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Human Rights

Sleep walking into use of wide injunction orders causes great concern to Gypsies and Travellers across England

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By Helen Jones |  August 23, 2018 |

The ordinary by-passer might have no reason to be aware of the significant growth in 'wide injunction orders' being granted to local authorities, but it is a matter that anyone concerned with human rights should be aware of.  To breach such an injunction whether you were aware of it or not, by camping on land subject to such an order, can be punishable by a fine or even a prison sentence.  Below is a briefing from Chris Johnson of the Travellers Advice Team at Community Law Partnership and Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers.  It makes grim reading.  

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Human Rights Based Advocacy – Using the laws to get results

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By Ben Chastney |  May 11, 2017 |

Human Rights naturally plays a big role in so much at GATE; found both in our values and underplaying what we do in practice.  It is certainly key to advocacy, with the purpose of letting members know what their rights are and how these might best be defended.  What I was reminded of recently by an excellent session from the British Institute of Human Rights, is that we can and should sometimes be more willing to use legal tools to seek redress for wrongs. 

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Keeping the Human Rights Act – We are all in this together

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By Ben Chastney |  June 5, 2015 |

Human Rights imageAs promised during the recent election, the new Government are pushing ahead with proposals to replace the Human Rights Act.  In the Queen’s Speech last week this intention was formalised, so we can expect to see some concrete proposals over the coming year.  The concern for so many is not only that any proposed replacement ‘British bill of Rights’ unavoidably provides fewer safeguards in practice but the general attitude displayed towards vulnerable people and the likely tone of debate.

For Gypsies and Travellers, the Human Rights Act has in some cases been of clear and specific use.  Indeed some of our members have directly benefitted from it, appealing to key articles regarding a right to privacy of family life to prevent the Local Authority from evicting them unjustly.  The concern is not simply that such rights would long longer be available in future but that it is precisely such cases, misleadingly retold, will be used as a reason why the Act needs to go.

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