Children’s rights legal digest – March 2020

We dedicate this issue to the importance of international law in protecting human rights in the UK, looking at how ‘incorporation’ of international treaties makes them directly applicable here at home. We reference two examples of alleged breaches of human rights and how domestic and international mechanisms can be used to draw attention to suspected human … Read more

Restraint related to disability must be eradicated, says UN body

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has issued its concluding observations following its first review of the UK. The 17-page report documents major breaches in the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which we ratified in June 2009. The international treaty sets out … Read more

UN Committee on Rights of Child gives its verdict on UK

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has issued its verdict on the UK’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Committee expresses serious concern about the deleterious impact of fiscal policies on children and the high rate of child poverty in the UK, and says children who are … Read more

Introduce statutory limits to immigration detention, says UN

UK law must set limits on how long an individual can be held in immigration detention, says the UN Human Rights Committee. The UN body of experts monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, whose rights were drawn from the Universal Declaration on Human Rights established after the Second World … Read more