Tuesday, 9 December 2014

United Kingdom: Human rights news file 2014 | HUMANERIGHTSEUROPE

United Kingdom: Human rights news file 2014 | HUMANERIGHTSEUROPE

ON 9 DECEMBER 2014, the Council of Europe released its news coverage report on ECHR human rights observance and violation in the United Kingdom. Stories include:

- Failings of the United Kingdom's social welfare benefits including the inadequacy of some short-term and long-term incapacity benefits.

- Following the death of Anthony Pritchard's son, who was killed in Iraq whilst he served as a member of the Territorial Army, the UK government agreed to pay a friendly settlement. The claim brought against the government was due to a failure to provide a full investigation into the circumstances of the death in violation of Articles 2 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

- In  Firth v. the United Kingdom and 10 follow-up prisoner applications on voting rights, the European Court of Human Rights found that the UK was in violation of Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 (right to free elections) to the European Convention on Human Rights.