Amnesty calls for Human Rights Act to be celebrated across UK to mark 20th anniversary

Amnesty International UK has called for the Human Rights Act to be celebrated all over the country to mark the 20th anniversary of the Act coming into force. The Act has been essential to the big justice fights of the last 20 years in the UK. It is the principal law protecting human rights in the UK and incorporates into UK law 16 rights from the European Convention of Human Rights – the treaty drafted after the Second World War as part of the promise of ‘never again’. From then…

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Amnesty proposes new human rights Owners’ and Directors’ test for Premier League football

Amnesty International has called on the English Premier League to update its Owners’ and Directors’ test, and has sent a proposed updated test to the Premier League’s Chief Executive, Richard Masters. Criticising the current test as “hopelessly unsuited” to the task of ensuring proper scrutiny of the human rights records of those trying to buy into English football clubs, Amnesty has commissioned a new human rights-compliant test from corporate lawyers David Chivers QC and Seamus Woods of Erskine Chambers, together with a detailed legal analysis. The Premier League has recently…

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Adwoa Aboah, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Dua Lipa, Gemma Chan and Olivia Colman join thousands in urging the Government to ensure equal protection for all domestic abuse survivors

More than 40 high profile celebrities, actors, singers, comedians and artists are backing a Step Up Migrant Women campaign to change domestic abuse laws so that they offer safety to all victims, no matter what their immigration status is or where they are from. The celebrities – including  Adwoa Aboah, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Dua Lipa, Gemma Chan, Olivia Colman, Thandie Newton, Keira Knightley, Gillian Anderson, Noma Dumezweni, Jodie Whittaker, Emilia Fox and Emeli Sandé – join tens of thousands of people urging the Home Secretary Priti Patel to…

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Amnesty: Privacy must not be ‘another casualty’ of the virus

Warning comes as Government plans to introduce COVID-19 tracking app Move could ‘open the door to pervasive state surveillance and privacy infringement’ – Kate Allen UK Government plans to introduce a COVID-19 tracing app with a potentially centralised contract tracing system are deeply concerning and may mean that people’s right to privacy could become “another casualty” of coronavirus, Amnesty International UK warned. Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK Director, said: “We’re extremely concerned that the Government may be planning to route private data through a central database, opening the door to…

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Amnesty steps in to help homeschoolers on lockdown with bite size activities

Amnesty International UK has launched the first in a new series of education materials designed specifically to be uplifting and help parents and carers homeschool. Amnesty has a long record of working with teachers and schools, but this is the first time the human rights organisation has produced something specifically for parents and carers. The timing of the release ties in with the new term that begins for the vast majority of pupils in England next week. Each week while lockdown continues Amnesty will share three new activities on its…

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