here or below. Comments most welcome.

Looking for a job writing about rights?

18 November 2016 by Adam Wagner

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RightsInfo, the UKHRB’s sister site, is recruiting two Digital Content Creators. 

In our ‘post-truth’ society, it is more important than ever to communicate human rights principles in a clear, engaging and accurate way. We are looking for two talented individuals with skills in one or more of journalism, digital media or marketing, video creation, and graphic design to join our growing content creation team.

If you are a talented writer and/or designer with a passion for human rights, this could be the job for you!

Key details:

  • Salary: Dependent on experience and skills (approx £26k per annum pro rata)
  • Hours: Up to full-time, depending on availability.
  • Location: Central London
  • Closing Date: Sunday 4 December, 10am

Full details and how to apply here

RightsInfo is recruiting a Chief Executive

10 October 2016 by Adam Wagner

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I am delighted to share that RightsInfo, the UK Human Rights Blog’s sister site, is recruiting a Chief Executive.

RightsInfo’s build support for human rights in the UK by producing engaging, accessible and beautifully presented online human rights content. In just a year and a half, we have built a new digital media space for human rights, featuring award-winning infographics, video, animation and news content. Now we are recruiting a Chief Executive to drive the project to the next level.

Here are the headlines:

  • Hours: Full time
  • Location: Central London
  • Salary: £50k-£60k per year dependent on experience
  • Closing date for applications: Friday 4 November 2016, 5pm

Full details, including how to apply, are here

RightsInfo is recruiting

5 September 2016 by Adam Wagner

RI_anim_02-1024x576The UK Human Rights Blog’s sister project, RightsInfo, is looking for up to five new trustees and a new Coordinator.

Trustee Board (deadline 30 September)

We are seeking to appoint up to five new Trustees to join out Trustee Board. We are particularly interested in exceptional candidates with experience across a range of areas, including:

  • journalism, media and communications;
  • advertising and creative sector;
  • human rights law, policy and practice;
  • charity finance, governance and development; and
  • technology and startups.

Further details about the role and application process are available here.

Coordinator (deadline 9 September)

We are looking to employ an enthusiastic Coordinator to help us change the face of human rights. The role is part-time (3 days per week, which may be scheduled to suit other work arrangements). Salary is £1,354 per month (£26,000 pro rata).

Further details about the role and application process are available here. To learn more about RightsInfo see here.

Please send any queries to joinus@rightsinfo.org.

Look out for more opportunities which we will be advertising in the coming weeks.

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