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A judge in a specialist court has made a landmark decision which will have implications for relatives of terminally ill people, lawyers say. Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled that a 50-year-old woman who had suffered from Huntington's disease for more than 20 years should be allowed to die after a…
Human rights campaigners have called for the establishment of an independent Scottish commission on social care. Judith Robertson, chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC), urged ministers and social care providers to do more to address gaps in the system. She argued a commission could help close those gaps…
Concerns have been raised about a "backlog" of patients in Scotland's secure hospital wards who are waiting to be moved to a less-restrictive environment. The Mental Welfare Commission raised the issue of human rights of patients in medium and low security forensic wards, saying some are "being held in conditions…
The chairwoman of a United Nations committee has accused the Government of creating a "human catastrophe" for disabled people in the wake of cuts. Policies pursued by the Government have "totally neglected" the vulnerabilities faced by disabled people, according to Theresia Degener, who chairs the UN's Committee on the Rights…
Disabled people are being "increasingly marginalised and shut out of society" as they bear the brunt of Government spending cuts, the UK's equality and human rights bodies have warned. Campaigners said the UK and devolved governments must start taking the human rights of disabled people more seriously, as officials prepare…
A United Nations committee will hear from British disability campaigners that the Government is breaching the rights of disabled people and ignoring requests for information on key issues. On Monday activists will tell the UN's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that their previous concerns have only…
Two landmark court challenges against the ban on same sex marriage in Northern Ireland have been dismissed. Mr Justice O'Hara rejected both cases, insisting the ban did not violate the rights of LGBT couples in the region. Delivering judgment at the High Court in Belfast, he said it was for…
Scotland's position on smacking children is "untenable in international human rights terms", the country's new children's commissioner has said. Bruce Adamson said legally allowing parents to smack their children puts Scotland at odds with the law in the majority of Europe. Current legislation in Scotland enables parents to use a…
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